Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

So it was a different kind of Thanksgiving this year than in years past, and I won't get into all of the reasons why, but it has been a wonderful few days. We have had some wonderful time together as a family, and it has been so neat to recount the things that we are thankful for as a family together. My mom flew to Florida to spend the week with my sister in Florida - she is pregnant with her first child, and they have had a wonderful week together, I know. So it was just us Schrodts - and it has been wonderful. Both David and Josiah had Wednesday off, so we enjoyed the family day of just being together. Thursday morning, we just played and watched the parade - guess who's a big fan of the Macy's Parade? Callie! She LOVED it! She kept waving to everything and pointing and saying "pretty!" it was a riot! The boys would periodically stop playing to see the balloons (the favorite was the Buzz Lightyear balloon and the announcement that they are going to make a Toy Story 3 Movie!!!), but Callie just loved it! What's not to love, right? :)

I decided not to cook on Thursday for a couple of different reasons. First of all, the Titans were playing at noon, and I certainly was not going to eat our Thanksgiving meal in front of the TV! Secondly, we made plans to head down to one of our homeless shelters/outreach centers and help serve the Thanksgiving meal there that afternoon. It was a wonderful opportunity to show the boys how much we have to be thankful for, and to give them a small chance to help serve and be a blessing to someone else. It was GREAT! Josiah was frustrated that we couldn't serve more people, so we'll have to go again another night.
Later that night, Beth & Anthony and their sweet kids came over for dinner and an evening of fellowship. How grateful we are for their friendship - I can't even begin to tell you. It was such a wonderful night of refreshment for David and I - and the kids had a ball together, as always. So it was a different kind of Thanksgiving - but one that I don't think we'll ever forget. We have SO much to be thankful for. Truly.


The Stein Family said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

anthonyandbeth said...

i'm so glad we could come and see you on Thanksgiving! we had such a good time with y'all as we always do and treasure the friendship we share! love that you got to do the shelter. i know that was a GREAT experience for your whole family! we do have so much to be thankful for!