I'm a couple of days late, but we've been out of town having fun so I'm sure you'll forgive me.
Thursday morning we left early and drove to Branson for the weekend. We met Stephen's parents at the world's largest Golden Corral for Thanksgiving dinner. This has become our typical Thanksgiving destination, and we don't mind it a bit. Most of us had steak, Anna had pizza, and all of us ate turkey. It isn't traditional but it's what works for us!
After lunch we headed to Silver Dollar City, but stopped first to pose in front of Ronald Reagan. Abby had sent a picture of Henry in front of this statue and we knew Stephen had to see it! This is Samuel and Lauren in front of our favorite president. (Lauren spent the weekend with us. This is her first Thanksgiving without her mom. We were grateful for the time she was able to spend with us. She is so sweet, and funny, mature, and beautiful.)
Stephen took quite a few pictures at Silver Dollar City both days we were there but I don't have them on my computer, Surprise!! SDC was so much fun. They put lights on everything, it's very festive! There are so many fun things for kids to do, and the parade is really cool. I love SDC at night!
Anna loved calling everyone on the "real" phone at the hotel. She didn't know how to use it the first time, but then got the hang of it and we couldn't keep her off of it.
We shopped, ate, walked many a mile, shopped more, ate more, and watched a few football games.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on all God has given me and offers me time to return thanks to Him. There are many things I know I take for granted, the health of my children is one of them. There are so many children suffering with horrible illnesses, and as I sat outside the van door as Daniel threw up at my feet on our way home today, I was thankful. Thankful for my children who are otherwise healthy. I was also reminded to pray for the moms whose children are so very sick, my heart is tender for them tonight.