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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I was going to share lots of little things in one big post but blogger is already giving me a hard time! Won't load some of my photos! Drat! It gave me a fit in Arizona too. Would not let me do the things I love even on vacation!

So I am going to try to share some moments and quotes and friendship with you here to wish you a beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving Day! Indulge me with my catch up post!

This winning photo of Nick is courtesy of Margot Kelly Photography. I was so busy running along side of the finish line screaming Nick's name that I could actually hear my voice inside my heart! So this is  photo was given to him. He won his race but a young man from New Mexico had a nine second better time so Nick took second overall. There were over 500 boys running in the two heats from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. We were so proud of him  because he struggled so much this year first with bursitis and then suffering from those painful shingles. The trip was a wonderful experience. Nick had made that Arizona trek many times but we were first timers. Everything went along beautifully.

I am grateful for lots of things this holiday season. I am grateful that the Lord is the center of my universe and He allows my entire phamily, all five kids, and their loved ones to be here with us to celebrate tomorrow.

Our son Jeremy was working and his car broke down. Being a pizza delivery driver is tough without a car! But I am grateful my son-in-law Roger was nearby and got him back to his store with the days reciepts before helping him get the car home.

I am grateful Zach, Rebekah's beau, cooked us a wonderful pre Thanksgiving dinner.

I am grateful Markus came down from school and over the mountain (Monarch Pass) safely. Hannah and Roxanne are tickled to have him around for a few days.

I am grateful Nick and my grandson Colton are youthful and I can make them run up and down the stairs getting my pots and pans and casserole dishes ready for tomorrow.

I am grateful we can share a beautiful meal. My oldest Noelle is making "Frog Eye Salad". It is a two day process so she was just stopping by to peak in and say hi! We love having them here with us.

I am grateful Hannah told me Markus will be stopping by this evening. Love having him here.

I am grateful I know all of you and can enjoy visiting you from where ever any of us are.

I am grateful Jenny and Steve came to the race to see us for a quick minute before we left Arizona. It was a sweet gesture and we enjoyed are time with them. (photos will follow next post)

This is Sweets and I after our long car trip to Arizona. But I am grateful to have the best company in the world! I missed Love is.. last week so please visit Marydon  and wish her a beautiful Thanksgiving too.

I missed my Alphabe Thursday "C" letter last week. So I will share "C" is for car trip! We spent a lot of hours in the car and on the road. But I am grateful we had this opportunity and grateful we arrived and returned safely. So visit Ms. Jenny and I will catch you next week!

Just to make you grin! Maxine at her sharp witted best!

A blue turkey to remind you to visit Sally. Stop by  and wish her a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. She had a tough year and it is always a blessing to be grateful for getting your health restored day by day.

A pink turkey or two treat for you. Stop by and tell Beverly hello and wish her a beautiful Thanksgiving Day!

A few Thanksgiving quotes to share and wish you all a beautiful blessing in your day!

Oh Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness
William Shakespeare

Gratitude is a sign of  noble souls. Aesop

But whether we have less or more
Always thank thee God therefor.
Author Unknown

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!


Mike Golch said...

Happy thanksgiving to you and your family from celestine and I.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Yayyyyyyyyy for Nick!! That is an AWESOME photo of him!! Happy Thanksgiving! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Vicki/Jake said...

Wow, you really met the Matlocks? That's another thankful thing, something I hope to do someday too:) Sounds like a great trip and family get together. You asked where I was in Colorado...Loma. My daughter is Sr. Operations Manager at Cabela's in Grand Junction and couldn't come to UT because of Black Friday stuff. So we went there! Have a great weekend doing nothin:)

Natasha in Oz said...

This is such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your gratitude list. I am thankful for the wonderful people like you that I have met through blogging!

Best wishes and happy Thanksgiving,

Leovi said...

That turkey is gorgeous. Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Theresa said...

What a wonderful post! Congratulations to Nick for finishing in FINE style! I know you were screaming and running down the sidelines:) cheering him to victory!

I can't believe you met Ms. Jenny and Steve! What a sweet gift she is to me!

Hope that you all have a blessed day and the Happiest of Thanksgivings! HUGS!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Beautiful post with many gratitude.

Pink turkey? Awesome..

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Marydon said...

YAY! Nick! What a wonderful fete. Congrats! So glad you had a lovely safe trip.

Love that gobbler!

Always good to get away but even better to be home.

Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving celebration Anne.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wishing you a day filled with family, love and lots of yummy food! hugs, Linda

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

What a full life you have to be thankful for. And I thought things slowed down once your kids grew up... ha. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.


Sue said...

What a fun post with so many neat things to be thankful for.

And you left me VERY curious about that frog eye salad!

Have a great day with your family...


Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anne to you and your family, may many blessings come your way this holiday season! Hugs Marilou

Tracy said...

Fab blog loved it

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for the sweet thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Anne.

Riet said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

Judie said...

I had much rather have been with you, Jenny, and Steve watching that race! My weekend left me totally exhausted!

I am so glad Nick did so well!


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! Love all your thankfulness! Awesome job to your son on his race! What a great photo! Our middle daughter ran cross country in high school and placed in state. That was always so much fun traveling to watch! And haha...I remember running and screaming at the finish line! :o)

And how wonderful to spend Thanksgiving with your whole phamily!!! Love that pink turkey too! haha

Happy happy thanksgiving! So thankful to have met you through this world of blogging!

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

LV said...

We missed your daily post, but this one today covered all the events very well. Happy Nick did so very well and you made the trip safely. Loved hearing all about it and your many family blessings. If you have not visited Personalized Sketches, she left you a comment, be sure you do. She is one of my favorite people in the blog world. Take care.

Marilyn said...

Hope your day was as beautiful as ours was! Happy Thanksgiving.♥♫

anitamombanita said...

congrats to Nick! That's quite an accomplishment. And I love the hot pink turkey!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful post, Anne. I am so happy that Nick did so well in the race and that you were there to see him! Congratulations! It must have been fun to meet Jenny & Steve.

It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for nice blog friends like you!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It was fun reading your post today. And I know, with all your family there yesterday, it was a perfect day. xo

Parsley said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! We do have much to be thankful for.

I giggled at the pink turkey! LOL

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful things you have to be thankful for! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cheryl D. said...

So you've met our illustrious Jenny in the flesh? I bet she's as nice in person as she is here!

I also hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Intense Guy said...


It is so nice to see Thanks being given...

Yay Nick!

Jenny said...

Wow. That pink turkey is eye catching...and it made me smile!

We all have so much to be thankful for, don't we?

I'm thankful we got to meet!