Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Grateful Thanksgiving

Hello, Dear Friends, I have missed you! 

While I was gone we had a new addition 
to our family......

Meet Gavin Eric, our new grandson, 
born to daughter Heather and husband Eric. 

We are so very blessed. 

We have been enjoying our new little 
bundle of joy! 

We all gathered here for our Thanksgiving 
dinner, feeling very grateful. 

I enjoyed decorating and setting up for our
family gathering. 

It's a wonderful excuse to get the whole house cleaned :)

Everything is tidy and ready for guests. 
All except for Ramblin' Man's newspaper,
slippers and remotes :)

I went to the 'Funky Junk' flea market with my 
daughter Jennie and found these green patterned plates. 

I love the scene on this one of 'apple picking time'. 

The sweet potted plant is a gift from my DIL, Erica <3

I finally have enough collected
 vintage etched wine glasses for everyone! 

I baked a giant apple pie. 
It took me all afternoon the 
day before Thanksgiving to peel
3 bags of apples and make the crust. 

I used my 'new' marble rolling pin
that I found at the thrift store for $5. 

I saw similar new ones for nearly $100
recently. I was pleased with this 'find' 
and I can tell you, it rolls the crust 
so nicely. It's really heavy, so 
I didn't need to apply any extra pressure.

It turned out rustic, but delicious. 
My 'secret' spice blend is 
cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. 

My eldest son, Gabe, made two pumpkin pies, too. 

He is an amazing cook. 

Here he is with his little one, Ethan, 
taking a ride in Gramma's laundry basket. 

Ethan is already 18 mos. old now, 
and talking up a storm. 

Waiting for dinner in the crocheted 
sweater I made for him. 

Here is Uncle Dustin holding his two nephews. 

Dustin is my youngest. 

Dustin and wife, Jen. 

Erica and son, Ethan. 

Auntie Jennie......

Sneaking a kiss! 

The new family, Eric, Heather and Gavin. 

I was busy cooking away! 

A twenty pound turkey! 

Everyone brought something to the table. 

Time to eat! 

And later we demolished the pies! 

All tuckered out and ready to go home! 

Now the house is suddenly quiet. 
This house that my four children 
were raised in. 

The dishes are washed and put away, 
the leftovers distributed.....

The wine gone, amidst toasts and laughter. 

It was a wonderful day, gathered together 
to count our blessings. 

I wish you many blessings, too, my friends, 
as we move forward into this magical season 
of giving. 



  1. Congratulations on the new little one! Gavin is adorable! Grandchildren are the best, aren't they? And it was wonderful that you had everyone together to celebrate Thanksgiving. We had to have our dinner in the hospital! Our middle son had a major seizure about a month ago and he had a toxic reaction to the meds they put him on. We didn't know when he would be released so we took all the food to him on Thursday and ate in a family waiting room! it sure was different!

    Have a great week ahead! Are you putting up Christmas yet?

  2. Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving and congratulations on your new grand baby!

  3. Lovely to have you back and with such lovely news. Welcome Gavin :). Glad you enjoyed Thanksgivings with your lovely family. Such a special time for you all. B xx

  4. Congratulations to you all on your beautiful addition to the family. You were certainly blessed to have all the family around you. Those pies looked delicious. A great find with the rolling pin.

  5. Oh how wonderful, many congratulations! I've really enjoyed reading your happy post and wish you many more happy gatherings together. x

  6. A wonderful family and a good time .

  7. Hello, looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Congrats on the newest grandchild. You have a beautiful family. The apple pie looks delicious. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  8. A new baby at Thanksgiving - how wonderful!! Your home looks beautiful, as always. I'm so glad you had a happy thanksgiving!

  9. Sweetest Karen,
    you've such a new blessing for which being so thankful now, your family is so wonderful, my dearest !

    Wishing you a most lovely, joyful and peaceful remainder of your day and new week ahead, sending my dearest love to you, BLESSED BE !

    Xx Dany

  10. Congrats on the new family member.What a happy concidence for the Thanksgiving day! So glad to find you here again Karen.

  11. Congratulations on sweet little Gavin! It looks like you all had a wonderful time and delicious food, in your lovely home.


  12. Congratulations on you grandson!!
    What a lovely post.

  13. Congratulations on the new little one! What a wonderful time of year to have such a blessing. I remember being pregnant for my first during Thanksgiving and so happy for how much I could eat at dinner and not care!! Thanks for sharing your lovely family.

  14. So happy for all of you! A little one is such a blessing for a family! Congratulations to all! xoxo

  15. Congrats on your latest grandson! Looks like a nice thanksgiving time with family. Just 3 of us agqin this year but it was low key. But always thankful, no matter what! It's chilly today so we're inside. Swept out puddle in garage we get when it rains. Happy week!!

  16. Many, many congratulations on the arrival of your newest grand-child.
    Gavin looks totally adorable.

    You had such a wonderful and truly thankful Thanksgiving. It was so very nice to see all the photo's you've shared both of family and food.

    An exciting Thanksgiving and now a matter of weeks to go and Christmas will be here. What a lovely family year ...

    Enjoy the new week ahead

    All the best Jan

  17. What a perfect day! Congrats on your new grandson!

  18. Congratulations on the birth of your second grandson, Karen! I loved seeing pics of your children, their spouses and of Gavin adorable grandsons. It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and so much to be thankful for. Hugs to you!

  19. Dear KAren,
    thank you for your wonderful family-pictures! It musst have been such a lovely Thanksgiving! Great to have all the family together!
    Your new Grandson is such a sweet little boy :O)
    Wishing you a happy and wonderful new week, mý sweet friend,
    sending Love and hugs and Blessings,
    Claudia xo

  20. A beautiful post - it's on my bucket list to go to an American Thanksgiving dinner one year, it always seems such a lovely celebration of family togetherness from the posts I read! Your family are beautiful, lovely to see all the Grandkids!
    Wren x

  21. Thank you for this beautiful post, Karen. I am glad the baby safely arrived and that your family was able to gather for Thanksgiving. We had our family celebration on Friday...but still filled with thanks, too, and my oldest daughter did most of the work of putting up our Christmas tree shortly thereafter! xx

  22. Such a lovely family! Congratulations on the new addition! He will grow in love.

  23. What a lovely post Karen. It was so good to see it here today as I've missed your posts this month. Your Thanksgiving looks wonderful and your two grandsons are so sweet. Congratulations on the arrival of Gavin. I hope you have a beautiful week ahead.

  24. Congratulations on the new grandson. He is such a cutie! You have so much to be thankful for this year.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  25. Would you please come clean mine so I can hold your sweet grandson? What a cutie.


    Just in time for the holidays makes it even better.

    I'm so excited for you.

  26. Welcome to the world, Gavin Eric. You are precious.


  27. Welcome back Karen! And congratulations to you and your family on the sweet little grandson! You indeed have a lot to be thankful for!! Your family is beautiful. It looks like you had a very special day. Everything looks so cozy and inviting. Blessings, Deborah

  28. A new baby is something to celebrate! Love all the family photos! I know you are looking forward to Christmas this year! Sweet hugs, Diane

  29. Glad you had a lovely time with family and a Big Congrats on your new grandbaby, he is just precious and having a new baby reminds you of the family growing, how exciting to see it grow I am sure.
    Wow that is a lot of apples to peel but it looked terrific, how wonderful to have them all at home I am sure. It is always extra quiet once they go back home, I know.

  30. Congrats Karen! (& Family). And welcome to the world sweet little Gavin! He's precious!! Your home looks beautiful as always. And it sure looked like it was a wonderfully fun (& yummy) Thanksgiving!!
    Blessings to All. xoxo

  31. Congratulations to you all about Gavin!! Glad you had a great thanksgiving. xx

  32. I am visiting a few people every few days, even while I am not posting. Your Thanksgiving was so wonderful! I can just sense the joy and family sharing from the photos! Love that there's a new sweet grandbaby too! Great post, Karen!

  33. Glad to see you're back Karen, and with such good news to share! Gavin is precious!

    Your home looks perfect for thanksgiving dinner...warm and cozy. I laughed at the remote etc. with your hubby. Must be in the genes?



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