Happy Thanksgiving

I, like so many Americans, have so much to be thankful for. And, like so many Americans, I take so much for granted. I don’t mean to, but it’s true. Our Thanksgiving dinner today was, roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes, baked beans, rolls and butter, salad and pumpkin pie. There was so much we couldn’t fit it all on the dining room table. This first picture shows some of the food on a folding table off to one side of the dining room. Everything turned out so good.

IMG_0312 (2)  IMG_0310 (2)  IMG_0311 (2)  These two pictures show the family around the table. Sydney took the pictures as selfies. We went around the table telling what each one was thankful for. It was a beautiful time.

I need to back up here.  Shortly before dinner was ready, two friends stopped over, Lily Kong, our Chinese friend. We love her so much and her boyfriend, Kevin.  IMG_0299 (2)  But Kevin is in China now. Lily brought a friend with her today. IMG_0297 (2)  This is a picture of our granddaughter, Sydney, Lilly and Cherry Chen. But they were headed to Chicago and needed to be on their way so they couldn’t stay for dinner. We’re glad they stopped by. They even brought us gifts of candy! Yummm!

FullSizeRender  This is our wonderful international family! Elmise, Bella, Sydney, Haleigh, Armon and Lily!

Back to our Thanksgiving dinner. It takes hours to prepare dinner and about a half hour to eat dinner! Then comes the clean up! Jessica, my daughter-in-law, insisted I leave the dining room and kitchen, go to the living room, sit down or lie down while she cleaned up the mess!

I actually laid down on the sofa and took a nap! But I must give credit here to some others as well. Rob cleaned the turkey off the carcass and even took the carcass out to the garbage can. Haleigh, Sydney, Elmise and Bella helped clean up the kitchen! Jessica deserves the most credit for washing the dishes and cleaning everything up. When I woke up from my nap, a cup of coffee was sitting beside me! What a family I have!

Later, Sydney gave me a private concert! IMG_0322 (2)  She’s an accomplished flute player!

After watching a movie the girls split up. Sydney went home with Haleigh for the night. Elmise stayed here with Bella for the night!

Where In The World

I love to travel! I’ve been to five continents, 14 countries and all 50 of the United States. I would love to go to many more countries… I have several countries on my bucket list, but I’m quickly aging. A few countries I’d love to go to are Norway, China, Ireland, Scotland and England, Nepal, Myanmar, Austria, Germany, France, Colombia,  Rwanda, oh and so many more!

The continents I’ve been to are: South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

The countries I’ve been to are: Haiti, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, U.S.A., The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Japan and Malaysia. FullSizeRender (90)  It’s hard to see some of the countries, but I’ve colored each one I’ve been to.

For many years, I was an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor. I had students from all over the world, from ages three to 70! I loved every one of them and I believe they loved me! They came from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Egypt, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, Italy and Spain. I have probably missed some countries here.

I’m amazed! As I check my statistics I have readers from all over the world! U.S.A., Norway, Czech Republic, Venezuela, The Netherlands, Brazil, Algeria, Australia, Russian Federation, Canada and more that I’ve missed! I’m thrilled!

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

I believe God is Omnipresent and God is Love.

Reading…My Favorite Pastime

I just finished reading my favorite book from my childhood, Heidi by Johanna Spyri! I read it so long ago I forgot what a good book it is!

I found this old book at a garage sale and came home with it. It’s very old but there isn’t a copyright date or publisher name in it. In hand writing on the first page it says:  To Ernestine from Jean Louise and Rozann   Christmas 1931. The pages are so thick I kept thinking I was turning two pages at a time!  ???????????????????????????????                                                                                     I was born in 1938 so it’s seven years older than I am!

If you’ve read later editions or have watched the movie, Heidi, you have missed the original story. It’s sad what’s done to books when they’re rewritten or made into movies. The lessons, learned by Heidi and Peter, in the original book are so good and so important to learn.

I recently read Carrie and Me  by Carol Burnett. It’s good, about her oldest daughter. It has a few coarse words in it. The book is in two sections and I couldn’t read the second section. It’s a book that was started but never finished by Carrie. (She died.) It’s so full of foul language, I just can’t read it.

Now I’m reading Hungry River: A Yangtze Novel by Millie Nelson Samuelson. It’s very good and I’m enjoying so much. It’s a trilogy on my Kindle. My daughter, Pam, sent it to me. She knows how I love a good book!!! A few of my friends may know Millie Samuelson!

Are you reading any good books?