It is always a blessing to gather with family. When we are unable to travel to spend time with parents or grandparents we make the most of our time and invite all who can to gather with us at the meetinghouse of Eastside Baptist Church. We had expected about 14 and began making plans. On Tuesday, I received a phone call from the College of Southern Idaho’s athletic director asking if we had anything happening on Thanksgiving Day and if we did, could the women’s basketball team from State Fair Community College from Missouri attend our services.
Renee and the other women went to work to double the menu, and at lunch today our family Thanksgiving dinner grew from 14 to 28. It was a most pleasant time. I’ll never forget the 2013 Thanksgiving Day gathering. The day began with my traditional 5K turkey trot race at CSI, preparations for the feast with Renee, great food, an extra slice of pie (the reason for the 5K Turkey Trot), some time in the Word, listening to each other express things we are thankful for, a reading of Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, and of course… no family gathering is complete without family pictures.