Friday, November 24, 2023

Thanksgiving With the Cumby's

 In 2009 Nita and Mike began hosting Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Morning in their home in Fort Worth. Louis Dean and I were there every year except in 2012 when Amber had the quadruplets - Trystan, Kailey, Harrison and Logan. Nita went home to heaven in July 2022 and Deanie and Charlie hosted Thanksgiving that year with the understanding that our Fort Worth tradition was coming to an end. 

We slowly learned to continue Life without our beloved Nita and, even so, our hearts will never be the same until we join her in Heaven.

Since this is the first Thanksgiving in 14 years that we didn't have a family gathering, my dear Brenda invited us to spend the holiday with her and Billy and their family.

It was a beautiful day and a true blessing to have somewhere to go where we were wanted and loved.

The Cumby's have two sweet dog babies - although they are 'senior' babies now!
This is Sissy and she seems to love me as much as I love her!

Here is Louis Dean with Charlie - the boy baby dog.
I love them both - Sissy and Charlie!

Meet Brenda's granddaughter!
She is in college and her major is education - and special education at that - and LD's beloved Ellen was a special ed teacher so they had some good conversation!

The food was amazing with Brenda's cousin, Patty, bringing a big bowl of broccoli rice!
Billy's mom and sister brought some seriously good desserts and we all had a wonderful time gathered around the dining room table!

Brenda and Billy have a beautiful home and is so very much a reflection of their personalities.

Warm and inviting!

She will start the transformation from Fall to Christmas in the next few days and I hope to visit here during December.

Billy is enclosing the covered back 'porch' into a room that is all but finished!
I am looking forward to see how Brenda decorates it!

We came home with several containers of Thanksgiving food which we have enjoyed today!
No cooking for me on this Friday!

We start and end our days on the kitchen deck.
Kimmy gave us this 'coffee cup' which LD filled with birdseed.
The doves love it!

I spent the day taking more fall down and adding some 'Christmas' to the den.

Louis Dean made us a fire in the outdoor pit which I bought in 2004 as a gift to myself after I was divorced!

After darkness fell and it got a bit TOO chilly, 
we came in and watched a movie.

Really good!!!

Since Louis Dean has been such a good sport today in shaping up Christmas trees and listening to Christmas music on YouTube where you have a crackling fireplace on the screen - we have now moved on to recorded football games!

I'm now up to 77 entries for the Santa painting printed canvases!


Debbie said...

i missed the post to enter the santa printed canvases, shame on me for not visiting every day!!

thanksgiving sounds wonderful, and your friends do have a beautiful home!!

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Rita said...

A Thanksgiving is just wonderful with good friends. Looks delicious!
You are already switching up for Christmas. It will be here before we know it! :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for sharing you Thanksgiving Day and it is sonderful to have such good friends to share the day sith. The holidays are also a vit sadder when we think of those who are no longer with us to celebrate.

jackie said...

Yikes I missed the entry post too! Was visiting family in Chicago and didn't have my computer!!! It is a beautiful painting!!

MadSnapper said...

the food is drawing me right into the photos. yummm and what a great fill in for your family. food and fun and friends to chat with and the cherry on top is two precious pups. you knewI would think that fire pit.

Susie said...

Linda, I love that you had your Thanksgiving with loving friends. I had a nice day with my oldest daughter and her family. Seemed so small to other days, but still with good food and lots of love. Even a peanut butter sandwich is good to share with loved ones. LOL So my day was about the love. Blessings to all in your family and friends. Love you guys, xoxo, Susie

Luann said...

So sorry to hear the Family Gatherings for Holidays has ended. Perhaps the younger generation missed it this year and someone will choose to continue it. Our world is changing so quickly that everyone seems to be in the whirl pool, extra kudo's to those who do the extra to create the memories and connection.
Love the post.

Wanda said...

Hello Linda and Louis Dean. Looks like you did enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving. We did also with most of our family. They are all grown up now and some have inlaws and places to be. So they came an went but most stayed. It was a wonderful day.

Oh my, that Charlie on LD lap made my heart jump as it he looks just like our Molly Girl. Miss her so, but after 15 years, I guess you would!

Have my Christmas up and found a picture place for your Santa Painting. It's the frosting on the cake!

Getting a pedicure this with the orange toenails and on to red!!
Sending Hugs.

photowannabe said...

You are blessed to have such close friends that are like family too.
Feeling the love and being thankful is what the day is all about anyway.
Food looks delicious and that dove in the huge tea cup is terrific.
Love seeing your home and Brenda's home too.
Christmas is really coming!!!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Just watched the movie. It WAS really good.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

So wonderful to have friends to share Thanksgiving with. Jan G.

Donna said...

SO glad you two enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Nothing like good friends!

Susan~aredheadonthego said...

How fitting that you spent Thanksgiving with Brenda. She is just like a sister to you. Nita would approve!
Brenda’s home is just lovely.