The Rice's. Larry, Janet, Mom Lois and Connie. Back row Robert, Curt and Roy.
We started a new tradition this year with Larry's family and planned our family get together for the weekend before Thanksgiving. Most of us have at least one other obligation on Thanksgiving day, so we were just eating as fast as we could to run to the next meal, and no one was really getting to ENJOY being together. Since we aren't getting any younger, we decided we needed to really TAKE TIME for our family while we are still here!
We had beautiful weather on Saturday and LOTS of GOOD FOOD. Larry's oldest sister Connie and her husband Darryl were our hosts this year and it was such a nice day. I wish I could have stayed much longer, but I woke up on Friday with a sore throat and I was miserable. I really didn't want to spread any cold germs on, but I wanted to see everyone too.
After Chris' accident we were going through some of his things and found his bible. I was going through it one evening this summer and found a poem he had written. Of course it made me cry. It was full of wonderful memories of the Rice's and it reminded me of our first holidays after Larry and I were married. I thought the poem was really good, so I made a copy for all of the brothers and sisters and framed it for them. We gave each one their copy before we gave thanks to our Lord for our wonderful day together. Here is the poem:
Well I remember my brother Roy who always brought the family lots of joy. I remember my sister Connie who is always smiling and saying I Love You Honey
Well I remember on Thanksgiving Day when my Mom would tell us go outside and play Me, Calvin & Janet just a waiting as my brother Curtis was in his room painting
Well I remember my sister Debby that would always bring all kinds of weird food but she made the most famous thing we call the Green Junk food I remember my nieces Angel and Misty that would not let anyone think they were sissies
I remember my brothers KC & Robert they will be a part of my heart Well I remember on Thanksgiving Day my brother Larry was laughing and had games to play
Well I remember on Thanksgiving Day when we would bow our heads and Dad would pray Even though some are gone God has blessed us all with someone
So before you eat and before you pray Look around at each other and remember this Thanksgiving Day God has blessed us with near family and friends so make sure that we hug all of them
Well before I go I would like to say I love you all on this Thanksgiving Day.
Thank You Chris for the wonderful memories. We miss you!
"For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord Plans to prosper and not to harm you Plans for Hope and a Future" Jeremiah 29:11
I am a crafter at heart. My hands are always busy creating something.