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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010
We want to take just a moment and wish each of you a very special Thanksgiving. As we take note of all the blessings bestowed upon our lives we want you to know that we consider your love and support a blessing to us!

It is our prayer that you will have a very special day tomorrow with your loved ones and friends as you reflect on all the Lord has done for you this year. Please travel safely and we’ll see you down the road…

We love you all….

Ronnie, Michael & Jim

 

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Home Sweet Home

December 4, 2009

To show our appreciation for our family and friends, Melissa and I decided to host Thanksgiving this year. We had friends and family come from Florida, Maryland and Michigan, totaling 18 guests in all. It took some planning to put it all together and in spite of the fact that we had wall to wall people in our home, Melissa did an amazing job and everything went smoothly.

We are the typical big family, who all talk at the same time, so you can imagine how many conversations we had going on at once! Having grown up in a big family I’m used to the chaos and confusion that entails. Melissa, on the other hand, is an only child, so I was impressed at the way she kept her sanity through it all.

In addition to the traditional baked turkey, we had a fried turkey (thank you to my brother-in-law for his expertise), a ham, dressing, mashed potatoes (over 20 pounds!), green beans, corn, baked apples, cranberry sauce and more. Per my request, Mom made her pumpkin and pecan pies which were delicious! There was also, banana bread, cookies, fudge, cheesecake and more, all brought by the rest of the girls. Yes, we had quite the spread!

We enjoyed a great meal then, since we’ll all be in different places for Christmas, did a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange. Guess who ended up with the Cracker Barrel gift card? You got that right, me! (as if I don’t eat there enough) I tried to keep the gift card to iTunes that I originally had, but my nephew got the best of me and took it, without one bit of remorse. We laughed hysterically when my dad received a gift card to a day spa (that was a priceless moment!) He was thankful to eventually trade it for a gift card to Cracker Barrel. Melissa got a gift card to Borders and will enjoy adding to her book collection, although I have no idea where she plans to put the books she buys! My 8 year old niece, Annabeth, was thrilled with her “Toys-R-Us” gift card and was the first in the family to hit the stores on Friday.

After our gift exchange, we spread out all over the house. Some of us were in the living room watching football (Go Cowboys!!), some were upstairs watching movies and music videos (yes, Dad & Mom watched the latest Legacy Five and Booth Brothers videos), the rest were playing games and visiting. It was great fun and the evening eventually turned to a sweet time of relaxing and reflecting on how blessed we are to be with the ones we love. Today, as I look back on this past week, I realize that even in this crazy, fast paced life that we live, it’s so important to take the time to slow down and express our gratefulness for all we’ve been given. I’m reminded that life is a journey, not a destination, so let’s enjoy every minute of the trip!

I hope all of you have a blessed holiday season.

Jim Brady