Contrary to popular belief we are NOT the Brady Bunch!!

We are a family of 7.  Yes, 7.  We do not have a dog or a maid or an additional child.  We do have a cat.

I’ll take the maid though, if anyone wants to know. brady1

We are, in fact, a blended family.  And everyday is a blessing.

I consider everyday we get through raising our children to be amazing adults is a blessing.

In fact raising the kids to be fabulous adults requires a LOT of blessings.  SO BRING IT ON!!!  Send us blessings!! We need it! heehee

We became a family in April 2014.  It’s always busy, always loud always rambunctious but it’s always fun and I am very thankful.  🙂

The Greatest Loss

The death of a child has to be one of the most devastating things we can experience.  Not just devastating but CRIPPLING.

Someone in our community has lost their 13 year old son.  Although it was unexpected he had medical issues that kept them on their toes for most of his life.  I attended his funeral today.  I did not have the opportunity to meet this precious boy but through the beautiful things his family and friends had to say about him I knew he was special.

As his parents stood there by his open casket receiving guests, I noticed their strength.  I am not sure I could be so strong.  As his pastor spoke of him and how much he loved the song “Roar” talking of how he was a fighter, a champion, you heard the song begin to play.  His father turned to all of us and said “Aaron loved this song!” with a tear and a half smile.  We all listened and cried and knew that in that small body was a soul bigger than all of us.  And he was finally at peace.  And he was finally pain free.

My heart breaks for them.  They will constantly be reminded of his absence.  They will also be reminded of his PRESENCE.  In everything they do.  In the eyes of their daughter, his younger sister who will now be an only child.  The family pet who will search for him.  The blanket or toy or t-shirt that will turn up randomly a year from now.  I hope through all the tears they will be able to find some joy.

So many things I cannot comprehend.  I can only be there for them in their time of need.  This is what brings me peace.

You’re messin’ with my vision!!

I have a vision!!  A vision of a beautiful holiday table full of yummy deliciousness.  Casseroles, bread, salads, veggies, gravy, potatoes, and turkey.  Sliced CARVED turkey on a platter.  Carved BEFORE it hits the table.  In fact, I want two turkeys sliced up!  Smaller turkeys are more yummy from what I understand.  Two turkeys also means 4 legs and 4 wings for the dark meat lovers – I prefer to disengage any arguments before they happen 🙂

Husband thinks a Godzilla sized turkey plopped down smack in the middle of everything and everyone is the way to go.  I’m having another vision of Chevy Chase standing over a massive turkey and slicing it up.Chevy

Typically this would not be an issue.  Did I mention that we have a huge family? Seriously folks, our Thanksgiving will include 20-22 peeps.  The famous Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving print has only 10 people!!

I know he wants this moment, but the show must go on.  Surely he knows me enough by now to not disrupt my visions.  Surely he knows better, right?  RIGHT?!

We can have the typical staged photo ops, but the slicin and dicin will happen before that bird hits the table, people!!

With such a huge crowd anything but turkey on a platter already sliced would be buzzkill.

I’m thinking of the Starbucks line.  I call it the “Time Warp”.  It never moves.  It ceases.  To the point you think Why the hell did I decide to do this.

What did I want again?

Do I really need this ridiculously overpriced non-fat peppermint mocha?


And you stay in that line. Mostly because you can’t leave the line because they way they build Starbucks around here once you’re in you are IN.

And I’m in! I’m so in to slicin’ before the servin’!

We will see who sins this battle.  But just so you know… I do NOT own a roasting dish large enough to handle a massive turkey.  Nor so I plan to buy, borrow or steal one from anyone or anywhere.