Friday, November 27, 2009


It makes me proud that my children like to go on vacation together. Really, it does!
In the picture below are four of my seven children and their spouses. From left to right bottom is Sandy (the oldest), Erin (third from the youngest, and Maryalice (next to the youngest in our family and next to her is sweet DIL, Cindie. Top far right is son Michael and next to him right to left is Brock, Jimmy and Jeff. All of them in the photo have been married over 20 years. Great, huh? A reason to give thanks!

Had I gone out and chosen spouses for my would have been these.

Some of the Grandchildren..home for the Holiday. Two from college and one from Australia. So many are in college right now..I think..don't quote me...four? :)
Sorry...I forget. :)
And then of course there was busy, busy, VERY busy Emily...sigh! I couldn't run fast enough to get a decent shot of that child..

One of these days...maybe, just maybe I can just say "sit down Sweetie...Grandma wants to take your pictures..and..

....she will just plunk right down! (who am I kidding!)

And then..of course there was FOOD! Here is only one of the four tables.

We always gather in a circle, holding hands and a prayer is said. Each of us says a few words as to why we are thankful this year. Needless to say, the circle was big!!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as nice as mine. If it wasn't ..there is always next year, I promise...and I never make promises lightly!


  1. Hi Mona....What a beautiful family you have...How wonderful to have so many children to enjoy the holidays with...

  2. What a wonderful, large family you have! And Emily is adorable! Keep zooming along, Emily. Grandma needs the exercise ;-)

  3. Mona, what a beautiful family you have. How wonderful to have them all around you.. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.. hugs ~lynne~

  4. I'm so happy you had a nice Thanksgiving. It's such a blessing to have a wonderful big family.

    I was together with my family too and we also had a wonderful day.


  5. Yum! I see you had deviled eggs too! You can never have enough deviled eggs on hand when feeding a family. Looks like a fabulous time, Mona...

    The Blue Ridge Gal
    (great photo of the 4 children and their spouses)

  6. Mona, the pictures of your family are so nice.
    You can see the love that your family shares and isn't it wonderful that your children have been married all those years. You are so blessed!

  7. What a beautiful family you have, Mona! Glad you had a wonderful get together on thanksgiving...Christine

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you to Mona! I'm so glad that you are surrounded by such a wonderful family. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to remember everyone's name much less who was in what year of school!

    We have a lot of A names in our extended family, two Ava's, Amy, Angie, and now my son's girlfriend is Ashley ~ I go through them all before I get the right one.

    I just posted about our Thanksgiving. We had 20 people but still missed a few who couldn't make it to town.

  9. Hi Mona, What a wonderful family, seems like you had a wonderful time. Noticed an Australian connection

    Thankyou for sharing.

  10. Mona...Lovely family you have and thank you so much for sharing your day with us. You for sure had a day filled with special memories!

  11. Seven children! What a bounty of God's blessings:>) And what a wonderful Thanksgiving you must have had:>)

  12. Mona, you are so blessed. What a beautiful family you have. Your Thanksgiving looks like it was truly something to be thankful for. Four tables of food. Now that is one BIG Thanksgiving feast!
    Hugs and much love, Sue

  13. Hi Mona,
    Great pictures to show us what went on at your house for Thanksgiving.Growing up....they always had someone to play with.That little one is cute as a button and looks so curious.Glad you had a nice day...

  14. You must have had a great Thanksgiving! The food looks delicious!
    I´m afraid that girl won´t sit down for yet a couple of years, to much running in her legs right now :-) :-)
    Have a great day now!

  15. Oh Mona, I so glad to see your wonderful family and all that food girl..Your family is awesome my Dear friend...and your so right we never take things for granted at our age...I have my family coming today...My daughter Dawna can't make it too much snow for her to get over the Sierra pass...Maybe next time bummer...its so hard to try and get them all together..and when you do its Happy Dance time ha ha!! Love ya sweet sis...May you have a great weekend...Hugs and smiles from my side of the mountain to yours...Gl♥ria

  16. Hi Dear Mona! What a lovely family you have! They get their pretty looks from their Mommy! :)
    I'm sure you had a marvelous time with your big family. What a little cutie that little precious is! I'll bet she was enjoying all of the attentions! LOL Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. Mona, you have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your special Thanksgiving traditions - very lovely.:-)

  18. O what a beautiful family. I can see that you all had such fun.
    I do hope you are feeling better each day. It is going into the busy time of year...I've been decorating all day and am so so tired.
    Going to have a Chi tea, milk and sugar and snuggle into bed.
    love, bj

  19. HI Mona,
    What a lovely family you have, you should be very very proud! I love seeing the pics and what a cute little grand-daughter that is running around! I loved your sweet note and I totally understand, I think like that too and you can't get it if your not part of Bloggyville! Thanks for sharing this awesome day with us and I will pass on your note to my Mom, she will be so touched by it~ Hugs, Cindy

  20. Love that you shared your holiday and family! Thanks for visiting my Shabby Cottage please stop back. Warm hugs, Esther

  21. Oh Mona, how wonderful that four of your children and their spouses like each other enough to vacation together! And how handsome they all are too!

    Glad you had a wonderful turkey day.

  22. Mona, your family pictures are wonderful. I love that you take such joy from your family.

    Hope you are feeling well.....I am daily keeping you in prayer.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  23. What a lovely day. You sure have a lot to be thankful for. :-)

  24. Hi Mona!
    I've missed you my dear friend. Thank you so much for popping by to see me today. You are such a sweetheart.

    I'm so happy to see you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! Gorgeous photos of all.

    Many Blessings, ~Melissa :)

  25. We always gather in a circle, holding hands and a prayer is said.

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  26. seems as though you had a wonderful holiday! your family is beautiful....and huge!

  27. Mona~ what a delight to have so many loved ones gathered. Four tables of food!! I saw the deviled eggs. That dish reminds me of a dear friend (who's moved away). She would make the most delicious deviled eggs for all our gatherings. She knew how much my hubby look forward to her making them. we surly missed her and her deviled eggs this Thanksgiving.

    Sweet Holiday Wishes,

  28. What a lovely family. There is no greater joy than when family all get together. enjoy!

  29. Just stopping in this morning to say....we are having our first snow of the season...1st snow on Dec. 1st..I LOVE IT....of course, it won't last long..but...just sayin'....

    Hope your day is going to be a really good one.
    I am taking my WS tablecloth off today and putting my Christmas one on....*sigh

  30. I am so glad to read that your holiday was wonderful!
    my hip is an old injury from when my youngest was born...she was an almost 10 pound monster at birth, and when she was 6 months old, I crossed my legs and gave her the "horsey ride" that popped my right hip out...and it has never been the same since. In and out often and always sore! I am fine, almost ready to post my big reveal of a huge project that has taken up all of my blogging time! Then...on to the Christmas decorating that I am officially a month behind!


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