Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sunshine From Within

Our Thanksgiving tradition as a family is to spend a few days at our home in the beautiful, rustic mountains of Lake Arrowhead, California.  For well over twelve years, we have packed up our four Angels, our dog(s) and sometimes a cat or two and headed up the mountain.  Not only is this a wonderful change of pace for our sometimes busy, busy family, but it is something that we have all come to expect and enjoy.  

For many of these twelve years, my very best friend from junior high school, her husband and their three fantastic kids have joined us as a part of our extended, chosen family.  Recently, their family has grown by leaps and bounds with the addition of one son-in-law, a beautiful new baby(who I cannot wait to get my hands on again!) and THREE foster children.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to spend Thanksgiving day together, this year, but they will be coming up to spend the weekend with us on Friday.  With four little ones crawling and running around, this family get-together will be energetic, life-affirming and joyful, to say the least!

This afternoon my four Angels and I decided to head out for a little fresh mountain air and retail therapy.  We knew that it was supposed to rain, but we had no idea that we would end up braving a thunder/lightening/heavy rain/hail storm as we laughed and screamed our way back to the car.  Five drenched women running through puddles and dodging lightening bolts!  What a sight we must have been.  As I grabbed my camera to snap a few pictures of the mess that the storm was creating, my four Angels yelled at me from inside the car to hurry up!
When we arrived home, we told Mark about our crazy adventure and then we all settled in.  As Angel Number One pulled out a coloring book and crayons to color in a cute turkey picture for me(yes, it is hanging on the fridge and no, it doesn't matter how old they get), I thought about the fact that it doesn't matter where we are, or what the weather happens to be outside.  As long as I have my Angel Daughters with me, the sun is always shining.
Parts of my heart.  Angel Daughter Number One.
Angel Daughter Number Two.
Angel Daughter Number Three.(I just had to get the beach in there on this cold and blustery night!)
Mark and AD3.
And finally, Angel Daughter Number Four with our adorable kitty, Jersey.

May this Thanksgiving bring you a soul filled with warmth, a heart full of love and a family(either genetic or created) filled with hugs, laughter and enough of  whatever it is that makes your spirit SING.

Oh happy day...

17 comments:

Poetikat said...

Hi! I'm doing some blog "housekeeping" because I'm so far behind with blogs. I find the ones I "follow" get lost in the shuffle, so I'm moving yours to my sidebar and taking off the "follow". I Hope you don't mind.

Kat

kim-d said...

Dearest Deb, Mark and Angel Daughters, may your Thanksgiving be wonderful beyond measure. How great that you celebrate the holiday and/or weekend with your friends; I can imagine the love and fun filling your house, and wish I was there, too! Because, at age 52, I STILL love to color :)! There is just something so pleasing about a brand-new box of Crayolas.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating over and over and over again...your Angel Daugthers are so lovely; their inner beauty seems to shine through even in pictures. Simply lovely!

Have a wonderful holiday and weekend, Deb. Gentle hugs and love to you!

JenX67 said...

First of all I have to agree with POetikat. The follow feature has messed me up with numerous bloggers. I don't like it, but I'll probably stick with it. I follow and link to some of the same. Anyway you have such a charmed life, and you deserve all that beauty. And, I have to say, that line about retail therapy was too funny. Mountain air and retail therapy. It doesn't get much better! Happy T Day!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too!

Tracy said...

I think this is the first time I have commented but by no means the first time I have visited to read your heartfelt words from your life full of love! I find myself wishing I knew the way to get my life closer to what I envision as happy and content.
I hope I can learn a thing or 2 from you!
Yes Daughters are wonderful-I have 2 of my own as well as a son I would not trade for anything.
Tracy

afiori said...

I need to visit your blog more often because every time I do I feel relaxed. And I never relax, I don't even know how to. There is something peaceful about your writing and I like your beautiful photos.

Maria-Thérèse

www.afiori.com

Bogart in P Towne said...

Hope it was a great Thanksgiving...

I sure do miss Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and Big Bear...so much time spent up there, so many very happy memories!

Ness said...

Oh Deb, I am living vicariously through your adventures with the ADs and Mark. At this moment, reading this latest blog post of yours has made me smile and I was in definite need of one! I just got done working and now I am going to catch up with the Touched By An Angel shows I have recorded but not watched. Hug your Angels for me including Angel Mark. You are blessed, my friend. Hope today is a good day for you fibro-wise. Love you.

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