On Thanksgiving Day 2016, we drove north to Jena, where we would have our traditional dinner at Grandmonty and Poppa's house!! It's always one of our most favorite days, because we know we will get all day to sit and visit, the grandparents will ooh and ahh over all the babies, and the same dishes are served every year. Because they are perfect. I think we eat our weight in food and don't even feel bad about it, ha!! It's all too delicious to not totally indulge.
This year, though, we did have an extra treat on the menu!! Aunt Rebecca found these adorable cupcakes on Pinterest and we decided the kids needed to make them:
Grant thought they were so cute, too!!
All our little turkeys, hard at work..
We filled up Grandmonty's whole Thanksgiving platter with these little gobblers!!
Aren't they adorable?! And the kids had so much fun.. especially at the end, when they started making 4-eyed turkeys, ha!!
Nana and Paw with all their grandbabies!!
A few of Grandmonty's favorite guys.
Paw was busy in the kitchen, carving up the turkey!! And hahaa, look at Sami!! She knows where the good stuff falls!!
Grandmonty would be moving to the nursing home the following day, so while the food finished up, Rebecca, Emmalee, and I cut out labels with Grandmonty's name on them and ironed them to all of her clothes. It was a sweet afternoon working with these girls and doing whatever we could to help.
Jena food goodness.. you always leave the table feeling so sad that you're full and can't fit another bite!! Being miserable afterwards is worth the delight of eating it all, hahaa!!
After spending a wonderful afternoon visiting and eating, we got in a few pictures with Grandmonty, Poppa, and some of their grandkids!! I don't think there's anything that made Grantmonty happier than getting to visit with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.. their hugs and kisses would always make her chuckle and smile.
We're missing several grands in this picture.. but it's a good start!! We loved getting to spent Thanksgiving with all of these precious people!! So thankful that we get to call them family!!
My favorite picture from the day.
This would be our last Thanksgiving with our precious Grandmonty. She passed away just 16 short days later. The sweetest and best news is that she loved Jesus and had spent her life as a witness to His forgiveness, His mercy and grace, and telling others about her faith in Him. She walked in a way that knew this life was fleeting and temporary.. and that eternity with Him would be the greatest reward.
At her funeral on December 13, all of the pallbearers honored her memory with one of her most favorite things in the world - Christmas socks.
She would have absolutely loved this!!
What a legacy she leaves behind.. Children who rise up and called her blessed, grandchildren who will always remember her cat head biscuits (and weenie gravy, ha!), her festive socks, and the way she lit up anytime they came around, and great-grandchildren who were smothered with hugs and kisses and smiles at every visit. She never seemed to mind when they ran through the house or ate all of her chocolates and cookies and candies or pressed the button on her dancing bears 10 times in a row. She was always so kind and welcoming when I married into her family and I loved her for it. She will be so missed.
We mourn our deep loss, but rejoice in her great and everlasting reward!!
"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Phil 1:21
Thank You, Father, for making a way for us to spend eternity with You! You give us hope and a future and nothing of this life can compare to the joy we will have when we will see You in glory!! What a gift You have given us, a gift beyond words. A gift that is best honored when we live our lives in humble obedience to You. Thank You for Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection, proving that YOU ALONE ARE GOD and all that You say is true!! Thank You for Grandmonty's life, a life that points us to You. There's no greater inheritance. We look forward to the day of worshiping You for eternity.. with Grandmonty by our side. We love you, Father God!! Amen.