Traditionally Nontraditional and Happy Thanksgiving

Around the time of Jason's transplant, Miss Sydney and I hatched a plan to get together for Thanksgiving. And so we did! There was the traditional holiday trip to the hospital in there somewhere, but we managed to have a beautiful Thanksgiving table (even if it was the day after Thursday). We whistled while we worked our little hearts out in my tiny kitchen and boy! We were pretty pleased with our little selves and the delicious results.

As we shared our thankfulness round the table there were mentions of all the most important things: loving family and friends, a gracious Heavenly Father, good change, miracles, selfless angels providing second chances at life, support through hard times, even social media—to help us all keep in touch.

We love our friends the Poultons. So thoughtful and so sweet! Thank you, again, for your support and jumping to our aid from afar... before we could even ask.
You're rockstars.

Also, this little guy is the sweetest. When he crawled over to find me in the kitchen and pat my legs with his tiny hands he stole my heart. I was done for.

It's so crazy to think the last time we got together the littlest member of the fam wasn't quite able to make our acquaintance. A year and a half later, and on the other side of the country, we played Throw Everything We Can Behind Our Head, and Quick! Clear Off The Coffee Table... two very popular games. Obviously we were fast friends! When Jas came home from the hospital Everett was instantly interested, no playing required—we all decided it must have been the beard (because Everett digs old guys).

a little update: On Saturday we checked Jas back into the hospital due to the fact that he was feeling tightness in his chest, as well as feeling so fatigued and weak. There are tests being done and x-rays and samples etc in the works, maybe we'll be able to know the culprit over the next week. Already he's feeling stronger and a bit better. It looks like he's pretty much healed from the stomach wrap (which he still does not recommend to anyone... but he will also admit that the recovery was pretty short, just some intense few days right at the front).

We're very aware that our life is made up with many hills and valleys right now, and we're hopeful he can bounce out of this particular valley soon. Which would be surely appreciated because we've got things to do... like be excited for Christmas and stuff!


Alyssa said...

Yay! It looks like you had an amazing Thanksgiving! And i love all your napkins btw. They are so cute!

Lindz said...

I am so glad to see this miracle in your lives!! My brother, also a re-headed CFer, just got a double lung tranplant on September 29th, so almost 2 months ago. I have followed your journey and prayed for you guys as I have seen my brother and his wonderful wife go through something so similar. Hope recovery continues to go well, even with the hills and valleys that are sure to come. <3

Lindz said...

oops, redheaded, little typo there! :)

Battfam said...

It looks like you did a great job with dinner. Hope things get on track soon.

Nicole Dianne said...

i'm so glad he has been feeling better! bummer there has been a few hospital visits between the transplant and now, but good that he's feeling better overall :)

what a fun way to spend Thanksgiving when you aren't close to your families!

question too, where did you find that print in the first picture? I feel like I've seen it floating around Pinterest before and I just love it!

Amy said...

I've been stalking your blog for a while now, but I want you to know that I love your dining room table and chairs!
Jason was my FHE brother my very first semester at BYU-I. He was always so excited for FHE and really took on a big brother role for all of us little freshmen girls who were so far from home.

You two are so great. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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Meagan said...

Y'all's Thanksgiving Day{after} spread looks amazing!! When times are rough, it's always little things that make your day so much better.

Unknown said...

Found you through Sydney and so glad I did! Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)
xx Your Newest Follower,
Kate at ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Saying hello from Sydney's blog. What a great thanksgiving you all must have had! I hope your husband is doing well. Both your strengths are admirable. The two of you warm my heart.


kim said...

where did you get your amazing dining room table??? love it!!

Unknown said...

@Kim - I snatched that baby up at The Salvation Army for $45 the second day we were in Durham!
It was fate, we were meant to be.