November 21, 2o11, Nashville, Tennessee, 10:20 a.m., C.S.T.~
Louisiana Sandusky here. Thought I would write in my journal before it gets much more crazier than what is the norm here ... LOL I just wanted to stop in and wish each and every one of my friends a very safe and happy Thanksgiving full of turkey (and all the trimmin's!), family, fun, love, and lots of laughter!
Ronee' and Michael, Steffi and Tank, Anh and Thu, Michael, Richard, Dwerlina and family, Lightning and her family, Tanya, Melizza, and Dianna have all descended upon our home; the kids still at home are thrilled that their big brothers and sisters are home once again. It will be a great chance for them to catch up where they left off and get to know new members of the family.
Speaking of, Bella Thu Grace Sandusky, my newest grandbaby, arrived safe and sound two weeks ago. She weighed 6 pounds even, perfectly formed, with no signs of defect or disability! Answered prayers! She is absolutely beautiful and Thu and Anh, her mommy and daddy, couldn't be more proud!
I got to hold her for the very first time yesterday and I haven't stopped crying since! We even took her to church last night and the church family oohed and aahed as they took turns holding my brand new granddaughter. It was a magical, memorable moment!
Ronee' looked a little pale, but when I asked about it, Michael said she had been recovering from the flu. She was just about over it; she felt a lot better, but she was still tired and weak. We are going to make sure to give her plenty of my homemade chicken soup; chicken soup always makes people feel better! Other than that, she is doing great. When I asked her how she had gotten the flu, she said, "I don't know; it just decided to jump on me, but it would have been a lot worse hadn't I gotten my flu shot!"
Just in case, you are wondering, Ronee' is NOT contagious, but she doesn't feel quite like herself just yet.
Michael had had it and then was kind enough to share it with his fiancee'. I could just hear Ronee' now: "Gee, honey, you're all heart!" LOL
Johnathon and Rebekka are here as well. Johnathon and Rebekka look like marriage agrees with them. Both are recuperating from their recent two week Alaskan cruise, and both had a marvelous time; but Rebekka said she about froze the entire time! LOL They did have a great trip, though, without any incidents, so for that I am truly, truly thankful, especially since Rebekka had been in the hospital only a few weeks ago due to another infection in her stumps.
Rebekka was only in the hospital for a few days, but Johnny refused to leave her until the doctors told them for sure that she was going to be okay and was now well enough to be able to go home. Johnny said all he could do was cry. I felt so bad for him!
Rebekka is well, though, so for that, I can count my blessings yet again and give thanskgiving into God, for keeping our family safe for another year and giving us a brand new grandchild to love!
The weather here in Tennessee is cloudy and chilly; there may be rain later. West of here, around Memphis, they're under a flood watch, and so I suspect that the rains there will migrate eastward, towards us. Bill has a nice, roaring fire in the fireplace and the living area is nice and cozy. The animals are lying in front of it, soaking up the warmth in their fur, enjoying the peacefulness of the day, even with all the kids being home.
An added surprise: Ronee' brought her cat, "Cajun", home; it is so good to see her again! At first she hid for a few hours, but once she got used to being "back home", she came out, where she soon endeared herself to everybody, winding herself around their legs, and purring happily, fat, bushy tail stuck up like a flag into the air, and demanding for pats and cuddles.
Yesterday at church, Pastor Bilkey spake about giving thanks unto the Lord in all circumstances. Nothing new with me: I learned to do that long ago, when we first started adopting, and we haven't looked back. God continues to be a driving force in our lives and we are reaping in His bountiful harvest of blessings. I pray and hope that continues! Without God, we would not be where we are at today, and for that, all I can do is praise Him for his goodness to us!
Well, Bella is crying, so I must tend to her. She must have just awakened from her nap. I will write in here again soon. Until later, this is Louisiana saying may God bless you and yours this Thanskgiving (and upcoming Christmas) holiday season ... and always! Don't forget to give Him thanks in all things because He IS worthy to be praised!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
~Love, your friend in Tennessee, Louisiana Mayrah. :)