Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Over the River and Through the Woods


To my sister’s house we go! We will soon be on our way to a fabulous feast with family and friends. We are at 33 (and counting) this year. Our record was 42 back in 1982.

For nearly 40 years my family has been making the trek through rain, sleet and often snow to meet up at my oldest sister’s house in the western mountains of Maine. I will head up Wednesday night to help with preparations and then the masses arrive sometime before dinner on Thursday.

It is fun to see the ever so slight changes in this event over the years. We used to take the little ones to the Nutcracker the next day in Portland. Then in a flash the little ones grew up and went shopping in nearby North Conway on Black Friday. Now, that generation has little ones and we are all content to hike up the hill to view the snow on Mount Washington and come back for a nice hot coffee and piece of pie!

I am very thankful for my family and my friends old and new. Thanks to all of you for reading my blog and sharing your quilting life with all of us.


What are your Thanksgiving traditions? However you celebrate, I hope you have a very happy and thankful day.

17 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Wendy with your family !
    Enjoy ! :)

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  2. Enjoy your trip to your sister's mountain home. Sounds wonderful. We have to stay close to home this year. Will be eating out and I hope to spend a good part of the day on quilting projects.

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  3. wow...you are indeed blessed wendy....we are 4 this year...big family dinners of yesteryear just a wonderful memory...but thankful for those we have and all our blessings...

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  4. Sounds like wonderful traditions have evolved as the family has grown.
    We rotate with hubby's family one year and my side the next. We end up hosting about half the time. Our record was 45 and we will only be about 20 this year.

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  5. Have a safe trip to your sister's home! Enjoy the time with your family, food, and fellowship! I know I will hosting at the Quilt Cave this year!

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  6. Wow! That's a lot of people! What fun it will be to share memories and create new ones. Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy!

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  7. What a wonderful family tradition!
    Wishing you and your's a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Wendy, how lucky you are to have such a large family and you maintain that bond every year! I envy that. We will be 12, all 3 of my kids, two spouses, 4 kids, and my mom. Thanksgiving has always been my most favorite holiday because it celebrates family, friends and appreciation for how lucky we are.
    I'm so glad we got to meet and become real friends this year!

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  9. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We are happy to be hosting on our new home. Savor every minute.

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  10. Such a cute picture !I love that your family has been getting together for 40 years. Wishing you all the most wonderful time. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I love reading about it in blogland, special posts like this remind me to be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life.

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Wendy! I'm looking forward to seeing my son home from Virginia. We will be going to my in-laws for afternoon dinner. I'm roasting a turkey and others are bringing veggies and pies. Grammy is getting too old to cook but loves to have everyone at her house again. Then...three days to quilt at home!

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  12. Nothing is better than families coming together. The postcard of the turkeys is a winner. Enjoy your holiday. Happy Thanksgiving

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  13. sounds like you have great family traditions. We'll be watching the Macy's Parade (which is so commercial now! :(
    we sing "We gather together" holding hands around the table - it is hard not to laugh.
    Enjoy and Gobble Gobble!

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  14. A wonderful family tradition! God bless our Thankgiving holiday.

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  15. Blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving!! I love your tradition of traveling to gather together!! My father passed thirteen years ago and my mother, retired to the sunshine state, so here in Ohio, I host the family gatherings. So much fun!and lots of work, but so rewarding, as 27 gathered this Thanksgiving! We are so blessed!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  17. 41 for Thanksgiving this year, but not quite everyone made it to dinner.:) It's such a blessing to have good communication within our families isn't it?

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