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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

100th Post and Being Thankful for the Important Things in Life

This is my 100th post (when you count all six pages that are together here at emtnester) and it couldn't come at a more appropriate day for an empty nest Mom!

This is the Thanksgiving break from school and we are lucky enough to have both of my college kids home for the holidays as well as Andy has the day off from his job at Ernest and Young. And I cannot get the smile off my face.

It all started last evening. To get home, my daughter took the City Bus to Harrisburg, the train to downtown Philley, another train to the Philadelphia airport, a plane to Chicago, a second plane to Phoenix and I picked her up in the car at 12:30 am! Talk about really wanting to get home. Usually I am in bed by 10 pm, but the adrenaline kept me up until it was time to drive to the airport. She was full of energy and stories.

Jonathan arrived an hour ago and his big brother picked him up from the airport. I am busy cooking and waiting to see him. The clocks in my house are apparently not working correctly as each minute is lasting about five minutes. No telling what they are up to. Laura is off to visit with her high school friends for a few hours, as well.

As is the case with many divorced/blended families, we hold our big Thanksgiving dinner tonight and then the kids go to celebrate with their Dad and his family on Thursday. Several times through the years, we tried to do both family dinners on the same day, but one of the kids almost exploded once, so we longer handle the holiday this way. I would not recommend that to anyone.

So as I write this post, I am experiencing the 'Quiet before The Storm'. It's so quiet you could here a pin drop. The dog is pacing the kitchen floor as the delicious smells are already beginning to fill the space. It's driving him crazy already.

I keep myself occupied as I anticipate the following:

Jonathan's loud, happy voice singing in the shower;

The boys hearing about Laura's first semester at college (laughing at her, being protective of her, admiring how she's really growing up)

Andy being interested in what I'm cooking and offering to help, then turn around and watch sports on TV instead;

Everyone playing fetch with Wrigley in the backyard;

Laura taking a million pictures of every detail of the day;

Chaos before the meal, trying not to make lumpy gravy again this year because no one's paying attention;

And finally, sitting at the dinner table, thanking the Lord for this food, our circumstances and mostly, this wonderful, wonderful family.

Time is standing still....I really need to fix that clock.......

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Blogger Casey said...

Happy 100th post, congrats! It sounds like a great time with all of the kids back home for Thanksgiving... step away from the blog and enjoy it! We'll resume HASAY later in the week.

November 26, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Warner said...

Congratulations, Beth! You've come a LONG way in a short period of time. Enjoy your long weekend with family. Blessings to you all.

November 26, 2008 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa Eshelman said...

This day is what its all about for you. Enjoy, emtnester and thanks for the 100 posts, we have enjoyed them and look forward to the 1000 post celebration.

November 27, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger labrams said...

Whoo Hooo, lookie what you just did, 100 successful posts in no time and rolling right along, way to go! And having everyone around to help celebrate the holiday and this 1st milestone, sounds like a truly perfect Thanksgiving (assuming that gravy of yours turned out OK this year, ha)....
Keep hitting that keyboard and we'll keep reading!

November 28, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Happy 100th Post!!!!

I love having the kids home...makes me smile.

November 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 100th post Mom!

November 29, 2008 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 100th post! It feels like just the other day you announced your blog. I hope you has a great time with your family.

December 1, 2008 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Angella said...

WOW! That's so awesome - I'm all for 100's ;-)
I saw this ladie's Gather page and thought of you-

Do you know about Gather? It's a fun place to network.

December 7, 2008 at 4:00 PM  

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