Happy Thanksgiving! We had a fun trip to Gatlinburg with our Hall/Warren side of the family. Theresa and her children, Erin and Austin, got a cabin in Gatlinburg and had us all up for a fun visit. Aunt Jean, Gregg, Brenda and our little family were all there. Logan was definitely the entertainment. Our little cutie had a great time in the mountains.
We had a great time hanging out, playing with Logan, doing the touristy things, and laughing together.
The deck on the cabin looked out onto the most beautiful view. . . it made the winding twisty drive up the mountain totally worth it. Beautiful weather. It was a nice spot for coffee . . . a photo shoots of baby boy of course.
Mr. two-teeth sure does love his Aunt Jean. She had fun spoiling him.
It was great to get some time with Big Mama (Brenda). Logan loved having people hang on his every whimper and smile. Did I mention he was spoiled rotten on this trip? It was great.
We had pizza and game night one night (after a car mishap changed our plans from going to Dixie Stampede to staying in. But sometimes a change of plans is just as fun). We had a wild game of Catch Phrase – who knew Brenda was such a master of the spoken word? We laughed all night!
Of course, Logan’s favorite game was “pull Gregg’s hair.” He was a champ at that game.
We also did a little shopping in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Of course, we went to the Apple Barn and had to get some holiday pictures. This made us so excited to begin the holiday season!
On our way back, we had a quick stop to see Jake’s brother Billy in Chattanooga. It was a fun, impromptu visit.
We had a great trip. We are so thankful that Logan is surrounded by such a loving family, near and far. These are treasured memories of laughter and sharing together. Even though we can’t be with all our family this holiday, we are so grateful to God for the amazing family we have. Our family is made up of so many different people – goofballs, artists, engineers, perfectly-ironed folks and rather-be-in-a-sweatshirt folks. We have family spread out in so many places, and on this holiday when we recognize that we are blessed beyond measure we are truly thankful for all our family.
We are thankful for the blessing of each moment with our little man. He is growing so fast. These pictures from his fun at church last Sunday (with his buddy Luke, twins in the sweater vests) make me realize just how fast time flies by. That’s why we are thankful for the moments with family, and long to have time with the rest of our family.
I’ve been re-reading “One Thousand Gifts” and it is a perfect read for this Thanksgiving season.
“The whole of the life — even the hard — is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.” ― Ann Voskamp.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Here’s to adding up the moments.