This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up! Each week Kate Motaung provides a one-word writing prompt for participants to free write for five minutes flat and share their work with the online community. This week’s prompt is FULL.


Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

This Thanksgiving, our home and hearts were full. It was a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.

We had our four children, their three spouses, six grandchildren, one great-grandmother, one sister, one nephew, and one Yorkipoo. That was the largest Thanksgiving dinner we’ve hosted.

We ate too much, laughed a lot, and took an abundance of pictures. At dinner time we struggled a bit about where to put all the extra chairs. For some reason, it just wasn’t working out, but our daughter-in-law took charge and got it done.

Our oldest son and daughter followed dad’s gravy recipe and pulled it off wonderfully. No lumps! Sure wish he was still here with us to see.

We gave thanks before the meal and after went around the table, as is our tradition, giving everyone a moment to share what they are thankful for.

We had the stuffing contest, as usual, but since it was his first time with us, our nephew had to decide whose was best (no pressure, right). I won this year!

Things will change in the coming years, they always do. Mom is 90 (she was my moment of thanksgiving) and my sister’s Alzheimer’s is more and more obvious every day. We are getting older and I confess that Friday was a pajama day for me. I was totally wiped out by the festivities. Christmas decorating had to wait until Saturday this year.

It’s been a tough year and we know the new year will be even more challenging, but this day, we rejoiced in thanksgiving together.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The day will serve as a wonderful memory and continue to fill our hearts with love for family…and my stuffing.

Thank you, Lord, for all of your blessings.