Savoring Time Together

We met with friends in the high desert this past Thanksgiving weekend.

A feast we had, but what we really savored was our time together.

My goal was to plan, organize and prepare before we arrived.

Whatever was left behind – we’d do without. Whatever dish didn’t turn out – we’d eat it anyway. I even decided to change our tradition and take a pre-cooked smoked turkey, instead of the usual task of brining, bagging, icing, and cooking a large turkey.

Simplicity was what I was aspiring to.

We brought a few things along to make our table festive, we sang our song of thanks, we lined up our dishes buffet style, and we all enjoyed a beautiful meal together.

Togetherness – enjoying precious quality time together.

Enjoying the simple things – like tossing the ball back and forth with sweet one-year-old Andie.

Relaxation. Good sleep. Movies. Games (of course many Scrabble games). Conversation. Fishing. Puzzles. Nighttime walks in 20-degree weather. Solitude.

Celebrating the simple things created meaning for our family, in balance and brightness.

Now, heading into a more furious holiday season, I pray that peace continues.

Stay tuned for my upcoming post, Too Much Tradition?”

(Photos: God bless the cooks! Sweet baby Andie! Coughlin kids on the Fall River.)


Jen said...

Sounds like a most relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

ValleyGirl said...

Wow, Andie looks like a DOLL!! Seriously, at first glance, I thought she was a beautifully hand-painted doll! What a incredibly beautiful picture!

Sounds like a wonderful time. The holiday season definitely feels hectic sometimes, but I sure do enjoy spending time with good friends and also so many family members that we just don't get to see on a regular basis.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Great post. And I look forward to the next one. I'm still learning how to wisely prune the holiday season. I want to end up with a balance of festivity and peace. But balance is hard, especially in our culture.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Gratitude and simplicity! I love it! I need to remember to keep that theme going in my own life this holiday season.

Barb said...

Handsome-lookin' bunch and Andie is soooo cute! Do they rent her out?!?!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Simplicity.... I need to learn how to do that.

Sounds like a wonderful, special, memory-filled time spent with friends.


Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a picture perfect holiday, Sandy! What fun!

A Woman Who is: said...

"Too much Tradition" That is a hook for me, I will be back. Set me free Sandy, set me freeeeeeeeee

Andie is just beautiful!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Sounds most relaxing and absolutely perfect! Thanks for dropping by and by all means come on down! I was reminded that I forgot a few dishes which I posted about today. So...what's a few more people?? LOL!


a writer's woolgatherings said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

momrn2 said...

Sounds and looks like you had a fabulously wonderful time enjoying the things that matter most... friends and family!!

Julie said...

I am definitely one for cultivating a thankful heart.

"Relaxation. Good sleep. Movies. Games (of course many Scrabble games). Conversation. Fishing. Puzzles. Nighttime walks in 20-degree weather. Solitude."

Sounds absolutely perfect to me!

Nadine said...

Sounds lovely and peaceful.