Happy Turkey Day everyone! Count your many blessings. Today we are so blessed to be living our dream as a family. We are grateful for our family and friends around the country that we won’t be with physically this year but we will be with them in spirit. We are also grateful for new friends we will meet today and celebrate Thanksgiving with here in Charolette!
Lazy morning RV style – so nice to chill and lounge. Carla & Steve’s today….giving thanks and breaking bread with Carla and Steve and some of their close friends who are all neighbors.
We got home late last night from the Gibbs house - so we slept in on turkey day a while. Then we gathered up all our dirty laundry including kitchen towels, bath towels, beach towels and I even took the sheets off the beds to load up to take to Carla’s. We gathered up some electronics, chargers, and a few fun things (crayons, coloring book) for the kids and the dog and headed on over to Carla’s for the day. We got there around 11. Dawson wore the boot on this foot for comfort to the still very swollen ankle. Carla gave me a tour of upstairs as I did not go up last night to check it out. Their house is beautiful and really very big….and they keep it so clean and well taken care of. Carla asked if I brought laundry and I said YES, I did and it is still in the car. I went out to the car after my tour of the upstairs - I had to carry in the two hampers we have onboard the Fercho Voyager. I took them in the laundry room and began to sort it all out and start the first load of 5 of them I did that day (not officially finishing it until tomorrow).
I gave Carla’s laundry room quit a workout. I wasn’t shy. Very nice of them to let us use their laundry facilities. I felt like I was back at college bringing home laundry for the weekend. Carla said she was glad I felt comfortable enough to get it done. I have done it at laundry mats and at houses (Jenny Belinder and Dawson’s aunt Debbie’s) so far on the trip. Much prefer doing laundry in homes but so far it has gotten done as we have needed it done. I use laundry today to illistrate how God does provide so much for us, and usually just as we need it, in the right place and the right time. Laundry has been a good way for me to see HIS faithfulness at work in our lives on the road. God has provided for us in so many other ways and lots of other examples….but for today, the laundry seems like the simplest way for me to illustrate for myself – His goodness! He will provide but we must TRUST. I love the feeling of getting the laundry done and even enjoyed sitting on the floor in Carla’s living room – folding the warm clothes fresh out of the dryer.
Trig and Parker skyped us from Nona and Papa’s house in KC when everyone was there. It was fun to see all the kids and the girls had fun talking to Finn man. We got to see Tessa Mae on her first Thanksgiving too. She is so sweet. We miss our family but are enjoying North Carolina!
Steve had the turkey on grill – it was a nice day outside – almost 70 degrees. I sat outside on deck – Steve was in and out checking on this grilling bird. Man it looks amazing! Jim, the neighbor from across the street came over. What a great guy. Jim lost his wife this past summer to cancer – her name was Mira an she was beautiful from the photo Carla shared with me. My heart was heavy for him – dealing with his emotions the first Thanksgiving without his wife. But he seemed in good spirits and liked our RV adventure. He shared all the places that him and his wife traveled. Pretty amazing stories too.
The kids were watching TV and playing games. They were enjoying time off the RV. The girls helped us get stuff ready in the kitchen to take to the neighbors house. Around 4 pm, we headed to the neighbors house behind Jim’s house – we all carried food as Carla and Steve provided the majority of the dishes. It was a fun caravan on feet across the street, up Jim’s driveway, up the hill and the side yard, into Jim’s back yard, around his screened in porch and over to Klari and Victor’s home. They are from Hungry and it was fun to listen to their accents as they greeted us and welcomed us into their home. We met other neighbors too….Fran and Jim (yep too Jim’s) and Ann and Mike. What a fun bunch of great people….all neighbors, all from different parts of the country and all gathered to celebrate together this feast of THANKSGIVING. We left Summer at Carla’s and before long she said that her and Q were going to go get the dog. Too funny – Klari wanted us to bring her. Oh Summer – she is one very spoiled doggy!
Thanks for welcoming us to your celebration with open arms and kind hearts. My kids even enjoyed their time over at Klari and Victors house.
We went over for the meal around 4 and stayed probably about 3 hours. I so enjoyed my meal and wanted to eat so much more….but ran out of room at the end. Good food, tasty wine, great people, loving connections…..it was a nice feast of Thanksgiving. Carla said a very awesome blessing as well before we ate. Turkey, potatoes, roast beef, salads, veggies, rolls, cheese cake, pie, oh my it was all delicious.
The kids had their own table and prior to dinner enjoyed some arm wrestling and looking at all the décor from Africa that Klari and Victor had from the years they lived there. It was very fun stuff.
We all cleaned up the kitchen – dividing up food and dessert for all to take home to enjoy later. Steve and I filled up the dishwasher and cleaned up several dishes as the ladies were emptying the goodies in tupperware and plastic bags.
I rallied the gang for some group photos before everyone started heading out. We want to remember our new NC friends and our Thanksgiving of 2015. Mena learned that Fran has a horse and she invited her/ us to go see it. We will try to do that while we are here in town – maybe tomorrow sweet Mena – you know what she said “mom, let’s go now”!
Back at Carla and Steve’s the kids discovered the pool table and Dawson and Steve - taught them to play pool. They played for hours. We all ended up sitting up there in the pool room/loft enjoying the evening and watching the kids get pretty good at angels learning to shoot the balls. Good stuff. Mena was pretty good at it….fun to watch them learn a new game and figure out strategies around the game.
We left fairly late but enjoyed our day with Carla and Steve. We had lots of stuff to load up before we could leave – including lots of clean clothes, towels, and sheets!
Carla and Steve – Thank you for being our family today for our RV Thanksgiving on the road! We love you both and had a fabulous time with you and all your amazing neighbors. THANK YOU – Klari & Victor, Jim, Fran & Jim, Ann & Mike – we enjoyed spending time with you all! So blessed our paths crossed with all of your path’s.
So grateful for our day and blessings!
God is GOOD!
Tiffany & Fercho Crew