Monday, December 3, 2012

Thanksgiving, Come and Gone

Fall is quickly leaving and soon winter will be here.  Yay!  
Now, before you groan, let me just say that fall here in Georgia is what some call summer.  For instance, yesterday it was a lovely 70 degrees.  That's summer to me.

It was 70 degrees for Thanksgiving, too.   We were the hosts.  It's always wonderful having the family together.  

It was just cool enough when the sun was going down to roast marshmallows.  

Soon it became too chilly for some of my family members.  Here are three of my four sisters.  We all love cold weather except for my sister in the front right of the photo.  

If a tropical breeze blows, she freezes.  I had to loan her my heavy winter coat.  A coat that has kept me warm during long New England winters.  As long as she was wearing this, and sitting by the fire, she was fine!  
Please note all the kids are in short sleeves.  And there's Colson in the background, with the white tee shirt and shaved head.

Thank you to so many who have prayed for him, sent their best wishes and concerns our way.  It has meant so much and has humbled me at times when you've inquired, commented and prayed for him.  He's doing really well.  

 He has one more chemotherapy appointment.  

He's still smiling, still laughing.  It could have been a lot worse.  When I think of all the other things we could have gone through, all the other diagnosis he could have received, I realize we have nothing to complain or whine about.  We're one of the lucky ones.  He'll be cured, he'll go on.  
Many people don't have that opportunity.  We have so much to be thankful for.  I'm grateful for life, for medicine, for love, for family, for friends...  

It's been a thank-filled 
Thanksgiving here 
on Whippoorwill Road.


  1. awesome to know your sweet son is doing so well. laughed at the cold sister, too. :)

    we're hitting 81 today for the 3rd day in a row. december has been kind thus far!

  2. I have to catch up on all your posts. 81 degrees! WOW... what's the coldest it gets in your area? I think that would be my cold sister's perfect winter temperature!

  3. What a fun get together, Bernadine. I am so happy to hear that Colson is doing well, still prayng for him...Christine

    1. Thank you, Christine for your prayers and reassurance. He's doing very well and has finished chemo. He stayed in college the entire time and has completed his first semester. I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season.

  4. Hi Bernadine-
    Looks like you had all the fixins' for a perfect Thanksgiving. Isn't it wonderful to have family and loved ones fill your home for the Holiday? I know it is my favorite time together. What a great place to roast marshmallows, and your yard is so beautiful with all the Fall leaves on the ground. I really like the picture of the 2 pumpkins in the urns at the top of the steps. By the way- that is a very nice picture of you and your son. So happy to hear how well he is doing.
    Take care- Becka

    1. HI Becka. Thanks for hanging in there with my delayed posts and replies. Looks like you had some very special times with your family as well. I hope you're enjoying all the holiday activities. We are doing well and taking it very easy this year with regards to decorating... Take care.

  5. Indeed a very Thankful holiday season, Bernadine, the last photo says it all. God is so faithful and Awesome! Seeing your family gathering reminds me of wonderful times with our family, and of course we always have to have a bon fire with marshmallows. ~smile~Thank you for coming by and for your sweet comment, it has been a long summer.

  6. Happy Holiday's Bernadine! I am just thinking of you as we are ready to start a New Year, and I'm hoping and praying that it will be a better year for most of us than 2012 was. I am so happy to hear that Colson is on the road to complete healing.....will they need to check him again at some point? I still think of you and him and PRAY for you all! He is so sweet and amazing, so strong -- what a blessing for you and our world that he is in it!!

    Happy New Year to you! :-)