We are leaving for Okaloosa Island at eight tomorrow morning. I am anxious to see the beautiful sugar sand and the emerald water. We are leaving Lucy here with a sitter, as things with her have deteriorated. At first I felt quite guilty about leaving her behind, but I have discovered that when you are a full time caregiver, you do need to take a break once in a while, and this is mine.
I am so excited because Melanie, Aaron and Liv and Ashlyn will be joining us. The children are excited about going too. We plan to have lots of fun while we are there. The girls would like to see Arthur's Christmas, so we will be taking one afternoon to do that. I love to hear them giggle, and all too soon they will be grown and those little giggles will be gone.
We are planning a very alternative Thanksgiving again this year. This will be the third year we have not celebrated Thanksgiving in the "traditional" sense of the word. We are returning to Okaloosa for the second time and we will be having a Low Country Boil using some of that fantastic, fresh Gulf shrimp.
Oh, I bought a turkey but I won't be having it until December.
We are taking my little Buddy with us this year as we finally located a "pet friendly" condo where we can feel comfortable having him. The girls are excited about him coming along, they just love him and he is such fun! One of the things that I am thankful for is the time I have to spend with my wonderful grandchildren. I have been blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren and I am so thankful that everyone is healthy and that we have jobs. There are so many people in this country right now who are suffering from the woes of the sad economy.
We all need to say thank you for all the blessings we have had in this Country, and now we need to all pray to work together and return this Country to the greatness it once knew. We must learn to SHARE with others. Not just money, but time. We have become selfish and self-centered. We have forgotten the days of "barn raising" and helping your neighbor. Let's all pray that this season will restore some of the kindness and generosity in the hearts of the American people.