This year was Thanksgiving together. About every 3 years we end up eating turkey together and for that we are thankful. Stephen has this new fancy camera so he was all photo snazzy and for that we were also thankful….or at least for the most part!

We had Thanksgiving in Little Rock at our great aunt’s house. It was wonderful to have the original four together for a short bit. Sadly, it is rare for us to all 4 be together, and especially with Mawmaw. We are a busy people with lots of life to live. Sarah and Zach are brother and sister, and belong to our mother’s sister, Janet. We all grew up together in Fort Smith. Sarah and I are 11 months apart and Zach is the baby of our group…his wife is having their first baby this coming spring. Much to be thankful for!


 Pioneer Woman ain’t got nothing on AJ! My BLT cheese ball fronting like a turkey. Not Pinterest worthy, but hey, I attempted it. Stephen found great humor in my turkey and provoked me to pose with it and if you know me…it doesn’t take much provoking! He knows me well. I am most thankful for a brother-in-law who knows… and still laughs at me with the love of the Lord!

 If this doesn’t make you smile, then you don’t have a pulse. I am so thankful for a family that hugs. Whether you want a hug or not, you are getting one. This is Julie being hugged. If you don’t have a grandmother who smiles like that when she hugs you, then come see ours, she will take you in. I am most thankful for a family who doesn’t quit loving.

I am so glad I made this pretty girl an aunt. I got to be one before her and I always hated she had no idea what bliss it was to be aunt to her four children. I am so thankful she gets to be my Henry’s aunt and he gets to love her like we all do. I know she is secretly thankful there is not 4 of him….God love my offspring! How thankful I am to know she loves him like her very own.
Cousins. Who isn’t thankful for cousins?! This is our cousin Sarah’s youngest daughter, Molly and she is 2 years older than Henry. Since she is petite and he is a monster they look like twinkies. They have not seen each other since Henry was a baby. Mawmaw reintroduced them and told them they were cousins. They took off and never looked back. I love how they just knew to love each other. I am so thankful for a legacy of love and the laughter of children in our homes.

Laughing cousins are the best cousins. Anna and Sarah’s oldest, Grace, are the same age. They have been bonded since birth. They see each other very seldom but pick up right where they left off. I am so thankful that these two can make special memories together just like we did, and in the basement of Aunt Suzy’s house, just like we did. It made my heart so happy to take this picture of them literally squealing with laughter. I am so thankful for these special times and how they evoke precious memories in my heart.


Playing Bible games on the ipad before the great feast. I am SO thankful for a family who loves Jesus and how they help direct my baby toward Him. It is such a joy!

I am MOST thankful for this turkey. I love this man of mine. He is such a wonderful compliment to me, a #1 daddy, and a great leader for our home. He is awfully cute too.

I had to end with this photo of my sister and her handsome crew. I cannot imagine doing life without this beautiful woman. My mama (which I got no photos of at this get together, as if!) and daddy did a good job with this one! I hope I am half the woman she is some day. I am so thankful for a sister who takes pride in letting the world know she has loved me the longest!


Published by Abby Lee

Celebrating and decorating with purpose is my favorite thing to do. When I am not filling a tree with ornaments or throwing a birthday party for my golden doodle, I am being mom to a super cool tween son, the wife to a fine blue eyed man and selling real estate. I call northeast Arkansas home and when I am not loving on my people or celebrating in our space, I am using words to express myself here or on my podcast. Be sure to follow me! I am the co-author of a blog called Life with My Sister and have a podcast called Abby As-Is. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

One thought on “Thankful

  1. Nothing does the heart good like seeing a couple of generations of family together and liking it!! I can feel the love! You two sisters are just the sweetest and are blessed with a wonderful family! Now who's cooking for Christmas??


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