Today, we’re sharing our Renningers recap and thoughts on Thanksgiving!
I’m getting ready to head into the kitchen to prep a few dishes for the holiday weekend, so I wanted to check in to see how things were going.
It seems weird for Thanksgiving to finally be here after a year of so many ups and downs. I’m grateful we made it though.
How are you holding up?
Prepping for Thanksgiving…
When the pandemic first started, each day seemed to drag by slower than the last.
But as we’ve gotten closer to the end of the year, the days seem to be moving at lightning speed.
It makes me want to grab each hour and say, “Slow down, I’m not quite ready yet.”
I feel the same way about good books, heartfelt conversations, ice cream, and purpose-filled projects too.
One more page…5 more minutes…an extra scoop…I’ll put on another pot of coffee….?
In so many ways, this year has been an invitation to stop, reassess, and grab the moment, you know?
Late last week, my Mom, baby sister, and I had a chance to attend the last Extravaganza of the year. We’ve gone to this mostly outdoor antique event across 117 acres for as long as I can remember, and we always have the best time.
Despite only a 15% chance of rain in the forecast, it rained almost our entire drive down. Not a heavy rain, mind you, just a constant drizzle that was enough to make the ground and road slick.
The sun was shining at the same time though, and for hours our drive was dotted with rainbows.
At first, we thought it was just a strange coincidence because none of us had ever seen that many rainbows in one day.
But on the way back, the rain and the sunshine reappeared again, as if right on cue, and we knew the rainbows were meant for us all along.
While there were plenty of vendors and lots of goodies to shop, we didn’t buy very much.
I don’t know if we’re getting more selective or if there weren’t as many special pieces available. It was obvious the vendors and pickers hadn’t had a chance to scatter across the country to find as many unique wares and treasures to bring home and sell.
Still, we had a great time. So much so, I barely took any pictures and had to borrow several of these from my sister.
A Few Things We Brought Home…
I found two ironstone tureens
and a set of really cool darts.
I’ll probably put them in a gravy boat I recently picked up for $1.
My baby sister found a fantastic light fixture for the house she’s building and an old school poster for the study.
Both of my sisters will be moving into new homes next year and have a completely different style than I have. So, I’m super excited to see how all their choices and finishes come together.
My Mom found 2 large watercolors with jockeys and racehorses that were totally her. They’re both framed and have a beautiful vintage green colored mat.
She passed them up at first but kept thinking about them while we were shopping.
As the afternoon wore on, we could tell the rain was about to settle in for good. So, we dropped by the booth one last time to see if they had been sold.
They wound up to be the last purchase of the day which felt like a win, a visual reminder of our time spent together.
Thoughts on Thanksgiving…
All week long, I’ve tried to remind myself that while we won’t be together for Thanksgiving, it doesn’t make the day any less meaningful.
We can still honor old traditions while creating new ones, try new recipes to share, and find new ways to communicate when a hug would have spoken for us.
Of course, things will be different.
They’ll probably feel different too.
But different gives us all a chance to step out of our routines and remember what’s important.
And an opportunity to celebrate the unexpected rainbows and blessings we’ve been given along the way.
Even the ones we almost missed from a wild and crazy year.
I hope you know how grateful I am to spend time with you each day whether you’re reading an entire blog post or a few lines on Instagram. You mean the world to me and I appreciate you so much!
May love show up for you today when you need it most.