Missionary Brother Home, Mom Relieved

My brother arrived home safely last week after being stranded while doing missionary work. You can read his blog here: https://www.sevenapples.blogspot.com/

Looks like he’ll be returning next Spring…and our mother is NOT happy about that.

I’ve already started my Christmas shopping to avoid the last-minute rush (and worrying that boxes won’t arrive here on time!). I do most of my shopping online. However, I have made a date with my friend, Gail, to accompany her to the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. I have never, ever gone shopping on “Black Friday” before and I’m looking forward to the hustle and bustle! We’ll be taking Mason with us because he’s still nursing and can’t be away from me for more than a couple of hours (he hates bottles). He absolutely LOVES riding in the mall in his stroller. There’s so much to look at!

But, I think I’ll leave the rest of the children at home with Richard because I don’t want to lose anybody.

Gail and her husband, Bruce, and their daughter, Sarah (Zach’s girlfriend), will be coming here for Thanksgiving. Bruce and I are going to have a turkey baking contest. I’ve been collecting “turkey bucks” from the local supermarket and will be donating our extra turkey bucks to the local food pantry. We sent them a check last week, too, because they’ve issued a plea for turkey donations to meet the Thanksgiving need here in Bangor.

If you’re feeling thankful and blessed this season, why not think about making a small donation to your local food pantry? Many of them are collecting food and money right now so needy families can have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. They’re also preparing for the Christmas season. Your gift will give someone less fortunate something to smile about this season. To find your local food pantry, type “food pantry” and your city and state into google. Some churches host food pantries as well so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one.

Zach and Sarah have been talking about the “M” word (marriage), but plan to wait until they both graduate from college. They’ve been dating for a year now and we’re very happy that Zach has found such a nice young lady who makes him smile so big. And, her family is incredible! We really get along well with them. So, that’s another thing to be thankful for!

This week’s Maxism: We went to our favorite truck stop, Dysarts, on Sunday night because Max said he wanted eggs for dinner. Max ate his fill of eggs, toast, and fruit, and even had a dish of “yellow ice cream” (vanilla) for dessert.

After dinner, when we got in the van, Max was holding his stomach and groaned, “I think my eggs are stickin’ to my ribs…”

Hugs to all!

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