Twas Thanksgiving 2013. The Bontrager house was filled with excitement, for Stoltzfus relatives were coming from the East. It would be a wonderful time. It was a wonderful time!
[there was cooking]
[there were big pots of food]
[there was monopoly- for hours and hours]
[there was pie]
[there were 10 pies of various kinds-pumpkin, pecan/chocolate chip, apple, bumbleberry, and custard, to be exact. They were consumed with relish throughout the weekend.]
[there was a friend- Mrs. Hoppe]
[there was Grandma (here instructing yours truly on the science of un-salting too-salty gravy.:)]
[there was a big, beautiful table for all to gather round]
[there were huge, soft crescent rolls]
[there was delicious salad]
[there was Thanksgiving dinner]
[there was hymn singing]
[there was a birthday gift from one sister to another]
[there was much eating and drinking (hello pots and pots of coffee!), and gratefulness to be together- it had been nearly 10 years since the last time the whole Sam Stoltzfus clan visited.]
[a not to be forgotten moment: there was Jared's amazing display of rice crispy bar stacking skill.]
[there was conversation around the table]
[there was Rook]
[there was online Black Friday Shopping]
[there was truffle-making]
[there was little-girl play of all sorts, for two whole days]
[there was the lovely coffee shop trip]
[there were holiday drinks]
[there was a Mexican buffet]
[there was SWAT. Even for people who "don't play games" (ahem, Jared:). It started getting pretty silly, and very loud at about 11pm.]
[there was much swatting- with gusto]
[there was a waffle brunch]
[there was Take One]
[there were sister pictures]
[there was Dutch Blitz. And you've never seen Dutch Blitz so animated, even violent.:) We played for about 3 hours straight.]
[there was Settlers of Cataan]
[there were jokes]
And, best of all, there was joy.
There was family.
There was laughter.
There were more gifts from the Lord than we could count.