We are home again after a week on the road--or rather in the air. Jim had his annual Society of Biblical Literature convention in Atlanta and while he did his various meetings, I enjoyed the High Museum of Art and the MLK Center and we both enjoyed eating at various restaurants with friends or just with each other.
After the convention, we flew to Newark and took the train to Princeton for family time. There were two nights at the historic Nassau Inn with one night in the middle at Laura's home in Gladwyne where we enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with 14 of us.
Actually, there were only 13 of us at dinner. Little Alex was blessedly asleep after crying hard for an hour and pulling on his ear thus letting us know in his own way what was wrong. He is the dearest, most pleasant and sociable baby and very, very busy so when he cries, there is a real problem.
It was so wonderful to hear all the conversations going on between our three children and their spouses and also between Katie and her Uncle Dan about colleges. The big kids were so good with the little kids as they played football in the back yard or video games inside.
For me a highlight of the whole trip was walking into the dining room on Wednesday evening and seeing Jasper's handiwork in making place mats for the 13 of us. I was moved to tears by his creativity and his sweetness in getting us all to complete "I,m greatful for..." He was pleased that the first thing I listed was being thankful for our placemats! Everyone mentioned family on his or her list; our dear Michael, age 12, was the only one to mention God. We all should have done so!