Sunday, November 4, 2007

Thanksgiving Dinner # 1

This Saturday, we celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with David's family. I know it seems really early, but there was a good reason behind having it so soon. Friday marked 5 years that David's dad has been gone. He died about two years into our marriage, which was a major blow to the family. David is the youngest of six kids, and comes from an extremely close knit family. There were about 35 people there on Saturday. Many from out of town could not make it, including a nephew in Texas, and a brother in Nebraska. Losing a father at 21 was very hard for David. His father will never know our children or see David graduate from college, among other things. It definitely made our marriage strong, being married so young. In honor of his father, the McCash family had Thanksgiving on Saturday. They planned a "scrapbook" dinner, where every child and spouse, including grand kids, designed their own scrapbook page. Each page was to commemorate a favorite memory of "dad". David and I chose to remember the whitewater rafting trip David took with his dad in the summer of 96 in Colorado on the Arkansas River. Instead of traditional Thanksgiving food, we all decided on Mexican. It was a lot of fun reminiscing and keeping the spirit of his father alive.

David with our nieces, Chyann and Madison.


Pretty flowers outside.

Our nephew's son, Brandon.

My niece, Chyann and I.

Homemade tamales and enchiladas.

Our nieces, Madison and Ashley.

David's beautiful sister, Susan.

From left, Susan's husband Terry, our niece Amber, and David's brother Matt and his family.

Starting scrapbook pages~

Our nieces, Ashely and Madison.

Our nephew, Zack.


  1. your nieces are beautiful.

  2. That is such a sweet way to remember David's dad. I know Saturday was a very special day for you all.

  3. I've always wanted to do a Thanksgving without the mainstream thanksgiving food! what a great idea! and just look at YOUR tamales! They look so great! we should swap recipes! I'll email you mine if you send me yours!

  4. Looks like everyone had a good time. Its hard to belive its already been 5yrs since Ed has been gone. I'm glad you guys got married when you did so Ed could be there & be in all your wedding photos. He was a great man who loved his kids & family so much. David had a great example as a father. And this get together was a great way to celebrate Ed's life.I bet those scrap book pages were good, lots of memories.

  5. That scrapbook is a neat idea. I'm so sorry that David lost his father.

  6. You are so funny - I have been thinking the same two things - I can't wait to see what you do with Christmas decorating (I have a feeling you will give me lots of good ideas) and two - I thought about asking for your address to send you a Christmas card since I feel like I know you!
    E-mail me and I'll send you my address.

  7. I cannot imagine losing a parent at such a young age, or what it must have been like on both of you being newlyweds. I'm so glad that it seems to have brought you closer together. I bet the scrapbook was fun, and I'm sure you all had wonderful memories. Thanks about the tights--I love funky tights, but she'll probably hate me for it when she gets older!

  8. The scrapbook thing was such a sweet idea! Y'all are so good.
    BTW...I love your shirt.

  9. Wow, this post brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine losing my dad, but what a wonderful way to remember him

  10. It was great to find you! I didn't know about david's dad. What a terrific way to remember him. You guys look great. Tell David I said hi!

  11. That is such a great thing that you guys did. Love how you incorporated such a sad time into a great new family tradition.