The kids and I had a good Thanksgiving yesterday at Jason’s sister Jennifer’s house. I love being around them because I feel and see Jason in so many of the things that his family does…and I feel like he is extra smiling down on us and happy when we are together. This makes things extra emotional for me sometimes, but I think that’s okay.
The green bean casserole would have been his favorite…and his sister made it just the way he likes it. I had a hard time swallowing it past the lump in my throat. While everyone else ate their pie room temperature, his brother said “wait…I want mine heated in the microwave first”. Jason would have done the same thing with his apple pie. No way he would have eaten it without heating it up first.
After dinner his sister got out Uno and our kids played with their cousins and aunt and uncle. I was immediately transported back to all the Uno games we played after I first met Jason and Jeremy back in 1996. This was back in the first few months of school when I was still with my ex and Jason had a girlfriend back home in Red Wing. Jason, Jeremy, me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend’s friend would sit around a table in the basement of Murray Hall and play Uno. It was the first time I was introduced to the “Fregien way” of playing Uno…which of course is the way they played yesterday. Jason would have been right there playing with them yesterday and letting me relax…just like he did at so many other family gatherings.
We were all tired when we got home and spent the rest of the day curled up in Jason’s quilt and watching movies.
Thank you to everyone who thought about us and prayed for us yesterday. I appreciated all the texts, emails, and other messages I received. We are blessed.