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11/25/07 (Suzanna) It was a delight to spend Thanksgiving at Pigeon Forge, TN, with Suzanna’s sister Mamie and her husband, Jack Whitten. This being our first Thanksgiving without Suzanna and Mamie’s mother, it was somewhat easier not going back to West Virginia for our usual Thanksgiving observance. Despite the grief of Mother’s illness and passing, we have so much for which to give thanks. Despite the small kitchen and limited cooking utensils, Suzanna and Mamie managed to prepare a Thanksgiving banquet.
A major reason for praising the Lord was the “benign” report after Suzanna’s thyroid was removed November 1. Unfortunately, she is facing more surgery December 5. The doctor will do a laparoscopic procedure and lab work to determine whether she will have to do a hysterectomy at the same time. Please pray for a benign report once again.
The weather was so nice we were able to have our morning devotions on our cabin deck.
An electric wheelchair helped Mamie enjoy the day without too much pain from her chronic back problem.
We enjoyed lunch at Apple Barn.
In addition to Thanksgiving, we were celebrating Mamie and Jack’s 25th wedding anniversary.
Being from northwestern Canada (Grande Prairie, Alberta), Richard loves being in the mountains.
The Pigeon Forge trip was also a family Christmas gift shared by the Hanhams and Whittens. However, Suzanna managed to add to her gift by acquiring another musical instrument. The bowed psaltery is like the lyre of Bible days. It sounds much like a violin, and she is thrilled to be learning to play it. She will use it sometimes when she is playing with her dulcimer group. They played for a middle school’s Culture Fest all day November 29 and will be playing Christmas music for a Catholic nursing home in December.
For our family, a trip to Pigeon Forge must include a show at Comedy Barn. Of course we bought the video of the show because Jack got to be on stage!
It is hard to determine which is better – the food or the wonderful Christmas show at Dixie Stampede!
We’re so thankful that the real meaning of Christmas is emphasized in the shows at Dollywood, Comedy Barn, and Dixie Stampede!