Thanksgiving is so lovely, but really hard.

Coordinating the whole mixing, baking, cleaning, whipping, dirtying every dish, scrubbing little faces, whisking the gravy and timing it all to come together at exactly 4 p.m. while still trying to be kind, patient and unbossy is a nearly impossible task. I’m not ashamed to admit that I dissolved into tears more than once.

But, the tears dry quickly when surrounded by so much loveliness.

I’m grateful for:

Benny-boy washing mountains of dishes,

a husband who cuts up grapefruit for me,

Xander unloading the dishwasher,

a neighbor who loans (gives) me corn syrup or any other missing ingredient every time (I think I owe him 3 dozen eggs),

grate pie makers,

chocolatey beaters (Gabe is the only child who didn’t help cook. His only job was licking spatulas and beaters while watching Star Wars.),

eight pies

lemon cream, 2 pumpkin, 2 chocolate mousse, apple, 2 pecan,

peeling potatoes with Grandpa,

tiny pies,

a spontaneous duet on Grandma’s baby grand,




and, of course, Rhodes Rolls.

xoxo, m
November 24, 2008
December 1, 2008



  1. katherine

    November 29, 2008

    Wonderful post! I know that we all are grateful for little things and big things in our life. Thanks for sharing!!!


  2. Linn

    November 29, 2008

    So beautiful! This Thanksgiving I was especially thankful for your sweet comment. Thank you so much. It meant more than you know. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (Loved all of the pictures, but especially the one of your dad–Brother Farnsworth, you are the best!)

  3. Annie

    November 29, 2008

    Holy cow, Michelle, I almost burst into tear just thinking about you baking eight pies!

    My thanksgiving was teary, too. It’s such a tender (and loaded) holiday. I’m thankful for *you* my bloggy friend!

  4. Bonnie

    November 29, 2008

    Fantastic post! I also wrote a post about things I’m grateful for – 100 to be exact.

    Happy Holidays!

  5. Annie

    November 29, 2008

    tears, I meant

  6. jennie w.

    November 30, 2008

    It looks peaceful and lovely, even if you were in tears for part of it.

  7. Kelly

    November 30, 2008

    I’m thankful for my internet friends…..the ones I’ve never met in person before but feel a kinship to. I’m thankful to you for the kind things you write and those that follow with lovely and appreciative comments. This is a wonderful place to come for peace.

    Blessed are we!

  8. Allison

    November 30, 2008

    Beautiful pumpkin/ candle centerpiece.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Patti

    November 30, 2008

    Beautiful family. Beautiful pictures. And I love your description of the day…

    That line of pies – GREAT picture.

    Happy Holidays!

  10. Alyson (New England Living)

    November 30, 2008

    What a wonderful celebration! Amazing pics. Thanks for posting all the behind-the-scenes of what makes Thanksgiving work.

  11. Denise

    December 1, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving Lehnardts. You are so lucky to have had your parents for the holiday. That, for me, continues to be the hardest part of living so far from mine. Many holidays have past without them…

  12. twoelves

    December 2, 2008

    I still can’t believe you make all those pies. Amazing! Hey, I recognize those Anthropologie bowls. I love those 🙂

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