Pay It Forward - Create Thanksgiving Memories For Your Family

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Richmond KY 205403

I can remember all of my family congregating at my Granny's house on Thanksgiving.

It was amazing the amount of bodies that were fit into that small house in Mount Sterling KY.

To a young impressionable child, it was BIG and a wonderland full of different toys(all in a whicker basket in her bedroom) and the smell of bread and turkey baking in the kitchen.  

FitzpatrickIt was the time of the year I would finally get to play with my cousins.

That's me with the pained look on my face sitting next to Cousin Anne and my brother Porter. Ray is on the end of the couch. 

I rarely see any of them now.

Granny always made time for me and years later taught me how to quilt on a large frame set out in her dining room.

I stayed for days and she helped me finish a quilt I had started. She created a specific memory for me.

Those days are long gone and the family has split up to do their own thing.

My mother started her own tradition of Thanksgiving at her house and we all joined up there until 2 years ago.

I felt she was really taking on too much by cooking and baking EVERYTHING for the meal. She would literally run you out of the kitchen until it all was ready to eat. 

Now, I see where I get that take charge attitude! Mom was fearless in the kitchen.

I could see that it was getting to be too much on her. I didn't want her buying everything on her fixed income, cooking and then all that cleaning too. I felt that I needed to step in. 

So, I took over the tradition to pay it forward and moved the venue to my house.

The first year did seem a bit awkward, but now it will be the third year.  We have found the groove and we all seem to enjoy it.

Also, I get to cook for more people instead of just a few. It's about the only time I see our whole small family except for Christmas where I will do all this again.

I hope this is a memory that the relatives remember me after I am gone and realize all the love and effort I put into it.

 For you readers...Take the time to be thankful to those people that step up and make memories for you. One day that's all it will be...just a sweet memory. 


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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
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I cook for my family every night.  Well, once in a while I get a break, and my wife takes me out to dinner!  But, Thanksgiving is a moveable feast.  Sometimes we have it, sometimes we go to International Falls to spend it with my wife's family.  But, memories around Thanksgiving are always special.  Nice post! 

Nov 18, 2010 10:03 AM #1
Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Those curtains look so familiar.  :)    I think one of my Mammaw's had them also in TN.   You are so right,  we need to cherish the memories because it all goes by too fast.    I sure did love Thanksgiving but as my family is mostly gone now it's a bit sad.   But still,  I try to provide my home as a gathering place for those left.   

Nov 18, 2010 10:58 AM #2
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Lizette, it sounds as if you are creating great memories for your family.  Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!

Nov 18, 2010 11:07 AM #3
Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
"Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky"

Hi Lizette, Great Post, Reminds me of My Granny, she always did all the cooking and she always had dinner ready before noon so we could eat all day, Then my mother took over and started cooking for Thanksgiving and Christmas, til she passed away 13 years ago just before Thanksgiving.  My daughter took over the next year and she cooks Thanksgiving and I cook Christmas with lots of help from my Daughter!!! Those Memories are Precious!!! Thanks so much for sharing and pic is soooo Cute!!!


Nov 18, 2010 02:56 PM #4
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


My wife and I are working on that one little by little.

Nov 18, 2010 03:56 PM #5
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


Those grandmother memories are great! I can still taste my Big Mama's cornbread dressing and giblet gravy with cranberry sauce and yeast rolls to chase it with. She passed some years back but the memories and the smells are forever embedded.

Nov 18, 2010 04:08 PM #6
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Most of have grandmother memories. In my family we take turns for Thanksgiving. This year it's at my Aunt's house. Looking forward to it.

Love the photo Lizette. You were a little cutie pie :)

Nov 18, 2010 10:57 PM #7
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

How did you ever manage to play much with all those ruffles and lace around your neck :)

Grandma memories are the best in the world.

My wife and I take every opportunity to make grandma and grandpa memories for our grandsons.


Nov 18, 2010 11:47 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Liz, I love the photo so amazing :) Thanksgiving we usually have at our Grandmothers home, this year friends and family have opened their hearts and home, so my brother and I will be Thanks-hoping from house to house haha :)

Nov 19, 2010 02:24 AM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Lizette I just wanted to say what an adorable photo.

Nov 19, 2010 06:10 AM #10
Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.

Lizette, Good for you, picking up the Gravy Ladel, and continuing the family tradition. Now your Mom can enjoy the chatter and stop by the kitchen to watch you and give advice. Family gatherings are priceless and the memories are irreplaceable, but make sure someone takes lots of pictures! By the way, that Porter looks like a mischievious child;)

Nov 19, 2010 11:47 AM #11
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