Our Thanksgiving 2019

Hi! I hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was a bit different this year… we were all a bit sick, but it was no less special, memorable, and fun!

Challah bread

I spent the day before Thanksgiving fulfilling challah orders and even managed to bake one for us to bring to Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house! I made two loaves of cinnamon raisin, one loaf of cheddar jalapeño, and one with sun-dried tomato and feta. Man do I love baking.

Sadie had been sick earlier in the week with a fever, and then Jimmy and I caught a cold mid-week, and Sadie woke up with it on Thanksgiving. We visited my in-laws and Sadie had a ball running all around their house.

Toddler and grandma on Thanksgiving

Her little outfit says “thankful for today” and it was given to us from our friends from church Miss Laura and Mr. Dave at Sadie’s baby shower and I’ve literally been dreaming of her wearing it since that day in July 2018!

It was as adorable on her as I thought it would be!

Baby girl with thanksgiving outfit

Sadie played her little heart out and then we drove across Pittsburgh to my parents’ house and she took a turn for the worse with her cold. She had a runny nose in the morning, but by the evening she was pitiful and the most sick I’ve seen her since stomach flu 2k19 hit our house in February.

She was sneezing and coughing and crying and lethargic and it was so, so pitiful. I knew she didn’t feel good when she fell asleep on my mom’s chest on the couch. She usually climbs all over couches and doesn’t ever sit still. Poor girl.

Baby sleeping on grandma

We all enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner compliments of my parents. Afterwards we all just hung out and tried to keep Sadie girl comfortable. My parents had the same cold, so we were all sick together. It was kinda nice not having to worry about passing on our germs, lol!

Sadie had a fitful night of sleep and woke up feeling about the same on Friday so we laid low for the day. Our big Black Friday purchase was a humidifier because we called Sadie’s pediatrician and they recommended one to help with her cough.

Our Thanksgiving was great, though. We were blessed enough to all wake up with a roof over our heads, families to visit, a God who loves us, and a meal on the table. What more could we want!

Tell me about your Thanksgiving!



  1. I’m so sorry you guys were all so sick. I hope everyone is starting to feel better. Nothing like being sick to make someone feel thankful for their usual good health.

    As we’ve had our fair share of head colds, I definitely agree with the humidifier decision. I also recommend steaming up a bathroom by turning on the shower and taking some books and toys in and playing with Sadie in there while she breathes in the steam for a bit. We also do hot water with lemon and lots of local honey, let it cool to an appropriate warm temperature for sipping, and make the kid take a sip after every cough. The honey and the warm water are soothing to the throat and the lemon provides some good vitamin C. We call it juice water and the kids both love it and will request it whenever they have a cough or just feel off. Those are my tips (not that you asked for them – haha!) in case you’re not already doing that stuff.

    1. We are all finally beginning to feel better–woo! Thanks for the well wishes! I’m so glad we can’t spread germs via the internet! Being sick really does make me thankful for our otherwise good health for sure 🙂

      I like the ideas you gave! I had heard of the steam idea, but never thought to bring in some books and toys–so smart! I have a feeling Sadie would love the water + lemon + honey combo, too! So cute you guys call it juice water! Thank you for always sharing your parenting wisdom! ❤

  2. Oh! I know you’re not reading many blog posts now, but check my gift guide out (it was posted on Thanksgiving) and comment before 12/6/19 for a chance to win a Norwex Envirocloth or a bottle of Young Living’s Christmas Spirit blend oil. You’ve been such a loyal reader for so long I want to be sure you have a chance to win!

  3. Gosh, Allie, those challah bread loaves are making my mouth water! I’d love to try every single one. You are such a master baker!! Sadie looks adorable in her shirt & that photo of her asleep on your mom is so precious. ❤ Hope everyone is feeling much better now!!

  4. Oh no! It’s so hard when they are sick, especially at the holidays. I see in the comments above that you guys are doing better now so I’m glad for that! I hope this Christmas finds all of you in a much healthier condition!

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