This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gallo Family Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine.
Our life is chaos right now. As I’ve shared this past summer we sold our home and bought our farmhouse dream house. What that meant was that we moved in with my parents and into their farmhouse. My dear parents had their retirement interrupted when we moved in with our two boys (our two very full of energy boys). We sold the idea to my parents promising we would only be there for 8 – 12 weeks.
We lived there for six months.
And my parents were rockstars. They have been super supportive. Isn’t it awesome when family steps up and helps you with huge dreams? You completely realize that you could not do it without them. I’m grateful.
So this past Thanksgiving we gathered around the table like we do every year. It was my family of four, my parents, my brother’s family (whose wife was working on Thanksgiving) and my sister’s family came into town. That meant 15 people invaded the farmhouse – that really didn’t have much room for more since our things and my parent’s things are all there – all the time. All the stuff and all the people with all the food – in one place.
Ten different conversations were happening at once. And we’re loud talkers so you can imagine how that chorus sounded.
The meal was being prepared while some of the crew ran circles around us. Hungry. We were all hungry. You just can’t smell that goodness and not be impatient to eat.
The table was set beautifully by my mom who never skipped a beat despite the fact she hasn’t had a moment of silence to herself in months.
But when we sat down, we had so much to be thankful for. We had a packed house of chaos that was our own chaos. We caught up on life since my sister’s family doesn’t live close by. We shared memories and laughter – and more laughter at things only your family will understand.
And we stuffed our faces with delicious food, my mom’s amazing pumpkin pie and enjoyed a big bottle of wine from the selection of Gallo Family Vineyard Wines.
Our family doesn’t finish the meal just because the food is gone. You’ll often find us hanging out for quite a while telling stories. I’m not sure why this always happens. We enjoy each other’s company but we’re also people who see each other often – outside of my sister’s family. But something about a meal and the holidays gives us a moment to pause and really listen.
And plan. There’s always planning in a family full of planners.
This holiday season grab a bottle of Gallo wine and some time with your family. No matter how many fill your home, enjoy the chaos. While moments of silence would have felt grand for this busy momma, I realize that scrunched in minutes with your family are even more precious. Embrace the chaos this holiday season. I plan to. 🙂