Family, Fun & Feasting
I hope everyone had a very nice Thanksgiving. To me the entire week felt like a holiday. From time spent with friends and family, not having to cook the annual thanksgiving feast, sharing dinners with those in need, to celebrating my cousin’s 80th birthday it was an outstanding week.
One of the things I thought about this past week was a fond memory of my Uncle Johnny’s final days back in 2003. My uncle, some would say (myself included), lived a less than stellar life but when I was thinking of him and something he said before he died it made me think of the importance of family.
My family is dysfunctional. We have our assortment of oddballs, and screwballs but my favorite category is the crackpot.
Crackpot in the dictionary is defined as a person who is eccentric, unrealistic, or fanatical; while this definition could fit some of my family members my reason for liking the word is different from the meaning. When I take the word literally as a pot that’s cracked I’m reminded of our humanity, frailties and, imperfections.
None of us are perfect, if we were, the world we live in would reflect perfection in ALL things. Being aware of our imperfections is very humbling and reminds us that because of free will we can rely on a perfect God who loves us in spite of our shortcomings. So when I think about what I am thankful for, and there’s plenty, the most important thing is God’s unfailing, unconditional, and unchanging love for me.
The thing that my uncle shared with me when he was in the hospital after we received his terminal diagnosis was that he wanted to be remembered. Here he was dying and the single most critical thing to him was that his life meant something and that we who were left behind would remember him.
My Uncle Johnny was not perfect, but then neither are any of us. When we come to the end of our lives, it won’t matter the size of our house, the successes we’ve attained, money we’ve acquired, possessions we have or how famous we’ve become. What will matter, are those closest to us and the relationships we’ve shared throughout our lives.
I have not forgotten my Uncle Johnny or those family members that have gone on before him. The person I am today was shaped in part by the people God planted in my life as my family of whom I embrace and am thankful.
Knee-High Fashion Boots
Several weeks ago I did a post on Ankle Boots and as promised today I’m going to describe some of my favorite knee-high boots at three different price points.
- Cliffs by White Mountain Petal Boot (DSW) – When buying boots, I always look for interesting details. As soon as I saw these slouchy taupe boots I could picture myself wearing them with a pair of jeans tucked inside or a long skirt. The neutral color will go with just about anything and the 2 and a quarter-inch stacked heel is straight up my alley.
- Bella-Vita Walker (6pm) – While these boots do not have a zipper (I prefer this for ease of putting on and taking off) I really like the look of the black suede/herringbone combo. The heel height is 2 and a half inches and there are strap accents on the upper calf and heel areas on the boots.
- Colleen Quilted Tall Boots (Target) – Quilted bags and boots abound this season. So I was pleasantly surprised to find these cordovan-colored riding boots for sale at Target. From the front the boots look like traditional riding boots however they sport a faux quilted back accented with straps and buckles at the back of the calf and heel for a very chic look.
- Crown Vintage Lani Boot (DSW) – The details on these burgundy boots are pure vintage. From the shape of the tall shaft to the decorative covered buttons they are ultra-feminine and a knockout.
- LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Maren Wide Calf (6pm) – Everything that I like in a boot I found in this dark brown one. Side-zip closure, almond toe, leather and contrasting suede shaft, buckled and cross strapped accents on the upper outer portion of the calf with a stacked 1 and ½ inch heel. Just classy!
- Hailey Jeans Co. Women’s Fashion Boots (Target) – The light stone colored suede and ever so slight slouch with a buckle with cross straps accent at the ankles of these boots caught my eye. The block heel is 1 inch high.
- Tahari Felix Boot (DSW) – These gorgeous, dark brown, tall shaft boots have trendy decorative buckle strap details, inside zipper, round toe, 3 and one half-inch stacked block heel.
- Tsubo Faline (6pm) – This charcoal boot is perfect with skirts of all lengths or matched with a pair of skinny jeans. Decorative hook and loop accent for added appeal is on the upper, outer calf. Inside zipper allows for easy on-and-off wear. Dual-density latex foam foot-bed with added pads at pressure points massages the foot with each step. 2 and 1 half-inch covered heel.
- Rockport Seven To 7 Boot (DSW) – This brown Seven To 7 (hidden) platform boot features ADIPRENE® by Adidas sport technology for all day comfort! Asymmetrical flap with hidden elastic insert for stretch fit, gold buckle strap detail on the outer portion of the flap, round toe with half-inch hidden platform, 2 and one half-inch stacked heel. The asymmetrical design and stitching on the boot gives it a polished finish.
Have a great weekend!!
“Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts.” ~Author Unknown