Set another place at the Thanksgiving table

Set another place at the Thanksgiving table

Melanie and I have lots to be thankful for this year (as we do every year). This year we have our first house, we’re all healthy, Melanie’s sister is staying with us, both of our extended families are as healthy this year as last year and perhaps even a little better. Sure, there are challenges: At least four members of our families are looking for jobs and two are worried about losing their homes to foreclosure.

But we are a people of hope and faith and trust in the Lord and we give thanks in good times and bad.

On top of all that, we have even more reason to give thanks on this Thanksgiving. Let me start from the beginning. Over the last week or two, Melanie has been exhausted. She thought it was because Sophia had been having allergic reactions to some foods (wheat and bananas, we’ve found out) and four teeth coming in at once, which had been keeping them both up at night.

And then Sunday night, while I was smoking out the house with a roast beef, Melanie declared herself to be somewhat nauseous. Neither of us said anything about it, but this is what wrote on Twitter:


Then Monday morning at 9:30 I got a phone call from Melanie; she had a hunch too and took a test.


She’s pregnant.

Which is funny because we’d both been afraid this would happen before the move and she’d be several months pregnant and tired and nauseous and trying to pack. At least this way we’re mostly unpacked and her sister is here to be an extra helping hand.

And that’s why we’re extra thankful this Thanksgiving.

N.B.: And for the record: I’m not dead. She was very understanding, although it’s a good thing none of the family saw the tweet before we called to tell them.


  • i thought you were posting about our soldiers.

    wow.  Congratulations!!!  that’s awesome news and definitely something to give thanks for!  many prayers for melanie and your new blessing.

  • So very happy for you all.  You have such a beautiful way of phrasing things, Dom; I especially liked   But we are a people of hope and faith and trust in the Lord and we give thanks in good times and bad.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Well, when you go from having two kids to having three . . . you’ll know how the Bruins feel when they are short-handed against the Canadiens!

    On the other hand, toddlers in bare feet move even faster than NHL hockey players on skates!

    But it’s a lot of fun, and a whole lot of love.

    God bless you and your family.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • (I’m so dead.)?  I’m so lost (not that that is an unusual circumstance).

    Congratulations and blessings for all 6 of you.  Football size people is wonderful things and fun to burp and things to be grateful for.

  • Congratulations! Welcome to the pregnant family crew.  It is very exciting, but you seem to be in a good place for you.  I hope things go smoothly for you all.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • The greatest thing you can give your children are siblings, it is the only thing you really leave behind once you are gone.

    Be assured of my joy and prayers.

  • Congratulations!  I hope you’re in for a treat.  For me, the first year of having two kids was the toughest—tougher than the first year of having five.  May you have the same experience; may having three kids be less work and more fun—both now and in the future.

  • Congratulations, Dom and Melanie! This is wonderful news. Be assured of our prayers.


  • Such great news and so many good things happening for you and Melanie in recent months!  Enjoy!

    It’s so much fun learning of the doings of your dear family that is growing quite fast—just as you both hoped it would.

    Now if the nausea would subside quickly.  I found that with each of my four (in five years), I had less and less nausea with each one.  I guess my body finally decided that there was no point in fighting back.