Giving thanks

My husband and I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner together every year for the past decade.  It’s one of our favorite traditions- and sharing it with friends is something we look forward to all year.

At the moment there are exactly five cooking utensils in my kitchen drawers, and one baking tray.  So today for the first time in a long time, we didn’t cook our own Thanksgiving meal.  We were privileged to spend it with a family from church who had gathered- four generations, travelling from five different states- for their annual tradition.  It was a beautiful way to spend the day.

I found myself distinctly homesick for the families and friends that we have shared this day with in the past- and at the same time, tremendously blessed to have found a warm welcome in our new community.  For friends, past and present, we are thankful today.

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2 thoughts on “Giving thanks

  1. So thankful that you were welcomed into someone else’s home for a special day, but also intrigued as to which 5 cooking utensils you have!

  2. When I first read your post on Facebook it stops at ‘exactly five cooking…’, I thought ‘oh my goodness, you didn’t waste anytime inviting five people round and you’re letting them cook in your kitchen! Amazing!!!’ Ha ha ha! Then read the rest here…. Doh!
    Anyway, I see the double miracle – you got to keep an unbroken track record of spending Thanksgiving together when you could so easily have been a separated family thanks to visa issues. And, you have enlarged your family that includes extra grandparents and playmates for the girls. What a generous and loving Father we have to give such a gift.
    But have to say that although we are very thankful and excited for you, we are momentarily very sad for ourselves – we really missed you and the specialness of the day that you brought.
    Oh, and I feel your next post should be a challenge about do we really more than five cooking utensils to make a feast!! ;-)

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