**Warning: Long blog with no pictures. We seemed to forget our camera everywhere we went this weekend.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I finally have a chance to sit down and do a little “turkey day” reflecting. We had a very quiet but wonderful Thanksgiving. Gabe cooked a great meal that we shared with a special friend, Yang. Yang is a junior at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college in Appleton. He is from China. Yang was matched with us as part of the Lawrence International Program. They match international students with families in Appleton so the student has an adopted family while they are so far away from home. It was so nice to share the day with him. One of the many funny comments that Victoria made during the day was “do you want sticks to eat with or a fork?” Yang got a kick out of that especially since the sticks that Victoria tried to give him were bbq skewers. We ended the day by having friends over to eat dessert and peruse the Black Friday shopping ads. Up until three years ago, I avoided the day and so did Gabe. Then a friend of mine invited me along with her. I was able to get all my Christmas shopping done on that one day and I was hooked. We have it pretty nice here in Appleton, though. Yes, there are still lines but the crowd is no where near the level of crowds in bigger cities. People still push, people still run and there are still fights but nothing like I have heard about in other places. We picked out the things we wanted and Gabe even decided to go this year. He went in my place last year when I was experiencing horrible morning sickness. I think he is officially hooked J! It was great just to be with friends and have someone to talk to while we waited in several 30min to 1 hour lines. On Saturday the whole family, including all three kids, made and served breakfast at the local emergency shelter. I have served at the shelter before but this time really hit me. It was probably because we had just spent a day stuffing our faces with food and then a day shopping for things that in all honest we really didn’t need. Then we walk into this place and realize that these people don’t have food or homes. It was so good to have the kids there and experience that. They helped make and serve the food and even helped with dishes. I was very proud of them. It felt great to be able to give back. On a lighter note, we ended the weekend with a Steeler victory over my husband’s beloved Patriots. In the words of both of my daughters, “Go Steelers!”. I hope that you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Things I Am Thankful For:
- My beautiful and healthy family
- A house that has heat.
- Food (even though I came to the realization this year that I don’t like Turkey and I don’t like Pumpkin pie. I ate them just because it was the thing to do but with every bite I disliked them more and more.)
- My husband’s job which of course provides for #2 and #3
- Friends to share in the holidays with especially since our families are so far away