This is the first year that we won’t be with any extended family on Thanksgiving. It feels very odd to not be planning anything special for upcoming holidays. Reading through status updates on facebook has made me feel very left out of the weekend’s normal festivities. Brian’s self-employed, I’m a stay-at-home mom–so we really don’t have a vacation or break coming up. That doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a great party though!
We had a get together at our house on Saturday for some of our dear friends from church. I cooked my biggest turkey to date (22.5 lbs!), the best sweet potato casserole ever, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Our friends supplied the rest: appetizers, mashed potatoes, green beans, drinks, and dessert. The food was awesome; cooking the turkey really does get easier every year and it didn’t even stress me out this year at all.
More than that, being with this group of people really does feel like a different sort of family. We can joke and mess around one minute, and share deep meaningful conversation in the next. I’m very thankful for these people–what a true blessing.