We had a very different, and very lovely Thanksgiving this year. Our families were traveling, and since we were only in our home for a few days, we decided to sit this holiday out and spend it together in our new home. I wrote this on Thanksgiving morning:
“As I am writing, it is Thanksgiving morning. I just love Thanksgiving. I woke up early and walked down to my brand new kitchen in my brand new home. I prepared my turkey(breast) and arranged my dishes. I turned Christmas Music on and opened up my back door to let in the crisp morning air. As my children gobbled up some yogurt, a hot air balloon flew just exactly over our backyard. It all seems almost too perfect.
This year I am feeling so particularly grateful and full of thanks. I am still in awe and wonder about the way my life has unfolded with my beautiful family I have been blessed with. It feels so sweet to be newly nestled into the home my children will grow up in. We are here! This stage of life has arrived, and it’s so sweet it puts a lump in my throat.
We have been on the receiving end of so much loving service, and I feel unworthy of such blessings. For us to be sitting in this house came after such an army of people offering us their time, skills, willingness to help us with so much. I am just feeling especially loved and grateful for all the angels I have surrounding me. I know that God uses us to bless each other, and I have felt so much of that in recent weeks.
I can’t wait to get my hands to work serving and giving back this holiday season, and today I am starting by making my family a home cooked meal in our new home!”
Of course we missed family, and our usual thanksgiving tradition of spending it at the family cabin with the Millers this year, but I must say that cooking 6 dishes alongside my two older girls in our newly unpacked kitchen had to make the list of my favorite Thankgivings to date. I looooove everything about Thanksgiving. The weather in St. George, the low-key vibe of the holiday, the cooking all day, the snacking all night. It’s just the best.
This year it was 75 degrees outside, so naturally we opted to eat on our outdoor picnic table. After dinner, we went and walked through our empty downtown cottage together as a family. It was a sweet way to end the day. We spent the rest of the holiday weekend getting settled into our new house. I think we’ll be “settling” for quite some time here, but it just feel so good to be here at HOME.
Definitely a year to remember.