Our holidays have already started!! Family started pouring in on Saturday and more family arrived yesterday. We started our baking yesterday, preparing desserts for all 30 people due to come and see us. Yes!! I have to get a head start on it as we are responsible for the Turkey, the stuffing and the Gravy as well!! Today we have another member of our family flying in and then Wednesday and Thursday the rest of them will be here!! Can you tell—just slightly that I’m excited?
While I am thankful at Thanksgiving—and I usually have something to be thankful for each and everyday of the year—I’m especially thankful when our family can join in with our extended family to celebrate the holidays. No better meal than Thanksgiving to have a bit of a reunion and to catch up with those we might only get to see once a year or so.
This Thanksgiving—I am especially thankful that my 90-year old Grandma is here. She arrived yesterday. She means the world to me and I can not wait to spend sometime with her tomorrow before the rest of the family arrives. (I know that must sound selfish on some level—and perhaps it is—but I don’t like that we don’t live close by any longer). I just think it is so awesome to have her here, I really miss living close to her. We don’t get enough opportunities to visit each other—and traveling isn’t easy for her. Living 1000 miles apart doesn’t really help in that equation—but none-the-less-she is here now and I intend to enjoy each and every moment.
I know Thanksgiving Day will be very special for all of us this year. As my generation gets older—and my kids get older—the drifting apart factor will come into play. In two short years, one of my cousins will already be married, another will have graduated college, another cousin and my son will be in their senior year of High School and who knows what else will change between now and then—so with that in mind I know this will be one Thanksgiving to cherish. So this year—I am really thankful for my family, being able to be together, and creating memories to last a life time.