Happy Thanksgiving.

The countdown begins. The day that we gather around the table with friends and family to feast on more food than you can possibly eat, is almost here. Since we’ve moved out here, my husband and I host Thanksgiving for friends who don’t travel home. Even though we’d love to be sharing this holiday with our families the reality is that if we went back to the midwest we’d be there for a week or more making our rounds to see everyone. My family is in Wisconsin and Danen’s in Minnesota. Just far enough away from each other to make getting together a bit harder. Then add in the fact that both our sides are divorced. Need I say more?

It’s turned into a tradition for us which makes it even more special. We cook the turkey, the mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing. Everyone else brings a side dish, appetizer or dessert. Having it potluck style brings everyone together, we’re all helping out to create a wonderful meal. To me, that is one of the best parts of the day. Playing games afterwards is also fun and I have great memories from past get togethers. Today I’ll be cleaning the house, fighting thru the crowds at the grocery store for final details and prepping the bird. Tomorrow my kitchen counters will be filled, the oven hot and the stove-top covered with pots. It will get chaotic at times, but once the meal is served, everyone is seated and the chatter goes to silence; this is when you know everyone is thankful for the fabulous meal in front of them. This is when friends feel an extra bond to one another, this is when you take a moment to be thankful for all you have. 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!