Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and it saddens me that Andrew will be missing it this year. We have pretty strong traditions that we picked up from his side of the family and Thanksgiving is a traditional as it gets. My family usually had chicken and corn on the holiday but his family goes all out with the cranberry sauce (what is that for anyway?), homemade turkey, stuffing and pie. But to me, Thanksgiving isn’t about the food, it’s about time with family and of course expressing gratitude. Although Andrew is gone this year, I’m feeling especially thankful for the things we have been blessed with. I’m grateful for my family, from my amazing husband to my beautiful boys, my parents and my in-laws. They have all been so supportive and always loving. I’m grateful for all of the service men and women overseas, missing holidays and birthdays to fight for our rights and freedoms for others.
We started Thanksgiving morning finding and smashing leaves for our craft. On the back, we wrote what we were thankful for. Chase said, “Family, football with Daddy, basketball with Daddy and soccer with Daddy.”
For the past two years, Andrew’s parents have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for all of us, my family included. Since they don’t do a traditional dinner, my MIL graciously offered her home, hard work, cooking and cleaning to entertain all of us. Happy Thanksgiving!