Thursday, November 27, 2008

What are you thankful for?

In honor of Thanksgiving, I'd love to know what you are thankful for this year. Something we always did at Thanksgiving meals was go around the table and say one thing for which each of us was thankful. I'll miss being able to do that this year (with more than just the four of us), so please humor me and leave a comment with what you are thankful for. I'll tell you what I'm thankful for in a different post.

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Did you realize Thanksgiving is an American holiday that's not celebrated around the world? It is probably obvious to most, given the historical origins of the day, but it took me a while living here before I realized that Thanksgiving was not something with which most people here are familiar.

[Sidenote: I understand Canada celebrates their own version of Thanksgiving sometime in Oct., I think. I wonder if there are any other countries?]

Since Thanksgiving is not an official holiday here, the kids are in school and Gander is at work. No days off. No extra time to sit around gorging ourselves on way too much food then watching football (or sleeping through football, as the case may be) for us this year. [Actually, no American football for us at all. Gander has to settle for online updates and news articles to keep up with the sport. Now there's something I can be thankful for! ;-) ]

Since today (yes, it's Thursday here already) is still a school night and a work night, I decided it was too difficult for me to plan a Thanksgiving meal for tonight. I am going to shoot for at least a mini feast this weekend. Of course I still need to find a turkey. I know I can buy one here, I just haven't found one yet. I also need a good pumpkin pie recipe. Anyone care to share?

Be back in a bit to write a post on what I'm thankful for.


  1. I am thankful for my beautiful children...they are my life's breath, and enable me to find the courage to keep moving...and I am equally grateful for my circle of friends...they also help me gather that courage...and they pick me up when I can't seem to remember how to stand you heaps Starlene...send our love to Gander and the girls...Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Your Dad is thankful that in what most people would have had a very difficult time with you guys are adjusting so wonderfully to the great experience that you're living!

  3. Your Mom is thankful that God is taking such good care of you, even though you seem very far away from us. You are NOT far away from Him!

  4. I am thankful to have spent every Monday for a school year with all three of you! We miss you. Peggy

  5. You guys are making me tear up. What better friends and family can I ask for? I ask you what you are thankful for and you use it as an opportunity to encourage and love me. Thank you, with much love!!