This was a special Thanksgiving for us. Sure, Justin has celebrated many Thanksgivings throughout his life, but this year he did so with his own little family. We had our first proper Thanksgiving together in Texas in 2012. That was the first time that we got to experience the joy of being around family for this particular holiday. This year we have Elijah, so we were very pleased when our friends invited us to share a family Thanksgiving meal with them. We don’t get to be around “parents” (well, we are parents, by you know what I mean) so being in a house full of family, joy and laughter made us feel both happy and homesick at the same time.
We enjoyed turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cookies, pecan pie, music, dancing, laughter, and the love of kind friends and family. We made the most of Thanksgiving away from home. Yes, even though we can’t be with our family, we choose to love those who have now become part of our amazing China-family. There may be a number of things that we miss while we live abroad, but recently we have come to realise that we have an incredible community here.. and for that we are tremendously thankful.
This is the sweet family that hosted us for Thanksgiving. Grandma S made the delicious meal that you see below, and we were all invited to join and bring one side/ dessert if we wanted. We took some peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies, but grandma’s Pecan pie knocked the socks off my cookies. Super sweet, but freaking delicious! We all wrote down one thing that we were thankful for and then put it into a bowl. After dinner we played a guessing game and tried to figure out who wrote what. Even though some of us tried to generalise, it was still pretty obvious who wrote what.
The youngest two played on the floor while we enjoyed our dessert. As you can see, they were both looking super cute! Thea in her blue tutu and Elijah with his suspenders and bowtie. It almost looks like they are having a conversation in the picture above. Thea kept moving around in an odd fashion, kind of like she had eaten too much turkey (she didn’t eat turkey, lol)…
[Update: The next day she crawled for the very first time. Go Thea!]
After dinner we took a few family photos… (getting all the babies to look in the same direction is no easy task, especially when there are two or three cameras out all at once). Rhema looked ta a camera (never mind that it was the wrong one), but Elijah and Thea decided to looks down/ away. Two more babies, and us adults will be outnumbered!
|These three got lots of attention!|
|Elijah’s first Thanksgiving|