This was the first year in 3 years that I’ve been able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family instead of trying to teach Thanksgiving traditions to my Chinese students. I was very glad to be home with my family, but I did not expect for so much change in our family celebration. As I was there, I realized that only my younger brother, Michael, and I were the last 2 out of the 7 of us cousins (until my older brother, David arrived late with my Dad) who used to all hang out together over the holiday weekend. It reminded me of how much life does change no matter where you are or what you do.
Even still, I really enjoyed the wonderful meal prepared by my Aunt and other extended family. My Aunt is so gracious to host the Thanksgiving meal! We were able to play football, soccer, and rugby in the backyard along with fetch for all of the dogs while others conversed on the patio and even others sat watching the series of football games.
It was also nice to a part of the double baby shower for my cousin, Casey, along with my sister-in-law, Shelby. I’m really excited for both of them and their new families!
And to finish off some of Thanksgiving traditions, I was glad to be able to go out early in the morning on Black Friday to take advantage of some good deals with my family. I am so thankful and feel very blessed to have such a wonderful family in the US!
I cherished ever moment of Thanksgiving, even amidst all of the change because I know that I may not have the blessing to share that time with my family again for some years yet to come since I may continue to work overseas.