This Thanksgiving we went up to Dallas and had a fairly traditional day in some respects but very unusual in others. This Thanksgiving was a multicultural experience. In addition to our crew, we had a young man from Boston who is in Dallas doing Teach Across America. They knew him from their church. Then Jason invited his friend from Iraq that he has gotten to know, and he and Alex invited two Chinese girls they have befriended. So we had people from three foreign countries. My kids did not learn this from home. Yes we often invited people outside our family but they were usually friends or K-life leaders but not foreigners we barely knew. I love that they feel free to do this and shows again how much further they have progressed beyond Luana and me.
We went up on Wed. and Christy made a delicious Lasagna from her prairie Home cookbook. Then the next morning we did our traditional run in the Turkey trot. Jason and I were joined by the Websters - Cathy, Jimmy and their daughter Anna Lee. I was amazed and pleased that I was able to do the whole 8 miles even though I had only run 4 miles prior to this - and all of it without chest pain. (that is another blog)
We ate at Amy and Blake's and Mary Beth did some bang up decorating (Christy had to work). The feast consisted of the usual turkey and dressing with gravy as well as broccoli and rice casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Caesar's salad, pistachio fruit salad and rolls. Then they topped it off with an all star dessert lineup of chocolate chip pie, chocolate cake, a coffee pie, dipped strawberries and a couple of others that I cannot remember. Amy had come up with a number of verses on being thankful to keep our hearts in the right place and we had good table conversation.
All in all it was a great time and I want to thank all of the girls who chipped in to make it a great success