Happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American readers! I’ve had itchy feet lately and have been counting down the days to my next big adventure, but this past Thursday I was so grateful that I’ve delayed my travels in order to be home for the holidays. I have so much to be grateful for, it’s almost ridiculous, and I teared up at the dinner table trying to put it all into words when it was my turn to give thanks.
Thanksgiving is the biggest and most beloved holiday in my house, and missing it last year when I was in Vietnam broke my heart. I know that with my nomadic lifestyle I won’t always be able to spend these special days with family and friends, so I really cherish it now when I do.
My mom does a beautiful job with out table and name cards. I love the photo on the right because it commemorates that my Grandma Joyce made the trip out to spend the holiday with us this year!
We’re not really a football family. Instead, we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Westminster Dog Show, and do a puzzle.
It wouldn’t be a holiday in the Allen-Baackes house if we didn’t (A) dress up our dog, or (B) dress up ourselves. Tucker was pretty put-out about not being allowed human food, though.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
A few other notes to share this week….
• inspired me more than anything I’ve read lately. I love this quote especially:
You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.
Do not squander this time. You will never have it again. You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. The habits you form in this season will stick with you for the rest of your life. So choose those habits wisely.
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