When I began college, I was so blessed to spend Thanksgiving with my extended family in Illinois. Those are sweet memories of Aunt Pat's amazing homemade noodles, lots of people in a small space, listening to Grandpa play his music and tell stories, the constant laughter, the day-after-Thanksgiving on the other side of the family - so many sweet times.
Such sweet memories that I cherish as most of my grandparents have gone to be with Jesus.
Daddy with his siblings
Momma's side of the family (whew - we were young here 2004)
Our family - 2004
This was Thanksgiving 2004 - wow, were we young!
Sister - look at how light our hair is????
Because I once lived in the era of non-digital photos, there are not many from Thanksgivings during college. I can't find any family shots from 2005 - oh well!
Since moving to Panama, my feelings have warmed towards Thanksgiving - literally! It has been years of firsts - no sweatshirts, no snow (Can you see the snow in the picture above??), no American football games or Thanksgiving Day Parades. However, it has been many wonderful firsts - Thanksgiving at the beach, shorts and tank tops, air conditioning, and so much more. The Lord has sweetly provided amazing memories each of these six Thanksgivings in Panama.
Year 1 - I have no photo, but I remember being at the beach with a sweet family.
Year 2 - At the beach again and I ran into some sweet kiddos from school.
Year 3 - Rachel gets married (at the beach)! So much fun celebrating!
Year 4 - Sister and her husband come to visit and guess what we do? Go to the beach, of course!
Year 5 - Big group visit to Santa Catalina and visiting Jordan and Lindsay. So fun!!!
So what about this year? There is a massive group of sweet people who are my Panamanian family that will be gathering to celebrate together. Lord willing, we can get a HUGE group shot and I'll post that.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!