Thanksgiving took on a whole new meaning for me my freshman year of college. I loved my new found independence and friends, but by mid-October, I was really starting to miss my family back at home.
I still remember the feeling of that one hour flight from the LA area to Phoenix that November. The desert landscape filled with wispy clouds seemed to extend for eternity, as I counted the slow minutes until landing in the place I had called home for 18 years. It wasn’t just the beautiful spread and yummy food that warmed my heart that Thanksgiving; it was the realization of how precious my family was to me (and how much I actually liked my little brother 😉 ).
Since then, Thanksgiving has always taken on a little bit more of a sparkle. The years went by, and even though I was learning how to navigate the mixed emotions of building a new life apart from what had always been “my home,” Thanksgiving always held such a strong sense of homecoming for me.
This year, we’ll be spending our first Thanksgiving as Mr. & Mrs. Lee in our new home, with new family and friends. It will be the first time that I am in charge of part of the menu, waking up early on Thanksgiving day to make sure everything is cooked just right. It will be the first time creating our own family traditions, looking forward to the years ahead that will see new family and friends added to the mix.
On this quiet afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving, I reflect on it all with a strange mixture of joy, excitement, and a little bit of reminiscent sadness. I am ever so grateful for all of those years of coming home for Thanksgiving. And now this year, our home is that home, the home we go to for Thanksgiving…the place where we get to remember and find joy in gratitude.
When we look back on what this first year of life together has been for us, we can truly say that His mercy, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness to us in the everyday, ordinary moments have been countless.
So this year, although we may be many miles away from our family and friends around the world, we remember you with joy and gratitude, thankful for this beautiful life we get to share together. Wishing you and your loved ones a precious Thanksgiving filled with lots of laughter and new memories.