Thanksgiving was a bit different this year. It is my first Thanksgiving with my own littles, and my first Thanksgiving without family. I was really stressed out about having to make the entire meal with no hands on help from my mama (though there were A LOT of phone calls to her throughout the day). But I was mostly concerned about being really homesick and feeling isolated with the 2,000 miles between us and "home".
It ended up being a really wonderful day. I have been fighting off a cold that got the best of me that morning, so I spent the morning with my littles watching (aka sleeping through) the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while my sweet husband did all the heavy lifting with the turkey. During the afternoon we worked on making all the sides (a little ahead of schedule because the turkey cooked faster than anticipated...) which is my favorite part of the holiday. I love the smell of herbs in the kitchen, rising dough, and pies sitting out on top of the dryer (just like my grandma).
My sister set a beautiful table and we even hooked up the babies high chairs for the first time so they could sit at the table with us. They looked adorable with their little napkins tucked under their chubby chins. Dinner turned out AMAZING!! I'm chalking it up to beginners luck but seriously each of us were completely shocked at how delicious it was. As soon as we started eating we all started laughing because we expected everything to be on a the verge of terrible. I loved sitting around the table at my new little family. My sweet husband, my amazing little sister, and my two adorable littles. I could not be more blessed.
This Thanksgiving I felt more blessed than I ever have. We are in a beautiful home on a beautiful, new adventure. Danny is doing so great in medical school, and more importantly loving what he is learning. I love when he tells me about school, he gets so excited! We are blessed that he gets to chase his dream, so many people never have that opportunity. I'm beyond blessed to have my amazing sister living with us. I would not have survived these last few months without her. Whenever I feel like I'm about to loose it, she talks me off the cliff and makes me laugh until my stomach hurts. Jess is so amazing with my children and shows them such love, I will love her forever for the way she loves my kids. My sweet Linc makes me laugh so much. I love how deeply that kid feels his emotions. When Linc is sad it just shatters your heart the way his lip quivers and his big eyes well up. But when the boy is happy he lights up the room, his happiness touches him from head to toe until he just flails his little arms and legs because he can't contain his joy. My Sophie has changed everything. She makes me beyond grateful for modern medicine, for the health we do have, for really difficult trials, for a foundation of faith, for supportive family, for quiet moments, for compassionate smiles, for loving strangers, for a changing heart, for a patient husband, but most of all for her sweet spirit in our lives. My heart is so full for my little family here in New York and all of the experiences and trials we are going through. God is good.