Since this was my first year cooking the whole dinner, I did a lot of prep. I cooked the pies the night before, and then planned out a timetable for the cooking. I think I underestimated how long I needed to defrost, because the Turkey took almost 4 1/2 hours to cook. But I think it turned out great. We really enjoyed spending the meal together as our little family and sharing this with the Sister Missionaries. I think they liked the food because I think they took 2 - 3 helpings each. It was nice to sit and relax after and enjoy talking about what we are Thankful for!
I am thankful for many things:
1. For my husband that is such a hardworker and still has energy to be a kid with the children. Who is constantly trying to better himself and to come closer to Christ. I love him.
2. For children that teach me to forgive, to laugh, to enjoy time together and to explore my imagination. Who teach me to love life more each day.
3. For parents that were great examples to me and that have taught me so much. Mom who taught me to cook fabulous pies and much much more great recipes, and that hugging mom is needed everyday, among many other mommy talents. Dad who taught me to think things through before acting, also to enjoy a good cuddle with the children and take a minute to relax. Thank you MOM and DAD.
4. For more parents that have taught me to think outside my color. To strive to higher heights temporally and spiritually. To be open to the NEW and to CHANGE. Thanks.
5. For sisters that are so creative and are such inspirations to me on how I can be a better Mom and Wife. Who have brought out the competitive and energetic side of me. Who will call and chat for hours about anything and everything. I am grateful for not just 3 but 6 sisters. Who have opened my mind to new creative outlets and to laugh at myself.
6. I am grateful for the gospel that is everywhere giving us a family when family is farther than we like. And for all that the gospel gives me: peace, gratitude, love, and life.