Do you ever have days where you are simply thankful? You know, the ones where you just sit back and realize for the first time in a while that you have been provided for in every way–even amidst the difficult times when all is not happy, but is still good.
I was not able to be with my family (in California) on Thanksgiving. However I did have the opportunity to spend it with some wonderful people I would consider my D.C. family.
In the early early morning (7 a.m. eary!) Jeff, Jen, Jill and I spent some time serving about 40 ladies breakfast at a women’s homeless shelter in downtown D.C. We did a variety of things including. Making the cinnamon toast, grits, scrambled eggs. Waiting on the ladies by bringing them their plates of food. Cleaning. Peeling potatoes. Organizing the walk-in refrigerator (Jen was our brave leader there!), and cutting collard greens & kale. Serving the ladies food and wishing them a happy Thanksgiving was my highlight.
-Photos courtesy of my iPhone + work camera-
When Jeff and I returned home we began to tackle the bird. Neither of us had ever cooked a turkey before. It was like Three Stooges in our kitchen for a while there. The bird being one of the three–he didn’t help a bit… . However, our mom’s came to the rescue with tips for the cooking bag, thermometer, butter, salt & pepper seasoning. Thanks mom!
Three other friends without families nearby joined us for dinner adding great items for the feast. Jen’s cheesy potatoes and Jill’s Cranberry bake/crisp dessert was amazing.
We went around the table and shared the many things for which we are thankful. To hear my friends share their thankfulness was a highlight for me. Whether you are with your family or not on Thanksgiving day, simply being thankful together with friends is a blessing beyond measure. I hope this slideshow speaks what I have been sharing about thankfulness.