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a different kind of turkey

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my favorite day of the year is Thanksgiving day!
always has been… always will be.

it is a day that is always full of family… LOTS of family.
and BEing with… BEing surrounded by… family is my favorite thing.

this year… we knew it was going to be a bit… no… big different.
it was going to be hard to be away from everybody…
miss out on all the good…
we were going to be missing our trip back to TX… and remaining in WY.

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so… we did something a little different.
and i am SO glad we did.
we volunteered for a Meals on Wheels route Thanksgiving morning.

i didn’t take pictures of the homes we visited… but did click this last one.
to be honest… i was a little over-taken…
and i think i really wanted to BE in the moment.

the appreciation on the recipients faces…well…
it was A GIFT!
a gift for us… a reminder… a lesson… a light.

something so simple… but so important…
i feel really lucky that… we as a family… were able to be a part.

Julie… my sister has a route that she does every other week in her town…
God bless you Julie…
you are a gift to SO many.
i can see why you love it so much AND
i can imagine they love seeing your smiling face deliver that goodness to them!

needless to say…
it was a GREAT way to step into THANKSGIVING Day…
the light sure seemed to shine brighter upon all of our blessings.

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once we were home it was time to get cooking.
and i’ll just put it this way…
i am not a “cooker”.
i call my mom a gazillion times… “this way?”… “how long again?”… “how much?”…
somehow my parents art of incredible cooking did not rub off on me…
hmmmm… must not have paid attention very well.
now… having said that… i will now say… i think did pretty well…
i must be getting better with age!  :)

we passed on the turkey…
and went the beef tender route…
seemed more manageable… plus we LOVE beef tender.

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amazing… it all came together.
we were finally ready to eat.

until…
i made everybody pass the camera around the table for a quick “cheese”…
had to capture the moment.

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could somebody please pass the stuff that helps with deep wrinkles… good golly!

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enough carbs to induce a serious nap…
no turkey… tryptophan necessary.

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we had fun…
everyone even pitched in and cleared the table… thankful i was!

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no… it was not our usual turkey day…
yes… we missed seeing our family deeply…
however…
it WAS a beautiful day… a gift… a special day all it’s own!

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sure hope you left room for pie… i forgot… did it anyway…
here i am the next and i FEEL like the stuffed turkey we didn’t have!

and now November is coming to a close.

even though December is knocking on the door…
for me…
i tend to not answer until after December begins.
i think i am odd on that… odd gal out… the weird one…
i still want to enjoy Novembers gifts.

soon enough the tree will be brought into the house…
the ornaments will be hung…
the bells will start to ring…
but for now…
i am embracing all that November has to offer…
squeezing the drops… all the good… out of my favorite month of the year!

so next week…
when i am frantic… remind me about my wanting to wait!  :)