This Thanksgiving was really special for the kids and I.  We had a big family dinner with about 40 different family members from all over the country.  We drove to our cousin’s house in Mississippi for the fun occasion.  The exciting part was that this was the first time that the kids got to meet many members of their extended family.

I thought for sure that they’d be shy and reserved, but that couldn’t have been farther from the case.  They dove right in, playing with the herd of cousins that filled the backyard.  My daughter was a little bummed, as she was once again the only girl out of the ten or so boys at the house.  She was a trooper though and jumped right into the impromptu flag football game aided by some of her older female cousins. big family dinner

There was, of course, plenty of food.  Stuffing, greens, rice, peas, ham, homemade biscuits, and of course turkey just to name a few.  Desserts filled yet another table with pies, cakes, ice cream, and cheesecake to please anyone with a sweet tooth.  I was almost embarrassed at how much food I ate.  Needless to say, everyone went home happy.

I got the chance to catch up with how people I hadn’t seen in years were doing.  Being the first time I’ve seen this part of my family since my divorce, I thought there would be some explaining to be done.  Questions to be answered.  All of that was a figment of my imagination.  There was no mention of my former spouse and the kids were simply spoiled rotten.  It’s in times like these that I realize just how thankful I am for my family.  I can’t wait for our gathering next year.

What are you thankful for this year?  What did you do this Thanksgiving?  I’d love to hear your story!

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