This past Thanksgiving was the first Thanksgiving that I was state-side in 3 years. Needless to say, it was certainly a time of thankfulness on my part. I took my friend, Sunny, with me home to celebrate with me and my family. We did a tremendous amount of cooking and baking – pies, fruitcake, green bean casserole, turkey, yada yada yada. It was wonderful having a normal-sized kitchen to work in again – my kitchen in Atlanta looks like it’s made more for midgets than for regular people, lol… 😉
After Thanksgiving dinner, my sister and I decided to make an enormous leaf pile and jump in it – a totally regular activity for a graduate student, right? 😉 It became more of an all-inclusive family event, with Josh and Matt and even Dad getting involved in the action. Mom supervised and took pictures. Hahaha.
Other highlights included light-hunting with the fam (an annual tradition) and going to putt-putt – Hope had the best shot of the day, hands-down. You can’t argue with a hole-in-one on the second hole of the game- when the shot came from the first hole! 😉 The biggest event of the weekend, however, would definitely have to be The Haircut. Sunny and I decided to go together and donate our hair to Locks of Love. I had been planning on doing it for a while; Sunny’s decision was rather more spontaneous. But it was fun for the both of us – definitely a bonding experience! So now I have short locks again! I miss my hair, but at least this time I actually like my new haircut, which I could not say the last 2 times I donated my hair. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to it growing back, though ;).
There are so many things that I’m thankful for this year. I’m thankful for friends, and for my incredible family. I’m thankful for good health that allows me to give my hair to someone who has none. I’m thankful for the lessons that God has taught me and the experiences that He has given me over the course of my life. I’m thankful for my church. I’m thankful for the homes and adopted families that I have all over the world. I’m thankful for warm weather. I’m thankful for chocolate cookies, and working heaters, and scarves, and fun jewelry, and big fuzzy bathrobes, and christmas lights, and soothing music, and teddy bears, and nail polish, and cell phones, and notebooks, and cute pens from Korea to jot all of my random thoughts down with in aforementioned notebooks.
But most of all, I’m thankful for God’s favor and love. And I want to live in a way that shows that. It was really hard going back to Atlanta after Thanksgiving – back to the grind of schoolwork and classes. But whenever I struggle with leaving, I always remind myself that God has put me here for a reason, and the best way that I can honor Him is to bloom where He’s planted me, and to do my best wherever He sends me.