I love Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was always one of the most fun holidays at my house growing up. My Mom would invite upwards of 30+ people every year; family, friends, coworkers, church members, struggling single-parents, anyone she met! I don't know how she did it, cooking for that many people. It was a sight to behold. It was so much fun, talking to complete strangers and hearing their stories and sharing in a wonderful, home-made meal.
I've been fortunate enough to be able to go home for Thanksgiving several times since joining the military. But some of the times I haven't been able to go home have become some of my most cherished memories. Thanksgiving in 2009 was especially memorable, being my first ever Thanksgiving away from home. A married friend invited me and some friends over to her home to celebrate together. It was incredibly fun, we played football in a nearby park while the food was cooking, went back and gorged ourselves after working up a massive appetite. Thanksgiving in 2012 was also incredibly special. I wasn't able to go home because I had just moved overseas to Japan for the military. However, one of my best friends, Katie, was also in Japan for work and we were able to spend it overseas together.
This year turned out to be one of those special years that you won't soon forget as well. Becky and her husband very graciously invited a group of similarly displaced military-members over to their home for Thanksgiving. We did it potluck style, which turned out deliciously. After eating our wonderful dinner we talked about everything from Sacha's weak handshake to Batman. I am incredibly grateful to be surrounded by so many delightful people. They truly were my family away from home today and it was a blessing to share such a fun holiday in their company.