This year, we spent Thanksgiving up in Lynden, Washington with our dear friends the Hermans and Blake's side of the family. You know those family friends that you've known forever and call "Aunt" and "Uncle"? That's the Hermans. And since I married Blake they have treated me as nothing less than family. I love it. And I love them.
We drove up Wednesday and spent the night so that we could enjoy the full day with everyone, including Blake's parents who flew in from Colorado Springs. I woke up Thanksgiving morning to a Woods americano, the Macy's Parade, a crackling fire, and the smell of bacon in the air. The absolute perfect way to start the day.
Our breakfast was incredible. It consisted of the thickest, tastiest, butcher-crafted-bacon I have ever eaten, Julie's famous Monkey Bread, scrambled eggs, and of course, coffee. For those of you who don't know, Wes Herman is the owner and founder of The Woods Coffee, a local coffee chain up in Bellingham, so we were blessed with lots of yummy coffee all day long. (Had to give a little plug there cause the coffee is just SO good). It was heavenly.
I'd have to say, the best part of the day was just being near our friends and family that we love. It was wonderful to take a day and laugh, play, eat, and enjoy each other's company. With our family being spread out across the country, it's rare that we get to enjoy these simplicities, making it that much more special when we do.
So when asked what I'm thankful for this year my answer is simply FAMILY; and quality time spent with them. Typical answer, I know. But it couldn't be more true for me at this point in my life. I am so incredibly grateful to God for giving me a husband with family who I feel so close to and loved by. I truly feel just as close to Blake's family as I do my own, and THAT is saying something. My family is a gift that I never want to take for granted. For this I give thanks and praise to the Lord.
"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Pslam 106:1