My mom and dad flew on the red eye flight to come for Thanksgiving. Katie was on call in the hospital, so that left my mom and me to cook the dinner. Joanie is pretty fanatical about her turkey...but more importantly her stuffing. So....no joke....she made the stuffing at home the night before and packed in her suitcase. Yes....TSA checked her stuffing....Gotta say, having the butter soak in for over 24 hours yielded VERY good stuffing. Mental note for next year.
We were very thankful to spend the Thanksgiving with family and to see so many friends while we were in NYC (Whisher's family and Josh). This Thanksgiving was quite emotional for me. The last month has been a very difficult one for some of our close friends -- Makenzie is still battling pancreatitus (surgery went well and she was discharged on Thanksgiving!), our other friends just lost their nearly 2-year old in a horribly tragic accident, and my cousin Ashley (Henry's godmother) is courageously battling cancer. All of this has been a very harsh reminder about the fragility of life and the grace that exists in each of our days. We are so very thankful for all of those who bless our lives and for the opportunities that we have.