Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving! One of my favorite holidays!

I love the environment of the day. Getting together with family, reminiscing on the past year. Counting our blessings, and looking forward to the upcoming Holiday Season, when we get to spend more time together.

And–the food! I mean, how can anyone be unhappy on a day that you get to eat what is arguably the largest meal of the year?

Well, this year, like the last 4 years, I’ll be in Spain. An ocean away from my family.

But, despite that, I’ve still found a way to enjoy Thanksgiving. For the last four years, my American friend here in Spain and I have put together our own little Thanksgiving feast. It’s always yummy, and always a great time! My 5th and last Thanksgiving celebration in Spain will take place on Saturday.

It’s kind of bitter-sweet, really. Even though it’s not the “traditional Thanksgiving” it’s been my Thanksgiving for years now. It’s become its own type of tradition. I look forward to it all year long. Our Spanish friends who come to join in the festivities talk about it from the beginning of the school year, already planning what they want to bring.

And we eat, laugh, drink, and celebrate together.

And, each year, I still take the time to sit back and think about all the things in my life that I’m thankful for. Some are big things, some are little things that I often overlook during my day-to-day routine.

So, all that being said, this year I’m thankful for:

  • My husband, who was willing to pick up and move to Spain so I could live my dream. I’m thankful to have a husband who shares my dream with me.
  • My parents and family, who have supported me throughout everything in my life, even when it meant me living an ocean away.
  • My friends I’ve met here. They’ve made this experience so wonderfully special, and I couldn’t have done it without them.
  • The technology that has allowed me to stay in touch with everyone! (At the moment, I’m messaging with my parents and all my siblings, planning our next big family adventure when I get back to the US).
  • Writing. Taking this leap into freelance writing has been crazy for me. But, I’m so thankful that I did. I’m thankful that my hubby encouraged me to do it. It’s something I truly love, and I’m so thankful that this year I was able to do something I love, while helping support my little family.
  • I’m thankful that I have money to pay my bills, to put groceries on the table, and to still travel around the world. It takes a lot of budgeting, and a lot of eating lentils and chick peas, but, we make it happen!
  • I’m thankful for my health.
  • I’m thankful for my education.
  • I’m thankful for my life. Because I love it!

 

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