What is Thanksgiving?
Updated: Nov 17, 2019
This blog is slightly delayed and for that I apologize. This Thanksgiving we were given the opportunity to cook dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton. As many of you know this house has become a very important part of our lives. We made 4 turkeys, 3 hams, 50 lbs of potatoes, handmade pumpkin pie and apple pie, Jim's aunts famous ambrosia salad, handmade deserts from friends and all the fixings of an amazing dinner.
These families we have met have brought joy, laughter, tears and many memories to our lives. When I was growing up as a child Thanksgiving meant family dinner. I have fond memories of those days. Mom, Brothers, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandma and Grandpa all together enjoying a turkey dinner. It wasn't until many years later that I really understood what Thanksgiving was all about and it wasn't just about pie. You meet people in your life that leave lasting impressions. Those impressions stay with you your entire life. Thanksgiving has brought on new meaning over the last few years.
On Thanksgiving we also had the opportunity to deliver the toys that was collected at the Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin. With the help of sponsors, track officials, racers, crews and track owners we were able to collect a truck load of toys to deliver to the Magic Room at the Ronald McDonald House. This will benefit so many kids this year!
Life teachers you lessons in time. Thanksgiving to me now since being an adult has different meaning since I was a child. Yes dinners and family are wonderful but now means more. I am thankful for my experiences both good and bad that have taught me how to love deeper and smile brighter. I am thankful for my children who teach me that they too have things to teach me and that they still need their mom. I am thankful for my grandchildren, they show me how to be young again. I am thankful for my partner in life, he shows me that there are good people in the world. I am thankful for the Kinley's of the world, without her I wouldn't have witnessed the real smile of healing. Kinley always has a smile on her face when we are with her. I am thankful for the Candis's of the world for showing me no matter how tough things are you always have the strength to get through anything. I am especially thankful for the Julie's of the world. Julie taught me that it's ok to be quiet when needed, shine when able and to always be there for others no matter my own struggles at the time. Julie was there for all of the children at the house and always made sure they were looked after. I am thankful that I have been given the special strength to help others and in that meet wonderful families.
Many times we were asked, Why would you give up your thanksgiving with your family to cook here for us? That response was easy. I didn't give it up. I am here with family. In reality I feel I gained family that day. I am thankful for the ability to plan our next event and help so many families in December for A Christmas to Remember!
What are you thankful for?