We had a wonderful, yet fully entertaining Thanksgiving so here is the play-by-play:
6:45am: "Happy Thanksgiving" is exchanged and we both head off to work. It always feels a little off when you work the whole day.
6:50am: We open the front gate to our house to be suddenly surprised that we have knocked over a table. At this point we realize a massive wedding is going to happen right in front of our house.
7:00am: Chris pulls the car out of the gate, straight through the wedding tent, and we are on our way! Once again we looked at one another and said, "Happy Thanksgiving."
3:00pm: We return home from work early excited to finish preparing our pumpkin, pie, mashed potatoes, and drinks for the dinner we will be attending at 5:00pm. However, we return to find a large stage, drum set, and numerous speakers being set up once again right outside of our gate. At this point we realize our evening might not turn out as we hope. Once again we looked at one another and said, "Happy Thanksgiving."
3:30pm: Baking of the pumpkin pie starts and our conversation looks like this:
Leanne: "Should we ask the Matuschkas if we can stay the night after dinner?"
Chris: "The Kees and Ketchums just gave us the memory foam mattress pad, this is the ultimate test of how good it is."
Leanne: "I am going to need more than a memory foam. We can take the new amazing gift to their house?!"
4:30pm: The pie is cooling and we are getting ready to leave as the wedding starts to test the speaker system. It was safe to say it was working, and working well. Our house was pulsing with old American rap, and not-so-wonderful traditional Khmer wedding music. You couldn't hear yourself think. However, during the speaker testing we watched a special treat of our landlord's grandchild dancing to the music. At least someone was getting excited about the upcoming party...
Once again we looked at one another and said, "Happy Thanksgiving."
5:00pm: We leave on the moto, the only thing we can get out of the gate with wine, potatoes, pies, and bags of goodies in hand.
5:15-10:00pm: We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with three other families. We had turkey, gravey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, dinner rolls, drinks, apple and pumpkin pie. We do it right around here -- the green bean casserole even had hand-fried onions on top!
We shared stories of home and of Cambodia, we laughed, we prayed, and we gave thanks. It was wonderful. We even watched an NFL game. We are blessed. Once again we looked at one another and said, "Happy Thanksgiving."
10:00pm: We decided to head home and test the amaziness of our new bed. Upon our arrival to our house we were pleasently suprised to find everyone taking down the wedding! We had missed the whole thing! This was a suprise because they usually go on until 2:00 or 3:00am. Count your blessings. So we headed to bed, and once again we looked at one another and said, "Happy Thanksgiving."
How was your Thanksgiving? Was it full of suprises, laughter, blessings, friends and family? Give thanks always for the Lord is good.
"Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." -- Ephesians 5:20