Hello everyone, I had meant to talk about my Thanksgiving sooner, but I’ve been enjoying the moments.
Being able to have a four day break away from work, with the ones that I love and care about was a blessing. This was the first Thanksgiving I was in a romantic relationship, so you can imagine that I wanted to make it as special as possible.
I wanted to make something special for my Courtni and her family, but I couldn’t figure out what to make. Seeing how much I was racking my brain, she gave me a suggestion- Spinach Artichoke Dip. While I can cook, I don’t consider myself a kitchen guru like my mother. But nonetheless, I wanted to demonstrate that I could prepare food. The night before Thanksgiving, I was up making the dip that I said I would make, and as I did I thought about the first thing Courtni made for me when we first started dating- cherry cobbler. Was she as nervous preparing it as I am preparing this, I thought.
Thanksgiving day, I still could not decide on what to wear. I was so anxious that I couldn’t even decide between wearing a white t shirt or white tank top under my dress shirt. Then again, I never even know what to wear on a church day. “Whatever you do don’t wear a suit, Mom said. While I do love suits I didn’t want to give off the impression that I was trying too hard to impress. Even though I wanted my sweetheart’s relatives to like me. In the end I went with black Stacey Adams; beige dress pants, and a dark orange dress shirt. “If worse comes to worse, you can always sing,” Mom added.
While I wasn’t the life of the party like my extroverted father would be, I did at least smile and act with good spirit whenever I spoke. Satan had been whispering in my ear that I should be nervous, but there was nothing to fear. Everyone was welcoming and quite friendly towards me. To top it off they loved the spinach artichoke dip I had made. I felt like moonwalking across the floor when Courtni told me I did good and that I’m a good cook. Since then I have actually been looking into recipes I can take a crack at, especially ones that go good for the holiday season.
The following day, Courtni and I went to the mall, which to no surprise was jam packed with Black Friday shoppers. While we weren’t intending to do any big spending that day, we did at least want to look around for possible Christmas gifts for family. Making our way through the flood of shoppers and reduced prices, we did make one purchase at least. After journeying from store to store for over a month, we finally found the perfect Christmas ornament for us- a gingerbread cookie man and woman holding hands.
Later that day, we got to have Thanksgiving dinner with my folks. Courtni got to meet my brother Mike, his girlfriend Simone, and my grandmother. Thanksgiving in the Harris Household went pretty well. We laughed at crazy family stories, discussed and debated topics at the dinner table, played a game, and of course we got our grub on from a delicious spread that both Mom and Dad had prepared.
Eating turkey for three days can get tiresome, but that spread of turkey; stuffing; greens; cranberry sauce; rice and gravy; mashed potatoes; roast; corn; and pie is such a lovely sight the first day. While I’m not a big cheesecake person, Courtni had prepared a classic cheesecake that made me want to reconsider what my favorite dessert is. My dad was highly impressed when I revealed that it was her who made the dessert, rather than my Mom. After a couple of discussions at the dinner table, we played a rather extensive game of Bible Mad Gab. What is Mad Gab? It’s a confusing and challenging game in which you have to say nonsense phrases, words, and sentences repeatedly until you can figure what they truly sound like. This game gives my dad such a headache that he kindly steered clear of it to go take his mother home, and to later just rest in his room.
Good luck figuring out what that sentence is in the photo above. It was me and Courtni versus Mike and Simone, with my mom in charge, cracking her sides as she had us trying to guess what each card was saying. Supposedly Mike and Simone won the game after we got tired and put both our stacks of cards together and they appeared to have more than us. No shade, but some of those cards in my opinion should’ve been ours. Good thing it was Thanksgiving.
What I’m Thankful For:
- Christ loving me even when I know I’m not worthy of him
- God’s word that is always available to me.
- Being able to have a four day break away from work
- All the good memories I have had this year.
- Having two wise parents in my life.
- Thankful for my amazing girlfriend. I pray we continue to grow and have more good memories.
- Thankful that God uses me in many ways
- Being fortunate to see another day
- That God is a being who loves and forgives us.
- All my gifts/talents that Christ blesses me with
- Thankful that I finally got my car repaired
- My blog. I’m so thankful for what God has done with my writing within the last two years. Praise that I reached 200 followers recently!!!!! Thank you all for your feedback, kind comments, likes, and just giving my work a glance. You make me happy.
- Being able to pay for my own expenses
- Being able to ask for wisdom
- Having people who are a positive influence in my life.
Overall, I believe this was a wonderful first Thanksgiving for both my sweetheart and I.
Have a good night and God Bless.