Thanksgiving throughout my 20’s has meant being away from family. It’s one of the harder parts of living on the other side of the country from your hometown- missing out on holidays (and birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc). But every year we’ve managed to forge Thanksgiving “families,” and the last 3 have meant family with the Hoekstras, Webers, and Allison — in Visalia, California.

2010 | 2011, part I | 2011, part II

The photos don’t lie, it’s been memorable, hilarious, & a real taste of home.

This year, the traditional Visalia weekend was not meant to be. :\ Nate wasn’t given time off work, Allison flew back from Uganda last week and is with family in New York, and the Webers are in Thailand. A new plan had to be formed – family forged with others who also wouldn’t be getting on a plane to their respective hometowns. And since we recently moved into an apartment that has a dining room (!!), Nate and I hosted a collection of good friends who provided great company and delicious food. There is much to be thankful for this year, and I felt keenly aware of that fact when taking in the day, the meal, conversation, and even the clean-up.

Thanks to you all who made this year special!


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  1. so – i revisited the blog from the last two years, and i got a bit teary!!!  i’m alone at a cafe here and christmas music is playing and i just am longing for some time with family (this includes you three of course!).  i love you much.  what a crazy christmas for you this year!  you’re going to be breastfeeding a baby this christmas!  ahhhhhhhhh!  xoxo.


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