I’m Australian, which means that Thanksgiving is an adopted holiday (I had to sacrifice Melbourne Cup Day and the Queen’s Birthday in return). To be completely honest, I don’t really know the story of the pilgrims or why we celebrate – although I should probably do a little research before I apply for my US citizenship. Thanksgiving to me means hanging out with friends and making the day as relaxing as possible with a full take-out turkey dinner (BYO Tofurkey for our vegetarian guests), a little mulled wine for the adults and lots of talking, playing (for the kids) and sitting around. In other words, as little stress and as much relaxation as possible. And for that, I’ll be incredibly thankful.
Other things I’m thankful for:
- Two happy and healthy children.
- A husband who I can’t imagine living without.
- Family spread across the world who we don’t see often enough, but who will always be an enormous part of our lives.
- Good jobs, a house, a comfortable life.
- Good health. So, so grateful for that.
I’m sure I’ll think of more as I turn on the oven to heat up our turkey dinner…
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few photos of the last days of autumn in Portland. I am also grateful for autumn leaves (until they fall off and clog up the streets – and then I’m grateful for street sweepers).