But much to my surprise and delight, you CAN actually purchase turkeys here in Thailand, and Andy & Carmen (very conveniently) happen to be Americans, soooo.......
..... we get to eat turkey this weekend!!! :)
We're planning to have a Thanksgiving meal with the Owen family tomorrow, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the fixins' :) I can't wait. I plan to gain back all the weight I've lost from biking everywhere these days ;)
So on the topic of thankfulness, I thought I would list a few of the things I'm feeling thankful for right now. It can be easy to point out all of the negatives when you're new to a country and everything feels overwhelming. But I'm learning how important it is to pick out the good things as a way of moving forward and feeling more comfortable in our new home.
So, here are a few things I'm thankful for today:
- Thankful for cooler mornings... to the point of wearing long pants or putting on a sweater every now and then. If you know Thailand, you'll know how refreshing this is :)
- Thankful for a husband and daughter who love me and whom I love to bits!
- Thankful for Andy & Carmen and for all they've done to help us get started here in Chiang Mai
- Thankful for a language teacher who is encouraging us and helping us move closer and closer to being able to communicate in the Thai language
- Thankful for a nanny/housekeeper who is WONDERFUL and takes such great care of Callie and our house. We just LOVE her!
- Thankful for cheap iced-coffees and a new relationship that's blossoming with a Thai woman who runs a coffee shop just down the street from our school. We study at her coffee shop a couple of times a week and are enjoying the fun we have practicing our thai with her.
- Thankful that I don't think twice about throwing the toilet paper in the garbage now instead of into the toilet (... ok, ok... I know that's "TMI" but hey... its the LITTLE things people... the little things that mean a lot.... and this was something that felt SO UNNATURAL when we first arrived!) :)
- Thankful for a spacious home to relax in and find rest
- Thankful that our bike ride to school feels so familiar and "routine" now
- Thankful for all of our loving friends, family and supporters back home who are praying for us and cheering us on!!
....... just to name a few ;)
Happy American Thanksgiving everyone!