We spent time with Mr. O's family on Saturday and celebrated with my side on Monday.
And even though my father-in-law and my mother are no longer with us.
We can still feel their presence.
This year, I hosted Thanksgiving Day for my family. I set the dinner table with Mom's beautiful crochet table cloth. I wanted her to be part of this special occasion.
If she was alive today, she would have hosted Thanksgiving, and prepared a feast for us to enjoy!
She loved cooking for her family.
And how we miss it!
There are favourite dishes I need to learn. We loved her Filipino cooking- pancit, lumpia and puto; blended with a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, and apple pie.
This year was simple- shepherd's pie, salad and turkey. And for dessert, fruit salad, brownies and pecan pie.
Not the usual spread my Mom would make but it's a start of something new.
I guess it's time that I carry the Thanksgiving tradition, I know Mom would be happy to see us all together.
So much to be thankful for.