Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thankful

It was the Thanksgiving long weekend.

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.

Thanksgiving is all about family. Treasuring the time we have together.

So much to be thankful for.