Giving Back May Give Me a Breakdown
Monday, November 19, 2012
This Thanksgiving, I felt the need to do something different. My parents live in N.Y. and I rarely see them on Holidays ( well, never, actually). Like every dinner, it consists of myself, my hubby, and 4 kids, plus 2 dogs that smell the feast cooking and drool for hours. So every Turkey Day is the same. I start cooking the evening before. Then get up bright and early to continue cooking, with the end result being a gorgeous dinner that we eat too much of, feel stuffed, and to be honest, I never feel very appreciated. The end result is feeling full, and yet, still feeling empty.
This past few months, I faced life challenges that made me see the world a little different. There are times in your life that you find out who your real friends are, who you can depend on, and realize some people just disappoint you. I have always had faith in God, but this year, I am so grateful to Him, for all he has given me. As a Christian, we learn that when we serve Him, we worship Him. This year, I thought we would worship Him, by giving back to the community, and help feed the homeless a Thanksgiving meal.
Problem? Close friends kinda invited themselves to spend Turkey Day together at my home. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, I explained this year we were giving back, but maybe we could do Thanksgiving dinner the night before, so Thursday would still be open to carry out my plan. Honestly, I didn't think they would take the bait, but they called my bluff, and so now I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. Wednesday night, I have to put a 20 pounder in the oven to feed the less fortunate, plus a sweet potato casserole. Oh but wait...it gets better. After we gather at the church, portion out meals in containers, and deliver them, we are sitting down to a Thanksgiving brunch together. I have to bring a ham, and french toast casserole for that too.
Can I do this? All things are possible through Him. And this year, I am Thankful for many things. One, is a husband that is home, healthy, and so supportive, I couldn't be a more blessed wife. Another is a 13 year old daughter that's skipping school to help me cook. She's thinking of a culinary program in a local High School next near. This will give her a taste of what's to come. I'm thankful for having 4 children that are willing to give up their Holiday, to help others