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Nov 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy belated Thanksgiving. Obviously Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Mexico. Yesterday I was at one of my friends (Norma) house. I was explaining to her that it was Thanksgiving. One of our other friends (Margarita) was also there visiting with us. Norma asked what Thanksgiving was, without giving me any time to answer Margarita chose to answer. She explained to Norma that Thanksgiving was the American version of Mexican Christmas! I couldn't believe my ears. I sat and listened to the two of them talk about what they thought Thanksgiving was. Norma asked me (in Spanish) "so is this the day when the bunny brings the eggs? and where exactly does he hide them?". Needless to say I quickly explained that Thanksgiving had nothing to do with Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. I told them the history of Thanksgiving and explained that it is a time to be with family and really think about the things that you are thankful for. Well, I had to stop talking about it because I got teary eyed. I realized just how thankful I am to have such a wonderful life. I have a wonderful family, wonderful in-laws, healthy family, food on the table, clothes to wear, a house to sleep in, two cars, friends who love me, running water, electricity, and on and on.

It is sad that we couldn't be with family during Thanksgiving but I was blessed with time with my family and friends. Yesterday (thanksgiving) we had ham, sweet potato casserole, pot. casserole, and cranberry salad. It was the first time that the five of us celebrated Thanksgiving as a family. While eating we read a great book called "The First Thanksgiving".

Today we got together with our team and had a feast!!! We could have put the pilgrams to shame! Everyone brough all their favorite foods. After dinner we played cards and just visited. It was a lot of fun.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving - love Toni

8 comments:

Miracle said...

Hey! You can see pictures of our family at www.flickr.com/photos/quellefamily. I need to get some more recent ones up there, especially of Eli. But you can at least see what they look like. Mikaela is 4 1/2, Faith is 2 1/2, and Elijah is 10 months.
Miracle

TREY MORGAN said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for all you do for the Kingdom. We miss you guys.

Trey

Lady_Verlane said...

Sounds like you had a nice thanksgiving. Hope you enjoyed it. Tana

James and Andrea said...

Hi Toni,
It was neat to get your message! I've been thinking about you. I'm glad you have a blog to share how things are going with you and your family. I've already added it to my links.

God bless you all.
Love,
Andrea

Anonymous said...

I tried this before, but didn't go,
I will try one more time. Hope all are well.
Irita Colson

Anonymous said...

Now that I know I have transmitted I will write more. I have enjoyed your blog and keeping up to date with you and your family. I will share with others here your blog news.
Your children are beautiful and growing so fast.
Are we going to get to see you during the Christmas holidays?
Love,
Irita

Toni Burns said...

I am glad to hear that you have been able to get on to see my blog. I was thrilled to run across Malissas page.
Please do share my page with anyone in Tulia.
No, we are not going to be in the states for Christmas. We decided to stay here this year. My parents are going to be coming for 4 days. It was a suprise present but the suprise leaked and I now know. The kids still don't. Please give everyone my love - Toni

Mike & Lucy said...

Toni,
I am glad you had a great Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you and what you all are doing.
-Luc
PS. How exciting about your parents visiting. I hope you soak in all the good family time!