Home, home, home! Ah, it feels so good to be here. I arrived late at night, more than a little bit jet-lagged, very cold and soaking wet (that's a long story), knowing that I needed to dive right into birthday preparation followed immediately by Thanksgiving prep. But upon my late night arrival home, I found Adelaide had already done all of our birthday eve-traditions for Harper - wrapped all the gifts I had bought ahead of time, decorated the kitchen, hung photos for the birthday boy. There were even twinkly sparkle lights. And I nearly cried at the joy of greeting them all (which may have been slightly influenced by being awake for almost 24 hours at that point).
Regardless, if one is to escape for a vacation and perfectly time the arrival home, I dare say that coming home to a family birthday celebration followed by a holiday with those you love, might just be the way to go. We had an amazing day reconnecting and celebrating this special eight year old we are so blessed to share our days with, and then dove today right into the preparation for hosting a big crowd here tomorrow. And once again, I find myself with helpers at my side every which way I turn. Half the menu had been plotted out by friends in my absence, and the holes left to fill were immediately taken up by my little ones who were eager to get to work in the kitchen. It's as though they hardly need me at all! But they do - no one knows how to make that giant turkey but me! (I refuse to tell anyone how simple it really is. Job security and all.)
However you may be spending your day, I hope it is a special one surrounded by those you love. And especially this year, I am hopeful that we - and you - can all gather around the table and unite over the connection of food and family. And love. Of course that matters most of all.
Blessings on your meal!