Thanksgiving 2018 will go down in the books as the Wisler’s first holiday in Boise. It was strange being away from all the festivities that our relatives were a part of, but it gave me a chance to look at things from a different lens. Having a holiday independent from family back home made me grateful for having such close relationships and memories with my parents, in-laws, and grandparents. I have often taken that for granted.
I woke up with so much hope and excitement for the day! This was a chance to start our own traditions, be our own family, and experience new things together. Taylor and I sat down together once we all woke up and, like every morning, talked about what we wanted to do that day. I suggested going out to breakfast, something we don’t normally do. We decided to make our first thanksgiving tradition: going to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Now I am not a huge fan of Cracker Barrel (i.e.: I am not as enthusiastic about it as Taylor is), but I had a very enjoyable time. I ordered pancakes, sausage, and eggs, and Taylor got biscuits and gravy. Our son had a very fun time throwing his eggs on the floor and losing his shoe. Overall, we had a good time and just like that, our first thanksgiving tradition was down in the books.
The rest of the day was slow and relaxing. While our son napped for the early afternoon, we got ready to attend a dinner hosted by people at a local church. We were slightly nervous at first; we didn’t know what to expect, what conversation would look like, we didn’t even know the hosts very well. The evening came and went so quickly, and at the end of it all- I had a friend or two! I didn’t realize how much I needed the fellowship until after the fact. I thrive being around people, I get my energy and happiness from talking and conversations with others. Because of the move and lack of friends right away, I have been missing that. This evening with friends filled my soul.
Reflecting on this Thanksgiving Day has brought me joy and a thankful heart for friendships and family. God has provided me with everything I need and more: a loving and supportive family, a healthy son, a place to live and call home, and most importantly a relationship with Him. I am very thankful to God and His ultimate sacrifice of Christ dying on the cross. As this Thanksgiving Day ends, I finish with a grateful heart. Now it’s time to transition into my favorite holiday: Christmas! As they say: It’s the most wonderful time of the year.