Many a blog post has been written about Thanksgiving not really being about the turkey, not about the food, and all about family! Not necessarily on this page, but you know what I mean.
So for this blog, I want to tell you about my Thanksgiving break assuming that you already know all of the above. Why beat a dead turkey, you know?
I am blessed to usually be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family. My parents and sister live in Nebraska, which is really far away from Texas, yet somehow we manage to meet up for this holiday!
Last year, they came to our house in Marshall. This year, we all met in New Orleans and had SO MUCH FUN!!
If you’ve been to NOLA at all, you know that all the food we had was awesome. And the shopping was great too!
But now that I’m reflecting on the trip, I can see that I also learned/was reminded to be thankful for a whole lot. And that’s what I’d like to share today.
1. I am thankful for the hospitality of the south.
We tried something new on this trip; instead of the six of us (both my parents, my husband and I, my sister and her husband) paying for 3 hotel rooms for 4 nights, we found a house to rent from AirBnB.com.
It was just really nice to be able to stay in a neighborhood and get the full experience of New Orleans
2 women own this house, and they left us all kinds of necessities like shampoo, soap, hair products, a hair dryer, etc.
Their hospitality was just amazing!
2. I am thankful for the rebirth of New Orleans since Katrina.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, I was living in Nebraska. I have a whole lot of family who live down here though, so I still felt some of the effects personally.
I have one uncle who lives in Kenner (about 30 minutes from New Orleans), and he and his wife had to evacuate and rebuild their home like so many others.
Seeing the city back to life on this trip made me so happy! There were lots of musicians, street performers, artists, and tourists back on the street like it used to be!
You can still tell that the storm had lasting effects on everything. Even some of the street art we saw was made out of reclaimed Katrina wood, or wood from the rebuilding of houses, etc.
The people have picked themselves up though, and I love that spirit!
3. I am thankful for my husband.
I am thankful for my husband every day, but he was especially wonderful on this trip. You see, he was crazy sick.
Coughing and snot-filled, he drove us to New Orleans and still managed to have a great time while we were there!
Admittedly, he couldn’t taste the beignets at Cafe du Monde on the first day (TRAGEDY!), but we went back the next day just for him
It was a real hardship!
So all in all, we had a great Thanksgiving!
I hope you had a great one too, and that you can remember what you’re thankful for!