Thanksgiving this year was completely different than any other Thanksgiving that I’ve spent. We picked up a friend from the bus stop in drove over 300 miles to Pennsylvania. Grazing throughout the day we assisted in Thanksgiving dinner preparations. And then hopped on a train to New York City. This is where we encountered our first ever vegetarian Thanksgiving. We topped off dinner with a play by the rules, charades game. Played with a room full of strangers other than my hubs and the one friend we were staying with. We followed it up with yummy desserts. It was a fun friend filled day!
I was cautious about being in NYC on black Friday. We stayed clear of the shopping districts. After a morning drink and veggie patties from a local Haitian coffee shop In Bed Stuy, we headed to Manhattan. Our first stop, China town, to pick up our annual supply of loose leaf teas. Suns tea shop. We wandered through China Town markets. Exploring the fresh fruit, fish, and sea cucumbers. Entering Little Italy we stopped at a famous Italian bakery to pick up some cannolis for a friend. My hungry friend popped in to a Vietnamese restaurant for some fresh spring rolls. We found a local park sat on the bench and enjoy the fresh spring rolls and sweet cannolis well watching a guy practice his soccer dribble. Walking towards the alphabet blocks we looked for a new ramen restaurant because our favorite one had closed. Spotting a new hole in the wall we popped in and sit down to some fresh yummy ramen as the sun went down over the city. Our day was full of fun and fellowship. Later that evening as we prepped for the trip the next day we talked over leftovers, tea and coffee about God’s goodness and what we sense Him doing in this season. The best part was being able to pray and encourage our friend on her journey with the Heavenly Father. New York always brings warm memories for us. It is our second home away from home.
Back in PA we watched movies with a room packed of kidoes and enjoyed a traditional Kenyan dinner mixed with leftover Thanksgiving trimming and traveled back to North Carolina safe and sound on Sunday. I hope that your Thanksgiving remind you of how blessed you are. And creates new fond memories of blessings to hang on to through this coming year.
Much love and thankfulness.