2004 - Went to Portland together. It was our last family get-together with Uncle Dale before he passed.
2005 - The only Thanksgiving we spent at our Tacoma 6th Ave house. We enjoyed dinner with a teacher I worked with, Jenny, and her husband. We just got Mia, our first attempt at having a puppy. Later, we gave her to Ty's mom, and what a blessing she's been to her.
2006 - I had to take the week prior to Thanksgiving off because I had pneumonia and bronchitis. We had Thanksgiving at Ty's second high school family, the Wilsons. Bryce's mom, Marilyn, was also very sick. Neither of us had a voice, but it felt so good to be welcomed into their home.
Here are Bryce and Ty (two years prior). They'll always share a history and bond.
Later, we celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas with Ty's parents. This was my first turkey dinner, and it turned out all right. I went to the local cooking shop and said, 'I
2007 - We brought take-out turkey dinners to the hospital. We sat in a hospital room in silence, looking at our meals. This was the day before Ty's dad was transferred to hospice. Exactly one week later, he passed.
2008 - Just the two of us in our condo, and we made it romantic. Ty's mom was spending Thanksgiving with Billy (his brother) and Trisha on the East Coast.
2009 - Just the two of us in our condo. Still romantic, but being the second year in a row, I was a little sad. (You may notice I didn't even bother to put on make up in the picture.)
2010 - This year we planned for 4 guests up until the Monday before Thanksgiving: Marsha, Aaron (Marsha's boyfriend), and Aaron's dad and dad's wife, who we would be meeting for the first time. I was pretty darn excited, and had the table set a week in advance.
One thing led to another, and by the time Thanksgiving rolled around, we had a grand total of 12 guests. Ty invited a teacher from his school and her son. I invited Dave, Brenda, Liam, and Eryn - my pseudo-sister and her amazing family. And the night before we discovered that my former co-worker, Tony, and his wife Kim did not have plans either, so what the heck, the more the merrier. And merrier it was. It was a blast. I only had one minor moment of panic, right before dinner was served.
I didn't mention Tanner, our friends' dog, who we were watching for the holidays, in the list of guests. She's hiding under the table.
I've often wondered what I have to offer others, and this year I discovered how much I love to open our home to others. I am grateful for our home and the opportunity it provided us this Thanksgiving to reach out.