Written by on November 1, 2019

I never knew how much WORK went into Thanksgiving Day until I got married.

On both my mom and my dad’s sides of the family, you aren’t asked to bring any food to family Thanksgiving until you’re married. And even then, you aren’t trusted to bring an actual cooked dish for the first few years. I was in charge of the sweet tea and rolls until our daughter was born.

Now I’m allowed to bring a side dish and a dessert…and I kind of miss being able to just bring the drinks. Just figuring out the timing of how to get myself ready, my daughter ready, the food prepped in time so that it’s not cold by the time we arrive but also doesn’t make us late, and the car packed with everything we need for the day (food, toys, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, books, you name it) leaves me in desperate need of a turkey-induced nap before we even make it out the door!

So, props to my parents and all the other adult relatives in my life who never let on that Thanksgiving can be a lot of work. You had me fooled. For nearly a quarter century I was able to spend a day with my family, watch a parade, play Phase 10 and Dominos until all hours of the night, eat more macaroni and cheese than should be humanly possible, and enjoy family traditions and make memories that I cherish to this day. I am thankful for that gift you gave me.

And I am so thankful that I have the chance to give the same gift to my daughter. This Thanksgiving, when the temptation to let stress get the better of me creeps in, I will choose not to let it. Instead, I will choose peace. I will choose to let her grow up making happy memories and eating delicious food with the people who love her the most. And then, one day, when she’s married, she can be the one to bring the broccoli and rice casserole that I will have had to make all these years.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comment section!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. And be thankful. -Colossians 3:15

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