Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday every October. Since we always have Monday night Family Home Evening with the Mission President and the missionary Assistants, we decided to turn it into a Thanksgiving Dinner. My kitchen is teeny-tiny so you can only imagine the work of preparing a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for 11 people.
Cooking in a different country is an interesting experience at the best of times. Ingredients are different, even when they are the same brands as at home. And many products you simply can't get so you have to improvise. The altitude makes a difference in how fast things cook too. Recipes seem to work differently. So it was a challenge to throw together a Thanksgiving Dinner. But we did it and it was delicious and we had a lot of fun.
After dinner, we laughed and talked and a had a great time. Then we each told about things we are grateful for and it turned into a spiritual feast as we shared our thoughts and feelings. We ended the evening by some joining with us to sing "O Canada."
I'm grateful to be a Canadian but I'm also thankful for my American roots (my Dad and both my Mom's parents were born in the US) and for my Pilgrim ancestors (10 of them came to America on the Mayflower way back when). And I'm so glad I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that I am on this mission in the good land of Kenya.