On Saturday we had a fun Thanksgiving party at our house. It was potluck-style (everyone brought a few dishes), the amazing turkey was ordered from a local rosticceria, and lots of vino was consumed. It was an fantastic, no-stress day.
I've been thinking a lot about these littles families that we expats create for ourselves abroad. When I looked at the group of 15 people we had the pleasure of sharing our Thanksgiving with, I saw a table full of people that were either very far from home or the loving partners of people very far from home. It's a lot of work no matter which category you fall into and I feel fortunate to be surrounded by people that make the distance from "home" a little easier.
This year hasn't been the easiest, but as I sat at that table full of great people I was reminded just how lucky we are to call each and every one of these people our friends. They have and continue to enrich our lives in wonderful ways.
This year, I am thankful for my Florence family.