I'm just going to throw in the towel for the days I've missed and for the days I know I will miss over the next couple days. But instead, I'm just going to write some of the things I'm thankful for.
I'm so thankful for Robby's family. We were able to spend Thanksgiving with them and had such a wonderful time. I got to cook our own Thanksgiving vegan meal and it turned out wonderful. I even had a couple people sneak some of our vegan food over the traditional stuff. Hopefully I can keep working on perfecting it and adding more and more dishes so that it's something everyone would eat. I still can't do Tofurkey though. I'll stick with the sides.
We had stuffing, sweet potato casserole (thanks to my wonderful grandma), mashed potatoes, and peas/carrots. I have no idea why we always had peas and carrots, but we did growing up. I figured you can never go wrong with extra veggies. Especially ones sauteed in oil. Then I made a cherry pie from scratch and a vegan pumpkin cheesecake. Both were delicious. I'm so grateful for a mom who showed me how to make the best pies, and a dad who taught me how to cook a lot of those sides. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
I'm thankful for Robby's grandparents. They are getting up in years and it was so wonderful to spend time with them over the weekend. Grandpa Jake took the kids horseback riding. They got to ride up and down the street. Joey lasted a couple minutes and was content. Grace was SCREAMING when we made her get off to give other kids a turn. Then she just ran over to the other horse to pet it's nose. Grandma and Grandpa are so sweet to us. I will never forget Robby and my second date when Grandpa took US horseback riding. I fell in love with Robby and his family then. I wish we lived closer so we could go riding more often.
I'm thankful we were able to rent a car this weekend to drive down. It was so nice to have some extra room and have all the awesome features of a new car. And I loved not worrying about our car breaking down or putting hundreds of miles on our already over driven car.
Today I went to look at the website of the company Robby used to work for, and they are completely down. I don't know if they are just fixing bugs or pushing a new feature, but the website does not work and there is no explanation. I know if Robby was still working there he would have been working his crazy schedule of 18 hour days with no weekends and we wouldn't have gotten to go for Thanksgiving. We would have been stuck at home while he was at work all weekend. So even though him losing his job was terrifying, it has been such a blessing. His new job has paid vacations, encourages time off, and discourages working over time. He is learning so much there and growing so much. I love seeing him come home so animated. Sometimes we have to go through hard trials to find the bigger blessings.