What are Your Thanksgiving Plans?

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I was going to post a Tuesday Topic this morning, but I’ve learned that during holidays we are all so busy, not many people have time to respond. Rather than have a low response to an important question, I thought I would ask my questions.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Any special traditions you can share with us?

Are you going shopping in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday? Are you going to stay home in your jammies and shop online?

I would love to hear from you. Take a moment to say hello! Ladybug and I are heading out to shop for her Share Thanksgiving dinner this morning. A reporter is meeting us to take a photo of Ladybug for a newspaper article.

Please pray that the details fall into place, that there will be plenty of food, that the turkeys will all be cooked to perfection (or at least satisfaction), and the number of volunteers will be just right. Pray for the team of people who will be sharing the meal with our guests and making everyone feel welcome. Most of all, pray that those in need in our community will feel loved and cared for.

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Take a moment to tell us about your Thanksgiving, or just say hello!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. blesseday
    November 26, 2013

    Good morning! My mother-in-law has asked me to do most of our Christmas wish list on amazon this year, to save her having to search for things, and guess who's affiliate link I've been using? : ) I LOVE making every penny count, and knowing you will be blessed by what my MIL buys. (I think we just have to use your link when checking out and purchasing, but just to be safe I always log in through your link too)

    We are going to visit my husband's dad's side of the family for the day. We don't know them very well, but it will be nice to spend time with them. I hope your big event goes so well–but it is already clear that LOVE are smiles will be the main things served at that meal, so even if things do go wrong, I have no doubt everyone will leave well fed. : )

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      Thank you so much! That is a real blessing to us. I'll share your encouraging words about the dinner with Ladybug – it's going to be an adventure, to be sure.

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  2. Alyssa
    November 26, 2013

    We are going to have an untraditional meal of Tamales (my kid's request instead of turkey) with my parents, make paper snowflakes, decorate and get our Christmas tree and take pics of our kids for our Christmas card. Hopefully get some rest and recover from colds. Play games or build a puzzle. I don't plan on going shopping or watching football!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      That sounds like a wonderfully full Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing – tamales sound great.

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  3. Sarah
    November 26, 2013

    Dear Lisa,

    Hello! I believe I have never commented before. My name is Sarah and I am a Junior in college, hoping to be a Rabbi one day…and spend some time at Rabbinical school in Uganda (very long story) along the way. I blog at carriedinhishands.blogspot.com.

    Thanksgiving dinner this year will be shared with my parents, two brothers, and a family with whom we are close friends. I'm lucky and thankful to have all of them in my life.

    I guess I should also tell you why I read your blog. See, for several reasons, I have determined that it is best for everyone involved if I just don't have biological children. I would love to raise children, though, so that means I am turning to adoption. Your blog is helping me prepare to be a mother by telling it true while still maintaining hope. I love that you can do that.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and to all your Jewish readers (myself included), Happy Hannukkah as well!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      Sarah, thank you so much for commenting! I would love to hear more about your Hanukkah traditions. I love that God is leading you to adoption and that you want to prepare yourself well in advance. Please feel free to leave a Tuesday Topic question if anything comes to mind. I'll take a peek at your blog!

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      1. Sarah
        November 28, 2013

        Lisa,

        There is now a nice Hannukkah post on my blog for you to enjoy!

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          November 28, 2013

          Thanks Sarah!

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  4. Joelle
    November 26, 2013

    Planning a small, quiet Thanksgiving this year. Oldest will be in OK where he's finishing his last few months in the air force, 2nd oldest will be in MN with her fiancees family, next in line may visit with her baby, and youngest will be chillin' with us. Never had such a small holiday–will be very different but I am looking forward to it. Fri, hubby and I head to MN where he will visit with our daughter's soon to be in laws and she and I will attend a bridal shower in her honor. We have much to be thankful for and are enjoying this new season of life with kids growing up and moving on. It's a blessing to continue in relationship with young adult kids and participate in the joyful events of their lives!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving, Joelle. Enjoy the bridal shower!

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  5. Katie May
    November 26, 2013

    I am hosting my first Thanksgiving this year. My little brother got in on Saturday, and my parents get here tonight. My mother-in-law will join us on Thanksgiving, as will one of my best friends along with her husband and three kids. Add my husband and two kids in and we'll have a full Thanksgiving! Everyone is taking a part of the cooking, so it should be a laid back holiday.

    The Thanksgiving tradition from when I was a kid was to watch our first Christmas movie of the year on Thanksgiving night. I had let that tradition go since being married; however, my little brother has emphasized how important that tradition is. We will be reviving the "first Christmas movie of the year" tradition this Thanksgiving!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      That sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving, Katie May. Way to go hosting a crowd for your first one. I hope it is loads of fun.

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  6. angela
    November 26, 2013

    I am so not a crazy day shopper. Actually, not much of a shopper, period. In fact, we've pretty much decided to keep with our tradition of one gift each for Christmas – we draw names. Since the twins came home and couldn't handle Christmas that first year we completely simplified things as far as gifts go…. before we used to do all handmade, etc…

    It's our lucky year. My husband is a nurse and this is the year he gets to be home for Thanksgiving. We are thinking of inviting some shut-ins or lonely older folk for dinner. I have to get cracking….

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      Angela, how wonderful that your husband will be home this year! Hannah is low-doctor on the totem pole (2nd year resident) and won't have any holidays off this year, but she'll come for a visit in January. I'm not much of a shopper either, although Amazon has made it much easier for me.

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  7. findingmagnolia
    November 26, 2013

    My birthday is on Thanksgiving this year, and since I'm the only one in our family who can cook Thanksgiving dinner and would rather not spend my birthday at the stove, we are going to order Chinese food instead! Word on the streets is that a cake has also been ordered from our favorite bakery. We cannot travel this year due to our toddler's medical status (in a brace post surgery, so she can't go in a car), so we will just relax and enjoy one another.

    Oh, and my husband is changing all the diapers that day. That, for me, will be quite a celebration indeed. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      That sounds like a great birthday! Happy birthday, and happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Jennifer
    November 26, 2013

    We're celebrating Thanksgivikkuh this year at my mom's house. 15 of us will come bringing an assortment of mostly vegetarian dishes (one guest is bringing a small turkey for the omnivores). My dad will make a ton of latkes and I've ordered challah and sufganiot (jelly donuts) from a local baker to go along with the apple and pumpkin pie. Tomorrow I'm planning to make leek tarts and roasted cauliflower so I can relax more on Thursday. We try to do all our Xmas shopping in small stores in town and I likely won't buy anything for a few weeks. I did start collecting the materials for homemade chocolates for gifts for friends and co-workers.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      Jennifer, you are so classy! I'm impressed with the food, the local shopping, everything. I've recently been thinking more about supporting local businesses here in Moscow. It's tempting to save money (and essential sometimes), but we want to support our neighbors who are working hard to make a living. I'm glad you brought that up.

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  9. Robin in AZ
    November 26, 2013

    As is our tradition, we will join my husband's family for dinner on Thanksgiving. There will be 40-50 of us with everyone bringing a dish or two to share- turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving foods. It is a blessing to have a large family that mostly lives within driving distance. On Saturday we plan to celebrate my son and son-in-law's birthdays. hopefully all our immediate family as well as my parents and a few other special people will join us.
    Praying for Ladybug's project to all come together. What a wonderful blessing for those who will be served as well as a great experience for your family. God bless!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 26, 2013

      You are so blessed to have family near! Have a wonderful weekend of celebrating, Robin.

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  10. Jessica Marks
    November 27, 2013

    We have been enjoying the week with relatives who drove 17 hours to see us. I only get to see my niece and nephew once or twice a year, so I'm so happy they are here. We've watched movies, done puzzles, and gone ice skating. They got to play in their first snow (which I don't think was as much fun as they imagined- it was cold.)

    For Thanksgiving day, my husband is making a full turkey dinner, and we'll hang out around the house.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 28, 2013

      Having family visit is the best! Have a lovely holiday, Jessica.

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  11. Margaret
    November 27, 2013

    Lisa, I hope everything went well with Ladybug's Thanksgiving, I am sure it was an amazing experience for all involved? And you must be proud and exhausted right now.
    We spend thanksgiving with my parents and my brother's family in Washington DC, so we only bring a few things, pumpkin pie and a mushroom dish this year. the next day! different family members do different Dc activities, which always includes our Ethiopian daughter getting delicious Ethiopian food with various family members at Little Addis. Friday we have another family meal for my fathers birthday. Some people might do Black Friday shopping but no one will be shopping on Thurs. It's too sweet to have a whole afternoon and evening to hang out with each other.
    happy Thanksgiving to your family!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 28, 2013

      That sounds like a great celebration! Yes, we are totally proud of our girl – and completely exhausted. It was amazing, wonderful, and quite touching at times. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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