Happy Thanksgiving!


happy thanksgiving, thanksgiving cupcakes, give thanks, be thankfulI love Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, Kail and I have celebrated Thanksgiving around the world: At friends’ homes in San Salvador, Athens, and Sydney; in our own home in San Salvador; and in the Kabul DFAC (not as fun).thanksgiving, sydney, coogee beach, australiaThanksgiving 2016 in Australia.There was also that time we taught a cooking class in Spanish.thanksgiving, athens, greece, holidaysThanksgiving 2015 in Athens.Today, we’ll be celebrating in Amman with friends who have graciously opened their home not only to us, but to two of our friends who are visiting us for the weekend (not to mention the roughly 20 other adults and children who will be attending the feast).Thanksgiving, place settings, seasonal decorationsThanksgiving 2013 at our apartment in San Salvador.Being away from family during the holidays can be difficult, but it helps to have good friends who are an adopted family of sorts — to share a meal, celebrate milestones, and serve as sources of support.I feel like it always takes me a while to build relationships with people. The good news is that I’ve managed to do it everywhere we’ve lived so far; the bad news is that everyone always moves away (or we move to a new country) and I have to start all over again.I’m trying not to think about the fact that these friends of ours who are hosting Thanksgiving are leaving next summer. Kail and I are not-so-secretly plotting to follow them to their next post. That’s another four Thanksgivings to look forward to!Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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