This Thanksgiving my wife Lindsey and I got to celebrate with our family back home in West Michigan.
We’ve lived in other states for the past seven years for my job and unfortunately couldn't make it back.

I’ve looked back on this Thanksgiving and have three things I’m very thankful for this year.

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THAT WHITE FLUFFY STUFF

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I know a lot of people are going to call me crazy for saying snow but I love it!
I enjoy the sound of it crunching when I walk on it and love watching it fall to the ground.

Before I moved back home to West Michigan in September I was living in San Antonio, Texas and it only snowed every 3-4 years and most of it didn't even stick to the ground.

FAMILY 

Covid-19 threw a wrench into gatherings with friends and family.

How many of us back in 2019 would have guessed it might be the last time we see most of our family.

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For me, I haven’t seen my Mom and Grandma in almost two years and I miss them so much.
They're both immunocompromised and don’t feel safe being around me even though I’m vaccinated.
They’re afraid of me getting a breakthrough case and accidentally getting them sick.

While I didn't get to see my Mom and Grandma, I did get to spend time with my in-laws and hang out with my brothers- and sisters-in-law which was wonderful.

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I’m also thankful to have found out I’m going to be an uncle next year.

THE FOOD

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Being away from Michigan for 7 years meant missing a lot of great Thanksgiving meals with loved ones. I really enjoyed my father-in-law's skills with smoking the turkey and my mother-in-law’s delicious pecan pie for dessert.

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