Breaking tradition and normalcy. Again.

     We've decided to continue the trend of changing everything in our lives by making another BIG decision. This year alone we've already sold a house, started a new job (kind of) with being a CARES Team, moved to a new city, moved again, and I've flown halfway around the world and back. So why not shake things up a little more, right? Honestly, it's been a month since anything major has happened. Something must be wrong!
      In all seriousness, here it is. We are not going to our family Thanksgiving. There. I said it. It's on my blog so we can't change our minds.  In the south, family holidays are sacred. You just don't miss them. But this year, we are. We've decided instead to stay in Charleston and invite some friends into our home that can't go home to their families this year. We've met quite a few people that have moved here recently from all over the country, and it just seems like the right thing to do. I've actually been thinking about this for a few months, but I kept brushing the idea away because we just CAN'T miss the Big Family Thanksgiving. Right? No, wrong. We can, and we are.
      Don't get me wrong. I adore my family. We don't have a lot of family drama. Everyone likes each other and gets along. Really, it's not just fake cordiality. This just seems like the better choice for us this year. Of course we'll miss seeing everyone, but there's always Christmas. And as I said, since we've turned everything else in our lives on its head, why not tamper with the holidays too?  I am truly thankful for the family that God gave me, because I don't know anyone that has a family as wonderful as mine. This year it just feels like we need to be somewhere else.

     By the way, don't think the irony is lost on me. I've come up with every excuse in the book to visit my friends and family in the upstate this year, but now that the big family holiday is upon us, we're choosing to stay in Charleston.  At least for a day...we'll still visit over the weekend because I can't change everything!


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