As stressful as it is to plan a "Thanksgiving" -- it is well worth it. This Thanksgiving we were so blessed to have our family and friends share it with us. I found our house filled with smiles and laughter. While we ate our delicious food we giggled at silly old stories and found ourselves doubled over in hysterics at new stories too. Friendships were born and family bonds were strengthened. We truely have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Most importantly to us, we are thankful for our family. It was ever present in our minds that day because we had two U.S. Marines with us. These young men didn't have local family so they came to eat Thanksgiving with us. My son, who is 4 was beside himself with excitement that real heroes were coming to his house.This program is organized through the YMCA. When my husband and I heard about it, we immediately said YES! We live close to Camp Pendleton and knew that this would be a great way to give back to those who give so much to us. Yet, we didn't expect to get so much in return. We made new friends and new memories that our family will cherish. This was a Thanksgiving we all will always remember.