Last year, I spent my first Thanksgiving with the Shaws, a wonderful family that I met last year on Thanksgiving who are actively supporting the scholarship program I am under. A friend of mine and I got together with the Shaws for Thanksgiving and had salmon -- which is not like your typical Thanksgiving dinner at all, but I enjoyed it very much!
From my title, I'm sure you can tell that I am not a fan of turkey, and this year my Thanksgiving dinner wasn't like the typical dinner I expected, although I am not complaining. Anyway, this year, two of my friends and I were invited by Jan to spend Thanksgiving with her and her family! Jan is our financial aid officer on campus, and she works closely with my scholarship program to help ensure our stay here can be as smooth as possible financially. She decided to have us over on Thanksgiving because she wanted all of us to get to know each other better and on a more personal level. So after I was done with work, she picked us up in front of the Union and drove back to her home in Decorah. I was excited for this year's Thanksgiving with a family I'm sure I'll love.
It turned out to be true. Jan introduced us to her son and grandchildren, Zoey and Lula, whom my friends are incredibly fond of! We had a light lunch with them during the afternoon, pizza, crackers, cheese, and sausages. Jan wanted to put up Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree that day, so it was a lot fun helping out around the house. I used to help my parents back at home with putting up the Christmas tree and I hadn't done that in two years, so I was glad that I could do that again this year even if it wasn't with my family. I especially miss hanging the ornaments on the tree, which used to be my favorite task back then whilst putting up the tree. One thing I really like about Jan's Christmas tree is that the ornaments are mostly homemade by her grandchildren and children. They were so artistic and creative -- and it was lovely to be able to see all kinds of artwork that were actually handmade by your own family members hanging on the Christmas tree. One of my most favorite ornaments were these two angels that were made out of wool thread because they were just so adorable. While putting the ornaments around the house, Zoey and Lula appeared all of a sudden attacking all of us with cotton snowballs! We knew a snowball fight was on. All of us were throwing cotton snowballs at each other and occasionally we would grab someone and make them a free target! I never thought of the idea of an indoor snowball fight before, and it was definitely just as a fun as the outdoor one. We had so much fun bonding with each other.
Afterwards, when Zoey and Lula had to leave, Jan decided to take us out for a Thanksgiving dinner -- at McCaffrey's! I was really excited because I've heard so many good reviews about that place and I've always wanted to go there. When we arrived, I couldn't help but awe at how beautiful the restaurant was. The premise was beautifully decorated with an abundant amount of fairy lights which made the place so romantic. We also got to know that the restaurant's wood-fired pizza was one of the best ones in Iowa. As I've mentioned earlier, once again it's not a typical Thanksgiving dinner that I'll be having because this time I had shrimp scampi, something un-turkey again! One of the things that amazed me most about McCaffrey's was the bathroom. No kidding, they have one of the prettiest bathrooms I've ever seen AND the best part is; their bathrooms are filled with tons of lotions and fragrances for the guests to enjoy.
After dinner, Jan took us to drive through the Holiday Lights nearby. I was blown away at how breath-taking the light show was. The light show is open to public. While driving through the site, we even saw one of our Luther quotes there, Soli Deo Gloria. It was a great start to feeling the holiday season.;
That's all for my once again un-typical Thanksgiving day.
To more of these meaningful Thanksgivings,