Plenty to be Thankful for!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go home and spend time with my family for Thanksgiving! Now, for some of you, this might not seem like a big deal but, with my home 1100 miles from Hope, it’s never been possible for me to go home for Thanksgiving. Thankfully, this year was different!

The break started with a fifteen-hour car ride from Michigan to Texas. It was a long ride but I was able to spend some quality time with my dad while also finishing up some homework and getting some much needed sleep.

After arriving home at 5:15 AM, I gave my mom a big hug and went to bed! I woke up four and a half hours later, ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with the people I love the most! My parents and I cooked, watched football, laughed, and just enjoyed the time we had been given to spend together.

Friday was a busy day filled with shopping and selecting our Christmas tree. The malls were crazy, the people were definitely entertaining, and the Christmas trees were beautiful. Picking out our Christmas tree did not take us too long – we quickly scanned the available trees (they’re probably from Michigan) and selected the prettiest one we could find. Shopping at the mall was a bit different but I love shopping on Black Friday because:

  1. My mom and I always go together and have a wonderful time
  2. The Christmas music is playing and the store windows are decorated
  3. Macy’s has the mailbox out to write a letter to Santa!

My final full day at home, Saturday, proved to be another fun day! My dad and I ran some errands and did Christmas shopping together and then the whole family worked together to clean up leaves in the yard. One of the differences between Texas and Michigan is that while all the Michiganders are preparing themselves for snow at the end of November, the Texans are just raking their leaves.

The last thing that I did while at home was make toffee with mom. If you know my family, you know that my mom’s toffee is a pretty big deal! During the Christmas season, she makes anywhere from seven to ten batches of toffee for friends and family! It was great to help (or distract) her during her baking endeavors!

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Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!