Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Malaysian Thanksgiving

After that sad post, I was revived and uplifted by the love that the people in this country can show. On Thursday night we attended the cell group and instead of the normal 3 B's (Blessing, Burdens, Breakthroughs) we went around the circle and told what were thankful for in celebration of Thanksgiving. Gary and I are the only Americans in the group (apart from Zach who has an American mother) and the fact that they decided to "celebrate" Thanksgiving for us meant soooo much!!!!  Gary started teaching the cell group the week before last and has done a great job so far!! 
On Friday, we had our Thanksgiving feast at the Lee residence!  We had all been so excited about it and everytime we talked to Douglas, Sharon, or Zach they were excited as well and told us how much food there was going to be, but nothing could have prepared us for this...

We were greeted with some AMAZING dips and cheeses to start us off.  I wish I could have eaten more of that!!  There was a spinach dip, a fruit cheese, veggie dip, and the one in the green dish with the crackers around it was my favorite and I can't even remember what it's called.

Then the feast of all feasts.  Oh wait...this isn't even everything because Sharon couldn't fit it all on the table.

2 different types of cranberry sauce because she wasn't sure how we liked it.  There's the sliced version and the chunky version.  In the middle is her homemade chow.

Of course there was TURKEY!!

I am NOT a sweet potato fan, but Sharon's were delicious!!!  Her secret??  Dr. Pepper!!  I didn't even know that you could get DP here, but you can.  She said I should hold out and not drink one from here because they aren't the same and they are super expensive!


Green bean casserole!!  YUM YUM

She had thought of everything that we might want. 

her homemade dressings!!

pumpkin soup.  I didn't get a chance to try this and I'm kind of sad about that, but maybe another time!

a fuzzy picture of the broccoli and cheese casserole!!

Homemade cole slaw that I am now IN LOVE WITH!!!

Homemade dressing with cranberries!!  She is sooo creative!!

Our desserts.  Sweet potato pie with almonds and since I don't like sweet potatos or nuts she made the banana pudding!!!  It was YUMMY!

Sharon did not ask us to bring anything.  1. Because we no longer have a kitchen in the Sheraton and 2. Because she wanted to treat us!!  So, Gary went and got her flowers as a "Thank You."  Ok Ok I asked him to get the flowers, but he did pick them out all by himself!

The one song I know on the piano.  The song from BIG.  Jonathan did the assisting.

Then Jonathan took over the piano playing and Firdouz (Douglas and Sharon's grandchild) and I danced!

Jonathan is the other guy from Nashville that is here working for the 6 months.

Of course we had to play the "face game" 

Most of the time I make a big fool of myself.  HA!!

She had all of her Christmas decorations up too! 

We also had story-time!

Firdouz was very intrigued by Gary's beard! 

He kept running back to touch it.

It was a great night and we are SOOOO THANKFUL that we were able to have a family invite us to celebrate this great holiday with them!! 


Juliane McCorkle said...

I'm glad you guys had such a great Thanksgiving!

Candy said...

Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! I'm sure you were missed like crazy back here in the States by your family. Your food pictures had my mouth watering (no kidding!)...I'm a sucker for dips haha!

nat said...

I'm just now getting a chance to catch up on blogs. Glad you were able to spend Thanksgiving with some good people. That always makes being away from home a little easier! Your six months will soon be up! Can you believe it! Love ya!