Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a great day with friends. The morning started with football. Not the kind you watch, but the kind you play. A group of 17 men and boys gathered at one of the local parks for some touch football. We left the ladies and girls to put the finishing touches on the food for the feast we were going to have later in the day.Coffee Cake braid

When we got to the park we were surprised to see that it was quite full with school students competing in a nationwide track and field event. This is not really a park as much as it is a full sports complex. There is a soccer stadium along with baseball diamonds, tennis, racquetball, and handball courts. There are also a couple of weight rooms, gymnastics rooms and a 1 kilometer dirt track that goes around the inside of the surrounding wall. Many other sports types are practiced and competed at this complex.

After we found a place to play ball (the outfield between two baseball diamonds), we had a great time. No one was seriously injured.

Before the ball game I had gotten my desert ready to go in the oven. I made a braided coffee cake sweet bread. I was super pleased with the way it turned out. I got it all ready to go up to the final rise. My wife then tossed it in the oven for me to bake while we were playing ball. She still had her carrot cake to ice, corn and sweet potato casserole to cook and potatoes to smash. She stayed busy while we had a fun time.

Part of the group around the foodWhen we got to the other missionary’s house, we unloaded our loot and added it to the feast. We had 10 families consisting of 48 people, if my count is correct. Each family was to bring a desert. I know several who brought two. That means there were at least 15 different cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, sweet breads and other sweet goodies to wash down the 3 huge turkeys and fixin’s.

We then sat around and talked and watched football for the next several hours while the kids ran around in the back yard. For some reason the kids were hungry and wanted more food before we left while the adults will be satisfied for a few days to come.

Here’s to wishing you a happy Thanksgiving as well as a wonderful holiday season to come.

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