When Nick first came out to intern in WA two years ago, he learned that he had a great-aunt and -uncle in the area whom he'd never met before. Since we moved out here, we've been fortunate to have been accepted into their family, and just spent a lovely evening yesterday celebrating Christmas with Marion, Lavone, and their children and grandchildren.
It's really nice to be able to have a family experience even when you thought you'd left your family far behind. I know it's not Thanksgiving right now, but I'm thankful that everyone's been so welcoming to us! And also thankful for those famous homemade rolls. :)