Thanksgiving in Yuma

Happy Thanksgiving from Liberty, LeRoy and Anne and Yuma, AZ. Thankfulness is a way of life for us, not a day in the year, and we have so much for which to be thankful.

We are first of all essentially grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself that we might have abundant life. Without Him, there would be no life at all. His protection has been evident to us so many times over the past 15 months.

I am always thankful for LeRoy, even in moments when we may not get along perfectly. (I know, you can’t imagine that!) He drives, parks and maintains Liberty and makes our current lifestyle possible.

We have a loving family who today are spread from Kansas to Florida. Each one has a special place in our hearts. One son, Robert, one daughter, Heidi, one son-in-law, Tim, and six grandchildren aged 21 to 7, make our life interesting and never dull. Thanks!

We’re thankful for a community of friends who are supportive and loving, no matter what wild hair we chase. Several couples have been friends since our teens and mean more to us than we can tell, especially Johnny and Karen Schmidt. Maybe one day we’ll get them to come travel with us for a segment of our trip.

I could go on and on, but probably everyone would get bored, so I’ll say that we celebrated our day with food, just like most everyone else. Rob and Heidi, do you remember some memorable Thanksgivings in RVs? The one at the dunes in our old school bus camper when Tom Baugher roasted a pig? And the one after we moved to Wichita when you and your dad roofed the house in Tonkawa and I steamed up the inside of the motorhome cooking turkey and all the trimmings? We had it all, including Grandma Tressie’s pies and cookies. I haven’t cooked a full Thanksgiving meal in years, but today was different. I found several recipes with enticing pictures in magazines lately, so I took on the challenge of lightening the calories and making a memorable meal today. I’ve never been much attracted to cranberries but like I said, this year is different.

Our menu was a turkey breast cooked in the slow cooker, Cranberry-sweet potato bake (I substituted mashed acorn squash) was a parfait casserole and turned out to be very tasty. Cornbread stuffing was, well, not low calorie but marvelous. And for dessert, an easy cranberry and apple cake with whipped topping. I would have taken pictures but then, your plate probably looked pretty much like mine.

We’re in a nice neighborhood, on a private lot with 5 other RVs, not in an RV park this time. Yuma goes all out for its winter visitors, though, so I’m sure we will get acquainted with lots of others. Community breakfasts are coming up soon and the RV park across the way has one every Wednesday. LeRoy has been looking up places for us to explore, so I know we will stay busy and active.

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One Response to Thanksgiving in Yuma

  1. Wayne Scott says:

    Gee that sounds like a great Thanksgiving feast. sounds like you were just down the road a short distance. We missed that but hope we catch up sometime in the next six months or so. Happy Holidays.

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