Yesterday, we all went to Cuba, IL for our Mowery Thanksgiving gathering. We had the usual turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie, and many other goodies. Of course, watching NFL football on TV was a big part of the celebration. Overall, it was good to see most of Sarah's cousins and extended family. We went home stuffed, both our stomach and our hearts, with excellent food and meaningful memories of 2009 Thanksgiving.
What impressed me the most is the history that comes with our gathering, mainly because we were holding it on the Mowery house whose original existing structure was built in 1846. What an honor to be a part of this tradition and the heritage that comes with it. I am grateful. I thank God that He took care of those immigrants from England and Germany (Sarah's ancestors) when they first came to the USA, and that we have an old house to remind us of that. I pray that my children, Carmen and Jacob, will always remember, whenever they visit Cuba, Illinois, that God takes care of the strangers and foreigners of this land, even those who come from Germany or the Philippines.