Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving

Thanks to Tracie, on Saturday night we enjoyed a wonderful belated Thanksgiving. The festivities were held in Al Khor, the city where Jeff works. We gladly drove our lovely new vehicle there, even though we had already been driving all day. When we entered the compound, we were greeted by this:

Dave, Dean and Carlo, three teachers Jeff works with, playing guitar
The night was warm, but pleasant, and people slowly gathered together in and out of the clubhouse, bringing all the treats they had prepared throughout the day. We stood around, introducing ourselves and chatting it up, getting to know one another just a bit better.

Lovely Honour and her friends
After a while, Jeff took over Dave's spot on the guitar, and Hovig took over his camera, snapping most of the pictures of the night.

Kaiya wanted to help her dad strum.

Can I just say how happy it makes me to see Jeff with guitar in hand?

Listening to the guys play
Dave took on just a little bit of that pastor role, formally starting the meal, and asking us to find a little space in our hearts to give thanks.

It was an impressive spread. Many people became honourary Canadians that night, eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and Tracie's wonderful apple and pumpkin pies.

The desserts were pretty amazing. My favourite was this homemade carrot cake.
It was the perfect way to end the weekend. I met some great people, had some good conversation, and for the first time since arriving in Doha, felt part of a community. Thank you, Tracie, for bringing us together.


Suzanne said...

Soo great! Yay for community!

Rose said...

Amen to Jeff with a guitar! When's the last time?! And that cake looks incredible. A good old-fashioned potluck is a tried and true recipe for community.

Erika said...

wish we could have all been there. totally missed a turkey dinner this year and that is a great loss for me:-(( i was thinking the same thing as rosilee. jeff with a guitar?? when was the last time? so great and so nice to see the pictures. now i am hungry for sure!

Tracie said...

Ahhh...this was sweet. We had a wonderful time too. Something about food contributed by everyone, people gathering and guitars picking made me feel like myself again.

These are lovely pictures.