thanksgiving in norway November 27 2013, 0 Comments

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I think back on the two Thanksgivings we celebrated while living in Norway. In 1999, we had a small gathering around our tiny table at home. It was an adventure to find a turkey and other fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I'm sure I had some things sent by kind souls in the States, too. 

We also got together with my American group that year. We had almost 30 people together for dinner in an old house by the sea -- "Fjærestua" -- that we rented from the Molde sailing club. One of the women sat in front of the fireplace with all the children and read the story of the first Thanksgiving. It was cozy with the fire burning inside and the wind and water blowing outside. We had an even bigger group the next year.

This year, I am thankful for all my Thanksgivings and the good memories I have. I am thankful for family and friends, including those who are no longer with us. I am thankful for tradition, good food and good company. I am thankful for you. Thank you for reading, and may you have a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving.


Trond, Marie, Anders and Beste Rise ready for Thanksgiving dinner at our home in Nordbyen in Molde, 1999.

Thanksgiving, 1999, at Fjærestua.

Wilhelm, Amy and Kevin, Thanksgiving, 1999.

Amy & Julia whip some cream. 

Cindy reads the story of the first Thanksgiving, 1999.

Thanksgiving gathering, 2000.

happy thanksgiving! November 22 2012, 0 Comments

Spike and Cupcake want to wish you, from our home to yours, a very happy Thanksgiving!