Friday, November 29, 2013

A Rasmussen Thanksgiving

When Ronnie and I bought our home, one of the first things my family said to me was “Great, it’s your turn to host the holidays this year!” They were only half kidding, but since then, I have been looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas all year.

I mentioned our family is spread across the country-my dad and brother are in Alabama, my extended family in Colorado and Ohio. Ronnie’s parents live in New Mexico, and his siblings in Chicago. My mom, step dad, brother and his family are all in Idaho though, so we have some family here! After buying a house and getting married in the same year, we made the decision to stay in Idaho for Thanksgiving and Christmas as plane tickets aren’t in the budget. Being away from much of our family, we are familiar with the ache of being separated from those you love during the holidays. When we agreed to host holidays, inviting friends, co-workers, and people we attend church with who don’t have families to share Thanksgiving with was a no brainer for us.

We didn’t have a long conversation about it, we didn’t decide on who to invite or how to invite them or clear it with my family who’s Thanksgiving we’d be interrupting. Instead one Sunday afternoon, while Ronnie’s friends were over for lunch after church, I asked “What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Are you going home to see your family?” And when they said no, I told them dinner was at 2:00 and invited them over. I didn’t look at Ronnie for approval or permission, because I already know his heart for people. His heart for loving them and serving them, so I knew what he’d say.

Two days later, Ronnie came home and told me of someone else from church he invited over. And I nodded, and mentally prepared to set one extra place at the table. And when he told me three days before Thanksgiving, he invited someone else from church who has no family in town, I thought to myself “Good thing I bought 12 place settings.”

The day before Thanksgiving, I invited my entire Facebook Friends List-if anyone doesn’t have someone to spend Thanksgiving with, come over to our house and we’ll feed you! What’s the worst that could happen? So our guests would eat off mismatched plates? We might have to bring out some TV trays for people to eat on the couch if there wasn’t room at the tables? I can eat on the couch. I eat on it basically every night! At least no one would be eating alone, they’d feel loved and welcomed and cared for. And that’s what Thanksgiving looks like for us.

Thankful for the incredible people God has placed in our lives, near and far. A celebration of each person gathered around our table, for the big and small ways they’ve impacted our lives. Thankful for the gift of people and the ways God uses them to help us grow into who he’s made us to be. Family and Friends, our door is always open to you, on holidays and regular days. We’re so thankful for you.


  1. That is the sweetest thing I have read in awhile! I love when others open up their homes for those that maybe other wise alone. My family has always done the same thing!! Hope y'all had a wonderful Turkey Day

  2. I think that it is awesome that you literally invited all your friends to come over for Thanksgiving. What incredible hospitality!

  3. Your table was beautiful! How lovely
    xx Tia

  4. That was so nice of you to invite people who didn't have their family for Thanksgiving ! I hope you had a great time :)

  5. What a beautiful way to spend thanksgiving, I admire your hearts for others.

  6. This is such a beautiful post Brittany - you have such a gentle and giving soul. I wish I was able to sit around your table too and get to absorb your thoughtful energy in real life. xoxoxo