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A WEEKEND IN EASTERN MONTANA HOW MY
FAMILY SPENDS THANKSGIVING
No matter the time of year, I’m constantly reminded that I love my job and this business that Donna, Dawn, and I have built together. Every smile and friendly hello that I get from a patient reinforces that, and it’s especially gratifying to see someone who first came in with a long uphill battle ahead make a full recovery with my help. In November, those feelings of gratitude I have for my patients and my work are particularly strong, probably because Thanksgiving is just around the corner! That said, by the time the holiday rolls around, I’m as ready as anyone to leave the office behind for a few days and spend some time with my family. Since I’m a Montana girl, born and raised, that also means making a trip to the eastern side of the state. Usually, my whole family — including my brother and sister, their families, my husband Scott, our 18-year-old son
Reagan, and our 15-year-old daughter Addison — go over to my parents’ ranch outside of Miles City. While some families make a tradition out of watching the football games on TV every year, our ritual is to go deer or pheasant hunting. I don’t hunt much myself anymore, but I’ve become the photographer, so I still go along to capture the memories! We spend as much time outdoors together as possible and really only resort to watching football when it's too cold or wet. If we’re not hunting real game, sometimes we’ll set up a friendly family shooting competition, setting our aim on targets. My siblings and I have a total of four kids, but we’ve found that contests are a great way to get them involved in the festivities. Between putting on our own little sporting events, we chow down on a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings. Because we’re usually all so busy with our own lives in different areas of Montana, I really appreciate this time to take things slow and catch up with my parents and siblings. While we don’t go formally around the table and say what each of us is thankful for, I can always feel just how happy we are to be together again. Enjoying that time in one another’s company is one
of the highlights of my year and the cherry on top of my favorite season.
Even if I didn’t have Thanksgiving to look forward to, I’d still love fall for the crisp mornings, gorgeous leaves, and opportunity to wear my favorite sweatshirts. Thanks to Leslie’s decorating skills, the office transforms into a cozy fall haven, too, full of fall foliage that brings the outdoors in. As happy as I am to head out for the holiday, I’m always equally happy to come back to my coworkers and patients. Next time you come in, tell us all about your Thanksgiving plans — we’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year!
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