Thursday, November 24, 2011

With A Thankful Heart

'Tis the day that Americans give thanks to one another and for all that is wonderful in their lives.  Don't you wish people treated every day like Thanksgiving?

I wish you a merry Thanksgiving!

We will not be with my family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years Eve this year.  This is a horrible travesty for my family.  An absolute travesty!  Unfortunately, it is not feasible.  I am 27 years old, and this is the first first we will not all be together.  Trust me.  It's incredibly disappointing -- to the point of tears, even -- but then I remember how lucky I am that I have such a beautiful family to miss and be missed by.  I'm so thankful!

I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this morning.  In truth, the Broadway performances have always been what I look forward to, but it's family tradition to watch it together.  Even though we're all in different households now, we continue to watch it.  While it's fun to watch, I think we are all hanging on to the memories that we created when it was just our family of five under one roof.  In all my nostalgia this morning, I made this collage of our Christmas photos over the years.

We've grown up, and our family has literally grown in size!  Other things I am grateful for:

Husband who is so much more than I hoped for
Job that I enjoy and supports us
My case child being adopted
Outpouring of love & support through all the changes we endured in the last year
The fresh start that moving to Houston has given me
Being invited to a Thanksgiving dinner tonight
The southern hospitality of Houstonians
Real mail
My education and the value my parents always bestowed upon it
Tolly and Amelie who instantly make me feel better on a bad day

There is so much more, but no one has the time to read that list!  What are you thankful for?  Ask yourself every day!


Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

I am thankful for YOU! Muah!!

Anonymous said...

Love and miss you so much! Thankful for an absolutely wonderful sister in you! Summ

gamgee said...

I'm thankful for my junk touchy. Things like space and time always try to keep us apart, but it doesn't stop us. Miss you from afar, short time but important friend.
-Mermaid/Princess/Ernie/Numerous other things

Anonymous said...

It makes me very, very happy to know that your life is full and that you're very, very satisfied how your life is coming so far. I pray it continues and most definitely gets better and more satisfying! Miss you both and hope to see and/or see you soon! -Aunt Char