It’s been about a year since I started this blog and, while I’ve not been the most consistent writer, I’ve enjoyed having an outlet for my thoughts and opinions. Given that it’s November, a time for thanksgiving and celebration, I thought I’d take a moment to thank those of you who read my blog on a regular basis. I see the stats and appreciate the comments and feedback I receive more than you will ever know.
At the same time, I have to share a bit of my own thanksgiving. First, I’m thankful for a family who loves me — my husband, parents, brother, in-laws and extended family beyond that mean the world to me and I’m grateful every day for the people in my life who have shaped me into who I am today.
I’m thankful that my dear husband and I are now in a new house. We closed on Wednesday, November 25 and moved in over the holiday weekend. Initially we were scheduled to close Thursday, November 19, and I would then host Thanksgiving for 10 (insanity!). However, that didn’t work as planned so instead Thanksgiving was spent at a hotel buffet and moving. It was still special. I truly am thankful for the new house and appreciate my family, who was willing to help us get settled.
Again, thank you all for reading my posts. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and look forward to the holidays.
This year, my family is starting a new tradition of sorts. Instead of the usual kitchen full of gabbing and grub, we’re eating out. Not at your typical restaurant either. No, my family has chosen to hit Fin & Feather Resort for its Thanksgiving day buffet. While I’m not 100% sold on this particular source, I am warming to the idea of eating out — mainly because it means no clean-up or leftovers. But I will miss our family cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole.
But Thanksgiving is not about the food. Instead it’s a reminder of all that we have in our lives for which we should be thankful. I truly am blessed and feel grateful for the family, friends and fortune God has given me. I am thankful for my loving husband who has the patience of a saint for putting up with my neurotic behavior. My parents are fantastic examples of longevity in marriage and I thank God for allowing me the privilege of both of them remaining in my life. The list goes on and on and on.
This is also the time of year where my thoughts turn to my husband’s family. Nine years ago, they lost Bonnie (Pete’s mom) suddenly to an aneurysm. I never had the opportunity to meet her but from all that I’ve heard about her, she was an amazing woman. This is a difficult time of year for Pete because he thinks about Bonnie and all that the family is missing because she’s not around. I know that one day we’ll meet in heaven and I pray that she thinks I have given her son as much love as he deserves.