Thursday, November 24, 2011

24th - Thanksgiving 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

How different this year is than last year.  Memories of last holiday season are so foggy and unclear.  In fact, Chet and I took a few minutes to figure out what we were doing and where we were last Thanksgiving.  (Pretty sad, considering we were on an amazing trip in Santa Fe with the Shuffields!)  I truly did not know it would be possible to really enjoy any holiday last year.  I thought of all holidays with a jab in my heart.

Obviously I would still give anything to have a 15 month-old "little turkey" running around with us today.  Obviously I am still sad when I sit and think about how much I miss being Holden's mommy on earth through every stage of his life.  But today I am not sitting in deep grief.  Today I am grateful for how the last year has shaped us.  I am grateful that my son is able to spend every moment of his life in Paradise.  Today I am grateful that because of Holden's life in heaven, we are expecting his sister.

We spent the day at Aunt Connie's beautiful home.  She is a wonderfully gracious hostess and we enjoyed the abundant food, games and chatting together.

 I am thankful for Chet's family, my "married in family".  There are many different personalities in his family and they're always a diverse bunch, but I am grateful for the fact that they love each other and we have a place to "be" on holidays.

Chet's grandparents and parents are all still married, a rare example in today's world.  I looked around at the group this afternoon and thought about how much I never knew they would be my family years ago.  It's funny how family grows on you.

I am grateful they gave me my husband...without them he would not be here! :)

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with love and joy.

For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.  2 Corinthians 4:15 (in context - the whole chapter - is excellent and really spoke to me today!)

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