thanksgiving 2013.

Thanksgiving 2013 was a good different one.  As I talked about in my Thanksgiving post, this year was really different.  It was hard, but it was a good day.  We spent time with family, I helped my mom and sister cook, and we ate a lot of food.  Good family day. 


Thanksgiving 2012 we were all so joyful.  Much to look forward to in 2013.  Last Thanksgiving I was pregnant with Gabriel. 

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We ate a meal cooked by Granny.  And we all played ball outside together. 

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This year had different blessings and many hardships.  But we still have joy and we have hope. 



Trying to take a Thanksgiving Day nap isn’t so easy with a 2 1/2 year old… 

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I definitely watched this all happen and just took pictures. 



Jack and I snuck away for a bit and had some picture fun. 

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I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and full of blessings!  And good luck out there if you’re a black Friday shopper.  Whew, stresses me out.  But if you see any good deals on a DSLR, give me a call! 

happy thanksgiving.

To all of you who love and support me by coming here and reading this little blog, thank you.  I am so thankful for you.  Without you I would just be a crazy person writing to myself.  This time last year I could have never imagined what the next year would be like for this blog.  I never thought it would reach as many people as it has.  Thank you all for passing my blog along to others, especially those who are hurting, grieving, and losing loved ones.  So very thankful for you, dear friends. 


Today is my hardest Thanksgiving.  I miss our Gabriel.  I wish he was here to celebrate his first Thanksgiving.  I wish I wasn’t able to help cook as much because I had my hands full with a special needs baby.  Tommy and I talked about it and today, we wish our story was different.  But even as I say that, deep in my heart I know I love our story and I wouldn’t want to lose all I’ve learned this year and how I’ve grown.  But mostly I wouldn’t change a thing if it meant changing anything about our G. 


I know I have much to be thankful for.  And I am thankful for many things.  I am thankful for my family and friends.  I am especially thankful for Jack.  What a blessing it is to have this little guy in our lives – he brings so much joy.  And I’m so very thankful for Gabriel – he changed our lives and changed us forever. 


But the truth is that today is a hard day.  And my heart isn’t overflowing with thankfulness.  I know I have much to be thankful for, but my lips aren’t quick to speak of it.  I am more just “doing it” today – going through the day like a usual Thanksgiving, except that it isn’t usual at all.  I miss Gabriel, and all throughout this day I wish he was here.  I also see my Granny everywhere around me.  It’s hard to have Thanksgiving without her.  This year is just different.  And I know so many of you know that feeling, of experiencing Thanksgiving without someone so special to you. 


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Today I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  My prayer for you is that you find a way to be thankful – whether it’s out of an overflowing and thankful heart or whether it’s an act of faith.  I spent some time this morning praying for those having a hard day – for so many different reasons.  And please know that I am saying prayers of thanksgiving for all of you. 

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love ones, food, and counting of blessings.

Our Thanksgiving was so sweet.  We had 1 pm dinner with my family at my parents’ house, and then drove to Tommy’s parents’ for a 6 pm dinner.  We were stuffed full of food, but what a blessing to have too much food and 2 families to celebrate the holiday with.
We spent some time playing outside.  It was a beautiful day!  Perfectly warm and sunny and perfect for family fun outdoors.  The only time I had my camera out was while we were playing outside for a few minutes, so  I didn’t get many pictures of the day.

Hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday weekend!