Celebrate · Family

So Much to Be Thankful For

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When you’ve eaten too much turkey…or blink right when the photo snaps!

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Today was such a fun, relaxing and eventful day. Mark and I woke up as early as we could to get the kiddos packed and ready to head over to G’Pa and Nanna’s house. If you have little ones, you probably know how much stuff you have to pack when going somewhere for a full day. We also brought our dog, some ingredients…which included the turkey, as well as the turkey cooker. We were packed to the max, but made it just in time to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Dad was cooking in the kitchen, mom ran out to pick up my grandfather, Mark’s parents were driving from Ft. Myers, Mason was running all over the place, and Brinlee was just cooing at everyone passing by. We had another surprise in the afternoon too…two of my dad’s closest friends came over to celebrate. I had no clue anyone else was stopping by, but they were an awesome addition to this special day. I found out later that these two men had no other plans and my parents invited them over to share this day with them. It opened my eyes more to what this day is all about.

Yes…Thanksgiving involves turkey and football and fun memories shared with the ones you love, but it is SO much more. It’s being thankful for the life that you were given and the people you meet along the way. It’s about sharing and giving thanks to those who have impacted your life. It’s realizing the blessings you have in your life today will always outweigh the ones you had the day before…because each and every day is a gift.

We have many reasons to be thankful! Even if you are feeling lost or broken or stressed, there are more things to be thankful for than you realize. For me; I have God to thank for all the many blessings in my life, our military and troops who continue to fight for our freedom, my parents for always being there for me, my husband for always loving me, my kids for motivating me to be a better person, and everyone else who I call family or friend. I don’t look at the things I have to define what I am thankful for…I look at the memories I had with people who are no longer with us and the people I have in my life now.

Three years ago on Thanksgiving night my grandfather passed away. Every year since then, when Thanksgiving arrives I am happy knowing he is in a better place, but also saddened for our family’s loss. He was such a fun person to be around and always had a good story to tell. I will forever be grateful for having him as my grandfather and sharing so many memories with him growing up.

Let’s not just celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, but every day…because there is so much to be thankful for.

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