Last year I was in a haze around the holidays. Ryan was a couple of weeks old, my body was recovering, and I was adjusting to life with a newborn.
Don’t get me wrong, it was the best kind of sweet-baby haze one could hope for. But, we barely decorated for Christmas, and I honestly cannot even remember Thanksgiving dinner. So this year I’m making up for lost time, and I’m embracing the holiday season. Our tree is up, and our Christmas music is on rotation.
As Thanksgiving has approached I’ve become especially grateful for a day reserved to celebrate our bounty. Life passes so quickly, and I love that Thanksgiving allows us time to gather together and reflect on all the really good things in our lives.
The last year has been an incredible journey—with lots of ups and downs. Some days have felt a bit like a juggling act, with more balls on the floor than up in the air. But despite this, I’ve realized that I need to appreciate that this is my life right now, and it is a lovely gift, even if it sometimes seems a little messy.
This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful: For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm thankful for family; for a husband who has partnered with me in the adventure of parenthood; for parents who live nearby and who have overwhelmingly embraced Ryan—and even more, for a mom who has given her days to watch Ryan so that I can work. I am thankful for a job that has allowed me to grow and become better at my craft, all in support of a mission I believe in. And I'm thankful for a church that feeds me with truth and motivates me to seek God and serve others.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends—wishing you a holiday season full of goodness!