Giving Thanks + Counting Blessings

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been! Meeting with Don and Rebecca about an upcoming MLT project, workshops, work, Mom's birthday, wedding planning. Does time ever slow down? No, I will accept that it never will and if it were to slow down, that time is not now.

I wanted to take a moment to address the abundance of gratitude that I feel toward so many different facets of my life. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (though my love might argue I like Christmas more) and I couldn't be more thrilled to host my mother and sister this Thanksgiving for the first time! I may have gone overboard but I can't help it, it's in my nature. I'd like to go over an abbreviated list of things that I am grateful for. Call it cliché, but sometimes writing out your blessings make you realize just how much you truly have.

Jackie lighting Momma's birthday cake

My beautiful mother before blowing out her candles

My nephew JC

Celebrating Mom's birthday was quite special. I bought silly pink streamers and decorations, food and gifts. It was very important to my siblings and I that Mom not have to lift a finger on her special day. She had always worked so hard when we were to children to ensure we had such special birthdays and holidays. At this time when we give thanks, I am grateful for my family. I am thankful for our rowdy get-togethers, our holidays and our ability to, even after weeks or months of distance, come together like we've never been apart. 

A few weekends back, Peter and I went hiking one morning with Lauren on the Billy Goat Trail. Peter and I had done the hike a week or two prior and really wanted to do it again. The rain had fallen the night before and while the trail was a muddy, wet mess, we enjoyed it. The gray skies cast a very beautiful muted glow on the trail and I was happy Lauren got to experience Great Falls for the first time. At this time when we give thanks, I am grateful for the opportunity to make memories. No matter how big or small your hike is or how long your trail may be, get out and do it. With each step you take, you learn more about what you can do and how far you can go. With that first small leap, the inspiration sets in to go further and further. You gain perspective; inward and outward. What matters and what doesn't. I'm grateful the earth has helped open my eyes to perspective.  

Photo by Emma McAlary

Last but certainly not least, I am grateful for my soon-to-be husband, Peter. I have learned so much about myself through these years with you. You have been patient, kind, giving, and loyal every step of the way and I am privileged to be your partner. You're my best friend and the person who knows me best. I could not imagine where I'd be without your companionship. At this time when we give thanks, you are my pride.

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If you are reading this, you've found a reason to read the whole post and for that, I thank you. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of love, family, gratitude, and lots + lots of food. Take lots of photos, give lots of hugs, and embrace your time with loved ones. Don't forget, Thanksgiving morning is just as special as the evening so I expect many Thanksgiving mornings to share. :)