Thanksgiving Nostalgia

Well here we are again – Thanksgiving week. This week is always a little bit bittersweet to me for a few reasons. Five years ago this week my grandma passed away – she lived a long, happy life and made such an impact on me personally. She was my namesake and loved myself and all of her grandchildren SO much. She use to write us letters telling us this fact – and using every adjective possible to describe how incredible we were. We still laugh about being called “the world’s most beautiful, smart, funny and extraordinary child there ever was.” (She really believed it too). She could brighten any cloudy day. I miss her terribly. Thanksgiving that year would have been her first time meeting Casey and I know she would have loved him so much too. I spend a lot of time, especially during Thanksgiving week, praying to her and thanking her for watching over our family and pulling strings with the big man to give us little advantages.

This week is always busy and hectic and full of love, but it’s also hard too. While I know how absolutely blessed I am I still struggle with hardships – not only for my family but for so many other people too. I wrote this post last year that I think really still resonates for me: Dealing With the Harder Parts of the Holidays… it’s all about remembering that for some, the holidays are a little extra difficult and we need to be sensitive to that.

While I prepare myself for a holiday season that I am SO excited for, I keep catching myself feeling a little overwhelmed. Time moves so quickly and it’s easy to forget to slow down and enjoy the days. We’ve got a full weekend planned with a ton of family time so I can’t wait. I also can’t wait to watch Dane experience this holiday and really enjoy it as well. He saw snow last year but it totally wasn’t the same because he was so little. He’s loving all of the decorations and special things we’re doing for the holidays and I know it’ll only get better.

I’m keeping it short today but I just wanted to say how thankful I am for each of you for reading this blog and sticking with me through “light weeks” aka no blogs because I’m just trying to get through the week unscathed. I meant to get back on track this week but on Monday, Dane fell at daycare and we were worried he broke his little nose – thankfully we’re in the clear but how traumatic!

Anyway, have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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Wisconsin wife and mama to Dane (4) and expecting baby girl in May. Navigating life post-cancer. Lover of food, red wine and laughs. Forever grateful for my wonderful life.

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