Monday, November 26, 2012

A Different Thanksgiving

[Insert comment here about how I haven't blogged in a while.] At least I'm not the only one. I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday had a wonderful Thanksgiving and made new, special memories with family and friends!

As most of you know, this was the first Thanksgiving without my mom. Going to bed the night before and waking up Thursday morning were definitely a little rough on the heart, which made it a different Thanksgiving. I'm grateful I had family nearby to lean on who were also feeling those same pains.

That morning, my dad and I drove to the cemetery to visit my mom's grave. Her headstone had finally been installed so it was the first time I got to see it. Boy, is it beautiful. There's not one other headstone in the cemetery like it. My dad sure did a wonderful job picking it out and working with the designer. I'm sure my mom is proud :)


Then, we headed over to Maryland where one of my brothers and his wife live to spend the remainder of Thanksgiving. My nephew was in town from grad school so it was great to catch up with him and talk to everyone about my moving plans! I enjoyed copious amounts of stuffing [My favorite. What's yours?] and pumpkin pie! As always with that bunch, we were all rolling on the floor laughing and watching the Redskins game. 

If you don't know by now, my mom's side of the family were born and raised Redskins fans and my two brothers do not take that lightly [although I have fizzled off within the past few years.] So, the Redskins vs. Cowboys game was obviously a big deal. Go Redskins ;)

I'm sad that my other brother and his little family were not able to be with us this year but I look forward to coming home for Christmas to watch my 2-year-old niece Aubrey tear through her presents :) 

While a good portion of the holiday weekend was filled with packing and organizing [the movers arrive TOMORROW!] I also enjoyed time relaxing with family and friends I don't get to see as often as I wish. It made me so grateful for the love and support of those dearest to my heart. I put shopping aside this weekend and focused on one of the most important things to me - LOVE. It's been quite a year and I couldn't have done it without them.


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12 comments:

Katie Did What said...

What a sweet post. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving! And you look so stinkin' cute! LOVE your leopard! Hugs to you, pretty girl!

xo

Setarra said...

Just found your blog and I love it already. Can't wait to hear all about about your move to the west coast! Happy new follower and fellow sunset lover :) xo

The Pink Growl said...

You look gorgeous! I'm glad you were able to enjoy and see embrace the good things about this holiday season. This is an exciting time in your life and I'm glad you are enjoying it! Hugs!

Niki Caron said...

I can imagine it must have been hard without your mom, but I'm glad the headstone looks beautiful! It's nice that you stopped by the cemetery to visit her :) And your outfit is fabulous, you look beautiful as always!

Tyler said...

This was such a sweet post girl :)
Sending lots of hugs your way! I love your outfit, and yes, Go Redskins :)

julia rose. said...

I can't imagine just how different and heart tugging this Holiday was for you! I pray you had a wonderful time with your Dad though and you continue to get stronger with each passing day!
PS- at least you looked super cute!! :)

Samantha Horseman said...

Sending you lots of hugs! It sounds like you had a good different thanksgiving....I'm sure your mom was watching over you. And I adore your outfit!

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Raquel said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

Kristen said...

i'm sorry about your first thanksgiving without your mama. sending you lots of hugs until i can hug you in person!i can't wait for you to get here!

Brianna said...

This was so sweet. I'm glad you were able to lean on family and have a wonderful holiday. I know your mom was there beside you all (:
And cutest outfit ever! Can I hire you to shop for me please?! But really...

Holly said...

I was thinking about you over Thanksgiving. I'm glad you had your family close and were able to visit your mom and see her headstone! I'm sure it's gorgeous!xoxo

Chelsea Lennox said...

I LOVE your outfit! And so happy your mom got a beautiful headstone :)