I have finally emerged out from under my pile of seemingly endless research papers and exams into the blinding light and onto a hopeful future of a peaceful Christmas break on the horizon. The end of the semester cannot come soon enough, and I can't wait to get back to this thing. I've missed you, blog.
A lot has been going on recently, and I promise I'll go into detail as the days go on because I have to space my posts and photos out, ha. Just know that things are good, and I'm making the most out of life and its little moments despite the recent overwhelming amount of work I've been busy with. As much as I'd love to give you this big long update, I can't, because 1) I'm currently sitting in my evening class, and I'm pulling a Cinderella and darting out the door as soon as that clock strikes 9:15 and 2) Too much to type and my fingers already feel like they're going to fall off after so much paper-writing and 3) Too many photos for one post! (Here are some, but I'll be sharing a whole bunch more from our latest adventures. ;))
So, instead of making this one long update, I decided I'd focus on Thanksgiving. It's such a meaningful time to me, mostly because I get to spend time eating amazing food with my incredible family while giving thanks for all of the things I have. I think that since I started my career as a therapist, times like these with my family have taken on a whole new meaning and I cherish our time together more than ever. On this holiday - as I watch family pull the golden turkey out of the oven, laugh at bad jokes, pile mountains of mashed potatoes on top of mashed potatoes, hold hands in prayer, and blink away tears when giving thanks for each other and me - I am humbled and in awe. These past couple Thanksgivings have been more emotional for me than usual, because although I always knew how blessed I am to have the family I have, knowing how much others are hurting and longing for one makes my heart ache. It's a reminder to always be grateful for my family and never take them, and the life I have, for granted. And while I gave thanks to God for having a loving, caring family this Thanksgiving, I also prayed for those who don't.
Some little letters of gratitude:
Thank you for being so hardy and getting through some of the tough crap you've been through these past couple of months. Please keep being kind to us as we transition from two cars to only you.
Dear Dr. Smith,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing us to take our exams online. God bless you.
Thank you for being so kind. Always.
Dear friends near and far,
Thank you for being the best at barraging my Facebook wall, cell phone, and mailbox with love and well wishes on my birthday each year without fail.
What would I do without you? Thank you for not being the crazy in-laws that used to scare me in comedies. I see so much of you in your son, and for that, I love you beyond measure.
Thank you for being so gentle, loyal, and goofy. I love your kisses every time I walk in and out of the door. You're just the absolute best dog. Period.
Dear person who left a parking pass in the parking pass machine (if that's what it's called?),
I wish I could thank you in person, but I did pay it forward. You rock. The end.
Dear whoever is reading this,
If you're a friend or family member of mine, know that I am always thankful for you. If you're not, well, I'm thankful you stopped by, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to get to know you!
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. x
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