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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


...a time to pause and remember all for which we can offer thanks.  

On Sunday my DH and I celebrated 23 years of marriage.  Three years ago on Sunday my mom passed away...my sister and I at her side, my brother was on his way home.  I am traveling over the next several days so I decided to set my tree up early and did that too on Sunday.  

Putting the tree up and adding the lights to it was an easy task.  Even putting up with my 17 year-olds' insistence that I was dissing Thanksgiving was easy.  Not so easy was opening my boxes of ornaments and seeing 23 years of memories along side the many  handmade knick-knacks crafted by my mom.  I tried to hide my tears all day long.  
Yesterday I attended a celebration of life for another friends' mom who passed away last week.  Her mom was a special woman too and this loss was felt by many in my community.  As I hugged my friend I whispered in her ear, "I'm dying on the inside for you right now." And the tears finally escaped me.  

I needed that release.  

I will not be posting here for the next week.  I am heading to my "happy place" and expect to come home refreshed and renewed.  I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all my friends and family.  

Over the past year I have made new friends in GA, LA, MI, MT, & IL.  I have also re-connected with several old buddies.  It's amazing to see that none of us have aged!  Such wonderful blessings the Internet can be.  I have also been working on making new friends closer to home.  I can't wait for my lunch out once a week!  If my friend could go to lunch daily with me, I'd be there.  But then, not a single other thing in my life would get done.  She's a person I can chat the day away with!  I am blessed and truly thankful for all who have wandered into my life.  

Happy Thanksgiving my friends!  I hope you'll share the details of how you have spent this holiday...next week!  

Safe travels to all- 



Lauranie said...

I spent my Thanksgiving week being busy busy...then I went to my momma's and was greeted by my three beautiful children who were so happy to see me!! Then I stuffed my face and went back for dessert! :) I too feel I am blessed for my wonderful family and friends, and am so happy to have you as one of them!! Thank you for bringing brigtness to my days with your delightful stories and beautiful pictures of your home, family, and surroundings! I just started having "lunch with the girls" and it has been another blessing for me, so enjoy yours and I hope you have an awesome holiday season!! xo

parTea lady said...

Have a wonderful trip. Hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating time.

Hootie said...

Thank you friends! I am back and ready to smile some more. :)

Steph said...

Congrats on your anniversary - that's wonderful! And I'm sending good thoughts to you and your family as you remember your mom!

About giveaways - I haven't forgotten yours! Whenever you're interested, let me know. After the holidays is fine if now is too busy.