The leaves have changed here in North Carolina, signaling holidays around the bend. We have a lot to be thankful for. A whole lot. What better time than Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings we enjoy every day? A short list…
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It combines all of my favorite pastimes–spending time with my family, watching parades, and eating. I could fill a book with all of the things I am grateful for. I am so blessed to have such an amazing family who supports all that I do. My mom is one of my closest friends and I am so happy to have that relationship with her. I also am thankful for my little brother, Alec. At fourteen years old, he might just be the funniest person on this planet. He is absolutely brilliant and can always make me smile. I’m still daddy’s little girl and I always will be. He has been begging me to ride his Harley with him forever. Maybe someday I will. I have five fabulous girlfriends that brighten my days. Megan, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Ilana, and Alyssa are all such amazing women and I know that I can rely on them in any situation. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have been given and I am also thankful that I will have plenty of delicious left-overs to consume this weekend! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
I am thankful for my family, for the fact that they always remind me who I am and who I want to be. I am thankful for John, for his love and security. I am thankful for my safety and my health, and the health and safety of all those I love. I am thankful for food and shelter (and especially for the comparably low cost of living in North Carolina — beats the Northeast any day!). I am thankful to live in America, a country of awe-inspiring freedom, bounty, and possibility. And, of course, I am thankful for so many smaller things in life, including but not limited to Kraft macaroni and cheese, J. Crew and Target, government action movies, Duke basketball, and Martha Stewart. And lastly, I am abundantly thankful to earn a living doing what I love, and to do it alongside talented and kind women.
I’m thankful (and beyond thrilled!) to be back in the South and living the life I’ve always dreamed alongside some truly amazing women. I’m proud to be a Virginia girl and am fortunate to remember that my roots are and always will be in the Commonwealth. I’m grateful for my imperfections (short temper, freckles, bad eating habits and all), as well as for the people who love me not in spite of but because of them. I’m thankful for the strong women who have come into my life and helped me grow up: Grandma W., Mrs. Gibler, Mrs. Donovan and Molly – I can’t thank you enough. I’m thankful for my siblings, Avery III, Christian and Bissy, who have confronted life’s most difficult challenges with me and emerged as better, stronger people. I’m grateful for Kyle, my best friend and love, without whom my life wouldn’t be nearly as fun. I’m so thankful I met you and love knowing I get to spend tomorrow with you. And, as always, I’m especially thankful for my father, and for what he has done and sacrificed for me. Most of all, I’m grateful I still want to be just like Daddy when I grow up.
How did I get so blessed to spend my days with these beautiful, genius, inspiring women? I’m so thankful for their support, vision and drive. They’ve made me see the world of weddings and my daily life with fresh eyes. I’m so grateful for my husband who has weathered this busy year with me and kept me laughing and feeling loved through thick and thin. I’m thankful for parents who believe in me and truly celebrate life together, a brother who inspires the daylights out of me, and my grandma who reminds me to laugh and enjoy life’s little pleasures. Thank you, dear readers and friends, for making our jobs so gratifying. I’m also thankful for sleep, watching the leaves change, snow, my gym, the kindness of strangers, my blog, laughter, Abby Kitty Pants, candles, my Bible, the Alabama Christmas Album, the ocean, old hymns, the inspiring photographers that I’m honored to call my friends, my health, my many travels and all they have taught me this year, sunsets, and that my best friend, Sandi, is moving to Chapel Hill in a few short weeks! So much to be thankful for. God, you are SO good!
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