This morning I am reflecting as I write this, watching the waves crash on the shore and slowly sipping my coffee (thanks to my husband). This moment is a much needed pause. We have so much to be thankful for! The last nine months have been filled with emotion, love and craziness….and so much wonderful family time.
As we gather with the Barry side of our family today, we will be enjoying a first. Today will be the very first time that all of the grandkids on Chris’ side of the family are all together at one time. Ever! This pile of kids up there in that photo…well it is almost complete. Today will be the first time that all 9 cousins are together.
This week these kids are making memories. With cousins visiting from New York, games and fun…and lots of good food…this is the making of some very sweet memories for all of these kids. Memories that will last a lifetime, and hopefully plenty of photos as reminders.
In a season of challenges, I am so thankful for the memories we are making with loved ones. Honestly, 2017 has been difficult. Chris lost his mom and his brother, there has been some really trying moments with RV issues and recently a car accident….YET…we have found so many sweet moments of love and connection.
Last month my cousin had a beautiful wedding which brought so much of our family together. In between the funeral and wedding we have:
…spent cherished moments with family from all over the country
…gotten down and dirty emptying moms house until it sold
…crammed a whole lot of family into one jacuzzi
…shared some hot craziness in the pumpkin patch with the smaller cousins
…trick-or-treated with family
… BBQ’ed at the beach
…visited the great-grandparents
…enjoyed time with my niece and provided her very first sleepover
So as I reflect on this season of life…how can I not be grateful?! God has blessed us beyond belief with all of these sweet family moments in a season of life that has been…well, challenging.
So as we prepare the traditional Thanksgiving Feast and focus on all of the blessings that this life is serving up, my heart is beyond blessed by all of these sweet memories that this season of life has brought.
Happy Thanksgiving friends. No matter where you are this holiday, may your home be filled with love, laughter…and sweet memories of the seasons and blessings of the times gone by.