so many thanks

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for thanksgiving we drove over to tahlequah, oklahoma where my dad and his new bride live and run a bed and breakfast. needless to say, the accommodations were quite lovely and the food was abundant and delicious. matt and i began our day with a turkey trot around town to work up an appetite worthy of a feast. then we all gathered around the kitchen island and talked and chopped and baked and roasted and drank copious amounts of coffee. when lunch time rolled around, and all the family and friends arrived, we filled up the table with wine and food and laughter.

this holiday kind of marked the beginning of new traditions for our family. we’ve added new people and places. sometimes it’s really hard to allow for change, especially when it comes to something as sacred as holiday traditions that have been around forever. but as i’m realizing as time goes by and i get older, it’s less about the rituals and what we’ve always done, and more about love. choosing love and happiness and not getting caught up in the past, but being in the present and making way for the future. i’m thankful for how i grew up. i’m thankful for what i have now. i’m thankful for what lies ahead.

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over the weekend: friendsgiving

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last night we hosted the first annual No Worries Friendsgiving. it was a delightful evening full of amazing people, delicious food, tasty drinks, and lots of laughs. matt fried a couple turkeys and everyone brought different thanksgiving treats for us all to share. we had football on the tv and smooth tunes playing on vinyl. these guys mean so much to us and i was blessed to have them around my table. at the end of the night (or more accurately, the wee hours of this morning), i had a sink full of dishes and a heart full of happiness. here’s to many more friendsgivings!