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.