Not Much At All

In the hustle of going back to work on Monday and my birthday yesterday (32!), I haven’t gotten around to my Thanksgiving recap.  And I know how much people look forward to seeing pictures of strangers and their family members, so I feel kind of bad about that. s’Not. We had a really great Thanksgiving week.  Chris’s family came to stay with us, and it was just lovely to spend some time with them.  We really didn’t do very much at all. Well, except cook. And eat. And play out in…

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A Moment of Gratitude

For cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and bottles of wine. For a week off of work to be with my family. For extra tiny helping hands in the kitchen. For food on our table. For a roof over our heads. For warm beds at night. For jobs. For health insurance. For old friends who call to catch up at just the moment I need to hear their voice. For a church who teaches Chris and I how to give generously and live richly. For my country, flaws and all. For neighbors…

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The Thanksgiving Scramble

The Day of the Turkey is near, friends.  I can tell because the laundry piled sky-high in every room of our house is taunting me and the hairballs on our kitchen floor are actually laughing at me.  Clearly, family is coming to town. Tomorrow, we happily welcome Chris’s family into our home for Thanksgiving.  And I do mean happily.  I’m one of those people you hate, who somehow managed to secure a lovely mother-in-law, and I am always happy when Jackie and Charles come to visit.  This year, we are hosting not…

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The Christmas Spirit

When the afternoon bell rang last Friday at school, I was out of work for an entire, heavenly week! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! Chris headed to New York for a bachelor party this pas weekend, so I loaded the kids and Big Molly up and we headed to my mom’s for a weekend-long visit. When I found myself sitting in her sunroom on Saturday morning, drinking my morning coffee (which is really my morning Diet Coke because I don’t drink coffee…), I knew I had made the right choice. We spent the…

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We Came. We Ate. We Conquered.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, friends, and what a holiday it was! We met some of Chris’s family in Gainesville on Thanksgiving day and ate until we couldn’t ate no more. This is me before I stopped ate-ing. I have pecan pie in one cheek and chocolate cake in the other. Like a chipmunk. It was really nice to see Chris’s family. We haven’t spent a holiday with them in a while. This is Chris’s Grandma and Granddaddy Brown. You should meet them. They are what we call in the…

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Thanksgiving 2012

I was worried about Thanksgiving this year, but it turns out that the few days leading up to the holiday were the toughest. I got a little sad when the kids were in daycare and I was home by myself. I missed my dad, and it seemed even stronger without anyone around to take my mind off of it. But thankfully (?) the kids got sick and had to stay home from school for Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I had some company… even if my company had some…

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A Thanksgiving List

1.  I don’t really want to talk too much about this topic, and sometimes lists are easier to use for things like that.  Lists make hard things easy. 2.  I’m not excited about Thanksgiving this year.  In fact, I’ve been dreading it for over a month now. 3.  Everything right now is focused on being thankful and family and cooking with loved ones.  I don’t feel thankful, my family feels incomplete, and I can’t imagine cooking on Thanksgiving morning without my dad. 4.  My mom and sister will be in…

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The Obligatory Thanksgiving Recap

I think this Thanksgiving was one of the best we’ve had in a long time. It was the perfect combination of family and friends, of laziness and activity, and the food was better than any holiday meal I can remember. My dad really outdid himself in the kitchen. We spent Wednesday night hanging around my parent’s house, watching Gone With the Wind on television and playing Catch Phrase. Thursday morning it was pretty much more laying around while we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and my Dad cooked in the…

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Thank Full

I am thankful for the home that we live in and for the lives that we will build here. I am thankful for a job that makes me smile every day and for the middle schoolers who allow me to be part of their world for a little while. I am thankful for a church that teaches about the power of prayer, the importance of family, and the strength of faith. I am thankful for friendships that make me a better person. I am thankful for the readers who come…

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Someone Else’s Holiday

I think one of the hardest parts of being a newlywed is learning how to navigate the holidays as a married couple. It took Chris and I a few years to get the knack of splitting holidays between families. Now, we have a pretty good holiday routine that we are comfortable with and that our family expects, so it’s easy for everyone to plan. We rotate Thanksgiving and Christmas between our families. If we have Thanksgiving with one, we have Christmas with the other. And then the next year we…

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