Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Thanksgiving

We spent our Thanksgiving with some of our very best friends after a 400 mile road trip
with our two little girls.  We left on Wednesday afternoon after work, the car packed,
books picked out, and the anticipation of a long weekend away filling our bones.  The
girls slept for most of the trip, bless them, and Shawn and I were able to catch up on a
week's worth of conversation with no interruptions.  This was our first holiday trip, a
new adventure for us as we usually spend our holidays here in Louisiana with our family.
But this year, we wanted to do something a little different, have a new experience that
was all our own.
We spent Thanksgiving Day in the company of friends who are more like family.  We
made glitter pine cones in the backyard and hung them on the clothesline, admiring how
they sparkled in the warm autumn sun.  We caught up on old times and watched as
our children made new ones.  Our lovely hostess cooked one of the biggest turkeys I
have ever seen and we ate until we were forced to change into sweat pants.  The
children made streamers adorned with pictures and words of things they are thankful
 for.  And we laughed and laughed and had the most wonderful day.
  This year, I am so thankful for all of the blessings in my life.  I am thankful for my
husband and the unconditional love he so graciously shares with us.
I'm thankful for this little girl and all the love and giggles she provides me
with everyday.
I'm thankful for a baby girl who spends her days bringing
smiles to our faces.
I'm thankful for good friends who bring positive
energy into our world.
I am thankful for all of these things and more.  This trip has a very tight hold on my heart,
it was so inspiring and full of love.  Though I missed our family back home and the
traditions we usually share together on holidays, I enjoyed making new memories with
our little tribe of four.  This time of year has a way of making me take inventory of my life
and all that I have, it allows me the space to let happiness and peace sink down deep
into my heart.  I am so very happy, and for that I am eternally thankful.

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Lucy The Valiant said...

This looks like so much fun!!

Hilary@BabyMooHoo said...

looks like a gorgeous and love-filled thanksgiving! just as it should be. so glad your sweet family had a good holiday!

Caitlin said...

So much fun and so much thankfulness :) Glad you guys had such an amazing holiday.

Jodi Ann said...

That looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Where there is love there is everything really. I think this is what matters most, the time we spend with the ones who count in our lives.
Liv, the way you write and share your life shows us perfectly how happy you are.
I am glad you enjoyed a special and lovely Thanksgiving. Stay well always.

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

happy belated thanksgiving! i'm glad you and your family had a great one! :)

amy@agoodlife said...

we spent thanksgiving w/ friends too! it was so fun. we missed our families, but it was great to just be our own little family for a day :)

love all your pictures!