My Grandmother passed away on November 4 of this year. This Thanksgiving, I am incredibly grateful for the time I had with her. I am thankful for the times she spent taking me to parks and reading to me as a kid, then attending concerts and performances (all the way through college). I’m grateful for the support I’ve had from her from childhood through motherhood. I’m grateful for her gentleness, manners, compassion and unexpected quirks. I’m thankful for the trips (to museums, plays and even different countries), walks together, and conversations over lunch. I’m grateful for her advice, her wisdom, her stories, her friendship, and her love.
More than anything, I am grateful for God’s plan – I’m grateful that my daughter is old enough to have good, lasting memories of her great grandmother. And I’m incredibly grateful for friends and church family who prayed over her fast-moving illness and state of salvation, as well as for the rest of my family during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you, and I deeply appreciate every moment I’ve spent with my family and friends – those who have moved (or moved on) and those who are still around. And I can’t let Thanksgiving pass without mentioning how incredibly thankful I am for my wonderful husband and daughter, as well as for the baby boy we have on the way! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!