Today marks our first holiday away from home and I would be lying if I said I wasn't just a little sad. It's hard adjusting to new places and people--and mostly to being away from our families back home--but we're lucky to have great family and friends here to spend the day with. We'll be having lunch/dinner at Thomas' aunt's house, and there will be lots of people that we've gotten to know over the last few months joining us.
This Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. It's easy to get lost in the daily grind, and for me it's easy to let the little things build up. Today, I want to make a point of remembering the people and things that I'm lucky to have, and I can't think of a better way to do that than to blog about it.
1. I'm thankful for Thomas. He is the absolute best husband I could have ever hoped to find, and he loves me regardless of all of my picky, crazy, stressed out ways. He is my perfect match and balances my personality so well. To this day, he is the only person (besides my mom) who can make me feel better when I'm having the worst day.
2. I'm thankful for Jack and Charlotte. Pets are a daily reminder of pure and unconditional love, and nothing feels better than getting home to a house full of excited animals.
3. I'm thankful for my amazingly supportive parents. From a young age, they've allowed me to make my own decisions and given me priceless advice (even when I didn't think it was so priceless). Even though it was extremely hard for them to watch their "baby girl" move away, they encouraged Thomas and I to move to Atlanta because they knew it was the best thing for us. Whether it's through a phone call, an iChat, or a random package in the mail, they continue to show me that they'll always be there, regardless of the distance between us.
4. I'm thankful for my amazing in-laws, and for how well our families blend. While Thomas comes from a big family and I come from a small one, they're similar in all of the important ways and nothing makes me happier than knowing that they're all celebrating Thanksgiving together back home. I mean, who else has an awkward family photo as good as this one?
5. I'm thankful for all of the people who have helped us get to where we are today. We've had so much help from family and friends--with everything from finding a place to live, to getting a job, to making new friends. Mari and Holly, Jeanie and Wayne, and lots of others--we couldn't do it without you!
6. I'm thankful for our house. It's old and little, but it fits us and our babies, and was a huge reason we were able to make this move work. Plus, it's so super cute!
7. I'm thankful for our jobs. Thomas' internship has been such a great experience, and he's met so many amazing people over the course of the last few months. My job is also unbelievably awesome, and the people I work with are some of the coolest people I've ever met. It's honestly still kind of surreal that I work for such an amazing company, and I couldn't be luckier to have found work (especially since we all know I was losing my mind staying home all day).
8. I'm thankful for our old and new friends. We miss all of you at home, and we look forward to seeing you when we visit next May. As for our new friends--you were the final piece in the puzzle of making Atlanta feel like home.
I hope that you all have an amazing Thanksgiving, and that you have as many things to be thankful for as I do. Feast on, people!
P.S. Shout out to my father-in-law for showing me (and everyone else he knows) this Thanksgiving song. Ignore the video--focus on the lyrical content.