Thanksgiving week with the Baranys is always one of my highlights of the year. Full of food, friends, and festivities--it's always a week where I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all I have.
The day in pictures:
1/ Trying to choose from my coziest knits, sofest 'shmeres, and favorite patterns for my feast meal
2/3/4 Joe and Alison's new dog-Willa- a Great Dane/Blue Catahoula Leopard puppy. She is as adorable as she is gangly.
5/Nothing more American than Bruce and apple pie cooling on the counter
6/It's a whole new world for 1-bedroom accustomed baby kitties...
7/Carol still has roses in her garden...and fresh bouquets in the bathroom
8/9 A beautiful spread at the Boyd's this year
10/11 Feasting with the one's we love
12/13 Missing Robbie so much. I took some pictures of Will playing football with friends, framed by the two trees planted in Robbie's honor to mark the Sunfair race finish line. It becomes really easy to start feeling overwhelmed by the sadness of it all, but throughout this holiday I have mostly been able to focus on all the things that I am incredibly grateful for.
Mainly-- I'm so thankful to get to be a part of the Barany family--who have truly been my home away from home the past four years. They have welcomed me so warmly from day one, and I am so happy that I get to be officially inducted into such a lovely, kind, funny and giving family. As Carol often says about others, and I will now turn around and say about them, they are the salt of the earth. The goodness I have seen them give to others is staggering, and it is so hard to see them go through such undeserved pain.
I'm so incredibly lucky to have found Will, and that I get to marry him. He is, without question, the best thing that has ever happened to me. He does so many kind things for me, without expecting a word of thanks. No one brings a smile to my face quicker than he, and everyday as he tells me to wait in the car while he fills up the gas tank, or brings me my lunch at school when I forget it (which is almost always), I recognize that I really hit the jackpot.
This past year has shown me how short and unpredictable life can be. Above all, it has taught me to be grateful for everyday that I get to be with the ones that I love. <3 p="p">3>