As we head into my favorite season, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for how blessed we have been this year. Last week we had Thanksgiving dinner at our house with a few of our military friends and it was so fun to share everyone’s traditional foods and enjoy each other’s company. It was a good reminder to me of one of my greatest blessings – the many people that come in to my life. We have moved 6 times since we’ve been married and I had moved somewhere around 20 times before that; believe it or not only 1 of those moves has been for the military! While moving is definitely stressful, I actually love it. The main reason is the amazing new people that come into my life. Pensacola has not been a disappointment with this and I’m so grateful for the new friendships I’ve made! I’ve been a little stressed the last two months with all of the traveling, hotels, moving, trying to get settled and prep for my business to open this week, getting used to my husbands erratic schedule while not having a schedule of my own – but I’m starting to open my eyes again to how tiny these stressors are and how lucky I really am. I pulled out my gratitude journal last week and realized I had not written anything in it since last Thanksgiving. This year has been incredible with how many blessings we’ve had, yet I have not been taking the time to recognize them and express gratitude to my maker for giving them to me. I hope that I can turn that back around this month and truly appreciate the wonderful gifts I’ve been given!
Guests showing up almost two hours early (whoops!) meant this was the only pic I got of our splendor this year! But let it be known, all of our friends are amazing cooks, even though my oven will be smoking for months with spilled Turkey juices my turkey was the most flavorful I’ve made, and bringing cookie butter and speculoos cookies from Trader Joes with us from Oregon resulted in a fabulous s’mores pie.