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our Turkey at thanksgiving last year

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is one of my favorite holidays, no surprise there, not only because of the amazing food but the without-fail gratefulness that radiates around the holiday and makes me feel extra blessed for all of the little (and big!) things in our lives. It also always turns out to be a big event when I look back on the year or remember where I was at that time the year before. 

Last year I spent Thanksgiving in Dallas during my first semester at Lehigh. It was the third time I'd left campus and the first time I'd seen my brother since summer. I was visiting my Dad's new house in Dallas for the first time to celebrate. It was my first visit to Texas at all, and I was excited but nervous to cook almost an entire Thanksgiving dinner by myself and to tour UT Austin because I had already considered transferring. Basically, a lot of firsts and a lot of new experiences.

This year is completely different. I'm at my grandparents' house with my mom and brother in St. Louis doing the Thanksgiving that I've known, loved, and had for years. I'm used to waking up, having mimosas all day long, and then sitting down to dinner too late in the afternoon because "the turkey wouldn't finish" and everyone's starving. I'm excited to see my cousins, go shopping tomorrow, and hang out with my grandparents, who are two of my favorite people in the world.

I am thankful that I love my school this year, that I have a big family to spend Thanksgiving with this year, that there is food on our Thanksgiving table (and lots of it, and good food especially), and that we are all healthy and happy. It's all of the little things bringing people together around the Holidays that make the biggest impact and make the season even more magical. 

I am also Thankful for each and every one of you! It means so much to me that you all keep coming back here everyday and reading what I have to say, follow along, and just make me feel so lucky to have my little corner of the blogging community. I feel so lucky and grateful for your readership, friendship, and following, and know that I don't take it for granted!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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