I’m going to warn you now, this post has some major picture overload, but they’re cute pictures. Promise.
Thanksgiving is a time for thankfulness, and I try to have no shortage of that all year round, but this year we got a few reminders of just how thankful we are for our family. Our Thanksgiving was far from your typical happy-go-lucky day, but it sure did reveal just how blessed we are with life.
We travel every year for Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving was a little different as we traveled South to our family in Alabama rather than North from Florida. It was a beautiful drive down country roads, and the kids did amazingly well and pretty much slept round trip. Hallelujah. Thank you, Baby Jesus.
We’ve been anticipating Thanksgiving for a while since this would be Rowan’s first. Unfortunately, we suffered a loss just days before the Holiday. We lost Grandma, the pillar of the family, at 103 years young. To say she lived a full life is an understatement. She lived a beautiful life, was so incredibly loved, and will be dearly missed. We were looking forward to Grandma meeting Rowan for the first time as she and Mykenzi had already established a pretty special bond when they met, but the Good Lord decided he needed her home instead. We try not to question it as much as we just try to celebrate the fact that He let us have her here with us for so long. A true blessing.
While Thanksgiving was a little somber, everyone put on a good face and we enjoyed lots of food, conversation, and quality time. After we stuff our bellies full our Uncle pulls out his 1953 Ford Truck so we can all gather around and take a million pictures, which Mykenzi wanted no part of. Y’all, taking family pictures with a toddler that can not only upper cut you to get out of your arms, but also screams bloody murder while doing said upper cut is no joke. We even tried to bribe her with a soccer ball she wanted and she still wouldn’t even crack a smile. In fact, I believe her exact words were, “No. I no smile.” Complete with a pout. Either I need to work on my bribing skills or family pictures are going to be duds for the foreseeable future. Rowan on the other hand, was a chill as could be and didn’t really care what we were doing as long as he was being held. Even with a picture boycotting toddler I think we managed to get a few good shots, and a few funny ones which make for good memories.
Okay, how handsome is my little man in his bow tie?! I can’t even handle the cuteness. I’m obsessed with this Cardigan Onesie from Cuddle Sleep Dream. I may have to get him one for Christmas too! He makes a bow tie look good!
Mykenzi soaked up every second of playing with her cousins.
We were very thankful to spend Thanksgiving with our extended family despite the loss of Grandma. We all know she was there in spirit.
It was a very sobering Thanksgiving this year as we realized just how precious life is, and certainly, just how precious family is. I’m so thankful for these bunch of coconuts, and I’m even more thankful I get to call them my family.
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your loved ones! What were you most thankful for this year?
I was provided Rowan’s outfit courtesy of Cuddle Sleep Dream.