It's natural this time of year to be thankful for your family.
Not a day goes by that I don't read a blog, documenting your love
for children ... spouse ... parents ... or other family members.
I am thankful for my family as well.
Families are always changing.
As much as we may wish it ... they can't stay in one place.
Kids grow up. There's college ... weddings ... jobs ... transfers ... and other life
altering decisions. Change is very difficult for me. I know it's the way life is
suppose to be ... but I struggle with it.
My cousin died yesterday.
Death is change in the worst way.
So this Thanksgiving week I'm remembering my family's past.
All girls ... 5 of us ... my sister ... myself ... 3 cousins.
I'm thankful for the times we all had together ... the
places we went ... the holidays we all had together.
We definitely stirred things up.
They say cousins are your first friends.
We changed ... we grew up ... had kids ... moved away.
But I still loved my family ... and I am thankful for them.
I can't be with them this week ... during this difficult time
... so I want them all to know I am thankful for all of them
... both in the past and now.
I'm sitting here right now ... Tuesday night ... thinking of the past.
In an hour my children are arriving. They are my present.
I will try to enjoy every moment with them this week ... and let them know that
I am especially thankful for them this Thanksgiving.
I'm learning to accept change ... step by step.