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THANKSgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  It is my hope and prayer that you were able to celebrate today with the ones you love!  I know this time of year is not always one that brings good memories for everyone.  I have had my share of Thanksgiving days over the years that I do not care to remember.
This year I am choosing to focus on the good times.  As the Hubs and I drove to meet up with some of his family today, I drove passed the hospital where he spent over 2 weeks in 2013 with major heart surgery.  I busted him out on Thanksgiving eve that year.  It was a tough time, but I am OH so thankful we were driving BY the hospital and not TO the hospital today.  I said a prayer for all those who are in the hospital or not with their loved ones today.

You may have noticed I have been a little more absent on the blog the past few weeks.  Part of me wants to apologize, but I know that I taking some time to refocus and make some shifts in my life.  The Hubs and I are embarking on some new journeys (more coming when the time is right), and as that happens I feel I need to scale back in some areas of life and refocus my time and energy to others.  I am still going to be here as I work out the ever changing balance in this life that I am living!

So I will leave you with some of the memories that I/we have been making!

Delightful time with friends celebrating their wedding and start to a fantastic and blessed marriage!

Date night in!  So fun! (More about this soon!)

Always fun making turkey art!

And baking cookies!

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And spending time with my family!

Much love from our home to yours!

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True beauty!!

(Side note…I am a little behind with my posts due to my husband having heart surgery and being in the hospital for a few weeks, and then my computer broke! Ahh.  Be back to normal soon!)

Today the challenge for Elf4Health was to be make-up free! It really got me thinking…
I don’t really ever wear make-up to work. Mornings are not my favorite and since I am with little ones all day, it doesn’t make sense to me to even bother putting any on. Yoga pants and sweatshirts are what I usually wear too. I am all about being comfy!
As I scrolled through the pictures that were popping up on Facebook, twitter and instagram, my heart was happy with all the beautiful faces that I was seeing! Some, like me, don’t wear much make-up, and then there were others who found it more challenging to go make-up free. Whatever the case, I could tell that each and every person was beautiful!
Over the last few years I have really learned more about what beauty really means to me. As a result of some painful events early on in life, I struggled with terrible self-esteem issues, and even a horrible eating disorder for most of my life (20 of my 32 years). I am really thankful that I have been able to heal from those events, and learn to see myself, and others differently! I have been blessed to learn the valuable lesson that beauty is more than just what someone looks like! Yes, I feel all my friends are beautiful, but it goes deeper than the smile on their faces. It comes from the heart, the depth of friendship, and how people sacrificed so much to contribute to my life in big and small ways! My life has turned from shattered darkness into a beautiful light!
If you look in the mirror and might not like what you see, please remember that you are indeed beautiful!! You are worth SO much more than being a certain size or looking a certain way! You are a stunning masterpiece who was made to shine!!!
No matter what I am wearing, or if I have makeup on or not…I am ALWAYS beautiful! I am very thankful for all those in my life who remind me of that often!!

(I know I am missing MANY people, but this is what I had to work with today….Know that if you are in my life you are very important to me, and I am so blessed by you!)

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