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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It seems to me to be the one holiday that is truely not about giving or receiving but about sharing.  It’s simple, being with those you love, eating :).  We have thanksgiving at our house  every year.  We claimed it when we got married and we go out to other houses every other holiday, but thanksgiving we get to be home, have friends and family over, cover the table with food created by everyone involved (though Sean does a few more dishes and the turkey himself) and we all just get to enjoy the afternoon.

So before I get going to finish cleaning and prepping and getting film loaded for the photos I want to take of the 20 or so people who are going to be here in just a few hours I wanted to say that I am thankful.  Only words this post, no photos I hope no one minds, I just wanted to speak from my heart.

I am thankful.

I am thankful for my family, the ones who are part of my life daily, the ones who are not for various reasons, the ones who are gone.  I am thankful for the family that made me a part of theirs before I even married Sean 18 years ago without blinking an eye. I am thankful for my sister who sticks everything out no matter what and I am thankful for my father who is learning to be a father by being a grandfather which is a lovely thing to witness.

I am thankful for my friends, who all know how much I love them and all put up with the fact that I’m a bit of a workaholic and that means less quality time with them.  I’m thankful for the friends all over the world who I see online daily but who reach out voice to voice enough that we never feel very far apart.  I’m thankful to friends who I maybe see only a couple times a year at our party or weddings and they still hug me and tell me they love me with just as much truth as when we were hanging out watching Buffy or going dancing once a week.  I’m very lucky and I try to remember that.

I am thankful for my clients, the families and couples and women and men and children who let me be part of their lives, sometimes once and sometimes allowing me to come back and see their families grow.  They open their hearts to me, letting me see who they really are.  Allowing me to capture that and share it with them and sometimes the world on this site.  It’s not always an easy thing to do and so many sessions I come away with a feeling of inspired hope in who we are as people..  That makes what I do something I will never forget to be thankful for.

I am thankful for Sean.  How amazing it is that 18 years ago I crossed paths with the perfect man for me and somehow, each year, each week, each day it’s seems we learn more and grow more together.   He is my true love.  He has shown me and continues to show me what love can be at it’s best.

and I am thankful for my son Ares.  He is, there are no words for it really.  I love him with all my breath, he teaches me so much.  He reminds me to stay in the now, because it moves so fast and each moment is precious.   He is and I am thankful for his being here.

I am thankful I can take a moment to remember that.  I wish you a holiday filled with friends and family, loved ones and new ones and a full belly and maybe a lions win :)

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