There’s Much to be Thankful For

This weekend is Thanksgiving up here in Canada (for my US readers not keeping track of Canadian holidays) and more than the turkey and stuffing I love this holiday because it means spending time with the people I love the most. Today we spent the day at my parent’s house. My mom cooked a fabulous turkey dinner (and I had more stuffing than I knew what to do with) and we enjoyed each other’s company by playing outside and in. Since I don’t go far without my camera these days, I had my family pose for some photos while we were outside and I’m so glad I did — these photos are worth their weight in gold. Here is what our day looked like.

We started the day playing inside. The fall air has arrived and with it a cool, crisp bite that makes some of us Canadians retreat indoors. We had brought Willow’s Lego, per her request, as she and my sister’s boyfriend Chris are Lego maniacs when they get together. Willow and Chris spent the better part of an hour and a half building the tallest Lego tower yet. I love seeing her joy in the midst of family.

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Before dinner, we headed outside to play and to snap some family photos. We played a game with Willow where we all had to stand in a circle while she told us what to do (per her usual leadership-driven self, ha!) and we threw the ball around a bit. I took this opportunity to snap some photos of W before she demanded that I take my place in the large circle. She reminds me so much of me when I was little… 😉

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I then rounded up the family to shoot some family photos. We don’t take enough of these photos to be honest and we almost didn’t today until my mom reminded us that there was an afternoon to enjoy and some photos to be taken (thank you momma!) and I’m grateful that she did.

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I love my parent’s love for each other… <3

After snapping some family photos, we took advantage of the beautiful fall colours and snapped some photos of Willow playing in the leaves. I love this kid’s spirit and it’s a valuable reminder that life is worth living in a big, free and spirited way.

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After snapping many, many photos, we came back inside to the warmth. We ate. We drank. We laughed. And most of all, we went around the table to say what we were thankful for.

For me, I’m thankful for this blessed life that I live. While it isn’t always easy, it is 100% worthwhile and I’m grateful every single day for all that I have. I’m thankful for the family I was given, the family I made and the family I chose. I’m thankful for love (always) and the opportunity to feel it on a daily basis. I’m thankful for the experiences I am able to have and especially those that I get to share with others. I’m thankful for the tough times too because they contrast so greatly with the good times, making the good times that much more sweet. I’m thankful for it all.

My wee girl ended her day happy, tired and loved — much like she does every day — and I couldn’t help but think about the life ahead of her. I’m thankful that I get to raise this beautiful girl and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to raise a daughter filled with grace, self-worth, confidence, intuition and passion. She’s the heart that lives on the outside of my body.

xoxo

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