I felt a bit off balance this year, not being able to cook at home or to host dinner, but the day still was filled with the things that matter most. I have been thinking about them all week and before the holiday completely slips from my grasp, I wanted to take a moment to capture a few of them, in no particular order.
~ My parents, whose patience, thoughtfulness, and kindness inspire me more all the time.
~ My siblings, for being my best friends throughout my life.
~ Olivia, Oscar and Chloe's infectious enthusiasm, whether it is for a new game (hangman is the latest craze around here), a bike ride, or an afternoon at the movies.
~ Black Ankle Vineyards and the sister and brother-in-law who so graciously share it with me. The wine isn't too shabby either.
~ Gabe, for keeping me sane while the house is literally crumbling into dust around us.
~ The pleasure of pulling off of a busy road to find a huge swath of park that seems like a world away.
~ Buddy, shedding hair, stinky breath, and all.
~ Blog readers who keep coming back!
~ Neighbors and friends who have offered to feed us while our kitchen is under construction. Oh how those offers have buoyed us.
~ Hope and its eternal spring.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that its spirit lingers with you long into December.