They say “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” and “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. I don’t know who “they” are but I think they’re right.
I think people most typically associate these sayings with romantic relationships, but in this case they more accurately describe how I feel about my family and my hometown from 2,000 miles away on the night before Thanksgiving.
This will be the first Thanksgiving I spend without my family. This year I will be reminded in no subtle way, what I thank God for most.
It didn’t take distance for me to know that I love my family, it took distance to make me feel with every ounce of my being just how MUCH I love them.
This year I am thankful for the distance because although it is the one thing in my life that I am currently the most unhappy about, I know it is going to make me a more grateful person in the future when I am back where I belong.
Along with the distance, I am thankful for many other things. The year 2015 has brought many blessings into my life and the following are the things for which I am most thankful:
- Family, friends and Skippy
- A roof over my head, food in my belly, a comfy bed and warm showers.
- My kick-ass wedding day, the coolest 9 bridesmaids to walk the earth and my new family.
- A husband who works his butt off physically and mentally and still finds time to make me smile.
- The three people who have come to visit me (Thanks Kristin, Mom and Alina)
- The opportunity to come home for Christmas
- The difficult times that teach me to appreciate the good times
Thank you for being a part of my life in some way. If you are reading this, I am thankful for you. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with loved ones tomorrow. God bless.