November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving

This is the "Ramer Bunch" last Thanksgiving over at Greggs Grandmother's house. It was so hard to get a pic of the 4 of us! Notice how I coordinated all of our outfits to match! :) 

Just in case I go in to labor before next Thursday, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is the first "family" holiday that Gregg and I are having to face and I know that it is going to be a difficult time, but I am looking forward to the time off together. Gregg and I will both work the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will not go back until after Kaidi arrives and we take our time with her. I think Gregg is taking 3 weeks and I will take 6 or 8 weeks. I can remember on Thanksgivings growing up that we would spend time at someone on my mother's side of the familys house and then we would go to my Grandparents house to spend with my dad's side of the family. I remember a tradition that I would guess was started about 10+ years ago with my mother's side of the family. I can remember that there was a table cloth brought out and each year we had to sign it and put the date and then we would each write on a tiny piece of paper what we were thankful for and stick it in an old tin can that was my Nanny's. I can remember finding this can after she passed away in 2005 and reading all the things my extended family was thankful for over the years. I do not know what has become of this priceless treasure but I am looking forward to reading them all again one day. I think that Thanksgiving is such a time of reflection on family memories. Those that are still with us and those that have gone on home to be with the Lord. Sure there is all the turkey and dressing and sweet potato casserole and dumplings and pecan pie you can eat, but the best part about it is the family. My parents and my sister and her family are traveling to North Alabama to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and his family. Gregg and I will not be going. When my brother asked me, I told him I didn't think that would be a very good idea to travel 5 1/2 hours away when I am 38 weeks pregnant. So for Thanksgiving this year we will be going with some of our friends to their family's house and the guys are going to enjoy some quail hunting while the ladies enjoy some chit chat in the kitchen making up some warm, yummy side dishes to go along with the game our fellows bring in for lunch. That night we will spend time over at Gregg's Grandmothers house with his family and tuck in for the night with an extremely full belly. So I have totally rambled off track. I guess what I was getting at was what I am thankful for.
I am very thankful for the wonderful 26 months I had with Brayden and Kenadi. I am thankful for the health and laughter and love and happiness that they had those 26 months and I am so thankful that God let me have the wonderful joy they brought to my life for those 26 months. I am thankful for Gregg and how through all the trials we have endured, we are still in love with each other and grow closer together through it all. I am thankful for Kaidi and the life God has in store for her with us. The person I am absolutely most thankful for is my Heavenly Father and the comfort and mercy and grace he has poured over me the last 25 years. He sent Gregg to me, He blessed me with B&K and he has filled my womb with another blessing that will restore some of the joy to my life that I so much need right now after losing Brayden and Kenadi.

What are you thankful for?

20 comments:

Lora P. said...

I am thankful for the little life that has been growing inside of me for 12 weeks now. I am thankful for my wonderful husband that was truly a gift from above and the five years I've had him in my life. I am thankful for God's promises and knowing that no matter what happens here on Earth- his children are never defeated.

Stephanie said...

That is the best picture of you four. And of course, I love the matching outfits. It is amazing how much B looks like your husband and K looks like you! Definitely mini-me's!

I am thankful for Jesus, my family, and my friends! I am also thankful for people like you, who are a true example to me of what faith really is!

Heather said...

I'm thankful for our wonderful Heavenly Father, my family, good health, and the list could go on. Praying for you guys.

Linda said...

I think about you and pray for you often. Your strength in moving through each day is inspiriational. I'm glad that you have a relationship with God to help you and I believe that He provided your new baby girl to give you a reason to keep going.

I am thankful that my husband is coming home from Iraq in a couple of weeks for his leave and will be home for Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving from my Ramer family to yours!

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Tabo said...

I'm thankful for my family that sticks by me no matter what. I am also thankful for a good job and for my Heavenly Father. I am thankful for being able to see a beautiful day outside and being able to smell the fresh FALL air that I love so much. I am thankful for so much and should be able to say how thankful I am more often. I'm blessed and then some.

Mom of 3 and bride-to-be! said...

I am thankful for coming across your blog, and praying for you.
I am thankful, for this new baby boy, that will make his arrival on February 19th. I am thankful that my husband and children are safe and with me, here on earth.

I am thankful that God didn't forget about me, when I forgot about him, and thankful that I am back on His path.

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The Sansom Family said...

I'm thankful for our friendship! When I was in middle school, Thad told me that when I was older that I would be considered blessed if I could count 5 true friends on one hand. Well, I think he was right! I can only think of about that many people outside of family that I would call true friends, and you are definitely one of them! Happy Thanksgiving!! I can't wait for Kaidi and Caroline to get here and share a friendship like ours!!

Mary Ann Miller said...

Hello, I don't even know you but I am thankful for you!! Your blog posts have been a blessing to me.

God bless you richly.

The Rogers Family said...

I am so thankful for my God, My Jesus, my family, my country...there is so much to be thankful for my list is endless it seems.
I do want you to know that your blog has made me pay MORE attention to the small things that matter and just overlook those that do not matter a whole lot, like toys and shoes left laying out silly things to not sweat over!! God bless you and Gregg and Miss Kaidi! Yall remain in my prayers!
Carla

Sarah said...

What a great picture of your family!! So beautiful.

I am thankful for God and my family. I am thankful I get to spend the holidays with my family before my husband deploys overseas in February. I could go on and on for what I am thankful for!!

Praying for you guys during this holiday season. Can't wait to see pictures of Kaidi!!

God Bless - Sarah

The Mikel Family said...

I am thankful for MY FAMILY--While I was thinking this, I remembered our first Thanksgiving together... 2004. We spent a 'girls' weekend shopping in Destin! We should do that again!!
God has given me a wonderful husband!---with those fairytale qualities I never thought would exist; and an amazing daughter!---she has shown me so much of God's love and taught me so many things.
I AM THANKFUL FOR MY GOD!!--MY LORD AND SAVIOR!

... and thank you Meredith for sharing so much of yourself with everyone! I know you are a blessing to so many people, and I am GREATFUL that you are my SISTER!
WE LOVE YOU!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING--Hope to see you soon! (can't wait to meet Kaidi) :-)

Kristin said...

I am thankful for God's grace and mercy when I deserve it the very least.

I am thankful for each moment I have with my boys even when I wonder sometimes what on earth I'm doing and why would God trust me with these lives.

I am thankful for my husband even when he doesn't act the way I think he should. I am thankful that I recognize I am powerless to make him be who I want him to be. I have to accept and love him for who he is.

And I am thankful for your thoughts over the last few months and the transparency with which you have shown your happiness and your grief.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and looking forward to "meeting" your little girl soon.

Kristin

Jodi said...

I am thankful for the gift of adoption! We are going to Ukraine next month to save a little boy that would have perished in an institution. We found him on www.reecesrainbow.com Please everyone, go take a look, and maybe you can save a life too!

mooneyequalsmc2 said...

Meredith,
I am thankful for YOU and the blessing and inspiration you are to ME. Your strength is beyond amazing and I know is a gift from God.

I am thankful for God's grace (which I do not deserve) in my life. I am thankful for my family.

Thank you Meredith...and best wishes on an amazing delivery!
Cannot wait to check in and see the news one day VERY soon!

mindy

Niki said...

I'm VERY thankful for my AMAZING husband and kids. For my sisters and my parents ~ who I can't live without and for my great girlfriends that keep me sane and keep me laughing. I'm thankful for a roof over my head and food on my plate and I'm thankful for all God does for me on a constant basis ~ he always seems to know just what I need...even before I do sometimes. He is truely amazing ~

I'm thankful I came across your blog and know your family's story b/c I have learned and still am. I'm so thankful that you are so open about your journey through this trying time and allow everyone to be there for you the only way some of us can...just to listen and pray. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving and everything goes great with Miss Kaidi's delivery ~ best wishes and can't wait to see pics of the joy God puts back into your life.

Terri said...

I am thankful for your Daddy and the love he shows me and His Lord each day. I am thankful for Hannah, Adam, and you and I feel so blessed to be the Mama of three of the best "kids" in the world. I am thankful that God answered the prayers of this mama when he sent Jeremy, Heather, and Gregg into the lives of my children to be the loving and Godly spouses, I prayed for, for the three of you. I am richly blessed by Ashton, Grayson, Addison, Brayden, and Kenadi for being "their" nana. For the 26 months that I was "earthly" nana to Brayden and Kenadi, that I know because of my Lord and Savior's tremendous love and mercy, Heaven is holding two of His most prized possessions for our eternal homecoming. For that precious Kaidi, that we are anticipating meeting on December 1 and the joy she will bring to our hearts. I am so very grateful that God is true to His word, that He will RESTORE. I am blessed and so loved by God that He chose all of these treasures just for me. I am BLESSED and very much so with God's peace in the midst of trials and tribulations. I am thankful that my God poured out His love for me on the cross.

Tandy King said...

First of all, I am thankful for my Heavenly Father because without him I would have nothing or be nothing. He has blessed me with a wonderful family and friends. He is forever beside me. May all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving especially the Ramer and Mikel Family because I know the holidays will be hard. My prayers are forever with you.

lorigreen67 said...

I am thankful for my family.... although we are missing a very big part of that family right now we are still looking forward to little Kaidi joining our fold.... God has blessed us in so many ways that i cant even begin to list them all here... But what i am most thankful for is my 8 (thats including Kaidi) and the wonderful 2yrs we had with B&K!!!!