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?