“gratitude turns what you have into enough.”
today matt & i celebrated our first thanksgiving in charlotte. this was the first time matt & i prepared a traditional thanksgiving dinner without our families. (all modesty aside- we rocked it!)
My parents moved to Texas after they got married, and after their first year of marriage, they cooked their first thanksgiving meal away from their families. my grandma sent my mom the sweetest handwritten letter listing all the steps to prepare her family’s thanksgiving recipes. this year, my mom made a copy of this beloved letter and using the same format composed a nearly identical letter for matt & i. needless to say, when i opened this incredible gift i was a crying mess. every time i read it, i feel so overwhelmed by my grandmother’s handwriting & my mother’s handwriting & the tradition of cooking for the ones you love. & especially for the love of a mama that reaches so deeply across so many miles. i feel unbelievably fortunate & grateful today.
i want to sit in my shades
sipping my latte
beneath the awning of a famous café
jet-lagged and with our luggage gone astray
i wish i could go traveling again
i have been feeling so anxious lately: stressing out about little things, over-analyzing my performance at work, missing home, struggling with my personal faith & just simply feeling worried (often.) i talked to lani about my nervousness & she urged me to return to my photography & my blog… my little corner of the internet. taking photos & stringing them together with my words allows me to revisit my day & seemingly helps me to live more gratefully. i like snapping photos & writing a blog because it forces me to be more appreciative of the beauty that surrounds my daily life.
although matt & i feel so fortunate to be on this north carolina adventure together, we are missing home like crazy. this sunday i asked matt if he would be up for driving to the park to take some photos of the autumn leaves. never in my life have i experienced a fall quite like charlotte in november. the colors in the park are so brilliant & it compliments the buzzing electricity in the air. there were a few families at the park with their children, but it felt somehow desolate. i think nature has a fantastic way of doing that; you feel so alone with your thoughts & you feel so appreciative to be in that moment, that you hardly realize that anyone else is around.
this idea of being alone with my thoughts reminds me that matt & i are here alone, but together. i can’t help but think being dependent on one another will strengthen our marriage & make all the pain & sadness of being away from my family worth it. we have so many firsts to look forward to: especially our first thanksgiving as a family of 2. we excitedly sat in bed monday morning and drafted our grocery list for everything we want to cook for one another. although, it is an extremely difficult transition, i think this adventure is good for us. hopefully, it will help us live filled with more gratitude for one another & our future together.
“happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, & gratitude.”
if only camping was always this luxurious; i like having running water, electricity & a locked door to keep bears out.
sometimes it amazes me that we are old enough to live by ourselves.
you may remember our glamping trip from last december.