THE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR

First and foremost, an amazing 29 years with my mom. I ache for her everyday, and it's hard to imagine this ever not feeling like hell. But I am endlessly thankful that she was my mother and for the time we did have.

My dad. He is my rock.

My sister. Our parents spoiled us silly but she's the best gift of all.

My fiancé. He is my everything.  

My extended family. For their unwavering support and love. 

My friends. They make me feel lucky. (AEV, MHM, SGG & JH... Thank you for being on my side and by my side. You know what I mean.) 

My lot in life. This year I faced my greatest fear: the loss of a parent. Watching her health unravel before my eyes is something that I know will haunt me for as long as I live. Despite all of the tragedy my family has suffered this year, I know we are fortunate in so many other ways. We have food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and good friends and family to endure life's joys and sorrows with. As terrible as this year has been, I've never forgotten that things could be much worse. 

My health.

My tenacity. 

My outlook. 

All of you. 

Thanks for reading. 

Thanksgiving 2014. Grateful to be with our wonderful family.

Thanksgiving 2014. Grateful to be with our wonderful family.