Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, it's late.
 Tonight, I sit here
with a belly full of our fancy dinner from Wendy's.
And a heart full of so much love and thanks.

Tonight, before heading to the kitchen 
to pull what will probably be an almost all-nighter,
I'm taking a few moments to take a breather and give thanks.
(Don't worry, I'm not cookin' the bird.  
That would not be somethin' to be thankful for!)

 I'm thankful for time to reflect 
and for time, itself.

 I'm grateful to know what a gift time can be.

Almost ten months ago, Steve and I stood in this park, along this fence,
eagerly anticipating the arrival of our daughter.
Smiling and bursting with excitement as our friend, Kelly, snapped photos of us.

And a few weeks ago, Kelly took our photos again, 
as we stood there holding our sweet baby girl.

A family of two, to a family of three.

A baby in my belly...

to that very same baby playing with crunchy, autumn leaves 

Yes,'s a beautiful thing.
Sometimes, I wish there was more of it in a day.
But I learn more and more, just how precious every single minute is.
You've got to take a strong hold onto each and every second.

Because a second like this...can just stop time.

Tonight, I just wanna get lost for a couple more minutes...
stare at these "reminders" and let the tears fall.
Tomorrow is our daughter's first Thanksgiving.

And for that,
we are ever so grateful.

*Thank you again, so incredibly much, Kelly!


I've used this song before.
It's a good match to the way I feel when I look at these photos.

"When You Say Nothing At All" - Alison Krauss


Piper's ensemble incorporated special pieces given to her by many of the amazing ladies in her life.
Piper's coat - from Aunt Jessica (and the beautiful embroidery was done by her, too!)
Dress - from Dee Dee
Tights - from Aunt Jen 
Headband - from (and made by) Aunt Aleisha 
Boots - from GiGi

*hair clip - Logs 'n Lace

(When Daddy went to hunt for Pippy's lost boot... 
He found it!)

Thank you for all the love and blessings.
And wishing you all a day full of love and blessings.

<3 Happy Thanksgiving <3

Thanksgiving Day Lovin',


Infertile625 said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rian Eidson said...

Beautiful!!!! I love her snoot face!!!

Janet Sainsbury said...

Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful friend! xoxo

Virginia said...

Happy thanksgiving! May God continue to bless your family

mail4rosey said...

These are all great pictures, of course they always are. :) The one of Piper sitting up in her jacket outside though just killed me. Oh my gosh!!! It's a perfect photo. :)

I came to wish you Happy Thanksgiving. What a treat to find this super awesome post!! Big hugs to you and your family.

JP said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Lovely photos and a lovely post.

Judy Haughton-James said...

What a wonderful gift you and Steve have Maria! This Thanksgiving must have been so special! I love all the beautiful pictures and again I must say how happy I am for you and Steve. I know you had a great Thanksgiving and I am so grateful that we met through blogging. Wishing you, Steve and Piper more and more happy times. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes always. Have an enjoyable weekend.

Tami said...

Maria and Steve, you are truly blessed. Piper is blessed to have you too! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Anna said...

Such a beautiful family! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

You are so right about time. It goes by much too fast. We must learn to take that time and find the good in every situation. <3

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