Thanksgiving and Packing

Hello friends!! What a whirlwind week it has been. I feel like I haven’t posted in forever!! I mean, I posted yesterday, but before that my last post was my last life update! Holidays man.

This week has been so great!! My husband and I spent Thanksgiving in Kuna, Idaho with his side of the family. It was only my second time in my life that I haven’t spent Thanksgiving with my family. The other time was while I was serving my full-time mission for my church! It is always different to be away, but the nice thing about this time was that even though I wasn’t with the family that raised me, I got to celebrate with the family I have gained in marriage. It was wonderful!!

A lot of the Smith family traditions are like my family traditions. We ate our Thanksgiving dinner in the mid afternoon, and it was delicious!! I had spent the morning in the kitchen with my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law. A few of our nieces were also in and out helping. It was so fun to be in the kitchen preparing the meal together! We had Christmas music playing and we laughed and talked.

When it was time to eat our meal, we went around the table and every family member (including the kids) shared what they are grateful for. I feel like I have more to be grateful for this year than any other year ever!! I am grateful to have a wonderful husband who loves and cherishes me. I am grateful for all of my family! I am grateful to be carrying a sweet little baby. I am grateful to live in a country that is free. I loved hearing what everyone else was grateful for too!! One of my nephews in particular really pierced my heart with everything he is grateful for. He is five, almost 6, and his insights were so sweet and pure. And of course my sweet husband melted my heart.

I feel so sappy, but I swear over the last week the love I have for my husband has taken a leap higher. I truly feel like I love him more every day, but this week was more intense. Maybe it’s because of all the time I’ve spent thinking about what I’m grateful for, and he’s at the top of my list! I’ve caught him in so many wonderful moments this week. I’ve watched as he plays with our nieces and nephews. They absolutely adore him. He is going to be such a wonderful father! I have felt him care for me with such tenderness and respect. I have heard him speak kindly to his family members, expressing his gratitude to them in individual moments. I am so grateful for the wonderful man I have married.

On a totally separate note (not sappy) I experienced my first year of Black Friday shopping! I felt a little bit like a chicken with my head cut off, but was very impressed at how meticulously my sisters-in-law had planned and prepared for our shopping. My feet were so tired by the end, but it was fun! I was mostly along for the ride, but I did find a printer on sale for $20, so that was a win!

Al and I finished our Christmas shopping over the weekend as well!! It feels so good to have that over with! I love giving gifts at Christmas, but I don’t love the shopping weighing on my mind all December. We do still need to buy for each other, but that is all planned and ready to go!

As for this week so far, I am packing and cleaning. We move to our new place TOMORROW! I am so excited to leave this one as we have had problems with it, but the move itself is a little overwhelming because I’ve come down with a pretty bad cold from the weekend. The problem with colds is that they wipe you out and they linger. Here’s to hoping I can kick it into gear!!

Tomorrow Al and I have our 14 (closer to 15) week appointment! I am so excited, but I want to know the gender already!! I can’t wait to hear the heart beat. I feel like I get nervous before every single appointment. I just hope this little peach-sized baby is doing okay in there. I love this baby so much already!! Last night my husband and I were talking about being parents. We imagined what the first moments will be like in the hospital when they lay that baby on my chest. We talked about how life-changing that moment is going to be, and what kinds of emotions may be running through our heads at that point. It was really sweet.

Well, I had better get back to my day and my tasks. I hope your Thanksgiving was magical and memorable. Thank you for stopping by.

God bless you and yours!!

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