*the gospel of Jesus Christ. i'm so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. what peace and comfort this brings with all that goes on around us.
*our loving Savior Jesus Christ for fulfilling such a divine roll in His atoning sacrifice for us. His ministry on this earth and selflessness are such incredible examples that we should each strive to become and be to those around us.
*our Heavenly Father for knowing me better than i know myself and giving me the strength to figure out the path that i was meant to pave while here on this earth. everything he made was and is perfect. i love seeing the perfection of His creations around us.
*my parents. their love, understanding, support, faithfulness, kindness and strength have been the foundation to where i am today. what better gift than to have such wonderful parents and examples to teach and guide us through our mortal existence.
*my husband. he strengthens me each and every day and is my rock. he keeps the laughter and positive/eternal outlook in our life and has built me up in some of the hardest of times. his tender heart helps me to see people as they truly should be seen and want to help those around. he may joke around a lot but i have witnessed that tender side to him many times and boy does it melt/inspire me.
*i could write pages but to spare you lets just list them. my siblings, extended relatives, in laws, friends, a healthy body, a place to call home, work, food, the kindness of others, our ward, prayer, answers to prayers, faith, a means of transportation, technology that allows us to still see each other although being miles upon miles apart. i could go on and on. and on. remember in those hard times to just look around and see all you have to be grateful for [note to self].
our thanksgiving this year couldn't have been better. the closer to the holidays we got, the more homesick this girl felt. i wasn't sure i was excited to be away from our immediate families and might have shed many tears at the thought. we decided to join jeremy's cousin, her cute little family and her in laws for the occasion and i couldn't have felt more at home if they tried.
jessica (jeremy's cousin) is the sweetest girl you will meet. her and blake actually met through jeremy so there are always fun times reminiscing when we all get together.
jeremy and i had planned on leaving late wednesday night after work, to head over to lake butler where they live [2.5 hour drive] so he could play in the turkey bowl the next morning. things were going well, blake had given us the address to their new house and we were set on our way. for all those who don't know, lake butler is in the middle of n o w h e r e v i l l e, fl. no cell phone service to be had and after one failed attempt at finding our destination with the little service we could muster, jeremy was determined to find their house just from memory and street signs alone. one scared girl [can you blame me? here we were in the middle of the night, no cell service, middle of no where, in an unfamiliar place. need i say more?] and one hour later we finally stopped at a local gas station to use their phone to call blake. this is how i felt. after all it was 2 in the morn.
as the boys went and played in their annual turkey bowl games, jessica, the two littles and i stayed home to play and watch the macy's thanksgiving parade. it's a fun tradition for me so i was thrilled to wake up to find her watching. good times were had with their two cute[st] babes, gavin and olivia. we played a good round of "come and get me". man i wish i could steal them away!
as they went to a family lunch turkey feast with blake's family, jeremy and i set off on a little adventure so he could show me one of the towns he grew up in just [twenty] minutes away. i was giddy. i had been told countless stories since we met of this town [lake city] and the adventures of jeremy as a young lad here. it was about time i got acquainted myself. here are a few pictures from this visit.
one of the houses they lived in.
where his history at texas roadhouse began. looks a little different, eh?
from the time he was arrested [being a normal teenage boy, him and his friends trying to blow up a dumpster..whoops.] to him and a friend hitch hiking all day long from lake city to lake butler, i was excited as could be to see all these places in which they took place! haha let the good times roll.
we returned to make final preparations for our big feast. jeremy and jessica making roadhouse potatoes.
their dog recently had these babies and they were too cute to resist. can we have one babe? please and thank you.
also, we must not forget to mention FaceTime with my family. my brother justin and his wife natalie had found out with they were having and we were excited see the big reveal!! their having a baby...
BOY!! couldn't have been more excited for them!! i was guessing a girl but i should have known [miller boys make miller boys] :) we have yet seen a baby girl in our family of grands but i'm determined it will happen. even if i have to make it happen myself [wink wink].
then it was time for everyone to arrive so we could all eat until our stomachs ached and were lying flat on the floor, happy as could be. overflowing the kitchen with all the feast essentials, thick southern accents and the kindest [a word?] of people, i couldn't help but sit back and take it all in. something about that southern hospitality couldn't have made this first thanksgiving away any better than it was.
our game faces.
back to blake and jessica's empty handed but had a fun time people watching as we browsed. it sure brings out the crazies doesn't it? another fun night of thanksgiving football and fun with these two and we were off to bed with plans to return home the next morning.
such a good time was had thanks to blake and jess for everything. we enjoyed every second of it. we love being closer to these relatives of jeremy's out here and getting to see them more often. we hope each of you had a marvelous day of thanks as well. happy turkey day!