HAPPY THANKSGIVING LOVELIES. I cannot express how grateful I am to be home this Holiday. Since moving to New York in 2009 I have not spent a single Thanksgiving at home with my mom. The trip home to Hawaii, all twelve hours on the plane, was just too long of a trip for a short three day weekend. I was lucky in the few years on the East Coast to spend the Holiday with some extended family, or like in 2011, with my best friends hosting Friendsgiving.
I feel so blessed to have an amazing mother and support network around me this past year. It has been the hardest year of my life battling what can only be described as an “invisible illness.” My mom has been with me every step of the way and for her constant kindness I would like to dedicate this post and my love for her on this day of giving Thanks.
I always loved Thanksgiving as it was a day for friends and family to come together without the tie of presents such as Christmas. While the Holiday weekend may be clouded with sales and shopping, the day itself should always be spent treasuring those who provide you with the gift of friendship and love.
This Holiday will also be the first spent at home with my boyfriend’s family. I feel grateful for him and his family who have been so welcoming to me, even making me side dishes at family BBQs entirely gluten free and free from contamination. My boyfriend has been the most amazing, positive rock I could ever ask for. No matter how sick I’ve been, he always stays positive and brings me back to my goals of getting healthy. I could not ask for a more amazing partner in life.
To my brother and his fiancé on the East Coast. I am so excited for your first holiday as an engaged couple. I wish you all the happiness and love in the world and cannot wait to celebrate Christmas with you both as a family.
This Holiday will be a bit different as I am now Celiac and will have to eat gluten free. So an extra thank you must be given to those attending our dinner who are okay with eating gluten free stuffing, pumpkin pie and other new modifications to accommodate my allergy.
Happy Thanksgiving to my entire family, network of friends, my amazing readers of this passion project of a blog, and to all of your families as well.
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