A Season of Reflection

For the first time, I'm not able to be home with my family on Thanksgiving. My family isn't very large, but Thanksgiving is a great excuse to get everyone together and spend some quality time with your loved ones (and lots of food). Harley's family has lived all over so he's more used to skipping holidays here and there; my family has always lived so close that we've never not been together. Now that I have a niece it's extra sad to be away, and I'm counting down the days until we make our trip home for New Years! Thankfully, we have some friends in the area who are also unable to go home so we'll do a Thanksgiving dinner with them. I'm the only one out of the group who enjoys cooking so I'm excited to be making quite a few dishes, and it will be nice to have some pals to hang around and watch football with.

Thanksgiving offers a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and where it has taken you. If you had told me eleven months ago that Harley and I would be living in California, I wouldn't have believed you. Now with less than two months left in 2017, I realize how many amazing things have happened that I never would have expected. In everyday life, it's easy to lose sight of the really giant things you've tackled — looking back, it's been a big year of growth and learning.

Though I miss Chattanooga and I'm disappointed to not be with my family this Thanksgiving, I am thankful I ended up where I am. It's gratifying to be able to look back and think of all the positive changes that have been made, making it even more exciting to look ahead. Now if we could just figure out how to get enough money to go home as often as we wanted, our problems would be solved.