The holidays generate all sorts of feelings and memories based on our life experiences.Â For many years, the holidays triggered less than pleasant memories for me.Â After our parents’ divorce, the holidays were a time that accentuated the strife that existed within our family.
Thanksgiving 1982 – the last time all 8 of us siblings were together.
On my husband’s side of the family, we have also had few Thanksgivings together as an extended family.Â This picture is from 2003.
I have slowly developed a love for the holidays since we have worked to develop our own family traditions.Â The newer and happier memories help to replace the older and sadder ones.
ThisÂ is a picture of our 5 girls from last Thanksgiving weekend.Â We had a blast!
For the first time in many years, I will not be preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and our kids will not all be together.Â This is part of the natural order of things as kids grow up and new traditions evolve, and we move toward an Empty Nest.
My oldest daughter and son-in-law will be preparing their first Thanksgiving dinner.Â Our second oldest works in the hospitality industry, lives in California, and has to work the weekend.Â Our third oldest will be at home.Â The babies will be with us.
I’ll be reporting on the festivities inÂ future posts, but we hope that all of our friends and family have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!