Thankful Thursday: Families Merge

This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity.

It's been a bit since I've posted a Thankful Thursday. But this is not to say that I haven't been thankful lately-- on no, on the contrary. I have been simply overwhelmed by everything there is in life to be grateful for. I feel that I have become an even better teacher at school, really learning how to reach out effectively to the kids who need it the most. I have been working hard as ever on my photography business, have launched my facebook business page, and am in the process of building a website. I have been shooting photo sessions and can feel and see my skills growing as a photographer all the time. And in this emerging holiday season, I've been spending lots of time with family. It's been wonderful and stressful and busy and perfect.

But today, on Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for Families Merge. That's the term that mom's side of the family and Donnie's family uses to describe how flawlessly our families blend together to create one big happy family. We have giant joint birthday parties, our families hung out without us while we were on our honeymoon, and now for three years, we've celebrated Thanksgiving together.

I know that in many families, holidays are a giant negotiation. There are often hurt feelings and tears involved when two families attempt to sort out which house gets a couple for each set of holidays. We are extremely fortunate that our families get along so well, and that Donnie's family has so graciously invited my family along to celebrate this holiday with them.

I know most people don't have it this easy, and I know that even for us, other holidays can be more of a challenge. But for today, I'm just going to soak in the ease and comfort that is our families together on one of my favorite holidays. Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to eat some leftovers.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I'm so thankful for all of you!