Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Yes, more than that one with all the presents. Because you know I love good food. And I adore a stunning tabletop. But what I really love more than anything else is bringing people together to enjoy one another’s company. In a fragmented world overstuffed with busy and satiated by virtual connections, the tangible pulse of interactions back and forth across a table is more valuable than ever.
This year, I’m making a point to pause and really take stock of all I’m thankful for. The list is incredibly simple, but I wanted to share it with you.
> Family. Having grown from a party of two to a party of three was certainly the game changer this year. It’s crazy to look at this tiny human and realize how much he’s grown in such a short time. I’m so excited to watch this little dude discover who he will become. I can only hope I don’t screw up the process.
> Loved ones. There are so many people I hold dear, both near and far. Ones I talk to frequently and ones who I rarely, if ever, connect with anymore, but the thought of each and every one always warms my heart.
> My health. Too many people face struggles with their health everyday. With each passing year I realize how lucky I am to have a body that continues to stand strong for me. I need to reminder to be kinder to it.
> Grace. Even if I sometimes fail to find it, that fact that I know it’s achievable gives me something to strive for daily.
> This site. If you told me eight+ years ago all the things that blogging would bring my way, I would never have believed you. Apartment 34 has been and remains both an adventure and a place of comfort all at the same time. If you’ve read for years, drop by on occasion or this is your first visit, I am eternally grateful for the time you spend here. Apartment 34 would be nothing without you.