As I sit here waiting for the pies to cook for our Thanksgiving celebration with my side of the family tomorrow, I find myself reflecting on today's celebration with Andy's side of the family.
It became clear early in our relationship that my sisters-in-law had the Thanksgiving pies and cookies covered. In an effort to find something that I could contribute, I once made some fudge and took it with us. That was about ten years ago. My fudge is now a staple, as is my homemade peppermint bark and almond candy. Each year, I happily bring all kinds of sugary goodness with me when we head down for Thanksgiving. This year, my Ventura nieces and nephews totally made my day when a few days ago, I heard that they were already looking forward to my candy. It's good to know that you'll be remembered for something, right? It's amazing the power a few simple words can have.
That got me thinking about all of my nieces and nephews, and well, today I share my thoughts with them, and by extension, you.
Dear Chris, Tarah, Derry, Kali, Gabe, Mia, Jessica, Lucy, Leah, Jenna, Jarod, Laura, Jeremy, Jack, Jason, Emily, Joe, Abby and Nellie -
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to have been able to spend my day with six of you. I hope that the rest of you had a fabulous day, wherever you happen to be.
I've never had the opportunity to live in the same city as any of you, so honestly I don't know each of you as well as I would like. I am so happy that some of us have Facebook, as it gives me an opportunity to know what is going on in your lives. While I don't always comment on everything, I often leave that to your friends, I do keep tabs on you.
Each year, I have the highest of hopes that I will remember each of your birthdays (on time!), and each year I fail. Maybe one day I'll make it; I have hope! Today, I just want each and every one of you to know that I love you. I don't always see you, I don't always say it, but I do always think it. I guess I need to work on the saying it part. Each of you is very loved, and prayed for quite often.
The Lord has blessed me with a bunch of "brothers and sisters" in your parents, and I am quite blessed and so proud to be your aunt.