Happy Thanksgiving - Oh, happy day.

November 26, 2010

I am so thankful. It's safe to say I had the best thanksgiving ever yesterday. I had the chance to sit in the company of the best people on this earth and just be. I watched as two families joined as one to celebrate each other and the love between the two. We ate the best food, laughed at the best jokes and took the greatest pictures. I have so much to be thankful for, and I love that I get an entire day dedicated to basking in that. I'm positive I have the greatest family on earth. The five of us don't get together very often, so when we do it's always a blast. Getting to spend an entire day with them is my paradise. I got to spend the day with my best friends - they're the greatest and they bring the joy of the world into my life. I got to celebrate my new family. When Tom started dating Camila she brought this new world into ours and we've (Tom) hasn't been the same since. Yesterday I got to watch the first Englert-Urtubey Thanksgiving and boy, was it wonderful. I watched two families from two different worlds join together, and it was as if we've known each other for years. There was a point yesterday afternoon after we had finished stuffing our face where I just looked around. Camila's dad was playing the guitar and singing in spanish, the moms were on both sides admiring and taking pictures, the boys were smoking cigars and everyone was drinking baileys and coffee enjoying the sounds of the day. At that moment my heart was so full I could have cried. I am so blessed, and I don't acknowledge that enough. So this is to all of you [Englert fam, Urturbey Fam, Leisenring Fam & Kuipers Fam], who made yesterday great, I am so blessed to have all of you in my life. I would be lost without you. And, to everyone who couldn't make it yesterday... You were so missed. I am so blessed to know and have you as well. To Kate, Carly and Callie, I am thankful for the relationships we made in college and have continued since then. To my beautiful law school friends, Kristin, Alyssa, Lynds, Britt, Hannah and Sarah - you girls continue to amaze me and challenge me. I am so blessed to go to school every day with such inspiring girls. To Adam, thank you for being such a wonderful boyfriend. I hope one day all of you get to join in at least one Englert Thanksgiving - because it's crazy, and loud, but it's full of love and a sight to be seen.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.  ~Melody Beattie

 Camila, Aunt Lynn, [me], and Mama. 
Pops, Natalia, [me]
 My kindred spirit. 
Dad and the girls. 
Sisters: Juliana & Coti
My family. 
My Whitty


  1. I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am missing pumpkin pies. On my side of the world, we don't have pumpkins (can you believe it)?! So I had to settle for sweet potato pie. I hope you had a lovely weekend. =)


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