I saved the best for last. Today’s dive into gratitude is about family. All of my extended family – save a niece in Nashville and a nephew in Washington DC – live here in Atlanta. We haven’t had the whole family together since 2019, and it likely won’t happen this year, but 2022 shows promise.
I’m especially fortunate to have family who are friends. I love getting together with these three ladies (my sister Karen on the left, my mom, and my sister-in-law Lydia on the right). We haven’t found a post-pandemic rhythm to our gatherings, but we are getting together again for birthdays. This photo is from November 14 at my house (for my birthday). I look forward to us finding that new rhythm. We’ll see each other a few times in December, and then in January for Karen’s birthday. We have a trip to South Carolina planned in April, and I can only hope it feels a bit more normal, and still very special.
Now that Sara is here, I’m tempted to think that photos like this one from November 6, when our little family (me and Marc, together with Sara and Katie and her family) gathered at Katie’s to celebrate the Fall Birthdays (which includes everyone but Katie) aren’t a big deal.
Of course Marc managed to be just out of the frame (to my left) for this one, but still.
Family. together. smiles. shared celebrations. it’s easy to be grateful. and these past almost two years have shown me many times over that I can’t take it for granted.
Happy Thursday my friends.