Friday, November 23, 2007

Friendship Friday- Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!! I dedicate my Friendship Friday to our group of friends who we always celebrate Thanksgiving with. We have been enjoying this tradition for five years now. We changed it up a bit this year because Mike had to work on Thanksgiving. We got together at Chad and Sara's house (since our house is full of boxes) on Wednesday night, and had some delicious food and company. This is a really special group of people, and we look forward to this gathering all year. We might not see each other all of the time, but when we get together it seems like no time has passed. That's when you know they're great friends!!

Mike and I
(I wasn't feeling well, and unfortunately I can see it on my face)

Chad and Sara carving the fried turkey
Luke and Clark
Susu and Daniel
Brandon, Melanie, Michelle and Adam
The girls
We have a tradition of gathering around before the prayer to take turns talking about what we are thankful for.
It was a really tough year for me and Mike, so this Thanksgiving was bittersweet. It was during this reflection time last year that we announced that we were pregnant and everyone was so surprised and excited for us. My brother had died the night before Thanksgiving, so I knew that we had some hard days ahead of us. When we got home from his funeral, we went to the doctor for our first appointment. We found out that the pregnancy wasn't viable, so I ended up in the hospital. Even though it was an extremely tough time in our lives, we knew that we had so much support from our friends and family. All of our hard times have made us stronger, and we appreciate what we do have in our lives that much more!! We look forward to what is in our future- a new home, a new job for me and hopefully expanding our family in the near future. Thank you to everyone for being there for us!! We LOVE our friends and family!!!
Luke has also been through a rough time. I know this was a hard time for him since his father just passed away, but we want you to know that we are always here for you!! We're so glad that you were able to be with him, and time will help heal you.
Finally sitting down for dinner!! It was very late, but it was worth the wait!!

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Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Sounds like it was a beautiful time with friends. The first year after a loss is so hard - Wishing for a very happy new year full of joy and hopefully some exciting news!

Mari said...

Leigh Ann - I'm so glad you have a great group of friends who are supportive. I know this has been a tough time for you and I've been praying for you and will continue to do so. Praying for great blessing next year!

Cathy said...

I'm so glad that you have such great friends to spend quality time with when you can't be with family on holidays. You are so fortunate and hopefully have may happy days ahead with them in your new house. Here's to new beginnings!!!! (What would life be without hope?)

Anonymous said...

Leigh Ann, Thank you so much for inviting me to your wonderful Thanksgiving feast. I had a fabulous evening. I always treasure the time spent with friends. Hopefully, there will be many more time together in the future! Hope to see you soon. Thanks again for including me! -SuSu

Terri said...

It's so great to have such supportive friends. Getting through that first year is tough. Hopefully, this up and coming new year with be filled with much happiness and joy and new beginnings!

Jennisa said...

Oh Leigh Ann....I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know the agony of a misscarriage, but I do know the agony of infertility! I will add you to my prayers, and I too will pray for your family to grow! You've got that big house, so now you just need the pitter patter of little feet!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Leigh Ann,
We had such a great time with everyone. Chad and I are so thankful that we have friends in our life that care about us as much as we care about them. Thanks for all the great memories so far and we look forward to many more. Sorry again for the disappearing act. Ha!!! We love you and Mike so much.
Sara and Chad

LeslieW. said...

That looks like a rockin' time! How great to have such great friends!