Weekly Winners (Nov. 22 – 28)

Holiday Cheer has begun, making it hard to choose Weekly Winners! I broke my self-imposed 5-photo limit this week, but still tried to keep it to a happy minimum.

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TN State Capitol decorated for Christmas
TN State Capitol decorated for Christmas

TAMU Muster glasses for Thanksgiving
TAMU Muster glasses for Thanksgiving

Craig and Sully
Craig and Sully

Make a wish!
Make a wish!

sup!?
'sup!?

Grand Entranceway (Opryland Hotel)
Grand Entranceway (Opryland Hotel)

Me, Dad, Mom and Craig -- I love timers on cameras!
Me, Dad, Mom and Craig -- I love timers on cameras!

Nativity Panorama (Opryland Hotel)
Nativity Panorama (Opryland Hotel)

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Giving thanks for my favorite Fs

A little late, but pausing to give thanks…

Family

My parents and my husband at Thanksgiving dinner
My parents and my husband at Thanksgiving dinner

I have the most awesome family. Ever.

My husband is wonderful. I seriously married my best friend. We regularly joke, “Its just too bad we never have any fun together” as we’re doubled over with laughter as we crack each other up. Or if there is something wrong, we can always pick it up in just a few words. It’s… something I am so lucky to have.

And even days when I am PMSing, and I know he feels like he can’t do anything right. And maybe deep down I wish he’d go find some gig to do for the night. (But, you know, if he did, I’d probably get upset that he’s not home. LOL!) I’m sincerely thankful for him every single day, and I really don’t know what I’d do without him.

He’s stuck with me.

My parents are in a word: incredible. I am blessed with parents that are my teachers, my friends, my cheerleaders, and my psychiatrists. I could never begin to say “Thank you” enough for all they’ve done for, and with, me in my life. I am so, so, so lucky. They are without a doubt the coolest parents ever.

Ever.

My brother and sister-in-law probably have no idea how much I admire them. As a couple. As indivduals. Especially as parents themselves. I look up to them, and I’ve been taking lots of notes. They are an inspiration to me.

My nephew and niece are just cool, cool kids that are growing up WAY TOO FAST. My nephew is in junior high. HOW did that happen already?? I was just putting him to bed in a crib yesterday, I swear! And my niece has better fashion sense than me. And I am okay with this. I think. Maybe. Hmmm… But in all seriousness? Those two kids have no idea how much they make my day every time I see them, and how they cross my mind daily.

My in-laws are awesome as well… and I really wish we could see them a lot more often than we do. If I could ever say I have any regrets, it would be not seeing my husband’s family far more often. Miles and money always seem to get in the way. We are very blessed to have them in our lives, and I am grateful to at least have internet and telephones to keep in touch with them.

I also have really rockin’ (albeit dysfunctional at times – LOL! – I say that very lovingly) extended family, that make me smile. And I know I could lean on them at a time of trouble. And for this fact, and for so many more, I feel so blessed.

Surrounded by friends
Surrounded by friends

Friends
Old Friends! New Friends! Acquaintences!

If a person’s wealth were to be measure by the friends they have, I’d without a doubt be a millionaire.

Friends in Texas. Friends in Nashville. My Aggies. My fellow writers. My friends around the country. I couldn’t begin to list them all, but I also do not take a single one for granted. Not a single friend taken for granted… and I am deeply thankful.

Faith
I’m living a lot of my life these days on sheer faith. My motto has been, for many years, “Everything happens for a reason.”

Within the last couple of years, that fact has shown itself to be true time and time again. And sheer faith and belief that it’ll all be okay has come true. I truly and strongly believe in a greater being. I believe in God. And he’s stepped in and held my hand a lot. And for that… I could never say Thank you enough. All I can do is give credit where credit is due… and God and my faith in Him has been a big part of getting through the trying times we all find ourselves going through today.

So this holiday season, I take a moment to focus on three things:

– my family.

– my friends.

– my faith,

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Weekly Winners (Nov. 15 – 21)

I think I can say that as of this week, the habit of taking a daily photo had been broken. I’m not happy about that, really, but it was bound to happen anyway. A mixed bag of shots this week…

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A birthday gift that rocks the planet... and also Bewbs.
A birthday gift that rocks the planet... and also Bewbs.

The Spirit of Aggieland -- Never forget
The Spirit of Aggieland -- Never forget

Veins
Veins

Light Up
Light Up

Alley away
Alley away

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