Happy Thanksgiving!

One year ago today, Steve and I were here:

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That’s us in Grand Cayman, in the middle of a cruise of the Western Caribbean. In my opinion, a cruise ship is one of the best places to spend Thanksgiving. It is warm and tropical, and they even serve a traditional turkey dinner on the ship.

It also brings back memories of my very first cruise in 2004, also over Thanksgiving week. It was a celebration of my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary, and 26 of my family members were all on board:

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Yes, we are wearing matching t-shirts that say “50 years of smooth sailing.” For a few different reasons, that cruise still ranks as my all time favorite vacation. My grandpa is no longer with us today, and this trip was a celebration of my grandparents and the amazing family that they created. It was also my first trip with Steve (we had been dating about 5 months). I remember warm nights standing outside with him on the ship, looking over the railing into the ocean. We talked and talked, really coming to know each other, falling more in love.

Four years later we are back from our honeymoon and really starting our lives together. I didn’t mean for this post to turn all sappy-like, but I really do have a lot to be thankful for. I have the best family ever, including the in-laws, and I am married to a wonderful man. I have awesome friends, and I am healthy. This may have been a tough year work-wise and finnancially, but the support of all of these people is really all that matters.

I am also extremely grateful for pumpkin pie.

And because I can’t help it:

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