Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

John and I have so much to be thankful for... it is hard to know where to start!

I am thankful for my faith in Christ, and the confidence in knowing that as long as I put Him first, everything else will fall into place.

I am thankful for my husband who loves me no matter what.  He is my best friend, and I am looking forward to the next 100+ years with him. :)

I am thankful for my family and friends who support John and me no matter what.  There is always someone we can call if we need help, advice, or just a listening ear.

I am thankful for my fur babies!!  They are oh-so sweet, and I cherish them dearly.

I am thankful for our health (and the health of our family and friends).

I am thankful that John and I both have jobs.  So many people are struggling to find work, and we are so blessed to have career-oriented jobs.

I am thankful for all of our provisions.  Our apartment, cars, etc., John and I have all that we could need, plus more. 

John and I will be spending this Thanksgiving with his mom (who also lives in New Mexico).  Although his mom will be making the majority of the food, it would not be Thanksgiving without my grandma's famous stuffing.  She makes the BEST stuffing, and even though I will never be able to copy her recipe exactly, I feel like I get closer every year.  I would probably be able to emulate it better with practice, but this sacred recipe is saved only for Thanksgiving!  To be honest, if my Thanksgiving consisted of only her stuffing, I would be more than okay with that.

John and I have been very busy working the past few weeks, and I am ashamed to admit that it is less than a month until Christmas and we have not yet purchased our Christmas tree (but that is on the agenda for this weekend!).  We are finally starting to get into a routine, and within the past few weeks, it seems like New Mexico has started to feel more like home - I am giving credit to the holidays and the planning of our upcoming Christmas tree!

Speaking of home, New Mexico received a notable snow fall this past weekend!  Depending on the location within Albuquerque, there was 2-3 inches of snow in the city itself and up to 10 inches in the "East Mountain" suburbs.  This was very exciting to me (partly because it felt like the holidays, but mostly because I knew it would be gone and back into the mid 40s in two days, or so).  The only downside to this weather was the fact that John and I had Christmas pictures scheduled that morning.  It was frigid cold and terribly windy, so I am hoping we get at least one good picture to send out!  John agreed to take Christmas pictures only if Scout could be included.  So we compromised, and she got to be in about half of them. :)

Scout loved the snow and ran around like a lunatic... it was her first time seeing snow, and I didn't think she was going to like it (when she was a puppy she would shiver if it was less than 40 degrees outside), but she loved it!  In fact, she would pretend to need to go potty to go outside and play - it was super cute at first, but as you can imagine, got very cold after a while!

Dinner at Turtle Mountain Brewing Company

Scout's first snow mustache.


  1. The Lietzke's are thankful for the Pray's!! xoxo love and miss you chica. Send John and Scout our love.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! And I love Scout's snow mustache. As a transplant from Chicago to SF, I miss the idea of the snow a lot but not the actuality of it ;)


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