November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!

My grandma rolling out Thanksgiving pie crust, 2011

This is my first real Thanksgiving in a lot of ways... It's my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner, my first Thanksgiving without my family, my first Thanksgiving with Justin. It's exciting and terrifying in a lot of ways, but it really makes me think about what I'm thankful for this year.

I'm thankful for photography (what else, right?), and I know I say this every year, but every year photography becomes more important to me. This year it saw me through two jobs, a family meltdown, a move, and getting used to cohabiting with another human being. Self portrait therapy saved my soul this year.

I'm thankful for my independence and my strong family ties. Moving away from home this year forced me to become a ~responsible adult~ and it made me realize how much my family and friends mean to me. I miss my parents and my grandma and my best friends more than I can put into words. I haven't seen them since Labor Day weekend, and I'm really hoping I can make it home for Christmas for a long-overdue reunion.

I'm so beyond thankful for Justin and everything he's done for me in the past 7 months, as well as the past year and a half. I can't put into words how much I love him and how much he means to me. I'm grateful for his existence.

My heart is so full of love today. I'm so excited for the rest of 2013.

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