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I was going to write about how Thanksgiving started off with a bit of a heavy heart for me, how I felt the familiar pang of wishing my family wasn't so strewn about, how I had a meltdown Wednesday evening. But here's the thing -- though preceded by tears and frustration, Thanksgiving this year worked out and even went to become one of my favorites. Maybe we didn't have a house bursting with family and friends, but we had a house bursting with love and thankfulness. So why focus on the bad when I could be focusing on the good?

This Thanksgiving, I was overflowing with gratitude, especially for the wonderful people in my life. I've never been the girl that has myriad of friends, but the friends I do have are so, so dear to me. This past year I've made and strengthened so many relationships in my life and I've had one of the best years to prove it. So instead of rattling off a long-winded list of the many things I'm grateful for, because I could be here forever and a day doing just that, I realized this year just how thankful I am for the wonderful people that support me, cheer me up, listen to me spill out my heart at two in the morning, and still love me even when they've seen just how insane I can get.   I'm thankful for every single one of you and honestly can't imagine life without y'all.

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And now, everyday moments. Grateful for those too. Especially because they show how fleeting every second is, and how nothing should be taken for granted. November was a good month, though all too short as usual, but the little breaks from routine added to its quiet loveliness. And I'm leaving this month of thanksgiving with a vow to be thankful all the time. Because God doesn't only bless us thirty days of the year, does he? No, he's always there, providing during the other three hundred and thirty-five days too. And we should be remember to be thankful then, too.
Be sure to swing by Ellie's blog to see her November everyday moments!

As usual, I've rambled. I am too long-winded for my own good. But now, I'm going to get lost in paper snowflakes and She & Him Christmas music and lights. Christmas is calling -- I'm not going to ignore it.

How was your Thanksgiving?

xo, carlotta

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