This year has been pretty special, and this week has reminded me of that. Tomorrow we will celebrate the baby girl’s first thanksgiving at my dad’s house and I will have so much to be thankful for.

This week my mom came to visit her granddaughter for the third time and we spent every day exploring with her, outside in the gorgeous weather of fall. We took her to Saunders Farm to pick out her pumpkin for Halloween, we took her for a walk at Bruce Pit, and the puppy went for his first real run since he got sick about a month ago.

Because Mom was here Joe and I had the opportunity to go out just the two of us to celebrate our third anniversary. It seems like so much longer. I remember the day of the wedding, thinking I just wanted to get it over with so we would be married already, like we were supposed to be.

For our anniversary we went to dinner and a concert – Jason Mraz, who put on a great show. We had tickets to see him for our first anniversary but work got in the way. In fact, this is the first time we’ve really had the chance to celebrate because work has always gotten in the way.

While my mom was here she also helped me put together a few things so that she could make me a memory quilt. She took home bits of t-shirts and few photos printed on transfer fabric. She also bought me a new Moleskine notebook while she was here and, because I had been thinking about all my little memory trinkets thanks to Danigirl, I have started pasting those little trinkets into said notebook and writing about them.

Thinking about all the things I’ve done worth remembering, watching my mother fall completely in love with my daughter, and celebrating my marriage, it all makes me so thankful and the bad things just fall away. These beautiful pictures of the four of us, a family, are just the icing on the cake.

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