Confession time

Hey all!  So, I wish that I had something inspiring or even clever to say, but I really don't.  God is still blessing me in numerous ways and teaching me things daily, yet mostly I'm just missing my mom and seriously struggling with chemo brain (which means there is not much conherent, linear thought going on in my head right now).  I am thankful for my family, friends and most of all God who all keep bringing me joy even during my sadness; the approaching holidays are a bittersweet reminder of how joy and pain are often intermixed.  I am so excited to experience another Thanksgiving with my husband and sweet boys and yet there is an element of trying to just get through this time without my mom who was behind so much of the festivities for the last twenty-eight years of my life.

Anyway, I say this not to complain or say woe-is-me or even to make an excuse for the huge gaps between blog posts (although that is a tiny bit of my motivation).  I mainly want to tell you all that one of the things I am extremely thankful for this Thanksgiving is all of you.  You have been a constant encouragement since I started this blog, and I feel very privileged to connect with all of you through this avenue.  Also, I want to encourage anyone who is also approaching the holidays with mixed emotions.  God knows my heart and yours, and he understands our stunted cheeriness.  Jesus said, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).  So this Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for a Savior who loves me enough to provide rest for my soul.  May you feel this peace as the bustle of the holidays takes hold.  May you feel light, may you feel supported and may you know that Jesus carries your burdens.  Happy Thanksgiving!