True Gratitude and Happy Memories

What are holidays without family or an outrageous amount of delicious food? If you spend a holiday alone, is it still considered a holiday? Is Thanksgiving still Turkey Day without turkey or friends to eat it with?

This is not at all a pity party. I successfully enjoyed my pity party on Tuesday – ask any of my friends – I was thoroughly unhappy that day. Today I’m quite content and also quite alone.

There are quite a few benefits to working on a holiday. One, being holiday pay… Two, helping out coworkers so they can spend time with their families… Three, there is a TV and I’ve already enjoyed the end of the National Dog Show [I used to LOVE those growing up] and the later showing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. And tonight I can officially watch Christmas movies [let’s be real, I’ve already been watching them for a month or two…]

I think today is truly a day of gratitude, because I super appreciate my opportunity to be home for two weeks during Christmas – and I’ll truly cherish every family moment as I remember my solo Thanksgiving. It’s also a day of remembrance, of all my Thanksgivings growing up that were so wonderfully spent with family and friends, and GREAT food too 😀

So this Thanksgiving, I’m incredibly thankful for what has been and what is to come. For great memories growing up, and for Christmas memories to come. For all the crazy volunteer Thanksgivings that were a compilement of volunteers  with family members thrown in here and there and all sorts of family food traditions served. For dog shows, the Macy’s parade, and Christmas movies that warm the heart ❤ [awww] For free hot coffee and buckeyes. For being in Kentucky, AND that my brother and his wife are moving to Indy so I’ll be ONLY 3 HOURS AWAY!!!!! I’M SO THANKFUL FOR THAT!!!!! 🙂 Which means I’ll see them and my parents more too! For conquering fears, leaps of faith, God’s provision, and the adventures that lie in the year ahead – hopefully full of many thanks for next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!!! 🙂

In Memory…


Heaven got a good one on Friday. The lovely gent on my right [looking at the picture] headed to his home of eternal peace, and I must say he will be greatly missed.

I first met Lee during my group’s host volunteer term at CAP. His group was my first-ever group, and they were wonderful: full of jokes, laughs, stories, and a passion to serve. Lee took to calling me the host mom, which originally I found strange as I was quite a bit younger than most of the group… but I knew it was a term of endearment, so of course I took a liking to it.

The one thing I’m quite sure of, is that Lee loved his family. Every time I spoke with him, either in person or on the phone, he shared stories of his wife and children. He was so proud of each and every one of them. Their stories were his stories and they clearly brought him so much joy.

I’ve only known Lee for about two years and a couple months. Of that time, I’ve probably only encountered him directly for about three weeks [twice hosting at CAP and one trip to Frederick]. It’s amazing how much we can connect with each other over such a short amount of time, how much we can learn, and how much we can grow to care about one another. There was never a doubt in my mind that Lee cared about me and how I was really doing. I’m sure his friends and family can relate to this too. Though he was an avid story-teller, he also knew how to ask the right questions and how to listen.

Lee’s faith was evident through his service. He told many tales of his trips to CAP, as well as mission trips to Honduras. He had a knack for using all that he was blessed with to bless others. Truly a generous fella.

My prayers go out to the entire Lambert family as well as New Life Foursquare Church as I know that Lee’s presence will be deeply missed. I’m sure Heaven is getting an earful of stories about each and every one of you, because he cared about you and was proud to be a part of your life.

Lee, I’m so thankful to have known you, to have heard all the stories about those you love, and to see your faith lived out through your times of service. Thanks for being you and for your time, generosity, and kindness.

Peace be with you.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27