My kids this year are old enough to carve their own pumpkins, when it wasn't that long ago when my husband was carving their pumpkins. We were blessed to have Jacob's girlfriend join us for the carving of the pumpkin time. But it is still hard for me to swallow that he has a girlfriend, let alone having her join us for family events.
We no longer go trick or treating door to door. I remember so many years, so many cold nights of walking along to collect as much candy as possible. And yet this year they went their separate ways. Three of us went to watch a good friend preform at a game, one stayed home to "man" the door, and one was at work. Such a different feeling, and such a sad moment.
Thanksgiving was bitter sweet this year. Again there was no running around the house causing havoc. There was quite moments with family, extended family, and good friends. It was wonderful to see friends, and yet sad knowing there were loved ones gone. In fact, Grace and I were laughing at the memory of my dad calling to let us know about the Thanksgiving day parade on TV. My dad loved his parades.
I know this is the holiday season. I know things will be different each year. I know that things will change.
I am just coming to realize that I am thankful for my friend, my husband. He is the constant for me this year. He has been there, and will be there. It is wonderful to know, no matter how old our kids are or where are kids go, Mike and I will have each other. That he will support me, and be there for me and my mom. He will listen to my ratings, and he will love me with all my flaws.
So I guess bring on the changes, and bring on the seasons of life. I know I will be able to face each and everyone with my God and my husband on my side.