Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

part of the Dill family at Thanksgiving 
This is another first for me. The first Thanksgiving without her here to celebrate with family and friends. It's not only a first for me but also for Adrienne's close friends and family as well so I know I am not alone in feeling this way. There are many times where I have felt as if I was the only one going through such a loss or struggle, when in reality there are so many more this very same day wishing that special person was here celebrating with them as well. I know close friends going through some very similar painful firsts without their spouse, without their father, daughter, mother or that person that they shared a huge portion of their lives with and loved wholeheartedly. As I sit here thinking of my wife, I am surrounded by some of my amazing family and friends that help to ease that pain or sting as always.
I hope that you all are doing the same, surrounding yourselves with family/friends and that you have a great time of fellowship, football and insane amounts of food. Happy Thanksgiving to my amazing family as well as friends, near and far.
In our darkest of days we still have things in our lives to be thankful for. Mine this year are: having had the chance to love an amazing woman and share the memories we created, a family that will be by my side in the sunshine or through the storms, friends that would give the shirts off their backs and faith that tomorrow will bring new opportunities as well as new beginnings. Love and miss you Adrienne Harris Dill so much and thoughts of you flood my mind daily. I miss seeing the joy and excitement in your eyes as we celebrated these holidays together. 
"And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about."

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