Happy Turkey Day, friends and family! I love you. I love you, and I am grateful for you. Truly. I am SO happy to have Autumn from Stay Gold, Autumn guest posting today about a marvelous Thanksgiving experience of hers - I promise, it's a must read!
Last year, I spent the first Thanksgiving with my in-laws.
My husband (fiance at the time) and I were in the midst of finalizing everything for our wedding, preparing for finals, and we had just made a decision we had thought was going to kill us.
Less than a month before our wedding, we had to make the decision for Devin to take an internship to start in January for ten weeks (which meant a job, stability, knowing where we would live...) when we had planned for one in the summer. The problem? I had to student teach that semester or delay my graduation a year which also meant I wouldn't have a job that would financially support us.
The only option that felt right was for us to say goodbye to the first 10 weeks of our marriage together. and a week after our wedding I was waving goodbye to myself at an airport. I would love to say I had a wonderful attitude, but instead, I was quite angry.
Shortly after other things felt right, like graduate school. I called my husband and asked him: "how are we going to be able to afford this...?"
This is the part where I felt rather humbled.
That lovely internship paid for my semester, financially supported us over the next six months when we both could not find stable jobs, and it kept us from ever having to take out any loans we would have otherwise had to have taken out.
If I could write a letter to myself last year it would say: "It will all be okay, infact, it will be worth it."
I never thought I would be thankful for this experience, I now am very grateful. We began our marriage with the message "you can do hard things." Beyond that? I realized I need to just be grateful for everything because I never know what hindsight is going to look like.
For the rest of my life, I hope I remember this lesson.