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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Organizing and Thanksgiving

Finding those cards is a testament to how much I've been organizing in my new home. I had all kinds of cards and miscellaneous stuff just shoved in boxes for a few years and that's where they've remained through all of our moves. Same with our tools and other things from the garage. There were nails, screws, nuts, bolts, picture hanging things and all kinds of other random stuff just thrown into boxes with very little order. Until now.

I went to Home Depot and got a thirty-something drawer organizer for all those tiny items and got everything - down to every little nail - organized. Got another heavy duty shelf for the garage for bins, hung those peg boards (or whatever they're called) for even more organization. I can't tell you how good it feels, and I know Matt's probably happy about it (he's probably thinking it's about damn time!). It's actually nice to go into the garage now, and I can usually find what I'm looking for, too!

Thanksgiving was a couple of days ago and the kids and I had been going to Arizona for Thanksgiving the last four years, but since we were just there in September for Matt's brother Jeff's wedding, we stayed home this time. And I cooked a turkey for the very first time! It turned out pretty great, actually. I prepared a tasty brine for it and had it soaking in it all night before. Had the traditional sides - stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, and this delicious orzo dish that Matt's mom had given me the recipe for. Everything was home made except for the desserts.

It was weird not being with the Row family this year for Thanksgiving. The kids and I missed them a whole lot, and they missed us, but we were all ok.

The kids and I have been feeling very grateful for our blessings, and have a lot to be thankful for. It's nice to finally get to the point where I can feel thankful again.

Like a commenter said in my previous post, I think Matt was saying hello with those cards, and in other little miscellaneous ways over the last week. In fact, one of the cards he gave me said, "Just say when and where and I'll ALWAYS be there!" Bittersweet...


Michelle said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Andrea! It sounds like yours was pretty good. :) When you get a chance, speaking of cards, can you send me your new address? Thanks!

~Chelsea~ said...

Goosebumps . . .