11/28/2013 In My Writing
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Andrew
Nov 28, 2013

What I’m Thankful For

I’m not usually the overly sentiment type, but as I sat at breakfast with ‘lil q I realized what a great year it had been.  Aside from watching ‘lil q grow up and amaze me almost every day, I have a lot to be thankful for.  Not necessarily in chronological order:

We’ve got an amazing family – on both sides – who are not just accepting. Our family has treated no differently than any other. They’ve been there for us every step of the way.

Aunt Lorraine, Papa, me, Grandpa and Grandma

Aunt Lorraine, Papa, me, Grandpa and Grandma

Mike and I got married in front of our friends and family.

My brother, me, 'lil q, Mike and my dad.

My brother, me, ‘lil q, Mike and my dad.

My mother was declared cancer free in December and was able to come celebrate Christmas with us in our house.

Clearly the women in the family got all the looks, Grandma.

Clearly the women in the family got all the looks, Grandma.

‘lil q has all four of her grandparents who she adores:

if I sit here and behave, do I get more presents, Grandma & Grandpa?

if I sit here and behave, do I get more presents, Grandma & Grandpa?

Okay, so a few more pictures won't hurt me.

Okay, so a few more pictures won’t hurt me.

We took our first family vacation – we even got to take Emma.

Our little family.

Our little family.

‘lil q had surgery – about as minor as it could be, but we still worried,

Just Waking Up

What the heck just happened?

But she came through with flying colors and we had ice cream later that day:

Feeling better.

Ice cream makes everything better, Papa!

We had birthdays, Easter, Mother’s day and Father’s day.

I had my first two books published on my own:

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I’ve made many new friends through writing – too many to mention, (and I’d forget a few if I tried) but ‘lil q and I even got to meet a few in person:

Everyone minus 'lil q and me.

Everyone minus ‘lil q and me.

‘lil q has started to develop from a baby to a little girl, going from crawling and barely talking to being bossy and sassy [okay so maybe I’m not totally thankful for the bossy and sassy.]

Seeing ‘lil q grow up has reminded me that there are so many little things that can be fun if I just let them.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and may we all find new – and old – things to be thankful for in the year to come.

-AQG

2 Comments

  1. What a wonderful year you’ve both had, and some of these photos are absolutely delightful…especially the one of Lil Q in her red sun hat AND such a lovely smile. Have a great Thanksgiving Andy, Mike and Lil Q, and hope next year is just as amazing!! x

    • Thanks for all the kind words along the way Bev – you’d for sure be one of the names I’d not forget if were naming names that is – and I’m sure next year will be good in it’s own right, but it will be hard to top getting married. 🙂