This Thanksgiving was a truly a year filled with mixed emotions.
Many people, both family and friends, came together to celebrate - not that life is perfect or that we don't face difficult times, but we all came together to say thank you for the time we each have here on earth. That life is short, and can change in a heartbeat.
This year all the cousins on my husband's side were joined together in one picture, which is really an accomplishment because for many years each of us has taken a different path on Thanksgiving.
It was joy to watch our daughter play with her cousin, and sweet to watch our son and oldest daughter hold the newest member of the family.
It was a time of reflection, of renewal.
The holidays are a difficult time, for many people, for many reasons.
It is no different for our family.
I just want to say that if you are struggling, don't give up on the one thing we each have - hope.
For a long time I felt like giving up on hope. That perhaps, hope didn't really exist.
I was looking for hope in earthly things.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Looking at each of these precious children (even the man child) I am reminded of the hope God gives to each of us. Hold tight to his promises that all the pain we experience here on earth will someday be wiped away.
Yes, there is one child missing. How could I look at this picture and not see there is an empty space.
I've learned that while we will always miss Emma, we can still experience great joy.
Happy Thanksgiving 2015