This year, Amy and I had actually planned on driving to Utah together to spend Thanksgiving with the family, but circumstances and timing caused us to change our plans just days before Thanksgiving. As she and I discussed what we would do to celebrate the holiday, she insisted that she wanted to cook. I wasn't going to argue with that.
Thanksgiving has not been a happy holiday for several years. It has been a trying time for Amy in particular as she has gone through a difficult divorce while she was also coping with the loss of her very best friend and sister, Julie. Amy and Julie were practically inseparable since their earliest days. Julie was born just two years after Amy. They lived within just a few miles of each other for the past ten years. They even worked at the same place until just before Julie died. There was not a day that went by where they did not text, talk, or see each other. I don't know how Amy has carried on, but carry on she has.
I'm so grateful Amy and I had Thanksgiving at her house. That house is filled with so many memories. I barely can write as I think of all the birthdays, Mother's Days, Easters, and Christmas celebrations that we have had at Amy's. Julie is also front in center in every one of those memories. She figured very large in every event that Amy every hosted. So, even though it was hard, so hard, it was a blessing to have Thanksgiving at Amy's. It also made it a bit easier because Thanksgiving had never been at Amy's before, so there were no memories of Julie being there on Thanksgiving.
Amy will close on her house in the next few weeks. She will be leaving the only house Hannah has ever lived in. It will be hard to leave this place. It has been the family gathering place for all of us many times. It was where Amy spent many hours with Julie. Every room is filled with so many memories. I know how hard it will be for Amy to say good-bye to this place. Hold her in your heart as she moves forward.
We truly are grateful that Thanksgiving was celebrated well this year. We had good food, good company, played some fun games, and made great memories. It also marked an ending and a new beginning. Life is full of both, and it seems that every ending brings it share of sadness, but this sadness is tempered with great hope for the new beginnings that follow.