Bride-to-be Blogger Carly: Feeling Grateful

Bride-to-be Blogger Carly: Feeling Grateful

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Thursday kicks off the start of the (crazy, busy, beautiful, warm-and-fuzzy, insert other adjectives here) holiday season. At this time of year, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in all the hubbub of family gatherings, wish-list shopping, holiday parties and all that eating, drinking and being merry. But before this whirlwind picks me up and shoots me to January 2nd, I’d like to pause and reflect on how much I have to be thankful for.

Sean and I are blessed with two amazing families, and this year will be the third that we get to share the holiday season with both bunches. Holiday splitting can be really tough, and takes some compromising from both the couple and their families. Luckily, both Sean’s family and my own have been generously flexible so that we can spend a little bit of each holiday with both sides.

For Thanksgiving, this means two dinners (best of both worlds!) just a short drive across Wilmington from one another. Christmas involves a bit more traveling, but is worth it. (This year, Sean and I will take the Cape-May Lewes ferry from his childhood home to my family’s shore house.) Neither Sean nor I have gotten a hard time from either set of our parents about cutting out early or arriving late—rather, they are as happy as we are that we get to spend time together.

We are both especially grateful that we are getting to spend our third holiday season with Sean’s (and my soon-to-be) niece Quinn. Having a small child in our lives rekindles the magic of the season: the building anticipation for the arrival of Santa and his crew through the excitement of Christmas-morning surprises. This year should be the first where she really understands the magic of Christmas, and I can’t wait to see the pure delight on her face when the cookies plate is empty and the stockings under the mantle are full!

My friends are another a reason for me to give thanks. Life may get busy, time may get away from us, but I can count on my friends always being a phone call away. I often marvel at how much our lives have changed over the past couple of years: we’ve gotten grown-up jobs, moved away from each other, bought houses, and gotten engaged, and through it all we’ve always stood by and cheered each other on. My friends are an amazing support system, and I am so fortunate to have them in my life!

Finally, (and I apologize for the sappyness) I am so very thankful for Sean. He came into my life at just the right time and has been my perfect match since. I’m thankful for the small, every-day life things with Sean and for the future yet to be determined. I am thankful that he encourages me to be the best me I possibly can and loves me on the days I can’t.

I am only lucky girl.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(PS: Thanks to you for reading!)

Do you find yourself feeling extra grateful with all your wedding stuff going on this time of year?

 

 

  • Emmy, mother of Carly

    Carly: I was drawn to your blog post because you and my daughter share the same first name. I was on the Internet, looking for a way to express my frustration with the lack of men who are mature, gentlemen, who appreciate moral young women. I am so saddened that my beautiful, college educated, kind daughter cannot find men of any substance who will appreciate all her qualities. I just want you to know that it made me happy to see that you have found a true “man” to share your life with. I pray that my daughter will also. I see her sit at home, being sad, because all she meets are jerks, superficial males (won’t call them men at this point). She is not only beautiful on the outside, but inside as well. But…she will not compromise her principles and be shallow like so many of the young people today. I feel for her. Are the times when young men gave girls flowers, opened doors, and engaged a girl’s parents completely gone?? At this point, it seems that way to me. By the way, she just turned 24. How old are you?
    Again, congratulations, Carly on finding your happiness, and good luck in the future.
    Emmy (in Miami)

    • Carly

      Hi Emmy,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I promise there are other good ones (like Sean) out there and, when the time is right, one will stumble into your daughters life as Sean (literally and figuratively) did into mine. I didn’t meet Sean until I was 25, so remind her that she’s still young and that the one for her is still out there for her to meet :-) (A lot of guys I met before Sean were still boys in their early 20s, but something happens to a lot of them after 25 that makes them much better catches!)

  • Linda (Carly’s Mom)

    Carly,
    What a thoughtful way of reflecting on the Holiday. All who love you and Sean know that it is hard to please the family at the holidays. I am excited at the “new plan” and hope that we can discover something new in the meaning of being together at Christmas.