Thankful November: Day 1, Chosen

With November upon us and Thanksgiving looming in the not-so-distant future, it is that time to take a moment and be thankful. My goal this November is to write one thing I am thankful for each day of November. I'm very grateful for the timing, because lately all I want to do is whine and complain and be sad, and I know you guys expect more from me than that, so the timing just couldn't be more perfect.

I know you might be tired of hearing this, but November 1st being the day Jonathan asked me to be his wife (the first time), is the day I will recognize how thankful I am that he chose me. Of all the women in the world, he picked me, he asked me to be his wife. I could not be more thankful to have met this man and to have been able to call him my fiance on this day 4 years ago (four years - wow has it been that long?!). I could not have found a better man to be my husband and the father of our daughter. While our engagement was pretty random, it was perfect for us and perfectly us. We knew that we wanted to be together forever it was just a moment of making it "official." I still have the small chain that he put on my finger that day 4 years ago on the dog tags I keep with me. Man, was I proud of that chain. Sure, the first proposal wasn't exactly planned and it certainly wasn't anything big and fancy (the second time with the diamond was planned and it was low key and perfect for us, as well) but it was just right. And there was no question in my mind when I said yes, I would make him the happiest man in the world. His words, not mine. If they were mine I probably would have said Stink, I'll probably make you the craziest man in the world, and maybe sometimes a miserable one... but to him, he was the happiest (and he did know just what he was getting himself into - wild, right?!). And I was certainly the happiest gal in all the land.

He chose me and I can not thank the Lord enough for that.

Stink, I Love You. To the moon and back, forever and ever, babe. Thanks for choosing me, of all people, to be your wife.


  1. Love this post and this idea. I hope you don't mind if I blog along with you and do the same thing. I can use a little motivation this time of year to blog as things get so crazy.
    Wishing you and your daughter a very thankful November!

  2. I read recently that time does not heal all hurts/pains of losing someone but rather time opens the heart to allow more people and love in so the pain seems less. (I know i didn't quote that exactly but I hope you understand the sentiment). Mrs. P. you deserve all the good things in life! Keep taking care of Ari and try to enjoy where you are in your life now!

  3. Hi! First of all I am so happy I came across your blog. I myself am a widow as well...I lost my husband to cancer in 2/2012 - we were together 5 years, he battled for 1 1/2 of them. It brought us closer and made us stronger than ever. I am not sure what area you are located, but I recently joined a group in Houston that is specific for young widows - under 40. I tried therapy, but just no connection. The group has a private page on FB and also a website...we have some from Houston and others from other area, just a place to come, vent, cry, laugh and all of the above -- and we cuss A LOT! haha! Keep up the writing, for my blog has completely helped me through all of this - getting it all out on paper. Hugs, Lyndie

  4. Love these pictures. In the second one, it looks just like you two were melding (and melting!) completely into each other. Simply beautiful. :) ~T


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