As this Thanksgiving approached oh so quickly, I knew it would come with mixed emotions.
It's the first Thanksgiving without my Paige.
And it's painful.
But I look at things...and here's how I've been seeing them lately.
I've been so thankful for the time I had to know her.
For the all the time she invested in me, I wouldn't be me without her.
I've been thankful that she chose me, then 9 year old, to not only invest in but really be a friend to. And over the years...we were more than friends, we were sisters.
I'm thankful the Lord let me have her for as long as He did.
For all the lessons she taught me...about boys, about loving on kids, about life, most importantly about God.
She taught me that it's okay not to be perfect, she knew she wasn't perfect. And she was okay with that...but she continually made an effort to fix things, to make herself more pleasing in His sight.
I'm thankful for her love of life, her joy, and her love for her Savior.
I'm thankful that on the 22nd of July I got to spend many, many hours with her, doing one of the things we were most passionate about (SWTA).
I'm thankful for the special days we spent together...even though we never got to have one this year.
I'm most thankful for the legacy of love she left behind. So many people know her name- and why? Because she loved life. She loved God, she told people about Him. She left behind an example to follow. One that I have been striving to follow, praying that He would use me like He used her.
So this Thanksgiving...in the midst of grieving, He has still given me things to be thankful for.