Thankful Thursday


My belly is officially stuffed and my heart is so full.

A special day set aside to give thanks, share love and laughs over a turkey, binge on football, and in the Lanier household, watch Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation.  It is tradition afterall.  None of the above sounds incredibly taxing on the mind or body, and somehow, I’m exhausted.  I’m blaming it on the turkey, who’s with me?

This little bit of time at home was a great time of reflection, and a reminder to me, to be thankful for the little things.

Here are a few,

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A positivity-inspired & spontaneous coffee date with a new friend, Jillian.

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The Christmas spirit on campus that gets me warm and fuzzy inside.


My niece, Ava Marie, with her sweet hugs and super awesome cartwheel skills.


My nephew, Hinton Thomas, with his deep belly laughs.  True joy.


Alex, and my nieces, Chloe & Grace, and their games of Hide&Seek together. Those smiles though….Does it get any better?


And finally, the glimmer of mom in each and every one of my nieces and nephew, and the family around the table today as well as those that were out of town.  While her flesh may be gone, her spirit resides in all of us.  We lit a candle at Thanksgiving dinner, to give us a concrete reminder that she is always with us.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day as well, filled with food, family, and lots of love. Thank you so much for reading.



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