I Love My People

For me, this was a very special Thanksgiving. This holiday is a favorite for me – and not just because of pumpkin pie. I have so many things for which to be thankful – three of which are my wonderful family, a job that I love, and my health. These three things came together yesterday in an unexpected gift bag filled with tissue paper. After arriving at my sister’s house, my mom presented me with this:

She did the beautiful cross-stitch and she and my dad picked out the matting and framing. I love it. I love that it comes from my parent’s hands and it celebrates the career I love, but I love even more that it comes from my family’s hearts. Take a look at the label on the back:

I cried like a baby. This time of year marks the 2nd anniversary of my battle with breast cancer and lets me say, “Wow. I got through it!”

My family members all seem to think I handled the whole thing really well. I guess I did okay. Believe me – I had many moments when I felt sorry for myself and had the poor-me attitude, but I guess that overall I was a pretty tough cookie. I did everything the doctors told me to do (mainly because I thought I’d get in trouble if I didn’t) and dealt with every single appointment for surgeries, tests, treatments, and check-ins for 18 months. I had to put myself on auto-pilot once in a while, but I did it. I did it because of AND with the help of my family: My son, my parents, my sisters, my brother-in-law, and my nieces. They are my people. I love my people. Thank you, my people!

(There are lots of other people who did so much for me during this time – extended family and friends – and I’m so grateful for all of them. They’re my people, too. But . . . my family . . . !)

Okay, now let’s share some cuteness:

This is an apple jacket. I ordered it from JaquelineKnits on etsy.

It’s meant to protect your apple from being banged and bruised when you throw it in your bag to take to school or work. Isn’t it adorable? I would have loved to be able to knit my own, of course, but I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere. I was happy to support a fellow knitter by buying one.

Here’s more cuteness. One of my student’s moms made a turkey cookie for each of the kids as a pre-Thanksgiving treat. There was one for me, too – one of the may perks I get as a teacher. I love it!

I hope all of you had a happy Thanksgiving and had a chance to think about all of the good things you have in your lives.

On this day after Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I woke up at noon and now have the rest of the day to knit. It’s a beautiful thing.

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5 Responses to “I Love My People”

  1. Kathy Says:

    This post should have come with a warning that tissues were required before reading! Love you, kiddo!

  2. JennM Says:

    Your sister’s right, Knelley!!! The main thing I am thankful for this year is that I had the courage to go to Panera Bread that night in May and made some very dear friends. I’m thankful I met you.

  3. mad knitter Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! What a lovely present! And a lovely family!

    It’s funny, this year presented us all day yesterday with opportunities to see how much we have in our lives to be thankful for. It was a great day for looking around and seeing all the good in our lives. Glad you had a wonderful day. Can’t wait to see you next week!
    And I’m so jealous of your Friday plans! I went shopping for Black Friday (met up and had fun with Wife,Mom, Knitter too!) and I am so tired right now I couldn’t even hold a knitting needle! Wahhh!
    See you soon!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    We’re all so glad you liked your present. We’re so proud of ALL you’ve done by yourself. We love you very much. You really are a bonus to us all.

    Mom xxxooo (mitten lady)

  5. anphoe Says:

    What a great gift your family has given you. I also think you deserve it!

    The apple jacket is soooo cute.

    I am thankful for coming here to the States, so that I could meet my husband. And as jennm said, I am also thankful for joining SnB which let me meet all of you, be friends with you(I consider you all are my friends at least), and learn a lot from you.

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