Friday, November 28, 2008

so many things to be thankful for...

what a year! i truly feel so blessed! i am married to an AMAZING man, have 2 BEAUTIFUL daughters, and have a WONDERFUL family! i could have never imagined in my greatest dreams to be where i am right now!
we had such a wonderful thanksgiving day! we started the day at home with the girls and then headed to my mom and dad's house for a big vaneps family party! we had so much fun! we love the whole big family scene.... the loud conversations, kids running everywhere, and lots and lots of laughter! we left at the end of a great day and just felt like our hearts were full with joy!
i know i don't take the time out very often to tell people how thankful i am for them. so if you are reading this please know that i love you all and want to thank each of you for being a part of our life! no matter what kind of relationship we have with you. close by or far, if we get to see you often or just keep in touch over the blog :)....thank you! i hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!












6 comments:

Mandy Stevenson said...

I love it! And Guikema's, we, the Stevenson's, LOVE you and the special friendship we have!

Cheri Van Stelle said...

It WAS a GREAT day! I am so thankful for you, Mark and the girls! You bring joy to my life!!

tim and kristi said...

all of these pictures are great of your family!! i know i always say that but you all are so photogenic. :) sounds like you had a great thanksgiving. love to you all, k

Clark Family said...

Those are really great family photos!!! Maybe you can use them for your Christmas card?
I am SOOOO THANKFUL for you!!!! I was thinking on our LONG drive yesterday, about all the things that you have so graciously gone through with me... You helped me be brave in college and made me do things that i NEVER would have done if you were not my friend... You stayed with me when my mom passed away and helped me when I got my wisdom teeth out the very next day! You stayed on the phone with me for hours when I lost my boys! You stood up for me on my wedding day and gave me the great honor of standing up for with you on your wedding day! You've shared in the tremendous joy of the birth of all my children! You put me up in a hotel so that I could be near Siah when he had to stay in the hospital for several days. You have allowed me to pray fervently during the crazy first year with Kya! What a miracle your sweet Kya is, huh!!!! You've made the trek to CA to visit me so many times!!!

There are a billion more things that I could write about but this is supposed to be a "comment" not a novel. :)
Let's just say, I sure do love you!!!! Thanks for being my friend.

LauraAnne said...

You are loved and missed. I love watching you grow in so many ways...
I am thankful for you!!

Molly at Blink Photographic said...

polka dots!!!!??? oh, wow. and, what a gorgeous family you four make. so wish you, mark, and those girly-girls were nearer - could occasionally inject some estrogen into my estrogen-starved household!
love to you all this season, brooke.
molly