that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.

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I was nervous about a Thanksgiving where my immediate family is basically all together, aside from Jes and Mark being with the Hagens and my being here, I thought it would be a time of desperate missing them. However, I temporarily had a bout with Alzheimer’s because nothing is farther from the truth.

All the family here made for a fantastic Thanksgiving afternoon and evening. I think the most incredible thing about family is that they are family… all of the time. From having Nana and the Holensteins and Josoks visiting, to the Simpsons, Rutherfords, and Josoks perma-here… not to mention the addition of Dan today, it is incredibly special to know there is a place to find family here… and be able to call “home”. I am quickly appreciating the familiarity of the people here… adapting to not only having friends so nearby, but the city I am learning to love and the fellowship of family that I never spent so much time with before. While I am still struggling to understand Trav’s (and Scott’s) cheekiness (as he puts it), I am absolutely fascinated by Jordi, the unbelievable welcome arms I find myself in my Aunts here .. and the hugs (oh the hugs) from all my cousins and littlest cousins, and talks with Kyla, Chrissy, and Alicia…and the wealth of information in my Uncles, make it easy to call Victoria home. It’s such a blessing to be here and to know that there is never “too late” to get to know people… and love them in such a way that you wish you had had it a lot sooner.

I think oftentimes we assume that we know our family so well simply because they are family. But what I am learning is that this assumption is unfair. There is so much to know and see and learn about these people I have known for my lifetime… might even be presumptuous to say I’ve “known” them… rather, I am getting to know them now. And I am loving it.

So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for God’s grace. I am thankful for challenges, opportunities, and humility. But at this point, I am thankful for my family… I think it’s pretty cool that God saw fit to put me here, and have me come from all of these people… I can’t imagine it any other way.


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