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Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

With 10 months of experience grieving, I learned one trick—Create new memories. So for this first Thanksgiving without my late husband, I decided to not go to my brother-in-law’s house like we have done almost every year, but instead to go with my friends to a Chinese buffet. I know, it sounds very sad, but I didn’t mind this idea. I didn’t want to ruin others holiday because I couldn’t help crying.

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

Then a great opportunity came up right before the holiday. I was invited to LA as Charming Charlie‘s Winter Ambassador. You can read more details in this post ” #Charmbassador—The Face of Charming Charlie’s Winter Campaign.” Both of my late husband’s sisters live near LA, so I decided to spend the first Thanksgiving with them. A friend told me my man probably knew I was struggling with the holiday, so he made this happen. I hope he can use all his secret powers to help me through the holidays. 😉

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

My step-daughter was quite relieved when she heard this option and felt less guilty because they had planned to go to her fiance’s parents. I suggested we host our own family Thanksgiving at my house on the Saturday after I got back. So, we had two Thanksgivings. I was a little bit moody this past Saturday before our second Thanksgiving dinner because that day was the 10 month mark of my man passing away. Later that day, with all the busy cooking and playing with my grandkids, the normal happy me came back again. My family requested that I cook some Chinese dumplings and they called them Thanksgiving dumplings (just like regular dumplings, but on Thanksgiving!). Lol, yes, I am all into creating new traditions and new memories.

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

When I was in LA, I had an amazing time working on the photo shoot and video filming for Charming Charlie. It made it very clear again how much I love doing this fashion gig. 🙂 I was also quite fortunate to meet several amazing fashion bloggers in LA. I loved very much to listen to their stories and hang out with them. All the conversations were so heart warming and enlightening.

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

I am very grateful that even after my man was gone, I still feel the love from him, and our family. I would not be who I am today without him. I would not be so strong without my amazing family and friends. Especially those friends who I have not met, and maybe we will never meet, in person, but who constantly leave super uplifting comments or send long messages to support me. The first Thanksgiving without my man turned out to not be bad as I thought. Thanks to everyone who made my day so much easier!

Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

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Life After Loss The first Thanksgiving Without My Late Husband

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Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

Next week I will take a few days off for the holidays and for my trip to LA, so I will just use today to say ‘Thank You’ to all of you that have raised me up during the darkest time of my life this year.

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

Every night before I fall asleep I always like to say thank you to God, or whatever greater being is out there. I don’t have a religion yet, but I am still grateful to be alive and quite healthy. I know I am the person who can make my dreams come true, but God is the one who has the power to protect me from a drunk driver, and all kinds of potential accidents. So thank you for watching out for me!

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

The most influential person in my life has to be my late husband. I had always been good at surviving because my anger motivated me to live. But my man is the person who taught me how to love. I often asked him how I was supposed to live without him. He always said “life is beautiful, enjoy it when you can.” He taught me to celebrate life even without the person I loved the most. Now I realize that there is nothing more powerful than the pure love of being alive, being able to breath the fresh air, run under the sun, try delicious food and have great conversation with family or friends. Man, I would not be the person I am today without you. Thank you so much for helping me grow from an ugly ducking into a strong and confident woman.

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

I am also super thankful to my family in America. They have given me a ton of love and support after my man passed away. Especially my step-daughter and her fiancé. They have been at my house almost every single weekend to help me with my blog photos, proofread my posts, and work around my yard and the house. All of those jobs were taken care of by my late husband before, and now they are the ones doing it. One of my friends once said “You don’t have any blood related to them and now that your husband passed away, they are just your friends.” But I would rather they are my family. Friends can change, but family is forever.

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

I can’t finish my thank you note without pointing out my amazing co-workers and great students. With their help and support, my daily working life is so much easier. Of course, I need to say how much I really appreciate all the friends I have made over the last 3 years on my blog and my social media. Most of us have not met in person yet, but I truly appropriate your positive comments that lift me up everyday!

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

Just like the song “You Raise Me Up” says:

“You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be”

I am on my way to chasing my dreams and that is because all of you have raised me up! Thank you soooo much for all of you have done to support me!

Life After Loss Thanks For Raising Me Up

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Thank you for reading, and if you like what you read, please comment below or share it with your friends. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new post updates, and follow me on Instagram for all the amazing fashion, beauty and life style products that I will share with you. Of course, don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories daily to know me better as a person. Finally, don’t forget to follow me on YouTube for my fashion, beauty and life style videos. Have a great day and see you soon!

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Grace
http://colorandgrace.com occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

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