In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the people that I’m most thankful for, my family and friends. This is my toast to them.

*Now imagine a feast fit for two kings and all their peeps placed in front of us as I give this toast. Aaaaand go…*

To my family, I love you with all of me. It seems almost humanly impossible to love others as much as I love you. You are my world and I miss you all when I am away. I don’t know where I’d be without you and I am so thankful for you! Please know that no matter how far away we are from each other or how M.I.A. I can be sometimes (no comments please) we are always connected and I am here for you no matter what. It’s been a rough year for us but hang in there. Call me naive but I still have faith that every cloud has a silver lining and we soon will have a break through.

Dad, I miss you and the holiday season just isn’t the same without you…honestly, nothing is the same without you. Sometimes I get pissed off at the fact that you were taken away so soon, other times I find acceptance, but most of all, I find pain. This void is unbearable and not a single day goes by without you running through my mind. Your soul must be tired because I carry you with me with every move I make. I just pray that you are truly in a better place and you know just how much you are loved. I am thankful for you. I love you.

To my Cincinnati family, moving here was not as easy as I thought it would be. Homesickness hit me like a brick but let me tell you, I am so blessed to have you as family! Words can’t describe how thankful I am for this great support system that I have. To my in-laws (disclaimer: no there was no wedding, it’s not “official” but it’s real), siblings, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, all of you that have taken me in as their own and shown me love, I am forever grateful for you. You have helped make Cincinnati my home away from home. I love you all.

To all of my friends, you already know! Whether I talk to you every day or not the love is always there. I want to thank you all for the support, love, long talks, drunken nights, laughs, reality checks, fun times, tough times, walk in a party and fuck shit up times (excuse the french, family)…the list goes on and on. Thank you my loves!

And last but not least, I am thankful for my best friend (cheesy but true) and honey bunch Ryan, for whom I am thankful for every single day. Like any relationship, we’ve been through ups and downs over the years but we are continuing to stick together like glue. You constantly make me laugh, you protect me, and love me like no other can. Sometimes you get on my nerves but most the time you are so cute and adorable that it makes my heart melt and in turn makes me sick. Lol                                     Forever yours, here I stand. I love you.

So as I sit here wiping away tears and sippin’ on this nasty Red’s Apple Ale (we’ll pretend it’s delicious wine) I raise my glass to all of you. You are what I’m thankful for. Cheers!

With love,

Kristyn B.


One thought on “Thanksgiving

  1. Johnnie

    Thanksgiving spirit. MY dear sweet precious soul, it took this long to respond, because the tears would not clear a pathway for me to see clearly. You have touch my inner being to the core. The Spirit of Thanksgiving, this Love across these distance miles of separation is a reminder, I’m blessed to have you as my great neice. I miss your dad so badly, it hurts although I understand this mean Learning a new way to be in the spirit of his life influence in my life. This Thanksgiving, we still have joy, love, and family. … we have each others, (family and friends). Near or far, our spirit’s are united, we are family and I love you with all my being, often not spoken, seldom shown, phone calls rarely, but there on time when needed.You have survived a life changing challenge at a young age. Thanks for this Thanksgiving spirit, I’m full. Toast!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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