Happy Thanksgiving!

Image result for thanksgiving clipartWhat a year it’s been here at the Kramer house!  Even in our sorrows, there have been so many blessings.

In January my husband of 32 years was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He lived 129 days after the day of his diagnosis.  Unbelievable, right??  It sure was unbelievable for all of us.

During that time, so many good things happened even in the hardness of it all…Gannon was born.


Georgia was born…


We found out that this girl is having a baby…our Kayla…and it’s boy.  We have less than TWO months to wait.


Scotty joined our family officially.



..and now baby Kramer of Buck and Lora’s is on the way.


A lot of family memories were made during and after Kramer’s illness.  I’ll always remember this day.


We lost Jody my dear niece.  6 years of dealing with breast cancer became too much.  Oh I miss her.  She was such a friend to me.  I’ve found in life that I don’t feel unconditional love very well.  Jody was terrific at making me feel it.  She loved me no matter what and I am so very thankful for that…but oh I miss her.


My cancer is back but even from that, we’ve learned so much.  I hear the girls talking and petty crap from work no longer cuts and bothers like it used to.  We used to complain about juggling schedules and trying to fit things in.  We don’t do that anymore.  We’ve done the ultimate juggling and scheduling.  We’ve learned to drop everything for what is important but most of all, we’ve learned what is really important.  I am thankful that we’ve learned to pull together and be #kramerstrong.


We’ve all learned to appreciate each other a little more.  We’ve all learned that even though we have our quirks…we still love each other.  We’ve been put to the test, and we’re managing to come through.  I am so thankful for that.  It hasn’t been with the most grace or beauty but we’re making it.

To often families go through this kind of stuff and they are left broken and hurt and estranged.  Not us.  I am so thankful for that.  I think we’re stronger than ever.

This year I’ve watched my children go from kids to adults.  I’m sorry that all these moments have come together in such a way that they had to be pushed to that place.   In the end, I am thankful I was here to see them grow.

I am thankful that Carver has learned to not be afraid of medical things…


I am thankful we were able to get this picture.

I am mostly thankful that through this all…We still have faith…and

…we are still Kramer strong!

A blessed Thanksgiving to you all from the Kramer home.

17 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Janet R

    Happy Thanksgiving! You are right, where there are ups, there are downs. They remind us to be thankful for the ups and strong through the downs. Faith is so important. I’m not always as thankful as I should be and I’m striving to do better at that.

    My sister was my unconditional love person. She’s been gone for over a decade and I still miss her. I’m thankful for all the lessons she taught me.

    Hope you have a great-ful day with your family. Love and hugs.

  2. Missy

    Be blessed (as Grandma says). You and your family are in my continued prayers – for your blessings and trials.

  3. Marilyn

    Blessings to you and all your wonderful family. You and your family have touched so many and when I feel lonely you give inspiration, kindness, and joy .

  4. Mary Ann Mettler

    Jo, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your whole family. Sending love from my neck of the woods to yours. You have a wonderful family and I too am so greatful for our wonderful family.

  5. Judith Fairchild

    Have a Blessed great Thanksgiving with your family. So enjoyed seeing the pictures from this year. When your newest is born you will have nearly doubled your Grands. Enjoy them. They are jewels

  6. Marie Beers

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Kramer’s. May you be blessed with more ups then downs in 2020. You are a inspiration to many, thanks for share your life with all who read your blog.

  7. Susan the Farm Quilter

    This has definitely been a year of highs and lows…you have certainly all figured out what is important and we all need to remember that. Have a blessed Christmas season and drive safe!

  8. Catherine Dorsey

    Jo you are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing real life along with quilting. May you continue your holiday blessings.

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