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The Most Thankful

Dear Friend,

Happy Thanksgiving! There are no words to describe how much I wish you were here today, but I know you are looking down from wherever you are. I miss you terribly and love you forever.

My Zayde and me

My Zayde and me

 

Since this is my first holiday season back home in 4 years, I had no idea that the night before Thanksgiving has become a sort of mini reunion for most young adults who grew up in the desert. After being informed I figured that since I haven’t seen most people from home in years (some not since we graduated high school), and figuring that it would probably be another few years before I was home again for holiday time I decided to push through my tiredness and get my butt out of the house. I dragged my sister, met up with one of my best friends from high school, and it turned out to be a wonderful night. I didn’t see too many people from my graduating year, but I sure did have fun with the younger siblings of some dear friends!

And now I have made it to my first Thanksgiving home in longer than I care to remember, and it is so wonderful being with family in America for the holidays. This morning I woke up to the smell of cinnamon pine cones and cranberry applesauce cooking in the kitchen, with the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in the background, and I think next year, when Stephane and I move to New York for our two year adventure, I will drag him through snow and sleet to see the parade in person! It does look very cold there though!

As I sit here watching the remainder of the parade in anticipation for the big Thanksgiving dog show (a family tradition to watch) I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly thankful for all of the many blessing in my life, and I wanted to take a moment to honor some of the things I am most, and everyday, thankful for.

 

My Family

I have been blessed with one of the most crazy, insane, mostly inappropriate family of all time, and they are the best people in the world. We may not have strength in numbers, but we have strength of character and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.  It’s always an adventure with the Peppers, and now I’m lucky enough to also have a huge, crazy, wild Moroccan family back in Israel to make up for my small family in the states.

The Pepper girls!

The Pepper girls!

The best mommy in the world!

The best mommy in the world!

With the biggest football fan I know!

With the biggest football fan I know!

GO BUCKS!

GO BUCKS!

Daddy and me!

Daddy and me!

<3 my daddy!

My sissy!

My sissy!

We are such goofballs

We are such goofballs

<3

We have fun!

We have fun!

Step sissy!

Step sissy!

UNCLE SCOOOOOTER!

UNCLE SCOOOOOTER!

Bubby and Zayde!

Bubby and Zayde!

Mommy's side of the family!

Mommy’s side of the family!

The whole family (minus Elana)

The whole family (minus Elana)

My Fitoussi family!

My Fitoussi family!

Cousins!

Cousins!

My Fitoussi boys!

My Fitoussi boys!

The best future mother in law in the world

The best future mother in law in the world

 

My love

God has truly blessed me with the best friend, companion, partner in crime, future husband, religious partner, and truly special soul that has ever walked this earth. He is my support, my encouragement, and he makes each day brighter and happier. He is the second half of my own soul and I am thankful every second of everyday that I get to spend my life with someone who was designed just for me. Sure we have our own little problems but our relationship is never hard, and we are always happy. Distance and time change nothing , and I can only pray that I have a long life to spend with this wonderful man. So far the first three years have been nothing short of perfect!

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My baby

I was never supposed to have a dog, at least not at this point in time, but Jasper came into my life when we both needed each other the most, and through thick and thin he has taught me more abut myself than I could have ever imagined when this one pound baby came into my life barely able to walk. Now he is a permanent Pepper-Fitoussi family member, and he continues to bring nothing but love to my families both in Israel and America! He is my miracle baby

Little bug!

Little bug!

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Baby Jassy!

Baby Jassy!

My prince

My prince

 

My country

Israel has given me my life and livelihood and I am so thankful to call this wonderful, special country my home. Israel gave me a second family, the love of my life, a puppy, two wonderful jobs that have given me life long friends, the opportunity and ability to speak different languages, and so much more. It is my religious homeland that has captured my heart and soul completely, and I’m so excited to continue my life on the other side of the world (even if Stephane and I have to take a few year break to finish school!).

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Aside from this I have such wonderful friends that I am eternally grateful for every day, I have a wonderful job with amazing people, and I have some opportunities in life that astound even me. I have been profoundly blessed, and am thankful every day.

And so to everyone I wish each and every one of you the happiest of happy Thanksgivings, and a wonderful holiday season wherever you are in the world!

Jordana Simone

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