November 2016 Exclamation Points

Britney Smith with Bonnie, Pete, Hunter and Bailey Bell and Brent, Lara, Dylan and Brooks Milam on Thanksgiving Day 2014.

Britney Smith with Bonnie, Pete, Hunter and Bailey Bell and Brent, Lara, Dylan and Brooks Milam on Thanksgiving Day 2014.

For this month of giving thanks, our cover story reflects just that. Memorial’s own Blair Bentley is doing great things to help children who live in shelters celebrate the holidays with their families in the most traditional of ways. Her organization is called Homemade Hope, and Blair is not only inspirational, but she is teaching these families the true meaning of giving thanks.

Also in this issue, some Memorial High School volunteers take center stage in Jennifer Elliot’s column on page 14. In our neighborhood news, we have an Eagle Scout who did a big project for St. Francis. Speaking of St. Francis, you’ll meet the church’s new assistant rector on page 19.

Looking ahead, you will not want to miss our December issue. It is our first ever absolutely! The Best Readers’ Choice issue, and you will love seeing the winners!

We want to wish everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving. As most people know,
I lost my mom this past January. The “firsts” are always the toughest, so this “first” Thanksgiving without her will be what I am calling my new, brave normal where new and old traditions are intertwined with the same love and gratitude for the time I had her. The photo above is from two Thanskgivings ago before my mom’s brain cancer diagnosis. Had we known she wouldn’t be with us a little over a year after this photo, we wouldn’t have changed a thing! Love your family and be thankful!

Absolutely! yours,

Lara

Lara Bell-Milam

lara@absolutelyfocusmedia.com