I Am Thankful For…


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(Above: an oldie but goodie from our college days.)
Happy almost Thanksgiving! The hubby and I are currently in Austin, Texas enjoying some much needed quality time with his family. Last year, the Hendrix’s introduced me to FRIED TURKEY and I almost fell out of my chair (it was SO good ha!) I’m excited that this year I’ll get to introduce Stevie to some of my family’s traditions! Yep we’re heading to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving in Dallas on Thursday. Say what??? All yumminess aside, if someone asked me 3 years ago if Steve would ever get to experience Thanksgiving with my side of the family, I probably would have laughed and said, “Yea right…get out of town!”
Joke’s on me. I don’t always share the details about the challenges that came with my parents accepting Stevie, but this year I am truly thankful to God that we will come together around my family’s Thanksgiving table and open our traditions to him. It’s exciting seeing my husband’s face light up for Mama Bay’s homecooking! I love how close he’s become to each of my family members. For those of you who know our love story, then you know it hasn’t always been the easiest path getting to where we are today. (Stevie and I come from two different backgrounds and that hasn’t always been perceived as a good thing on my side of the family.) I remember two years ago, I was sitting at my Thanksgiving table thinking, “This is going to be the last Thanksgiving I’ll ever have with my family because they will disown me when they find out about Steve..”  I was afraid I would lose my family, but Stevie was worth risking it all for. Today, I can’t help but look up, smile and thank the Man upstairs for blessing my life. I got my family back and still won the man of my dreams. Hallelujah!
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(Above: Last year’s yummy Thanksgiving at The Hendrix casa!!)
When I sit at the Thanksgiving table this year, and see Stevie laughing with my family, enjoying a big ole slice of my mom’s famous apple pie, I know that’s going to be my thankful moment. What are you thankful for this year? Take a moment and really think about it and feel free to share below (if you’d like!) It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost over, but there’s still plenty of time for big things to happen. Love you all so much and hope you have an incredible Thanksgiving holiday!
P.S. My Pumpkin Roll Recipe + Heartbreak sucks..

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  1. Hi Sazan, I can really relate to this.
    My family/marriage situation is kind of similar. During the period leading up to my wedding, both sides of the family didn’t want to meet. They were so stubborn, and they still haven’t met up to this day. I’ve been married for 2 years and 1 month now. Have your family and Stevie’s family met each other?

    Mich x

  2. Simply a sweet little love story. It’s a grateful time to be on this earth all and all. Grateful for all the men & women out on the frontline fighting for our freedom. Grateful for all the animals on this earth, they all bring smiles to each and everyone us. Grateful for all the love in the air especially this time of year. 🙂

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! 🙂

    LA BIJOUX BELLA | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  3. Hey Saz, thanks for sharing your thanksgiving story.
    I’m super happy for what God has done in your life! Really, that gives me hope. I feel like I’m standing right where you’ve been two years ago.
    My family doesn’t like my boyfriend. Our families are too different. It’s really difficult and sad. We are not married yet, but are considering marriage in the near future. I can’t imagine how my parents will react to that.
    Your story gives me hope. Thanks Sazan. Also Stevie is the best. Love you guys XO

  4. You are so right sazan. Although there were rough patches, happiness can still be apart of our lives. I’m thankful for my family finally coming together after years of not celebrating thanksgiving or Christmas. Once I was introduced to my boyfriends family and how they got together I fell in love. I forgot about my family. And I always wondered why can’t my family be like this? What happened to us? But with hard work we’re finally hosting thanksgiving at our house.

  5. Beautiful post Saz !

    I am thankful for my mother who has always been here for me through thick and thin. I am thankful for having the best boyfriend ever who makes me feel at home even when my real home and family are thousands of miles away 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving from Montreal !

  6. I am so glad to read this! I was in the EXACT same situation and just got married this year and can not describe the feeling of seeing my family laugh and share meals with my husband.

    Wish you both a life full of love and happiness!

  7. When does a girl’s family EVER like the guy. He’s either not the right color or the right height or not a doctor or just plain wrong ????Luckily it works out most of the time in the end! It did for you and it did for us too 🙂

    Happy thanksgiving!

  8. Hi sazan,
    I can’t tell you how much I relate with you. I’m a Kurdish girl living in England. I met my now husband at university and my parents didn’t approve of the match- I was sure of my decision which meant that I ended up not speaking with my family for 6 years which was incredibly difficult. In that time I got married and pregnant. It was during my pregnancy that we reconciled and I am so thankful now that I can share my family with my husband (they love him now and think they sometimes prefer him to me! Ha). We now have a three month old beautiful baby girl and they are such doting grandparents!
    I’m so glad that your parents accepted Steve. He seems like a great man who obviously thinks the world of you!
    Bana xx

  9. This just warmes my Heart. Thank you for sharing these personal causes with us. I don’t know your blog for al long time Sazan but since I do (I know it sounds weird) I kinda feel bonded to you. I am Kurdish as well and I am going trough The same things you already got trough and it makes me so relieved to see that There is a person that has lived pretty much the same things and since I have read about your Story I started thinking more positive about my future. Just really thank you for sharing all these things because you were not the only one who have gotten through this. I am living in Europe at the other side of the world but I am one of those who is going through the same things like you did and reading your story helps me not giving up – neither on my family or on love!

  10. Sazan,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your relationship with your parents and Steve is one of the main reasons I started following you… besides your killer fashion and travels, of course! I have a very similar story with my boyfriend, although reversed faiths from your situation… I come from a Christian family, but am personally atheist, and my boyfriend comes from a muslim family, but he is non-religious. I hid our relationship from my parents for the first 5 and a half years we were dating, out of fear of disownment, etc. When I finally told them, it was terrible, I was cut off, and our relationship seemed ruined. But finally a year later, we are patching things up and he will be joining me for my family’s Thanksgiving this year. I feel the same as you said above, if someone would have asked me a year ago where we’d be this holiday this would not have been my answer!! We are coming up to our seven year anniversary and look forward to a lifetime of happiness together. And THANKfully, just as in your case, he has some of the best parents and family I could have ever asked to eventually marry into. Happy Thanksgiving, and as always, thanks for sharing! Xoxo

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Sazan. I think so many of us can relate to having difficult family situations and it’s so encouraging to hear how things have improved for you both in recent years. I’m fortunate to have great in laws that also invite my side of the family too so we can still enjoy Thanksgiving together. But there are those family dynamics that I still would love to see mended. Staying positive and praying!


  12. I am so happy for you! You guys are definitely a match made in heaven. How could your family not adore Steve? I am glad you followed your heart. My family too had a hard time with my choice to marry my husband. But, over time the walls came down and he is loved and accepted and it feels so incredible! God bless you and your family!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  13. I love that your family can come together this year, that makes it so special. I am thankful for my family and really thankful for my boyfriend he is the sweetest!
    Kelsey | petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

  14. I really love this ! I think I am thankful for god giving me an opportunity to finally live with my sister . I never grew up with them and I was felt the the abandoned one , due to the fact that we scatter a little all over the globe .
    I was always curious being around my siblings and having the opportunity to be in the same house hold . When my sister had to move in with me this year , I was financially not ready and scared but you know what I am very great full for that .

    Being i the creative field sometime it hard to find a consistent person to take picture and to help your create content and I had found that , my sister .

    With a little bit of direction , I can count on my sister to take picture , carry garments at photoshoot . shes my little family assistant assistant .

  15. Sazan, I just read most of the previous comments and am moved to see how sharing your beautiful story authentically touches so many. Keep sharing, Saz! It’s truly making a difference, and I believe that is why God continues to bless you. All my best, Danielle.

  16. I’ve been through something similar… We had been dating for 8 years and my parents finally came around this year and I was able to get married in August to my love! My family is coming over tomorrow morning for my birthday brunch and it’s still so surreal to sit there with my hubby and my family, and seeing my parents laugh and joke and interact with him… SO special and precious…


  17. So happy to see love happen and win at the end. That’s what it’s all about. This year I am thankful to experience the holidays in another country with my amazing and supportive boyfriend. I could not imagine being here with anyone else and every day I thank God for blessing my life with such a wonderful man.

  18. dear saz
    thank you SO much for sharing this with us!!! I am following you for a looong time and this meld my heart! I was in the same situation – i’m kurdish (from slemani) and my fiance is swiss. It was really hard for my father to accept our relationship and I couldt tell anybody that i have him. I had to hide him when we were out, never could give us hands in public. Now everyone knows and it is the easiest thing ever. everyone love my fiance. I couldnt ask for a better person in my life! I can not imagine a diffrent person in my life. I am so thankful that i didnt give up on us in very hard times I had with my dad. We can’t fall in love with a religion, with a tradition or a nationality. But we can fall in love with a heart – and that is what matters.
    sorry for my bad english!

    I am happy that u find YOUR person and I wish u all the best!!


  19. youre telling me he allows people to call him ‘Stevie’, he looks femme AF, and hes straight?? Guuuuurlll……

  20. Hi,I read your new stuff named “I Am Thankful For… – Sazan” on a regular basis.Your story-telling style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing! And you can look our website about proxy list.

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