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This Thanksgiving will be very different than Thanksgivings past. Sadly, we lost two dear, dear family members this year. My darling, thoughtful, mom-in-law, also named Jan, whom I loved, and my youngest step-daughter, Dawn. She was a woman who defies description. She was loving and smart and beautiful and always thought of other people before thinking of herself. I was so very lucky to have two wonderful step-daughters.  I often referred to them as my "perfect daughters" and both would declare they were not.  In fact, they were as close to perfect as anyone I ever met. Both young women were born with Cystic Fibrosis. Shannon passed away in '04 and Dawn passed away in February of this year.  I was also fortunate to have a great son-in-law, Dawn's husband, Austin.  He may be the nicest person I  have ever met.  Austin will be coming to our Thanksgiving this year with a woman he has recently started dating. She happens to have been Dawn's best friend. Dawn loved her and she is a delightful person in her own right. It will be interesting embracing this new dynamic, perhaps we will gain another wonderful daughter...but it won't be without some sadness this Thanksgiving .

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