Thanksgiving is a wonderfully warm time of year for most. Families gather, food is shared and stories are told. And if you are like me, lots and lots of football is watched. But, this is a very different year for the STRUCTUREbags family.

Although we work so hard to stay united and together as a family, sometimes work obligations require us to adapt. The time when my husband is working long hours or traveling for work is the not a somber time any longer - it is a time I press my foot to the accelerator and work even harder.

After "Little STRUCTUREbags" is tucked in bed, I work hard to develop fun, functional and fresh new looks to introduce in our collections. I scribble and calculate (yes, I really do use a calculator!). I sew and iron. I take and edit photos. I fill in my spreadsheets and do the dreaded accounting. Have I ever mentioned how I loathe accounting (sorry, Mom!)? But it is a simple way I have found that keeps me grounded.

My husband, Andy, is the truly the leader of our family. He is smart, dedicated, faithful, spiritual, patient, kind, loving and so much more. He is this to both me and our three-year-old daughter. He continues to teach me to be a better person. And yet, he is often separated from us.

I wish I could say that I am always gracious and loving toward him. Friends who truly know me, know I wear my emotions on my sleeve. So, when I say Andy is the leader of our family, I also say there is a whole in my heart when he is gone. And that makes me grumpy - sometimes to a fault.

So, I keep myself busy with my work after dark. During the day, I focus our daughter on staying busy, too: reading, coloring, crafting, playing. And we welcome him home with love and smiles.

This one-woman-band I call STRUCTUREbags is slowly releasing new products this season. You can find our new large camo tote now. In the next few days I will be releasing other new products as well. The Fall is a glorious, busy time in the STRUCTUREbags family. And now I get to share it with you all.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful meal, anchored by the love of family and/or friends and filled with the feeling of thanks! Leave a comment and let me know what you are thankful for this season.

With love--

--Brenda

P.S. As a special thanks for stopping by, please enjoy some specials from me this Black Friday thru Cyber Monday. Enjoy 20-percent off when you buy online and use code: thanksagain2013 (cadet grey line excluded). Or, enjoy 10-percent off the Cadet Grey Line collection! Use Code: cybergrey10.

Either way, when you spend $100 or more, I will include a free gift from our organic canvas collection - valued at $10. This is a special discount for our readers and newsletter subscribers - and our biggest discount of the year. It's our only discount EVER offered on our Cadet Grey Line. Thank you for being here!