I found myself thankful for many things today..
- Spending the morning with my girls, eating breakfast, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade together. Seeing their excitement at certain floats (Sesame Street, Cookie Monster really.. Buzz Lightyear..).
- The girls wanting to go visit the cemetery to “see” Grandma, even though Grandma’s headstone is covered in ice and snow.
- Spending part of our morning with mom and dad. Talking cameras with dad, talking everything else with mom. I am thankful to have their help, interest, and support.
- Seeing my brothers and their families. (Missed you Kev & Rand!) It’s not often that we are ALL together, it has been a while. I was thankful to see my nephews, be shot by them, to hold my sweet niece (who is suddenly too big..) and to enjoy a face-to-face (as opposed to phone-to-phone, or facebook message-to- facebook message) with my sweet sister-in-law (who is more like an actual sister to me). I am thankful that we all live so close, that we can see each other often.
- Being able to come home and prepare a Thanksgiving meal for my little family. I am thankful for all that my mom taught me, for all that my grandma taught me, so I would know how! I am also thankful for the desire I have, that I enjoy being a homemaker.
- I am thankful that even though Merrill was working today, he is close enough, that we could go spend some time with him while dinner was in the oven. I am thankful for the job he has.
- I am thankful for three little girls who run when they hear the garage door shut, running to attack their dad with hugs and kisses because he is home. (Even if it was just a little over an hour since they last saw him..)
- I am thankful for a husband who offers beautiful prayers everyday. For the prayer of Thanksgiving he offered before our dinner tonight. For his gratitude for all our Heavenly Father has given us, for asking that our family continue to be blessed. I am thankful that he invoked the spirit to be in our home this Christmas season.
- I am thankful for the sweet things my girls said they were thankful for at the dinner table.. family, parents, home, sisters, good food, strong bodies, the earth, Christ & Heavenly Father, themselves. Ashley was so cute, “Aren’t you thankful for yourself mom?”
- I am thankful to have a sweet husband, who helps me clean up dinner. Who helps me to pick the turkey clean. (All while watching “The Godfather”.)
- I am thankful for the traditions that continue on with our extended family. For Darlene always gathering us together to laugh and create. The girls ALWAYS look forward to making gingerbread houses (Peyton looks forward to eating them..) and grandma always comes through.
- I am thankful that I am always greeted with a kiss to the forehead and a hug from Dixon.
- I am thankful for the rest of this holiday season, for the feelings in our home, for the life that becomes more centered on our Savior.
We have truly been blessed, we continue to be blessed. At times I feel totally undeserving, but then realize that that in itself is a testimony of how much our Heavenly Father loves us. He wants to, and waits to bless us. I am so thankful for the gospel in my life, for the many blessings my family enjoys because of it.