I'm thankful that I have the ability to see the good in just about everything. I look around my life and give thanks to God for all that I have physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I find that in my prayers I give thanks and ask for very little....most of the time.
I recall President Monson giving a talk called "An Attitude of Gratitude" which I could totally relate to. I can be negative at times but for the most part I am a very positive, upbeat kind of person. I love life. I love my life! Even with the difficulties I've faced, I have never blamed God for those difficulties. I've always, always come out stronger in the end. As I look back over the past month I've discovered that I have more to be grateful for than I thought. Most of it belongs in the intangible class. I can't put a price on it. It doesn't mean the same to others as it does to me. They are very personal things. I'm grateful that I have the personality that I do and I'm able to see how blessed I am!
I've always had a respect for the brethren who hold the keys and are able to exercise them in my behalf. These are men called of God for certain.
There were a few times over the 9+ years that my husband served as stake president that I strongly felt the mantle of the calling upon him and literally saw it.
Those were special moments. They happened during a stake conference and also just as I sat in the congregation and watched him deliver the message God had for him to deliver that specific day.
I've known many of these men throughout my life who served as either my stake or district president or as my bishop or branch president. There were times when I didn't necessarily agree with what they had to say to me, but I always accepted it graciously. And in the end knew that it was their call and I needed to sustain them.
Tonight I witnessed our bishop as he counseled with a couple going through the death of their son. I saw his gentle nature and heard his wise words. I saw the mantle of bishop upon him and I'm grateful for that. I have a testimony that he was called of God to serve as our bishop at this time for a specific purpose. I support and sustain my priesthood leaders. I'm grateful to have them in my life.
Also called the Plan of Happiness. I am so grateful that I have a knowledge that after I and my loved ones (and everyone else) will still be alive. The physical body may be laid to rest but the spirit lives on! Not only that, but we keep learning! And the best part is that we can be with our families and loved ones for eternity! Oh how that piece of knowledge gives me comfort.
When my mother passed to the next life, it was so hard for me. I had this knowledge but it was still very difficult to not have her here. When I lost my sister, Tina, I went through so many of the same emotions but actually did so much of my mourning before she was even gone. Just knowing I was going to lose her was really hard. I needed to be strong for her children but in my own quiet times, I was a mess.
Somehow, knowing I would lose my dad wasn't as difficult. I knew I would miss him greatly but I had such comfort in knowing he would be with my mom and his parents, two brothers, grandparents, Tina and numerous other friends and relatives. That actually did make things a bit easier.
God provides us with the perfect plan and with His son, Jesus Christ who makes it all possible. His atonement in our behalf gives me strength and courage to take on every difficult task.
I have gained an appreciation for family history. Specifically an appreciation for details about the lives of my ancestors.
Pictures are priceless. I love photos but I love details even better. I want faces to go with the names.
I've been able to upload some great pieces of detail on my family search web page. I most recently found a letter written by my grandmother, Selma to my dad for his birthday.
I've found some birthday cards and letters written to and from these two cuties. They made me laugh and cry to read their beautiful words of love written to one another.
These priceless words from grandchildren to their Papa filled my heart at the time of Dad's funeral. What's even better is that I have these words on his family search web page. I love the gift of remembering. I feel like I know more about the people who came before me.
These sweet faces belong to some of my favorite people on the planet! I love the role of being Nana!
These little people love me unconditionally for which I'm grateful. They love to spend time with me.
Sometimes their expressions give me a chance to giggle. Like this little Butchie.
They want to be involved in everything. They love rides with their Papa on his motorcycle. They also love walks and bike rides with us.
Faces that make me fall in love all over again. Such wonderful little people in my life.
Despite the age differences, these cousins are such great friends. I love that Cami doesn't have an issue playing with Evie.
My mom always said if she could do it over again, she would skip being a mom and going straight to being a grandma. I wouldn't go that far. I love being a mother. I also love being Nana to all my munchkins.
It's a time for our family to gather for good food, good conversation and good feelings.
It's also a time for us to make new friends. It was fun to have Fabio stay with us for several days and get to know him and love him.
It's fun to give gifts and watch the faces of the receivers as they recognize they got something they like.
As I said before, it is a time for family. We can't get together for each holiday but we can get everyone together one way or another. Facetime was the only way to get all of us together when we had missionaries serving.
The 4th of July is a perfect time for a family reunion. This was the last one we had and it was a few months before our father left this earth. I'm so grateful we did it.
My home seems to be the place for gathering. Is it because I'm the hostess or because it's just tradition?
I know I was thankful for my husband, children, siblings as well as extended family earlier but holidays give us the opportunity to gather. I love the major holidays!