This year, I didn't update my status once a day to tell the facebook world something I am grateful for. And I stopped uploading thankful pictures to instagram at like day 8. But Thanksgiving would just not be Thanksgiving without the annual counting of blessings before the grand feast (which - btw, I don't think is that grand. Personally not a fan of stuffing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie). So, making up for my lack of gratitude on facebook and instagram, here goes my thankful blog post in all it's glory:
Thankful for my mama.
The woman that has loved me and believed in me from day one. By day she loves her family fiercely with everything her big mama heart has, and by night she saves peoples lives in the ER. She put my happiness above hers or anyone else's during my engagement and wedding day, and thanks to her I really did get everything I could ask for.
Thankful for my daddy.
The man that came into my life at 6 years old and somehow won over the heart of that independent little girl, who thought the only person she would ever need was her mama. I still don't know what it is that goes on between the hearts of Fathers and their daughters, but it's stronger than I have words for. There is no blood test that can tell me he isn't my "real" daddy. Just look at his face trying not to cry as he lets go of his Cinderella!
Thankful for my brothers.
They grow up too fast! Being the big sister has taught me a lot, and has probably even helped shape who I am. Since I've been married I have missed these two much more than I bargained for, and one of my biggest worries is wondering if they know how much I love them.
Thankful for my husband.
Everyday I am reminded of why I married him. He has taught me more about love and life in less than a year than I could have ever learned in a lifetime. I used to worry about getting bored once I settled down and now I worry if the time we have together will ever feel like enough. I'm pretty sure just knowing him has made me a better person.
Thankful for my in-laws.
Because they don't even feel like in-laws at all. The first time I met them all together was a curious encounter. We sat around the dinner table and I laughed and talked without feeling nervous. Since then we have had many more dinner conversations together and I have loved them more each time.
Thankful for my littles.
I don't have much more time with them as my "littles" because they are all too quickly becoming as big (or bigger) than me! Over the years these small people have easilly owned the biggest portion of my heart. There is so much about children that just amazes me.
Thankful for the Earth.
I discovered so much of who I am while running around my desert with my barefeet and wild curls. I gained a love for nature early on that will never fade. The rest of the world can look at my desert with disgust, but I know that contrast and variation are what makes this world such a beautiful place...and after a week or so on vacation to somewhere lush and green I look forward to seeing Joshua trees again.
Thankful for the Gospel.
The simple truths that I have been lucky enough to learn and know are vital. The fact that not everybody has the peace of mind that comes from knowing these truths makes them all the more precious to me. At times I have fought it - some lessons were easy to learn and some were much harder. Either way, in the end, I have found without fail that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the way to happiness.
So that's that. Don't even get me STARTED on the material things I'm thankful for.