Monday, November 17, 2008


Reading my sister Heidi's blog I was reminded the reasons why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

I am sure as a child it started because every year we spent it at my aunt and uncle's house in Lake Arrowhead, California. I loved everything about being there...the smell, the mountains, the memories, and the trip to Disneyland every year the day after the big feast. That was my tradition growing up.

But, that wasn't the only Thanksgiving tradition. Another thing we do is, after we have all settled in our seats, but before we eat, we go around the table, youngest to oldest, and say what we are thankful for. Every year its the same. I say something lame like "food," I listen intently hoping that my parents mention me, and my aunt Susie cries. That is just the way it is, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

So, in this spirit of remembering what I am thankful for, and to add to my sis, here is a list of 5 things:

1. The opportunity to receive an education in a field of study that I love. Not everyone is granted the money or sometimes the know-how or will power to go to college, and even those that do aren't guaranteed to discover their passion for life. I have successfully done both, too bad my passion wasn't something that had the potential to actually make me money.

2. My husband. I don't give him enough credit, but honestly that boy does everything for me. He is incredible.

3. My knowledge of Christ, his reality, and his gospel. There are many religious cynics out there, but not me. I have the amazing opportunity, through various non-deniable experiences in my life, to know that there is indeed a Christ, that he lives, that he is keenly aware of me, and that through him I can obtain true happiness in this life and the life to come.

4. Family. Apart from my husband, I have a family whose awesomeness is tough to least in my eyes (and that includes my crazy in laws :)

5. A foot donut from the Lehi Bakery. They need no real explanation.