December 10, 2013


I have been thinking a lot lately about gratitude. I firmly believe that everything we have is a gift from our Father in Heaven and that we need to constantly express gratitude for the blessing he has given us. It seems like all too often we forget to express thanks for our blessings.

I have often heard that one of the greatest sins of this generation is ingratitude. I have made it a point in my life to express thanks for everything I have. I'm not a perfect person and I know there have been times in my life where I have forgotten to express my thankfulness. If I have forgotten to express my thankfulness to you, please accept my apologies.

With thoughts of Thanksgiving in the air, I would like to express thanks for the things that I have been given.

  • I am grateful for my husband, Andy. He is truly my best friend and I don't know where I would be without him.
  • I am grateful to be alive. Earlier this year Andy and I almost died while climbing a mountain. It really is a miracle that we are still here. If you missed that story you can read it here, here, here, here and here. Sorry, it is kind of a long story.
  • I am grateful for my family, they have taught me so much. I have really enjoyed making memories with them this year and look forward to many more years full of adventure. 
  • I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It seems like everything in life can change in the blink of an eye but the gospel is the one thing that is constant and unchanging- it really is my anchor in life.
  • I am grateful for the job that Andy has. If he didn't have a job, I don't know how we would make ends meet.
  • I am grateful that the temple is so close to my home. It is nice to be able to go some place quiet and sacred to ponder the questions of life.
  • I am grateful for the place we have to live.
  • I am grateful for the healthy food we have to eat. 
  • I am grateful for our gym memberships.
  • I am grateful for the simple things in life: sunshine, rain, flowers, wind, mountains. These things remind me that God is there and that he loves me.
  • I am grateful for our good friends. There is nothing like a friend to brighten your day. 
  • I am grateful for the car we have to get us around.
  • I am grateful for my comfy bed. A good nights sleep really does make a difference.
  • I am grateful for allergy shots. Getting shots every week isn't fun but they allow me to breath and sleep at night.
  • I am grateful for laughter, it really is the best medicine.
  • I am grateful for good running shoes, they keep my from getting injured when I exercise. 
  • I am grateful for trials and hard times. I know that seems like a strange thing to say but it is through the hard times that I learn and grow the most.
  • I am grateful for each day and that I get to try to be better than I was the day before. 
  • I am grateful for music, it lifts my soul.
  • I am grateful for the trails near my house that I can hike. I really enjoy getting outside and being in nature. 
  • I am grateful for our health, we have been very blessed in this regard.