I am so thankful for so many things in my life.
1. The opportunity to be a mother. It took so many years for this wish to be fulfilled. I have been blessed with four great kids, all different personalities, each very special in their own way.
2. Zach is my thinker. He is clever and mischievous, can make some little doodad out of any little bit of garbage that he finds. He is very artistic and can have a sweet, thoughtful disposition at times.
3. Reagan is my charmer. He is also very clever, can remember movie scenes and act them out for us. A little stubborn, but very loving. He is my kids that still gives spontaneous hugs and kisses when I need them the most.
4. Emma is my sweet girl. She loves to do things with me and be like me. She is quick to give hugs and likes to cuddle still. Going through a bit of an attitude right now, but the sweet girl still shines through. Emma is learning so many things and loves to draw, practice writing, and play with playdoh. She is very happy when she can do things independently.
5. Alyssa is my sassy girl. She is really developing a cute personality at a fast pace! She climbs everything, gets into everything else, and is so darn smart! She points at things and says "What's Dat?", looks for me when I am gone and comes running when she sees M&M's!
6. Clay is a wonderful husband and father. He supports me, even when I am wrong at times. He loves our kids and treats them so well. He honestly enjoys being with his kids and caring for them (most of the time). He is my quiet voice in a constant storm. His calm personality compliments my fiery temper, most of the time. I am very lucky to have him as my eternal mate.
7. We are living in a nice home that is ours! We were so excited to be able to buy this home this year.
8. We are blessed to live in a time with medical advances. Many of us in our family would not be here right now if it wasn't for advanced medical science and for doctors who are educated to know how to heal and help us.
9. I am thankful for a supportive family. We might not always get along, but when the chips are down, we have each other's backs.
10. I am glad that I have hobbies and interests that keep me busy and my mind sharp.
11. I am thankful for the abilities that we have been given to help each other and ourselves to better our communities and families.
12. I am blessed to be a member of a strong church with leadership that is wise and loving.
13. I am grateful that the God I know is not a vengeful God, but a merciful and loving God.
14. I am so happy that my kids love to attend church and learn about our Savior.
15. I am very blessed to have my parents who have been married for 34 years and have shown me that it is possible to stay married and raise kids for a really long time - and still love each other.
16. I am thankful for good friends who lift me up when I need lifting, listen to me when I need to vent, and still answer their phones! Thank you, Stacy.
17. I am thankful for Christmas, not for the presents, but for the wonderful time of year that it is and the renewal of my faith that occurs each Christmas season.
18. I am thankful that my husband is not a complete sports fanatic and still talks to me during football season (even if he does watch a game here and there).
19. I am thankful for a ton of nephews that make me smile when I see them, or laugh when I hear about their crazy antics!
20. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to get to know my fellow RS sisters better.
21. I am thankful for chocolate - sometimes I wouldn't get through the day without a couple of M&M's to keep my equilibrium up! I heart chocolate!
22. I am so glad that we were given the capacity in our hearts to love more and more, each new person that leaves a footprint doesn't make the space grow smaller, it just grows bigger (like the Grinch).
23. I am thankful for General Tso's chicken...because it tastes so darn good sometimes - even if you can't taste anything afterward!
24. I am thankful for modern technology that helps us keep in touch with our loved ones and learn new things everyday. What would I do without the internet?
25. I am thankful for experiences that have been tough to get through but have given me insight and true empathy for other people in the same or similar situations. Thank you, Jackson.
Happy Thanksgiving to all...we had a great day, I hope you have too.