Monday, November 28, 2011

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. " -Melody Beattie

Well FIRST...
happy birthday 
to my sweet, caring, handsome, wonderful..
other half.
I love you SO much.

[more on Blake becoming an older man later..]

So after much deliberating..
  Blake and I decided we were going to spend our 
[approximately three days of] 
Thanksgiving Break with my family.
Now let me explain why there was much deliberating...

Welcome to my last Thanksgiving trip home..

15 hours later.. driving through the snow.. not being able to see anything but the tail lights in front of me and the cars that had slid off the road (oh and there were lots of them to see), fishtailing the entire way..

I'm still not 100% sure how we survived that one.
But we were so happy to be alive after that trip that we jumped out immediately and kissed the ground. haha

Hopefully this trip is safer

& of course today like usual I have too much  lots to blog about...
But today.. I just want to focus on how unbelievably
I am.

I am SO grateful for..

My Heavenly Father. He is my best friend, and has blessed me more than I have ever deserved. I only hope that someday I can make Him as happy as He makes me.

I'm so grateful for my Savior. & the love he had for me when he sacrificed his life so that I can come back to live with him, I could never begin to repay him... but I will always try so that he knows how indebted I feel to him.

I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am so grateful for Blake. He is my other best friend.. I would a whole other list for reasons that I am so grateful to be with him.

I am so so so forever grateful for my wonderful loving Family. They have made me everything I am today and I would be so lost without them.

My sweet Friends that have put up with me despite my horrible communicating skills, and horrible multi tasking ability..
I love you all so much & can't tell you what you mean to me.

I am grateful for a Home.

For the opportunity to go to school and learn amazing things that give me a higher understanding of the world and life.

I am grateful for the opportunities in life that I am always absolutely amazed I am lucky to be blessed with. I've got to experience and see so many unbelievable things in my life & I have loved every experience.

I am SO grateful for how beautiful life is.
There are so many things in the world that are honestly spectacular.
In one of my classes the other day a girl commented and said,
"It is truly a miracle that couples are able to have children, babies are born, and that they live a full life."
I just think that is so true.. if you have never stopped to think how amazing it is that you are alive today, in this day, where you are, with the family that you have..
I challenge you to think about all of the people who have not had those opportunities..

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
David Hume
I'm grateful for a lot more.. but those are some big ones.
happy thanksgiving
I hope you have a great one & get to spend it with the ones you love.


  1. I love your blog. It makes me happy to read all the crazy and fun things you do in your life and how grateful you are for all of it. Thanks for letting me be apart and getting to read your wonderful and fun blogs.

  2. Aw Jess.. I love you. Thanks for reading it, it makes it worth writing. :)