Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thanks for the Memories

31.  I loved watching my family interact and and bond together this Christmas.
Michael, Jeffrey and Nate started jamming and the others added to it.
Michael on piano, Jeffrey on guitar, Nate on Bass, Rebekah on flute
Rachel on clarinet and Andrew on the keyboard.  I'm sure Matt would be great on the horn!
32.   My sister Laura was born on the 23rd of December when I was 10.  She is an amazing mother of six, and foster mother of many, many, infants, children and even teenagers.  I learn alot from her and I'm thankful I know her and get to share a few times with her.
33.   I love the way my children uplift and encourage each other.
34.  Thank you for letting my son Matthew phone home at Christmas time.  What a nice way to say hello, connect with the family and remember him.
35.  I'm thankful for the opportunity of missions and service and the challenge it brings to widen and strengthen our minds.
36.  I feel so grateful for a husband who loves the scriptures and insights of God and ponders them and shares with us the big vision of life and where we are going.
37.  Having sons and daughters is the greatest gift God gave Jeffrey and I.
38.  Thanks to the Lord for the means to bring our family together and enrich and help their lives.
39.  I am thankful for the warm comfort of a pet.
40.  I'm so thankful to live in a country, state, town, and home of peace and prosperity.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I love the talents of others!!!

26. We went to the "Messiah" sing-a-long at Temple Hill tonight and it was magnificent!!  The conductor was so into his music and the performers gave him their all - it was soul filling.  I thought of things I hadn't thought before and felt so much.
27. Hearing the Christensen girls sing, "O, Holy Night" in church is an experience not to be missed.
28. My heart is full and briming over because my husband and son gave me a blessing.
29. Relief Society is so fun to go to because the teachers and leaders take such care with the lessons and handouts.
30. I really love and enjoy those who take time and effort to perfect their skill in the arts - like music, painting, poetry, dancing, and presentations - and then are willing to share it with everyone!  Christmas really becomes special.

Serenity by W. Louise Lore (painting by my mom hanging in my home)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Teachers are vital to a good life

20. I am so grateful for Teachers who give my children and others opportunities and challenges.
21. I love Christmas lights and I'm happy there are so many who are willing to pay the bills and share with us.
22.  Thank you Lord for the gift of music and the chance to hear a joyful sound.
23. Thank you for doctors willing to learn the trade, practice and make us feel better.
24.  Thank you Lord for a mother and father who were and are faithful and true to each other.
25. Thanks for all the Yellowstone trips - I love camping.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

God said Good night, and I couldn't resist showing you.......

9.  I'm grateful for opportunities - to give talks and remember "man is that he might have joy."
10. A wonderful body that lets me do so many fun things.
11. Good neighbors who watch out for us.
12.Growing up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
13. Having great marriages as the norm in my childhood homes.
14. Having grandparents go on four missions together.
15. Having relatives who served in the temples of the Lord.
16. Friends who bring over Chocolate.
17. I am so grateful that Lanette Hopkins is willing to teach piano.
18. I'm grateful for the fact that she and others are willing to hone the talents the Lord gives them.
19. I'm so happy to be living in this day and age - I love the technology to play with!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Contemplation is good for me

3. The Lord really knew what he was doing when he let me come to a big family.  Many opportunities to learn, grow, and decide what I wanted.
4. I love the uplift in my heart when I see and watch beautiful things.  I'm grateful for the gift of sight.
5. Thanks to the Lord for Oceans!  There is something soul filling in being there.
6. The color and smell of trees - I love autumn and spring!!! And then they are just great in the summer too

7. My sister  she's always there for me.

8.  Sunsets and sunrises, God's way of saying hello and goodnight, I'm here.