Gratitude 2016

So, it’s Thanksgiving eve.

stocksnap_d481z1aazyOur tables are set.

Pie crusts are baked and ready to fill.

Turkeys are in the fridge ready to be roasted.

And snow is swirling outside.

stocksnap_m1g6nwulhlFor the first time in over 30 years, we are ready for a Utah Thanksgiving with our families, including our two daughters.

Our son-in-law Josh is in basic combat training for the Army, learning tactical and survival skills, along with how to rappel, march, and shoot.

When we see him at Christmas, he will be a trained soldier.

These are all things we could not have predicted last year as we celebrated Thanksgiving with our friends overlooking the ocean on the Outer Banks.

But here we are, living in Utah, having Thanksgiving in the snow with our families, and missing our Army soldier.

img_6856As I think about all these changes, I am grateful for…

  1. The little nudges that push us to do something new and unexpected
  2. The courage to follow those nudges even when it’s like driving in the fog and only being able to see the tiny bit of road illuminated by the headlights
  3. The influence of good people
  4. The warmth, comfort, and love of family
  5. The stunning beauty of the world around me
  6. The never-ending rewards of faith
  7. Opportunities that come out of nowhere and transform our lives for the better
  8. A life of unending abundance
  9. Sunshine
  10. Truths that transform and transcend this life

Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you’ll take a minute to examine your life and remember all the big and little things you truly love.

2 thoughts on “Gratitude 2016”

  1. Laurie, you are like the Frank Sinatra hit “New York, N Y”.
    ‘You can make it any where”
    I know you are gone, but I don’t admit it.

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