Monday, November 24, 2008

Early Thanks-Giving!

Since I'll down in St. George this whole week for Thanksgiving, I figured I'd start my thanks-giving early!

I've had a great year, and have a lot of things to be grateful for.

These are in no particular order (mostly because I don't know how to upload pictures in the order I want on here):

1. All my free trips that I've gotten this year! Talk about lucky! First I had the almost-too-good-to-be-true free trip to Hawaii through Student Athletic Services, and then the trip to Las Vegas with my kids and the other counselors from Upward Bound. Pretty lucky, I'd have to say.


2. The Temple!!! I've always loved going before, but now that I've been through for myself, it has become a sweet refuge for me. I love having so many temples so close to me, and I love how I have the opportunity to go every week. Love it!

3. The opportunity to have so many occasions where the whole family came together. I love how even though we all live far apart and most of us are adults and have our own lives, we all still take the time to spend together. I realize more and more every year how blessed I've been to come from such a strong, supportive, caring family. You guys are the best! I love you all!

4. Dancing (both with roommates and with my various dance partners)! I've learned a TON about partner dancing this year, and I've now performed three times in front of screaming crowds...well, maybe not screaming, but appreciative :) Dancing is one of my new passions, and I love that I have friends who love it too!

This is Manuel (probably my favorite dance partner of all time!) and I all dressed up for The Howl. In case you can't tell, we went as a Christmas tree and Christmas present.

5. All of my friends finally being home from their missions! Boy, did I have fun with them all this summer! I'm glad that I was able to spend so much time with them all before I go on my own mission.

6. The chance to view some of the awe-inspiring scenes of nature, be it in Havasupai, Hawaii, or just in good ol' Utah. I love how I've done so many things out in nature that I never really used to get into, like camping, snow-shoeing, sledding, backpacking, rock climbing...it's been a great year to be outdoors!
7. Nieces and nephews who always know how to bring a great big smile to my face and who remind me that life, even amidst all its complexities and hardships, is still something to smile about!!!


8. The chance to live in the greatest apartment EVER for three whole years. Boy, do I miss you Old Farm!

I could never count all the things I'm grateful for, but as this holiday season comes up, I give thanks to my Heavenly Father for a loving family, understanding friends, joys in my everyday life, and the opportunity to serve a mission in only two short months. I can't wait to spread the joy of the Gospel to the people of El Salvador. We truly do have a Savior who loves us dearly, and His true Gospel on the earth today. Yay life!!!

1 comment:

  1. This is such a good idea. I am way to busy, or else I would totally copy you! I will say that am thankful to have you as a friend though and I am looking forward to the time you will be home before you leave on your mission. I miss you so much! You are amazing!

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