Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I AM THANKFUL FOR...

I am sure many of you have that dreaded tradition where you go around the table, after Thanksgiving dinner, and each say a thing or two that you are thankful for. I used to DREAD this tradition when I was younger. I mean really, how many years in a row can you say "Uh... my family, I guess", and get away with it? Well today I feel thankful for many things and I need to write my top ten. A little longer entry but worh it. (I have a lot to be thankful for)
TOP TEN THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR:
  1. Uh, my FAMILY, I guess :) My wife and Kids. The picture is off to the side- Who wouldn't be thankful for them? Truly the #1 best thing in my life.
  2. That I live in a free and democratic country. No matter how hard of times we may fall on, I still will always be grateful to live here.
  3. My job- I love working for Stampin' Up! It is an amazing company and I love, and strongly believe in, all that they stand for.
  4. Television- I am a news and Hollywood junkie. I know, two extremes- but love it.
  5. My home- all 2400 square feet. I always thought Iwould need so much more than that. I thought it would be a starter home; just a step to something greater. I realize now it is all I need and that what I truly need in my life is to be giving a lot more of what I have to other people. Besides I could live in a bunker if I knew I would be with my wife and kids- most days anyway! :)
  6. Diet Coke- though I am giving it up for Lent (not being Catholic I am really not sure what that entails but I hear people around me giving up something for a time called Lent. Sounds kind of fun. I think I will try it- yea right.
  7. My Brother and Sisters- Each one brings such special traits to our family. We have a riot when we are together. I know that I always need to pack my inhaler because we will be laughing for hours and hours and hours- and my poor little lungs can't take it. Brian is a riot! The family clown. You never know when you will come around a corner and be greeted by a "full moon". Buffy-so calm and nurturing and thoughtful. Wants everyone to be happy. And Jen, incredibly patience, has tons of love to go around, and laughs like a witch (you know you do- we have been telling you for years).
  8. My parents- two wonderful people that care so much about other people that they always put themselves last. Mom-surviving cancer for the second time and doing so without any complaints (I didn't get that trait) and Dad- cares deeply about making our city, state and country a better place to live and spends much time volunteering to do so.
  9. Music- hearing someone singing in the shower, whistling at work (Linda), humming while working, snapping to the beat of music (Shannon), hearing songs of the season by the Mo Tab Choir, Donny Osmond and Mariah Carey, hearing Malorie and Coltin play a song on the piano that they have learned and are so proud to share, and hearing Sophie constantly walk around the house singing made up words to familiar tunes. Life would be so boring without the blessing of music.
  10. Cars- even though I live about 5 miles from work, can you imagine how long that would take me on a horse, skates, walking, jogging (well that one would probably kill me long before I got there) skateboard, in a carriage or wagon. UGH! I forget how convenient they make life. I can easily go see my familf members. Sometimes in just minutes.

I want everyone to reply with at least one thing you are thankful for. It feeld good.

God bless!

9 comments:

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

I am thankful for funny little men.

DeeDee said...

I am thankful that I found Granny again and I get to see his smiling face whenever I want to. Oh and I am thankful for my business, my family, the Gospel, my great ward family and my friends!

tatum said...

me? i am grateful for Valium!

tatum said...

okay, seriously now......good friends, family, and food.

Dawn Rapsas said...

I truly am blessed and have so much to me thankful for, but the one I want to share here is that I am tremendously grateful for my 3 children, but especially for my son Michael, who has Down Syndrome. I am so grateful that God has placed him our family. I have learned so much from him in his little life of only 5 years...and I know I have lots more to learn too. Michael is a wonderful perfect gift and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to be his Mom. Now...what I am not grateful for is that *I* did not make your top ten list my friend!! LOL!!

Charlene said...

I agree with Number 9...I'm thankful for Donny, too!

Shannon said...

Roller skates to work? How awesome would that be! I'm going to call UDOT and ask them to put sidewalks on the freeway! :)

I am thankful for you telling me every day that I am in a bad mood so I can try (unsuccessfully) to correct that. :)

What I really wanted to say is that I'm NOT in a bad mood every day so STOP telling me that! haha

Jill said...

I am thankful for uuhh...family...I guess.
I am also thankful that I can read your blog with so many uplifting tidbits, it makes me smile!1

Terri Mongeon said...

Ok, so I am a little late...but seriously, there is no expiration date on being thankful, right?
I am thankful Dawn told me about your blog so I can feel like we've had a nice little chat and I can walk away laughing.
I of course am thankful for family,friends, Stampin Up!, and also chocolate moose tracks ice cream. Hey, come to think of it, how come peanut butter cups didn't make your list?