I'm grateful for family, friends, food, shelter, my covenants, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, good health and living in this area. I'm also thankful for my husband's work, and for the opportunity I have to teach violin.
I'm grateful the Endoscopy is done. I'm just waiting for pathology results...
I'm grateful for my sisters-in-law (Ruth & Kathryn) who took care of my kids all day so I could have the procedure done, then rest this afternoon.
I'm grateful for the Mister's boss. Who has connections... Big Boss Man called his mechanic friend in Shelley, and Mechanic Man will be able to fix our van for $200. As opposed to the $1000 we were estimating otherwise.
I'm grateful for the Mister, who was my designated driver today. And helps me focus when I feel physical pain and discomfort.
I'm grateful for my BFF Danielle. We've roughed a lot of storms since our high school graduation together, and she still gets me. Even if we haven't talked in a few months.
I'm grateful for my mama. She understands physical pain all too well. There's always something about talking to your mama when you don't feel well.
I'm grateful for Jesus Christ. He understands every kind of pain, both physical, emotional, spiritual. That makes Him able to succor us.
... we had a big FHE and watched "17 Miracles". The Mister's NY sis and her kids, as well as his parents came over to watch it and eat orange rolls. Even though it was my second time to see it, I couldn't stop weeping. Seeing my almost-12-year-old cry through it touched my heart. It truly strengthens my resolve to keep my face toward Zion.
... during the movie, Caleb said, "Prayers are magic!"
... I am having my endoscopy on Tuesday, and we just found out we have to pay a bunch of $ up front as a deposit for the doctor and the Surgical Center. Freaking out, I said to the Mister, "Hold off paying the tithing until next Sunday, so we make sure we have enough for the tests."
"I would rather take back some of the Christmas gifts and pay tithing on time than to delay payment," said he.
He has greater faith than me.
Ouch. So pay, we did. And life will be okay. Because we have to sacrifice better than our pioneer ancestors in order to keep our face toward Zion, even when it's expensive.
I'm grateful for this reminder: "When in doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work."
I'm grateful for my mother and father-in-law. Tonight we celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Best of all, the whole family was together-- David flew in from Tucson, Kathryn and kids flew in from New York, and we all had a feast in the private room at the Sandpiper.
I'm grateful the Mister (a.k.a. Scrooge) put up outdoor lights this year. And before Thanksgiving! (but that's only because his brother Dave was here to help him.)
I'm grateful for my older brother Paul. Both of my brothers are two of the funniest humans on earth. I wish I were funnier like them:)
My 6th grader's winter coat has been MIA for a few days. Today I'm grateful we found it. Just in time for this blasted storm.
I'm grateful for world class musicians in our midst. Today one of my best students had the opportunity to play in a master class for the Idaho Falls Symphony's new conductor, Thomas Heuser, and our concertmaster Emma Rubinstein. I enjoyed visiting with them both afterwards. It stretched my soul...
I'm grateful for the Holy Ghost, who taught me something today. I had been looking forward to attending the Enrichment meeting tonight because it was a turkey dinner with pie demonstrations. However, on the way home from the master class, I had the impression that attending Enrichment is a good choice. But a better choice would be to stay home and bake with my kids, who had been on their own for a couple of hours while I went to the Piano Gallery class.
I'm grateful for my Joseph. He loves and supports me steadily and without complaint. I am not an easy person to live with. Fortunately, he grounds me. And he believes in my abilities and potential, even when I feel like I am failing. Like today. I love that man.
... hot chocolate. I'm telling you, the hot cocoa mix from the LDS cannery is delish!
... hugs, kisses & snuggling from my chillins.
... the Mister went to Toys R Us and got some of our Christmas shopping done today.
... prayer. I lost something critical last night, and after searching everywhere, I could not find it. I went to bed with a heavy heart. I did not sleep well consequently, but when I got up with a sick child at 5 a.m., the Holy Ghost brought to my remembrance one more place I needed to look. Again. More thoroughly. And I found it. Tender mercies, I feel unworthy sometimes. (It's not the good Lord's fault I am so scatterbrained sometimes, but he hears my pleas and blesses me nonetheless.)
1. I'm grateful for a clean house. And I have to prioritize this in my blog post, because it ain't likely to stay that way...
2. I'm grateful for my parents' birthdays, which we celebrated tonight. I made chili, breadsticks and pumpkin pie.
3. I'm grateful my kids are becoming good friends. They think it's a privilege to all sleep in one of their bedrooms together. (On the weekends if their rooms are clean.) The whispering and giggling eventually taper down, and they sleep.
2. I'm grateful I tutored a struggling 6th grader in my son's class today. I pretty much stink at math, but I was supposed to help her learn some of her multiplication facts. She still uses her fingers to count. The only trick I knew was the x 9's with the awesome finger trick. I showed her that, and Rosa grinned from ear to ear. Hopefully she walks a little taller.
3. I'm grateful for Lisa Morales. She watches my back.
4. I am so grateful for my roles as wife and mother. I feel abundant fulfillment loving and raising these children, and supporting and sustaining the choice of my heart.
Today I'm thankful for the energy I had to deep clean my daughters' room. It felt good to tackle it and throw away an entire large garbage bag of trash, and another entire large garbage bag of donate-able (is that a word?) used toys.
I'm also grateful for Kid History Episode 6. I love laughing hard with my kids.
I'm grateful for my sisters-in-law. I got to visit with the Mister's sister in New York as well as the one that lives here in town. They are polar opposite, but interesting nonetheless!
I'm grateful for Pampered Chef. It has been a hobby of mine on the side, and last year, in one month, I earned $800, so we purchased a snow blower. Man, that sucker comes in handy with a driveway as long as ours... Anyway, I digress. I love cooking and entertaining, and being a consultant gives me a lot of free items.
I am grateful for our Creator. The weather today was beautiful.
I am grateful for Lizzy. She is such a calm kid, and consequently I can take her with me when I volunteer in my kids' classrooms each week at school. She is a good helper.
1. I'm grateful for the Barber Violin Concerto. I learned the first movement in college under Dr. Kevin Call, competed with it in some concerto competitions and haven't touched it in years. Yesterday NPR played a recording of it and it brought back such powerful emotions. Tchaikovsky tends to have that effect on me, too. I lament that I am unable to play it w/ the IF Symphony in a few weeks. But sometimes family is more important...
2. I'm grateful for the right to vote.
3. I'm grateful all the fruit of my loins were well enough to go to school today.
4. I'm grateful my kids don't ask me to play Barbies on the floor with them very often. It's a fate worse than cleaning up vomit. Almost. Give me Legos, coloring, or puzzles, but don't give me half naked, role-playing Barbie and Ken dolls. With bad hair. My mind goes blank.
5. I am so thankful for this beautiful earth. The sunset tonight was brilliant! "Hey Romeo! Check out the sunset!", I said to the Mister over the phone.
Yup. He walked in the door and planted a good smooch-a-roo on me and thanked me for the heads up.
I'm grateful for Elder Uchtdorf's talk on "Forget-Me-Not's"...
I'm grateful for food storage...
I'm grateful for an afternoon nap.
I'm grateful for Caleb's prayers. All 5 minutes of it.
I'm grateful for November's Family Home Evenings where we each contribute to the Gratitude Jar. We open the slips of paper Thanksgiving morning and read what each other wrote. I'm a strong believer in traditions... it's what creates a cohesive family and produces memories that help draw our families closer.
#1) Today Josh was sick. He asked, "Can I please at least just go to sacrament meeting?" "Buddy, you're too sick. Why?" He put his head down and didn't speak. "Why do you want to go to sacrament meeting today?" He quietly responded, "Because taking the bread and water is important to me."
I'm thankful for what he taught me today.
#2) I'm thankful for our traditional winter family game nights. The kids crack me up when we play Apples to Apples!
#1. I have had some medical issues recently and I will have to have an endoscopy soon. I am grateful for health insurance.
#2. I was in a lot of pain today, so I called the Mister who promptly came home to give me a blessing and stay with the kids while I went to the doctor. I'm thankful he has a flexible job and that he enjoys his career.
Today I'm so thankful for heat. Heat in my vehicle, warm clothing, heat in our home...
At 9:00 this morning, I was in the car (stopped at a red light) at a large intersection near our home. There was only one other car in front of me, and no other traffic around. Seemingly out of nowhere, a transient man approached the car in front of me and started soliciting him. The man seemed aggressive enough to make me uncomfortable. I felt frightened. I also felt sad for the man who had nowhere better to be than on the street corner in 11 degree weather, inadequately dressed.
... Today's BYU-I Devotional by Elder Robert Steuer entitled "Reconciliation and the Temple". I'm telling you it was power. I listened to it as I made lunches for tomorrow, corrected math homework, etc. It caused something powerful to stir within my soul. (And it wasn't Hillary Thomas' Italian Meatball Tortellini.)
I am honored to be married to my husband extraordinaire Joseph, for 15 years. Our joy is full (most days) because we are blessed to have these children in our family: Joshua (12yrs), Emma (10 yrs), Caleb (7yrs), and Elizabeth (5 yrs.). I enjoy camping with my family, cooking, reading, playing and teaching the violin and blogging. Our story began over 15 years ago at Ricks College. We have moved 9 times in 14 years, but have come full circle to the city where we were married and sealed in the LDS temple.