Let it snow!


Katie was so excited to make a snowman.  Of course snowmen have to have hats (thanks, “Frosty”), so Scott had to sacrifice his.  Hopefully he doesn’t need it again soon, because it snowed last night.  When we got up this morning, the hat was almost completely covered in new snow.  So much so that Rachel didn’t think it still had a hat on.

And yes, Rachel is still in her jammies in this picture.  It’s vacation, ok?  🙂


How to be Grateful

I was going to post the following before Thanksgiving.  But then, we had family in town, and then we were recovering from the holiday, and then I wasn’t feeling well.  And then I was recovering from not feeling well.  And then I was recovering the house from when I was not feeling well.  Well, you get the picture.

It is never too late to be grateful.  So even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I still want to express my gratitude for the blessings that I have received from a loving Heavenly Father.

Usually in the hardest times financially, emotionally in our lives, we find the most gratitude.

“Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey”

How to develop gratitude:

1.  Begin with prayer.  “Praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.” Doctrine and Covenants 136:28  Occasionally, I try to offer a prayer of only gratitude such as the kind spoken about by Elder David A. Bednar last conference.  See talk here.
2.  Express appreciation for ways others serve you.  I was the recipient of a kind Thank You note sent in the mail by a member of my ward.  She thanked me for the efforts I was putting into my calling.    In turn, I was so grateful for her thoughtfulness that I began to look for ways others serve me and thank them for their efforts.
3.  Teach gratitude in our homes.  Each family member should be taught how to thank others.  But also, each member should know that they are loved and appreciated by others.  Write a letter to each member telling them why you appreciate them and give it to them during this Christmas season.

Things I am most grateful for:

1.  Scott
2.  My girls
3.  The eternal perspective that I have.
4.  My parents who taught me that eternal perspective and many other important things.
5.  My sisters.
6.  Our warm shelter and food to eat.
7.  Sweet visiting teachers who were right there when I needed them.
8.  The opportunity to serve and to grow in many different callings.
9.  My Savior, Jesus Christ who died so that I may live.