Monday, November 21, 2011


During a week of chaos & shopping for most of the civilized world, it is nice to take a moment & contemplate the things I am thankful for. Things that may often be over-looked, but that bring joy to the soul & remind me that life truly is beautiful.

The first falling snow, pondering at sunrise, watching the tide come in, summers in Maine, Floridian winters, when a man opens my door, holding a child in my arms as she sleeps, the smell of slow-cooked Sunday dinners when you come in from church, sharing the gospel w/ someone & hearing them pray for the first time, Making Sienna Laugh, the reflection of the stars on a lake, freedom to worship when/where/how I wish, laughing for no reason w/an old friend, the look of pure joy when Livie saw me at the airport, and her joy as she played with the balloons I gave her, homemade caramels @ Christmas, playing 'the favorites game' with my little nieces & nephew in the car, singing in the shower, the glow of twilight that lights fire to the sky during the golden hour, the opportunity to forgive & be forgiven, camping in the middle of nowhere & counting shooting stars, getting lost in a good book, BYU devotionals, the opportunity to work, the feel of the wind on my face, giving someone the perfect gift, a desire to become better & progress every day, sending postcards to loved ones from places I travel, a washer & dryer, the ability & choice to see the best in another person, having clean/hot/safe water, planting a garden & keeping the freaking deer out, watching a child's face light-up as they look at Christmas lights, Costco, strong hands & a resilient heart, my friend visiting Utah, those who sacrifice & defend my freedoms, evening walks, my down comforter, the first scoop of peanut butter out of a new jar, ice cubes, outdoor movies on summer evenings, the way my heart pounds before someone holds my hand for the first time, college football (and AMAZING upsets this past week), dryer softening sheets, northern lights & fireflies, fly-fishing on the river w/the brothers while contemplating life, the opposition that helps me to recognize and appreciate all the wonderful things in my life, fresh flowers from my garden, My great-grandmother’s wedding ring that survived the great depression, the crescent moon that smiles down on us & hearing my niece say "moon. moon moon moon moon" then kisses @ bedtime, C.S. Lewis, toilet paper, teaching another to do something i love & seeing them succeed & find joy in doing it, learning new things, having friends to dinner, new pj's for Christmas, socks to keep my feet warm, the ferris wheel, the smell of rain on the trees or freshly cut grass, the feel of sand beneath my feet, a tooth brush, my eyesight, freshly baked-perfect chocolate chip cookies, coming home to a clean house, floating in first tracks in powder, the opportunity to serve others, Winger's spicy fingers, cooking with fresh herbs, my ability to cook... dang I'm good :)landing a back-flip on a wakeboard, the feeling that comes from laying your shoulder to the water on a slalom ski, not face-planting on a wakeboard, being held, the gift of agency, building a snowman, airplanes & sky miles, sunshine and blue skies, the ability to commune w/God, old family photos, creating order from chaos, avoiding even the appearance of evil, at an intersection when you and the car across from you are both making left turns, good gas mileage, taking a moment to reflect on the blessings in life, good music, Advil, the knowledge that we can be with those we love after this life, seashells, the opportunity to attain higher education, having my hair played with, driving stick, j-dawgs special sauce, the smell of homemade, freshly baked bread, synthetic oil, catching snowflakes on my tongue & eyelashes, great composers, clean movies, fresh peaches from the tree in the yard, experiencing other cultures & becoming better because of the people you meet there, dancing in the rain, The founding fathers, central air & central vac, The atonement of Jesus Christ and my knowledge of it, Mormon messages, A cheese grater, safety from harm & maltreatment of others, learning & growing from each guy I date, that I don't have to marry each guy I date, memories with those I love, BYU education week, teaching & learning, the sound of a cameras shutter & knowing you captured that perfect shot. Digital cameras so you can delete all the not perfect ones, hair elastics, a porch swing, an honest mechanic, quiet moments with those you love, a sunday afternoon nap, the sound & smell of a crackling fire, homemade bbq ribs w/made from scratch sauce, my grandmothers 3-layer chocolate cake, choosing to learn from painful experiences in my life & using them to help others, friends who don't tag ugly photos, duct tape, failed jumping pictures, the view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, dew on the trees early in the morning on a backpacking trip, personal copies of the scriptures, adobe products, the ability to change & repent, road trips & milkshakes, Sabbath's spent in quiet contemplation at the Garden Tomb or in Gethsemane, clean sheets, the glow of Christmas lights on icicles, learning from the imperfect & allowing it to create a desire in me to strive for perfection, a friend who sees you with all your imperfections & loves you for who you are, swinging on a cool fall day, the way I feel after a good long run, setting a good goal & the joy found in accomplishing it, being a finisher, my opportunities to study in Western Europe & the Middle East, Temples that are being built all across the globe (personal prayers answered for the one in Italy & South Florida)holding a new puppy, snowshoeing & hot tubing afterward, using my talents & gifts to help people & build the kingdom of God, homemade grape juice from the grapes in my back yard, learning to can things, homemade quilts, external hard-drives, the sound of leaves falling to the ground in the fall, sweet smelling perfume (flowerbomb, hani mori, ed hardy, true religion) lunch with an old friend, falling in love & choosing everyday to stay there, a heartfelt gift, swimming with dolphins, sting rays, barracuda, sea turtles... being a finisher, the blessings of a physical body, the opportunity to serve in the temple, the smell of freshly baked homemade apple pie w/orchard apples...


Cassia said...

I love how you create the exceedingly long thankful lists. :) Many good reminders in this one.

I have to admit I laughed at the "keeping the freaking deer out of the garden" one and the digital cameras so you can delete the not perfect pictures. :) I know I've definitely made use of that latter one!

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