Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

2009 has given me a lot of things to be grateful for.
When we go through trials we become more aware of the blessings in our lives and we become more grateful for what we have.
This year I am very grateful for so many things. I have really been given many opportunities to see the things that are right in front of me that tend to be taken for granted and realize that those little things are huge blessings.

I am thankful for this man:

I am thankful for the amazing man he is. I am thankful for his testimony of the gospel. I am thankful that he was a worthy, strong, member of the church right up until the day he passed away. I am thankful for his love and compassion towards everyone he met. I am thankful for the AMAZING husband he is - for all his selfless acts of service, for his words of love and kindness, and for his unconditional love. I am thankful for what a wonderful daddy he is - for the hours and hours he spent with Kason teaching him about sports, or cooking, or the church, for the times he rocked him to sleep and read him stories. I am thankful that he was a wonderful leader of our home - for all the memories he left us with and for his continuous effort to make us happy, regardless of what it took. I am thankful for my husband, for my eternal companion and my best friend. I miss him terribly but, I am thankful that he is no longer suffering and in pain. I am thankful that he is able to serve the Lord in heaven stand beside Him. I am thankful for his hardworking attitude on earth and in heaven.

I am thankful for this day:

The day when I was sealed to Kameron for time and all eternity. What an amazing blessing that is now. I am thankful that we were both worthy to be married in the temple. I am thankful that we made the choice 5 1/2 years ago to be married there. I am thankful for the power from God that we have to be sealed together in the next life and not just 'till death'. I am thankful for the memory I have of kneeling across from Kameron in that sealing room and looking into his eyes and knowing that NO MATTER WHAT we could be together forever.

I am thankful for my little man:

I am thankful that he makes me smile everyday. I am thankful that he reminds me of his daddy. I am thankful for how sweet he is. I am thankful for his hugs and kisses. I am thankful for his spontaneous, "i love you's". I am thankful for his love of the church and temples and Jesus. I am thankful for his excitement over the little things. I am thankful that he is such a little boy and loves sports, cars, trucks, dinosaurs and dirt. I am thankful that he is now my best buddy here on earth and he is the one I get to spend everyday with. And I am especially thankful that he is part of our eternal family.

I am thankful for Jesus Christ:

I am thankful for the sacrafice that was made for us by Him. For the love that He has for each of us and the understanding and concern that He feels for each of us in our individual circumstances. I am thankful for the opportunity we will each have to walk beside the Savior again.

I am thankful for the church. For the blessings it gives to us. I am thankful for the things it teaches us. I am thankful for the type of person it teaches me to be.

I am thankful for Kason's uncles, and grandparents - for the examples they are and for the things they teach to Kason.
I am thankful for my parents for the things they have taught me and that they have always been there for me, no matter what.

I am thankful for AMAZING friends - new and old. I am thankful for their love and sacrifice. I am thankful for those who have given service to me and my family the past 2 1/2 years as we have gone through difficult trials.

I am thankful for my alone time and the peace and quiet. I am thankful for good shows that make me laugh & cry. I am thankful for chocolate. I am thankful for our new ward here. I am thankful for good food. I am thankful for fun times. I am thankful for new adventures. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, clothes in my closet and food in my fridge.

I am a very grateful person this year. Thanksgiving was always Kameron's favorite holiday and this year I have made an effort to really focus on the things that I am thankful for instead of trying to skip over Thanksgiving and start stressing about Christmas. This year, I have learned that there are many blessings right in front of us. The Lord blesses us with many things and gives us many gifts and tender mercies - we just need to be willing to see them and realize that all things come from the Lord.

I hope that each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the ones you love. I hope that you each take a few moments to think of all the things you're thankful for and you forget about the trials you're going through and realize that even amidst the hard times - you truly are blessed.


laurdacooj said...

I love this post you amazing, wonderful, beautiful Jami! I love you and grateful for the friend you are to me and for the many many things you have taught me and your incredible strength and optimism! I love you!Happy Thanksgiving... see you soon!!!

Chesney said...

beautiful jami!!!

JR and Steph said...

I love this Jami!! We really are so blessed. Happy Thanksgiving.

Heather said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I have been really busy and behind on blog reading, but so glad to get a chance to read this. I am grateful for your example and reminder of what is important.

Michael said...

I was just searching for an image of Christ and found your blog. What a beautiful and touching testimony. I do not know you at all but can tell you are a strong daughter of God. May the Lord be with you and your son. May he bless you with the spirit of comfort and love. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful testimony of the Savior and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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