Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I know I am not usually one to wax poetic, but with Thanksgiving practically upon us, my mind has pondered the many things I am thankful for. Please endure with me as I take a moment to be serious...but not too serious.

Above all else, I am thankful for my family. My awesome husband and children are the best, don't try to convince me that you have the best husband, or wife, and kids, because it isn't possible. I already know I do. My husband is, quite simply, the greatest man I know, my best friend, and the love of my life.

I am thankful for great friends. Friends that "get" me. That understand I don't like to cry, that know sarcasm is just a way of life, and that are willing to laugh at my bad jokes. I couldn't pay for better friends. I know, I've looked.

My writers group is fabulous. I can't believe how I lucked out with such a fantastic group of people. Everyone has something to contribute, everyone is serious about writing, and everyone understands that there is a place called "imagination land" that you can get caught in while reality fades away. You all ROCK!

I am also thankful for indoor plumbing, air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter, chocolate chip cookies, and fabric softener.

That's my definitely not complete list, but it's a start. What are you thankful for?


  1. my wonderful husband, our amazing boys, family, friends, the plan of salvation & the gospel of Jesus Christ, our writer's group, ice cream, washer/dryers, dishwashers, the ocean, In N Out Burger in Utah, good health, DVRs, the internet, swimming, nice people, the United States of America, our military, words, imagination, laughter, love...

  2. I am thankful for:

    Forgiveness, humor, friends that get me, a family that puts up with me, parents that support me, kids that make me laugh ALL OF THE TIME, good food, REALLY good food, experiences that help me keep my perspective remember what's important. I'm thankful for a Heavenly Father who knows who I am, knows what I need and knows what I can do to be there for others. I'm thankful for my husband. He's my best friend. I want to say more, but he's taking me out to lunch. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I'm thankful for you, Debbie. You've sent emails at times that I've sorely needed them. You're reached out and perhaps without knowing, given exactly what I needed to make it through that day. I'm thankful to have met you, discovered a person I truly, genuinely like, and to have the chance to get to know you even better. Happiest of Holidays to you and all the Inkers here.

  4. Awww. L.T. you just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks for that. And just so you know, I am so grateful that I met you, a wonderful and loving person who has an incredible light that all are attracted to. You are amazing! Happy Holidays.

  5. I am just an ingrate I guess. I got nothin'.

    NOT SO!!!
    I am extremely thankful for all of the above mentioned stuff like husband and kids and FRIENDS who put up with me...or was that friends the 'get me' and a husband that puts up with me? The words are all swimming together now.
    Anyway blah blah blah what everyone said AND...sunsets, fuscia, pencils, sleigh bells, daffodils, cheesecake, Debbie's sarcasm, Arlene's cooking and patience, Linda's wisdom and foresight, DJ's enthusiasm and love, Kirk's...um...well Kirk's sense of humor I guess(mostly because I don't always know he's joking so I get to experience those really awkward moments when I don't know if I should laugh or leave the room. It's great writing fodder.) where did I leave off? Oh yeah, imaginary people who live in my head and keep me company when everyone else is out of cell phone range, my bishop (glad he's not imaginary and that he watches out for my family even when its hard), my little sister who just plain rocks and hugs at bedtime.
    So much for having nothing. Who could ask for more than these really?

  6. I'll post late.

    Like Donna, the things said above, and a few worth mentioning again.

    Friends: I am grateful for friends that are happy and still love me even when I don't have a lot of time for them. They are always in my thoughts and I ALWAYS love hearing from them via email. I love that we are still friends even though we may only do one thing together in a month (Writers Group anyone?).

    Family: My extended family rocks. They don't live near, but they are amazing people who inspire me! My family that I grew up in is awesome. We moved a ton and so we became very close. I have awesome sisters. We are all strong and amazing, and all totally different from each other. My own little family: My kids bring a joy in my heart that words don't justify.

    Husband: Awesome. I am so proud of him (he's a firefighter--what's not to love?). He is very forgiving, and he puts up with PTA and plays.

    The Gospel: I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation, and personal revelation and preisthood direction, and the scriptures.

    Writer's Group: All that was said about friends, but then,too for keeping me serious and not letting me quit. For teaching me how to strengthen my craft. Fellow Inkers, Thank You.

    OK, new stuff. Books, no one mentioned books. They are my de-stresser and I love to escape. The color of the sky just before the sun rises--that deep blue is rarely replicated outside of nature. Football and Marching Band. Theatre--for the chance to be in the plays once, and now to help kids be the stars. Dogs, they make me smile. Kids in general. I love to be around them. PTA, a chance to serve the greater kid and the greater family. Scholastic Book Orders, I love getting new books and getting them cheap is even better. Mechanical Pencils, ah, to never sharpen . . . just joy thinking about them. Thrift Stores, I got some smokin shoes yesterday! CD Alarm CLocks, its nice to wake up peaceful. The Nations Capital--an amazing place. Bethany Barker, for throwing a "Girls' Night" party where I eavesdropped on Donna and insisted on becoming a member. Gmail.

    OK, I could go on, but I think I'll be done now.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Forgive me for being behind in my reading...I was packing for an important trip when you posted this. A trip that I am very thankful I was able to take. The Turkey dance will be forever imprinted on my brain as will my time with a great family that I am proud to be a part of!