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Sunday, November 29, 2009


All set

Our Thanksgiving was lovely. We invited friends (a theater professor and his wife, who is an adjunct music professor and their two children) to share our meal with us. We had excellent company, excellent conversation, and above all, excellent food.  And 8 pies, because they brought three.  Couldn't ask for a better day.

I haven't posted much in the way of gratitudes this month, but that doesn't mean I haven't felt it.  I couldn't let November end without expressing it at least a little.

I am amazed at how blessed I am.  We have so much, my little family and me.

A home to shelter us.

Food to nourish us.

A car to transport us.

A job to provide for us.

Children to teach us.

The Gospel to sustain us.

Parents to love us.

Friends to enrich us.

And beauty all around to inspire us.

As November closes and we move into the Christmas season, I hope to keep the spirit of gratitude in my heart, especially for my Savior.  I hope to instill in my children that same sense of thankfulness for the rich blessings we enjoy daily, so that Christmas remains focused on its true meaning and not gifts and Santa Claus.

This week, I won't be around much as I will be practicing my heart out for Messiah which we will perform Saturday night.  I am grateful for the opportunity, because it is yet another thing that will help me to focus on Christ this Christmas.

For Unto Us a Child is Born....

Sparkling lights


  1. I really wish I could see up close that tree. I want to see the ornaments I sent you! Darn it.
    Love you Lara

  2. Beautiful thoughts, gratitude, table, tree.

    Sing your heart out @ Messiah. You are really one lucky girl.

  3. Gorgeous tablescape and tree! Wow! We had classy chinet paper plates & red plastic cups. We did use real silverware though...what do you do when you've got to accomodate 25 people!

  4. what a fantastic holidday for you. I love your gratitude thoughts. It is always so easy to get caught up in the mundane of life and to forget how precious everything really is. Thank you for that reminder. Good luck with The Messiah!

  5. Wow. Your tablescape is incredible! As is your tree! I love your list of thankfuls. I so need to do that.

    Enjoy your practicing. The Messiah is one of my favorites!

  6. I like the vibe of your house. Beautiful!

    I love playing hostess, don't you?

  7. Are there already presents under your tree? That is just asking for trouble around here!

    I know how you feel. My big goal for Christmas this year is to make it much less about the presents and more about Christ and the joy of giving.

  8. Wishing I could hear you sing.

  9. Beautiful table and tree! You do such amazing things.

  10. Those pictures . . . wow.

    (I think Martha is your middle name or something . . .)

  11. What a tree picture! GORGEOUS!

    We had a quiet thanksgiving. . . just us. And mike did ALL of the cooking. ALL OF IT! Three pies even :) So between an awesome husband and me being able to keep thanksgiving dinner down, I had a great thanksgiving!

    So I feel like ainsley is always wearing that skirt :) That was an old picture. I just didn't have the energy to try for anything new this week. . .

    Question did you feel sick the entire nine months with your girls?! I am ready to be done with this pregnancy. And I still have 20 weeks to go (17 if I am lucky!)

  12. Love the photos! What a great list.

  13. What a lovely, lovely post. I'm so glad you had such a nice holiday.

  14. I am in awe of that gorgeous table setting and beautiful tree! You are very talented in decorating and have great taste and style. Loved this post!

  15. What a lovely display! I'm picturing cozy holidays with lots of hot cocoa at your house this year! Sending you all kinds of warm wishes and blessings.

  16. Beautiful Lara, just beautiful!

  17. Mmmm, that makes me hungry...

  18. Wow, what an amazing tree! And I love the hardwood floor.

  19. The tree's gorgeous! I especially love the red packages.

    And speaking of the things I especially love here, let's add to that The Messiah (oh, how I wish I could hear you perform!)

    And the way you listed your gratefuls in terms of the effect they have on your life. So simple, yet rich.

  20. That is quite possibly the most beautiful Christmas tree I've ever seen. Wow.

  21. That table and tree are just absolutely gorgeous! I'd love to get comfortable with a tripod to have some level of professional looks to my pictures.


  22. Thanks for your comment. Your tree is gorgeous.