Monday, November 29, 2010

Giving Thanks

One little, two little, three little...

It's nearly the last day of November, and I have yet to write a gratitude post.  Not because I am not grateful, but because I have so very much to be thankful for that it sometimes seems overwhelming to me to sit down and write it out.

This year, however, I am most thankful for my family.

For three beautiful daughters who teach me how to be a better mother, a better daughter, and a better person.  Every single day I learn something from them.  Sometimes I learn that feathers make a very apropo Thanksgiving accessory and other times I learn about faith, hope and charity.  Mostly I learn that they are amazing children, given to me by a loving Father in Heaven, and they make my life worth living.


Ready for Turkey


For a wonderful husband who loves me and treats me like a queen, even when I definitely don't deserve such treatment.  He is such an amazing father, and I have always love watching him with our children.   They adore him, and I'm so happy they have such a great example of a loving father and husband.


What do you think about this spoon?


For being born of goodly parents.  Who are amazing people and from whom I learn so much, even still.  They continue to do so much for me and my little family, and I am forever in their debt.  From replacing my toilets to just being there when I need to talk, I can always count on them.


Thanksgiving Day

And finally, for my three brothers, who are also amazing people.  I hate that we are literally in four corners of the country (Seattle, Miami, Utah and Michigan) and rarely get to see each other.  I cannot wait for the vacation of the century in January, orchestrated and paid for by my parents, when we will all get to see one another again.  Bria even has a countdown on her white board...not for Christmas, but for the cruise.

So much to be grateful for, indeed.  But the older I get, the more I realize that it's the people I love that make life most wonderful.  Family is forever, and for that, I'm forever thankful.

18 comments :

  1. That cruise sounds like tons of fun!

    I love seeing Sopie has personality screaming out of every pore even with her eyes closed. She must be so much fun:)

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  2. I think you said it perfectly!

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  3. Your daughters are SO cute! I love all the red. RED is one of my favorite colors :) And the feathers... my girls would totally go for that.
    I know how you feel about not getting to see your family very much... that will be great for you to get together! Where are you going for your cruise?
    What a great post... people really are the most important and that makes me feel grateful too. Thanks.

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  4. Where are the Joel picutres? I realize the previous post was all about him, but Joel, your fans want to see you with your girls! :)

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  5. Oh I lub this post. So beautiful. I just lub your photos. I feel exactly the same way. I kept wanting to write all the things I am thankful for too, but I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for everything.

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  6. Your girls are so darn beautiful! I know I say that all the time, but I am always blown away by how gorgeous they are. And what a wonderful Thankful post. And how lucky are you to get to go on a cruise with your family! Talk about upstaging Christmas!

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  7. How exciting that you get to be all together again! Wishing you and your family the happiest of Holidays!

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  8. Loving the red photos!

    And I would be totally counting down the days to the cruise as well! Good thinking Bria

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  9. Isn't it wonderful to have so many good things to be grateful for!! The cruise sounds wonderful. I wish I were going on one. I went on one once and it was the best vacation ever!! Love the pictures of your girls. They are beautiful. Families are the most important thing we have in our lives. They are what give us the strength to go forward even when life is hard. You are right. They are forever.

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  10. What a beautifullly written post made even more lovely by those gorgeous girls!

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  11. What a beautiful post, Lara. yes, family is what life is all about. love you.

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  12. I LOVE Sophia in the first photo. Your photos, again, are always fantastic. You said in this blog, so much of what I feel as well. I feel equally blessed with a wonderful husband and children, and because of your example, am trying to record more of the joys and learning moments of my life. So I am thankful also for my family, but also for YOU and what a great example you are for me in so many areas. :)

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  13. The girls look gorgeous. I'm so glad you had an amazing Thanksgiving. Sometimes I can barely convey how blessed I am. We are so lucky.

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  14. So I should have been making my soup, but I sat down to read the blog, started crying, tried to post something and that did not work (operator error), got frustrated, made the soup and here we are....except now I am very hungry for breakfast. This computer just sucks too much time......It was a lovely post...but you forgot to mention the furry member of the family that likes in the attic :)

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  15. Lovely girls, lovely photos, lovely post, lovely Thanksgiving! Thank you for offering us a window into your life—I'm grateful for *you* and the gifts you bring your readers!

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  16. Couldn't have said it better.

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  17. I totally agree that the people we love are what make life rich and full!

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