My heart is full this Thanksgiving morning.

I hear my youngest son use is outside voice, inside and I am grateful that I have been giving the privilege to be a mother to 5 stunning, smart and wonderful children. All of them have unique talents, balancing each other as a group.  They have given me their trust in leading them and guiding them in their education.  And they have each shared their testimony with me about their love of the Savior and His Gospel.

I am grateful for a husband who loves me, who stands beside me when we are together in goals, who stands behind me and allows me to shine, and who stands in front of me when the barrage of opposition comes down.  I am grateful that he is willing to support us and provide for our wants and needs.  I am amazed at how much he knows and how much more he is willing to learn.  He serves our family and friends with a happy stride in his step, and has never complained.  He is a rarity, indeed and I am a lucky girl to have been asked to marry him.

I am grateful for my adopted country.  The atmosphere of American tradition that carries through all the Holidays is one of happiness, excitement and hope.  I am grateful for the American Soldiers who have trained, fought and died for us and our freedoms.  “Greater love for no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – KJB John15:13  I hope and pray that the “Oath Takers” out there know that we are fighting with them on the home front, fighting to getting those freedoms back through civil means.   I am grateful for the men and women who have taught me the courage needed to fight for our freedoms at home.  They put their own lives at stake, sometimes losing family, friends, jobs, homes, all in the name of fighting for just principles and causes.  The sacrifices  have not gone un-noticied.  “There is one day that is ours, Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” ~ O. Henry

I am grateful for my faith, for without it I wouldn’t be able to hold on to hope and the knowledge that I have that God and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ live.  I am forever in debt to Him for the constant love and forgiveness that he has shown me.  I am grateful that He is at the helm and that He knows what is going on in the world.  I am grateful for the knowledge that if I choose to follow him, I will be safe no matter what may come.  My constant prayer is that I will hold fast to my testimony and that when the time comes to pass through this earth, that it will be in tact, and that I would have never purposefully lead any one astray.
“The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: “Thank you”   ~ Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving is meant to show our gratitude to our Creator for all that He has given us and to share that with our families.  My hope is that you’ll leave the shopping for tomorrow and dedicate the time to gratitude.

I pray that your Thanksgiving is full of love and forgiveness.   See each other as children of God and be grateful that we are living today with peace in our country.

From my Thanksgiving table to yours: Wishing you the best of memories!