DAY 17 I am grateful for in-laws, yes, in-laws. I have amazing in-laws. Roger and Annette are kind, gracious, GIVING, fun and entertaining people-although sometimes they don't realize just how entertaining they are :) They have always been extremely welcoming to me and have accepted me for who I am-a loud, sometimes obnoxious, say what comes to mind, happy go-lucky chicka! Anyway, they are always there for us and Trevor's siblings. They watch the grandkids, take us on super fun vacations (Nauvoo, Bear Lake, Glacier, to name a few); they come over on a moments notice when Trev and I have to take a child to get x-rays for a broken arm, or stitches; they have great timing when any of us need diapers or laundry detergent; they have us over for Sunday dinners; I know Annette agonizes over gifts for the kids for birthdays and Christmas-she puts A LOT of time and effort in her decision making; Roger gets the ponies out for pony rides. The list goes on and on and on. So thank you! We love you.
DAY 19 I am thankful for friends. I have some amazing friends-some that I see once a year, some I see every few months, and some I see weekly. Each friend has a special place in my heart and each one is a special lady themselves. Some of these ladies I have know since kindergarten; some I met in the mother's room at the church while nursing our babies; some I met through running; all are wonderful, good people, and they mean the world to me.
DAY 20 I am grateful for my parents. They are awesome, great, wonderful people. They taught me so many things, they raised me right, they prepared me for the time when I would be married. They are always there for me and my siblings. They, too, watch the grandkids, have Sunday dinners, take us on awesome vacations (Disneyland, SeaWorld, Lake Powell), have fun game nights. There is just too many to name-I love them with all my heart!
DAY 21 I am thankful for my dog, Belle! She is ALWAYS excited to see me, and when I am having a bad moment, she just wags her tail as if to say, "Let's run and have fun. You are the BEST EVER!" okay, maybe not that, but she brings a smile to my face on a daily basis.
DAY 22 I am grateful for our two horses, Missy and Pretty Girl. There is nothing better than a nice ride up the Pass and talking with my husband. It's so calm and serene to go on a nice long ride-I know Trevor likes to clear his head on a ride. He always comes back happy and at peace. He loves those rides. I like the date nights we take on them where we talk and discuss things-it's a time where we can discuss more serious matters and we listen to each other. Our horses provide that for us. Plus, I just think horses are about the most beautiful animals on this planet!
Sporty on Pretty Girl
Sorry, Missy's not looking.
DAY 24 I am thankful for the Harry Potter Series-I know, dumb. But those books and other good books give me an out during the day where I can just sit, relax, and enjoy myself and enter a world of fantasy that's very entertaining. I am reading the series over again-I like it that much!
DAY 25 I am thankful for the actual holiday, Thanksgiving. I thoroughly enjoy this day and spending time with family. This day warms my soul as I sit and ponder all the blessings in my life. I love how the entire day is a constant reminder of what we have to be thankful for, from family to friends, from warm clothes to a furnace that produces heat, from having a car to being able to walk around in a free country. I love this holiday. Plus, the food is awesome!
DAY 26 I am thankful for the Scriptures. I am grateful for the lessons they teach me, for the guidance they give me, and for the inspiration I need in my life. I am thankful for the Book of Mormon and the testament of our Savior. I am thankful that we can get answers from our Heavenly Father by reading this book and the other sacred scriptures. I am grateful that He communicates with us through these good books.