I am told by the calendar that today is Thanksgiving… it sure doesn’t feel like it… 90 degree weather, Sophie is at school, Jeff is at work… but the part that I like best about Thanksgiving (besides the obvious food and good company) is that it allows for me to reflect on the many blessings that I have been given. So I thought that I would take a little bit of time this afternoon to list some of the many things that I am grateful for right now. I tried to find pictures of most everyone, but some are on the hard drive, some are lost somewhere… but just cause there isn’t a picture of you doesn’t mean you aren’t on that list (I apparently don’t always pull out the camera… too much fun to be had)- but it was fun going over pictures…
First up for all my extended family… both sides, all of them (even if they aren’t in the pictures… Sorry Just and Rachel!), they are all fabulous, supportive and we love them all!
I am super grateful for all my friends at home. We have such great friends from everywhere we have lived: friends from BYU, friends we have had since we first moved to California (some that Jeff has had since before he can remember), newer friends that are permanently part of our lives… we have such fabulous friends! PS April- this summer we need a new picture of the 2 of us where one of us isn’t pregnant!
I am super grateful for the new friends I have made in Angola… if I was bad with pictures before… oh man, I see these ladies almost everyday and just don’t pull the camera out… maybe at the Thanksgiving dinner Saturday… These ladies have made Angola fun, exciting, interesting and livable. Because we all live so close I see them most every day… in fact if I go more than 3 days without seeing someone it is weird and I feel like it has been too long- oh the Monte Belo bubble!
I am so grateful for the beautiful country I am currently living in. Angola has surprised me with the beauty of the countryside- we are so excited that we get to explore this new place for the next 3 years.
I am also grateful (along the same lines) for Jeff’s job, and for the opportunity that he has to be employed, and to provide for our family. What a blessing that is during this time of economic insecurity…
I am ever so grateful for the Gospel in my life- for the truth, calm, love and knowledge it gives me. That it gives me an eternal family, a compass to my life and the Priesthood in my home. Even with the stress of a new bunch of callings I love the Spirit that is felt at church, and that I am finally starting to meet people and feel more at home there.
Lastly, I am so grateful for these guys:
It wouldn’t be worth it to be across the world from the rest of family if I didn’t have this small bunch of crazies with me! What joy and happiness they bring into my life- living in Africa is starting to feel like home… and it is all because of my little adorable family! How THANKFUL I am for Jeff, Sophie and Violet in my life- they make it all worth it!
I hope that you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving- eat some pie, turkey and yams for me!