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We moved into our new house about 5 months ago. It's our third home since we got married 4.5 years ago, and we finally feel settled. We still have a lot to do inside of these walls, and I'll bring you an updated dining room in a few months when it's totally done, but it feels like home inside. And that's what matters. I wanted to invited you in for this holiday season, so we can share what we're grateful for, and also because a lot of our furniture is on a huge black friday sale ;) (Wish it was when I purchased it. Dang it.)
Getting into this home was stressful, kind of dramatic, and I have vowed that we will not be moving for a very, very, very long time. I won't lie, this past summer was one of the most stressful and anxiety filled times that I've ever gone through in my life. I've learned a lot, am still learning, and am incredibly grateful to be where I am right now. You're some of the first people to be invited around our table, and during this Thanksgiving holiday, we have a tradition that we go around the table and tell everyone what we are thankful for.
This year I have a new view on the word gratitude. I've met so many people who are struggling for basic life needs, and it has softened and broken me down these past few years. I am grateful for what I have. I have learned that gratitude, however, goes deeper than things. Gratitude is a sense of being that you carry around in your heart. I've learned that there's no room for discouragement in a grateful heart, and that focusing on blessings and mercies from God can outweigh any anxiety or worry about things we don't have and situations that we can not control. People who are grateful don't feel entitled to things in life. They don't think they deserve everything to go their way and are resilient and hopeful when situations don't work out the exact way that they want them to. Grateful people share what they have with others, even if they don't have a lot in the eyes of the world. My biggest heroes are people who I've met who give all they have, but are people who should be given to because of their lack of earthly means. Being truly grateful can come from being broken down. When you're broken down you see life differently, you treasure more meaningful moments, and you know that you can bounce back. I'm grateful for these lessons I've learned, for my God who knows how to teach me, and for my family who is always there at the end of very long days.
Shiloh (8)- Im grateful for my life. My family, learning the gospel, and living with a beautiful family. I'm grateful for my sister who always cheers me up when I'm sad, my mom because she always works hard but always knows when to party (haha), and my dad because he works so hard even when he's tired. Even when he's tired he's always the best dad, always cooks dinner, and is very smart. He's the best I've ever had. I'm grateful that we have food, water, shelter, the scriptures and Jesus.
Zoe (6)- I'm grateful for the earth. I'm grateful for my family because they are so nice and they keep me closer to God. I'm grateful for the angels. I'm thankful for animals and my dog especially. I'm grateful for the food and water that I can drink and eat and for my school teacher who I love so much.
What would you say if you were sitting around our table?
Join our conversation in the comments below, and happy Thanksgiving to you all.