"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

November 15, 2010

Count your many blessings

.....name them one by one!
With it being November and all, and the holiday of Thanksgiving....it's only fitting that I think about and remind myself of all I'm thankful for....here's my list, my:
1- I'm thankful for my Heavenly Father for blessing me with life and a knowledge and purpose on this Earth

2- I'm thankful for Jesus Christ for his Atonement and for allowing me to repent of my many mistakes and have the opporunity to return to live with him

3- I'm thankful for my husband, who is my very best friend and my #1 supporter

4- I'm thankful for 3 beautiful and healthy children....for the different personalities they bring to our little family and for the joy they bring to my life everyday!

5- I'm thankful for goodly parents who taught me since I was young to love and serve the Lord

6- I'm thankful for our jobs that sustain and provide for us

7- I'm thankful for our home that we live in

8- I'm thankful for Tea, for being my other mom, my friend, so understanding, patient, kind and the best grandma for my kids

9- I'm thankful for Ma for her loving and sweet spirit and for loving me and accepting me 100%

10- I'm thankful for education and the opportunity that I have to be able to go back to school and expand my knowledge

11- I'm thankful for our vehicle that gets us around everywhere we need to go

12- I'm thankful for the beauty of nature, and the colors of the four seasons

13- I'm thankful for good friends, both long-time life-time friends and new people I meet everyday.

14- I'm thankful for my sisters and my little brother

15- I'm thankful for good food

16- I'm thankful for the smell of Earth right after rain....that's one of my favorite smells, it makes me happy!  :)

17- I'm thankful for the opportunity I've had to be raised in a biracial family where I got to live two different cultures

18- I'm thankful for my Tongan heritage

19- I'm thankful for technology that allows us to keep in touch with family and friends all over the world.

20- I'm thankful for the blessing I've been given to learn the spanish language fluently by serving amongst the Chilean people

21- I'm thankful for the testimony that I have, as well as my husband's testimony.....and the ability to share it and teach our children and watch their testimonies of this gospel grow

22- I'm thankful for my husband's improving health.  We've seen the worst of worst and have been extremely blessed with knowledgeable doctors who knew what he needed to help him function in life.

23- I'm thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost, the whisperings of the spirit and the "guilty conscience" I have that help me to choose the right

24- I'm thankful for green grass.  I LOVE thick healthy green grass....it makes me happy!  :)

25- I'm thankful for flight benefits and the ability me and my family have to travel the world

26- I'm thankful for random acts of kindness, thoughtfullness from others and sentimental moments in life

27- I'm thankful for the government who's always been there to help us out when we were in times of need.  (Medicaid)

28- I'm thankful for the funny and crazy things my kids say that put a smile on my face and make me laugh

29- I'm thankful for coupons and that knowledge, and patience to be a coupon shopper and get the majority of my name-brand items for cheap or FREE.

30- I'm thankful for the knowledge that we are an eternal family and that I get to be with my husband and kids FOREVER and EVER!!!

Wow, I didn't know if I'd be able to think of 30 things I'm thankful for....but now that I'm in the zone, I could sit here and name so many more.  I have been truely blessed and I'm grateful to my Heavenly Father for everything he's blessed me with.  I'm constantly aware and reminded of all the things I'm thankful for throughout the year, but during the Thanksgiving season it's a wonderful time to write them down, remind yourself, thank Heavenly Father and share them!!

2 comments:

MARCIA said...

Monica, I LOVE this idea. I think I just might copy you...lol! I learned so much about you. I didn't know you served a mission. That is sooo cool. My husband loves the smell of earth after the rain too. But he says that Hawaii smells better than Utah...hahaha whatever! I'm thankful to have met you and that I'm able to read your blogs. They are inspirational. Thank you! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Melissa said...

Wow, what a great list. You are very blessed. I liked that idea. I am going to see if I can come up with 30 things I am thankful for. Hey, just one quick question. I need your new address. I am collecting addresses for our christmas card this year. I am going to try and get them out the first week of Decemeber.
By the way, I would love for you to come up and visit. Or better yet, we need to plan a girls weekend in Vegas or something fun. I need a break big time. It would be fun. What do you say? Or you could just come here for a weekend. I would love to see ya!