Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giving Thanks 2011

Let's face it: this has been a hard year.  A hard year.  After moving cities, a civil lawsuit, pregnancy, birth, and death of our daughter, shoulder surgery, and starting a time-consuming, strenuous graduate program, Ben and I agree that we are sooooooooooooooo ready for 2012! 

But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude, we felt it important to be accountable for recognizing the many things we have to be thankful for: 
  • That the year is almost over!
  • To be able to get pregnant
  • We no longer have a lawn to take care of
  • A beautiful house in good condition with a caring landlord
  • Have a job
  • Success and inspiration for uVinyl
  • How much we have grown in love and understanding as a couple
  • Eleanor
  • Receipt and availability of good health care
  • Successful shoulder surgery DONE!
  • All the friends we've made in Greensboro so far
  • Ben accepted to grad school at IU, now 1/8 into program!
  • Understanding from the Gospel
  • Ready access to information for knowledge and improvement 
  • The freedom to volunteer
  • The ability to travel, especially our trip to Ben's mission field, Korea
  • To visit Suz's mission in NYC
  • Family reunions in Utah with the Fields, and MI with O'Briens
  • All the support from ward, family, and physicians during Eleanor's birth 
  • Our health!
  • Live in a beautiful, cultural city
  • Friendly staff at the Post Office 
  • Delicious home-cooked meals and the talent to prepare them
  • For old friends who still care. 
  • Open-mindedness to try new things
  • To have the beach and mountains both nearby
  • An affordable airport in our city
  • The temple 1 hour away
  • The health and good fortune of many members of our family, though they have had their own trials
  • To be happy where we are
  • Working cars
  • To be financially stable
  • Diligent Visiting Teachers
  • Good books
  • Patience
  • Family that opens their houses to us anytime we want to visit
  • Health and car insurance
  • A good camera and just enough knowledge to use it


  1. 2012 could not get here soon enough! But it is wonderful to think of all the amazing things you have been blessed with, even while dealing with hardships :)


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