Monday, November 23, 2009


On Saturday we set up our Christmas tree. A little early, but Ben might have to travel in December so he wanted to be able to enjoy it for a longer period of time before he goes out of town. We went a little overboard after Christmas last year and bought a huge tree (yes, we use a fake tree- it may not smell as nice, but it sure is easier- and cheaper!)
Here Audra and I are fluffing the branches (yes, she is climbing into the tree to do this).

And what do Daddy and Claire do while we work so hard:We set up the train- Audra's favorite:And voila! Our Christmas tree:I don't know what it is about setting up the tree, but it stirs a number of emotions. As I was watching Audra and Ben set up the train and looking at the tree, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the blessings we have. It is fitting, of course, since this is the week of Thanksgiving, to be reminded of all that I am grateful for.

First and foremost, I am grateful for Christ and His gospel in my life. I am grateful to know that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me.

I am grateful for my family- for my beautiful girls and my hottie of a husband- who loves me more then I ever thought possible. I'm grateful for my sisters and my brother and my in-laws. I am incredibly grateful to my parents who put up with a lot of crap from me, but still helped me turn out OK.

I am grateful for the greatest friends in the world- you guys keep me going!

I am grateful that my life has truly brought me happiness. I never in a million years would have dreamed I could be so happy. Is life perfect? Heavens NO! There are definitely days I want to pull my hair out and call it quits. But, in the end, being able to sit and watch the Christmas tree while enjoying LIFE is the best thing in the world. And I am grateful.

1 comment:

  1. I love your big tree it looks beautiful. :) Thanks for visiting last week. It's always fun to visit.