Saturday, December 13, 2008

So Thankful!

Ti's the season to be jolly....right? I mean look at those two! How could you NOT be jolly? But this is me attempting to remain positive in spite of the the minor challenges we are facing. I say minor because compared to what many in our country are facing right now our problems are indeed very small. I should have wrote this list at Thanksgiving but I wasn't feeling well very thankful (shame on me).

The Things I Am Most Thankful For.....

1. My faith. This above all else is what anchors me. I am so thankful to have a constant source of direction from Someone who loves and understands me better than anyone. What more could a person ask for?

2. My family. I am so lucky to have a good husband. I know if he had his choice of any woman in the world he would in no doubt still choose me. My children. I mean just look at them. They are beautiful and they are our miracles. The love I feel for them and the women who brought them into this life knows no bounds. I am also thankful to be living so close to all our extended family. It has been about 8 years since we lived close to them and we are loving it....REALLY!

3. Friendships. I have the best friends a girl could ever ask for. The women who I call friends are some of the most talented, beautiful, funny, generous, kind, and thoughtful people I have ever meet. I consider myself lucky to know so many remarkable women and even more lucky to call them friends. They have taught me how to be a better wife, a better mother and a better friend. My life would just not be the same without them.

4. A job! Not my job, although I am thankful to be a stay at home mom. But lets face it that type of work doesn't pay the bills! I am so grateful Dallan has such a great job. It allows me to stay at home with our children. It allows us to pay all our bills and still have enough left over to have some fun with. I am thankful for Dallan who worked hard to get such a great education. There are so many people who don't have jobs right now. I can't imagine that kind of stress. So thank you Palo Verde for such a good job!

5. Sunsets. If you have never witnessed an Arizona are truly missing out. They are breathtaking.

6. A roof over our heads. No, it isn't my own roof, but it is a roof nonetheless. It keeps us safe and provides all the comforts we could ever need or want. Not everyone can say that.

7. Christmas. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love everything about this holiday. I love what is represents, I love the added measure of kindness and generosity people exhibit and I love the magic that happens during this time of year.

I am often guilty of overlooking all the things in my life that bring me such great happiness. Life isn't always easy....we all know that. But one thing I can say for certain is that each challenge I have ever endured in my life has ALWAYS resulted in me being blessed or compensated in an even bigger and better way. And that is DEFINITELY something to be THANKFUL for.

I do have Christmas cards to mail out. As usual you probably won't get them by Christmas but one day when you are least expecting it you will open up your mail box and there it will be!


babbler said...

Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for everything I have. I especially like the Arizona sunset, I have seen a few and I know what you are talking about. Also, your quote by Mandela is priceless. My husband is currently in the next room on his computer reading my latest blog entry while I am in here surfing the blogs! He is freshly showered and prbably smells nice like aloe scented powder.....I am going to get off the computer for now, go get an eggnog, and go give him a big hug and curl up next to him....but I will be back again to see how your family is doing. Great blog!

Neas Nuttiness said...

So glad that you "posted" I look forward to pictures of your beautiful children! You and Dallan are on my "Thankful For" list!!!

Suebee said...

At first my thought was how beautiful your children are and then after reading your thoughts I feel your thoughts are just as beautiful as your children.

Mandee said...

Susan, I thought of you as I made my list! You are so good when it comes to being Thankful!

Stephanie said...

What a Beautiful picture! You are all so wonderful. I am so thankful for the four of you. I love you so much and I am praying that you have a wonderful Christmas.

Sherri said...

Merry Christmas Lott Family!

Heather said...

Hooray! I can't believe it? Is it christmas? A new post!!!!!

All sorts of gifts appear for this blessed holiday season! lol!!

Teasing you aside......

Triple love the picture of your two sweet beautiful children! I want to pick Jackson up and squeeze him! (of course if would freak him out, as he has no memory of me...) And Madalyn is such a beauty! Seriously cute kids Mandee!

(Have you noticed I have to end all of my sentences with an exclamation point? Well except for this one. Weird!)

I also loved reading your thankful list. I have never seen an Arizona sunset, and now I want to!

Thank you for updating and including pictures, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say. You always express yourself so nicely!

Tons of love!

emma jo said...

And you forgot to mention that you can be thankful for the fact that you possibly have the most perfectly perfect and adorable Christmas picture of your children. They are beautiful, and still and happy!!! So so adorable. I am grateful for you!

Tiffany Jones said...

Beautiful picture!!!!

Lexi said...

I miss you!

I can't believe how big your kids are getting. They are beautiful and they look JUST like eachother. What an amazing thing! I love you. Like crazy. Like stalker crazy.


Andria Laws said...

I loved the picture of the kids, they are truly beautiful. I also really enjoyed reading your list. Miss you.