06 November, 2016


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Tralalalala, it is November! I love this month so much. Perhaps it is the Irish girl in me that rejoices at the opportunity to give thanks for the "harvest".

This year we did not sow any vegetables, but we did sow a lot of other things, and we are harvesting so much right now! This year:

We harvested a baby! Sweet Merit, who is fast asleep, sucking her thumb in her crib as I type.
We harvested the ability to communicate with Will.
We harvested new learning and confidence at Steve's office.
We harvested wonderful friendships near and far.
We harvested piano, reading, math, penmanship, science, social studies, and friend-making skills at Gage's school.
We harvested so much learning. 

2016 has been a year of gentle learning. I am thankful for every single lesson, and the loving way that we were taught.

We teach our kids that when they are feeling grumpy or angry, that the best way to start feeling better is to choose to feel gratitude. Today with my Sunday school kids (I teach the 14-18 year olds at church), we talked about the scripture about charity - not puffed up, suffereth long, you know the one. When we got to "thinketh no evil" we talked about how anything and everything that does not edify is not from God, and is therefore from the adversary. We talked about how gratitude to us, is stinky socks to the adversary. He is repulsed and repelled by gratitude, and cannot hover around us when we feel truly grateful. I believe that to be true.

There is so much to be grateful for. If you are in a time of life when you honesty can't think of anything beyond the basics, just know that someday you will look back on this time of life and be thankful for the experience and education that you are gaining. Sometimes learning is gentle, sometimes it is rough, but it is always for our good.

"All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." (Doctrine and Covenants 122:7)

Today, I am very thankful for lessons learned.

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