Happy Thanksgiving

From the beach! I am so thankful for all my many blessings. And such a day calls for the sap, so here it is.

I am beyond grateful for my amazing family. My husband who works so hard, plays hard, and takes care of us. And for the two best kids in the world! I cannot imagine our lives without them. I am so thankful for my awesome parents who love us unconditionally and help us out so much. I am thankful for two amazing sisters that I am proud to call my best friends, and for their babies that my kids call their besties (and for their hubbies too). I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me even in my weakest hours. I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his Atonement for me. I am thankful for in-laws who rock. I am thankful to live in a country where I can receive an education and have a job that I love. I am thankful that I am able to feed my children and provide health care for them. There is so much to be grateful for.

Sitting around the table, each person took a turn to tell what he or she is thankful for. Lydia said her Mommy, Daddy, and brother. Liam said “everything, just everything”.

Vicki read the kids the Thanksgiving story and gave them books to color.

And these little jewels from today.









It was a zero percent chance of rain today. ZERO. Today was supposed to be the warmest, sunniest day of the week. Great day to take the boat out, right? Curse you, weatherman! Jared and Papa were out on the boat fishing and the rest of us were walking around on a deserted island they dropped us off on when the first clap of thunder rumbled. You know me. Paranoia set in. I tried to act calm for the children. Lydia Grace is almost as paranoid as me. Almost. “Mom, I think we need to get back on that boat and just get out of here. We need to go back. We just need to go back right now,” she suggested. I toiled with what the wisest decision would be as I saw lighting strike in the distance and tried not to wet myself. Stay on this island where there is no shelter until it passes? Get back on a boat in the middle of the bay? Neither sounded pleasant. And why did it seem that I was the only one worried about our safety. Lightning y’all. Big lightning. And the rest of the family was so chill. Either they are super good at remaining calm in life threatening situations or they are freaks who think they cannot be struck by lightening while on a BOAT in the middle of the OCEAN. Lydia and I said several prayers asking for safety. By the time the boys got their lines pulled in and over to get us, it seemed that the storm was moving away from us and everyone else wanted to stay in the middle of the ocean on a boat. Everyone but Lydia Grace and me. The boys fished some more and we saw lots of dolphins frolicking about. Apparently lightning does not bother them either. And I think we waited it out a little too long because on our ride back in the storm picked up and the cloud to ground lightning was about to put me in full blown cardiac arrest. This time I could see the fear in others’ eyes too. That is not comforting. I gathered all of the children in the middle of the floor of the boat under the sun shade. Our prayers were answered and we made it out alive! Before all of this occurred though, I got some good pictures.