How can you be grateful for retirement when you’ve never had a job long enough to retire from it?   OK….. so I’m not talking about me.  How about the fact that my husband is retired!

I consider myself very blessed.  In so many ways.  One of the best blessing I’ve had in my life was to be able to be a stay at home Mom.  I was lucky enough to snag a man who had a secure job and owned a home when we got married.  I know, right?  L.U.C.K.Y.!!  Though we didn’t live in a palace, and the kids couldn’t participate in all the extra curricular activities they wanted to because we didn’t really have the money to support them….. none the less…… we have always lived very comfortably, and I was able to stay home to raise my kids.  My husband has always supported me in all my extra activities and been willing to help take care of the kids.   He was always around in the evening, so at least they had someone at home when I wasn’t there.

My husband taught school for 31 years.  Being a school teacher, he was off for 3 months of the year, so I was used to having him around all the time by the time he retired.  I have heard so many women say that they don’t quite know what to do with their husbands when they retire or I’ve even heard comments like “How can you stand having him around that much?”   Wow….. I guess I just married the right guy, cause I have always loved having him around!   When the kids were little, it meant he was around for us to go do things together as a family during the summer months.  Since they’ve been gone…… we’ve done things together.  Besides….. I can always come up with a pretty good size ‘Honey Do’ list!  (He’s a handy man….remember?)

Now, we have quite a bit of time to be together.  Unfortunately, we don’t yet have grandchildren taking up our time…… but we seem to find things to do.  We also recently started our own business that is very rewarding.  I say ‘we’……. he says ‘me’ ….. meaning he thinks its my business.  But he still supports and encourages me and once and a while even helps.

I love the spontaneity that we have to be able to pretty much plan our schedule the way we want to and switch it up when it needs to be switched.  I’m grateful that he had a job that allowed him to retire.  So many people now a days have no retirement benefits.  We are very lucky that we do.

Life is good.  I love having my hubby around and enjoying this time of our lives.  Someday, when there are grandkids in the picture, it could get a little more hectic…..but for now….. it’s wonderful!  We haven’t done much traveling…… yet…… but it’s coming!

I am Grateful!  How are you?



I’ve probably mentioned before that I have the opportunity to be a voluntary worker in the Jordan River Temple.  I have the job of being able to serve and assist those who come to the Lord’s temple to worship.

People come to the temple for various reasons.  I think one of the main reasons most people come is because they want to feel of the spirit and be reminded of the special blessings they have been given.  Of course, the main purpose of the work that goes on there is to give the dead the opportunity to receive and chose to accept those blessings that they didn’t get a chance to receive while they were alive.  Of course, we believe they have the right to not accept them too.

There are many people who would testify that they know for certain through a strong feeling of the spirit, that the person they have done the work for has accepted it.  Many people come to the temple so in tune with the spirit that they can feel the presence of those that have passed on who’s work they are doing.  I have seen many patrons brought to tears because they have felt the spirit of gratitude from that person.  Sometimes it’s even hard for us as workers to do our job because the spirit is so strong and we are moved to tears also.

Many people come to the temple for comfort.  They are struggling with many personal issues that they need to feel comforted for.  Being in the Lord’s temple is one way to draw close to his spirit and receive answers to prayers.  It is a very personal experience, but you can usually tell when someone is there with heavy burdens or concerns on their mind.

Today I got to serve a Sister who was obviously struggling with some things in her life.  It’s not our position to pry.  We are only there to serve and help comfort when we can.  It was the kind of experience for me personally, where I was feeling her sweet spirit so strong and her need for comfort to the point that I was having a hard time doing what I needed to do.  It’s hard to talk when you’re choked up!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to share in those experiences with patrons as they come to the temple.  It’s such a blessing seeing them put their faith to work by trusting in the Lord.  It strengthens my own faith.  There’s no other place on earth where you can feel the kind of peace and comfort quite like you can in the Lord’s temple.  How truly blessed I am!

I’m grateful for my faith in God.  I’m grateful to know that I can turn to him in times of worry and concern.  “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee….” Psalm 55:22  I’m also grateful to know that I can express my gratitude to him in times of happiness too!  A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.  Thomas S. Monson

Today, I’m grateful for my faith….. any way you define it.

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Half Way There

I embarked on this journey of my Gratitude blog on December 28, 2010.  I have arrived at my 6 month mark.  Half Way there.  It’s been an interesting journey thus far.

This is a glass half full day! Keep filling it up!

My purpose of doing this blog was to make me realize that I had so much in my life to be grateful for.  I think most of us realize that anyway…..but by paying attention to it and trying to notice something on a daily basis has really opened my eyes.  Some days are harder than others, not because I’m not grateful for something…..but because I really didn’t want to blog about the same thing, and I’m so often grateful for the same things on a daily basis!    I think you’d probably all get tired of me singing the praises of my family everyday!

I found it quite interesting that as I was thinking about reaching this half way point, I got an email from “The Secret Daily Teachings” on gratitude.  I’m on their email list and get email once a week or so.  Here is what it said yesterday:

From The Secret Daily Teachings
:   To understand the power and the magic of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself.  So why not begin by deciding to find 100 things a day to be grateful for?    
If you practice gratitude every day, it won’t take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when that happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest secrets to life.

Wow!   Finding 100 things a day seems like a challenge!  Do you think you could do it right now?  I have made 185 posts  on gratitude  so far on this blog and it’s taken me 185 days to do it!  What if I dropped the challenge to just 5o things?  Could you do it?  Are you willing to share that list with me in the comments section?  I’d love to see what you are grateful for that perhaps I am missing as I look around.  You don’t need to expound like I do.  Just make a list.

I’m challenging you to do it right now…… go ahead….. Grab a piece of paper and pencil….. I’ll wait    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

What am I grateful for......???

Did you do it?  How does your list look?  Was it easy or hard?  Did you notice the little things that we take for granted everyday?  Did it require you to go outside to make it become 50 things?  Or, did you find it all inside your house?  Could you do it again tomorrow?

Wouldn’t this be a great activity to do with our little children?  What a perfect age to try and make them aware of how many things they have to be grateful for!  I think seeing the world through their eyes would be delightful.  The innocence of children will notice things we don’t!

Thanks for taking the time to make your list.  Hopefully it will become a “natural state of being” for you and it will start to “unlock the greatest secrets of life”.  It has begun to do that for me.  I really would love for you to share your list in the comments section.  Even if it’s only 10 or 20 things…….  it will enlighten us all!

I’m grateful for my gratitude blog journey so far…… this is truly a glass half full day for me and I’m so excited to fill it to the brim!!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

PS…. I’ll be posting my list in the comments.  Some of them I’ve blogged on…. some I haven’t!  But it’s OK….. cause I’m still grateful!


Oh yes…. right there….. that’s the spot!  Boy does that feel good….. (in a semi painful sort of way!)  Yep…. it feels great.  Can I come back tomorrow?

Someday….. when I have the money, I think I’m going to hire my own masseuse to give me daily, or at the very least weekly massages.  Every time I have a massage, I wonder why I don’t do it more often!!  It has now been officially added to my dream list!

I’ve been having a little bit of trouble with my shoulder lately, which adds to the stress in my neck and shoulder blade area.  It felt so wonderful for those areas to be worked on today!  It was very relaxing.  I was lucky enough to get my massage right after a chiropractic treatment….. so I think my body was really ready for it.

The last massage I remember getting was probably about 3-4 years ago.  Loved it then too.  But, I think my muscles are responding better now than they used to.  I’m attributing that to a supplemental type product I take everyday.  Before taking it, when I would get a massage, even from my husband, I would think…. ‘Wow… I didn’t know that muscles hurt so much!’   Now, the massage just feels really good but is not slightly painful everywhere like it used to be… (only in my stress areas of neck and shoulders…. but it still feels wonderful.)  I was amazed and grateful at the difference.  I think it makes for a much more relaxing massage.  Instead of laying there thinking, ‘I didn’t know my legs were so sore, etc….’ I can just enjoy the smooth movements of the massage and feel the tension releasing in my body.  That’s why I want to go back more often for a while!  I’m thinking, that the more those areas are massaged and worked out….. the better luck I will have in not tensing up in those areas.

I’m also grateful for all the new coupon programs.  I bought this particular coupon for my massage because the gal works in the same building as my nephew’s chiropractic practice and they did a special to help promote her, so I decided to buy one.  I’m glad I did!  She is excellent and offered me another 1/2 off my next massage, so I’m going again!! …… but not for 2 weeks because of busy schedules.  I’ve also purchased another coupon massage at a different place that does a very different style of massage.  This one was recommended by a friend who is actually a masseuse herself, but she wanted to try it out herself because it’s a method she wanted to learn more about.  I mean….. masseuse’s need a massage too, right?  I believe she got a bigger discount by referring other people.  Now I just need to make an appointment with that friend to have a massage with her too!

As you can tell….. I think it’s time to start finding a way to budget in a massage or two every month.  I think I’m hooked!  I’m OK with continuing to buy 1/2 price coupons for now!!  If you’ve never had a massage….. I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Michelle, for the wonderful massage today.  I feel great and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Everything Happens For A Reason

WordPress gave a challenge to their bloggers at the first of the year to make a commitment to blog everyday or at least once a week.  I had already made that commitment to myself……so signing up with them to do it wasn’t a hard decision for me.  They have been really good about sending a suggested topic to blog about everyday.  Most of the time, I haven’t felt like it was something that would fit into my gratitude topic.  I thought I’d give today’s suggested topic a try.

Here’s the topic:  Do you believe everything happens for a reason?  That’s kind of a broad question which brought up some interesting conversation between my husband and son and I.  My son said, in the broad sense of that question, that would imply that we are basically pre-destined for certain things to happen.  I understand his point of view, but in many ways, I think most things do happen for a reason.  Part of the question for me is, do you believe that you create your own life?   Many people in unhappy circumstances refuse to believe that that is a possibility.  As usual….. a search on the internet brought up some interesting results.  The following is by an unknown author titled, Everything Happens For a Reason:

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.  You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, teacher, fraternal brother or sister, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know that at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason.  Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without the small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight flat road to nowhere.  It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

 The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.  Even the bad experiences can be learned from.  In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to when you open your heart.  If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things. Make every day count.

Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.  Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to.  Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.  You can make your life anything you wish.  Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.  Most importantly, if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.  And finally, enjoy looking forward to learning a new lesson each day and enjoying the journey.

I think you can learn something from every situation you are placed in.  What’s the saying….. “Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it”.   Attitude has a lot to do with how our experiences turn out.  Trying to make the best of it isn’t always easy at the time….. but at least reflecting back and trying to learn what we need to learn from it will only make us better people.

I’m grateful for the chance to reflect for a little bit on this topic.  There’s so much more that could be said….. but I’d love to hear your point of view.  Do YOU think everything happens for a reason?

I am Grateful!  How are you?


What does the word perspective mean to you?  I define it as one’s point of view, or how things are seen from where they are standing.  Even, perhaps, their point of view based on the knowledge they have.

Let’s do an example of perspective from where you are standing, or sitting as the case may be.  When you are at a baseball or softball game, there is a line that runs straight out from first base to the fence and another that does the same from 3rd base to the fence.  Now, depending on the field you are on, those lines may or may not physically run all the way to the fence.  On some diamonds they only run part of the way past the base line.  On a field like that, how many times have you been sitting in the stands and an Umpire calls a ball fowl that you swear was fair!  Or visa versa.  The perspective from your vantage point may make that ball look fair, when in fact it wasn’t.  I guess that’s why the umpire is standing so he can look directly down the line from home base, huh?  But we still tend to argue over it anyway!

Perspective in drawing, means trying to create a ‘vanishing point’ within the picture to make the picture look more realistic.  If you stand on a roadway that runs in a straight line and look off into the horizon, you will notice that the road seems to get smaller the further down the road you look.  Eventually, it seems to ‘vanish’ altogether.  If you’ve never really noticed that in a painting or drawing before (even a photograph)…. look closely at one that shows something in the distance.  And even this perspective can change for you depending on what angel you are looking at the picture.

With that definition of perspective in mind….. I was once taught about what an audience really sees when looking on stage.  Stage Actors are taught that our moves need to be big so that they audience can see them.  I used to teach this concept to my students when I directed a children’s performing group.  They would think that the moves we were giving them were too big.  However….. do an experiment with me that I tried to teach them.

Can you hold the Sunset in your hands?


Find an object in the room in front of you.  It doesn’t have to be very far away.  Now close one eye and take your thumb and pointer finger on one hand and from the perspective you can now see with, frame that object within those two fingers on your hand.  Keeping your hand in that position, open both eyes and see how small the area is between your fingers.  It is much smaller than the actual object, right?  This is what we would try to tell our students….  the audience is actually seeing you from the perspective between those two fingers, so the movements that you make that may seem big to you, are not really that big to the audience.  It’s all a matter of perspective.  By the way…. this works with leaving both eyes open too….. it’s just that the object is not quite as centered as it is when doing one eye.

Look at the picture I choose to go along with this blog…… it appears as though the sunset ‘fits’ right in the palms of the hands in the picture. Again…. perspective.  Sometimes we see things not as they really are based on where we are.

I have a Sister that I work with in the temple.  We are told when we are doing the ordinances not to rush.  We need to say things slow enough and clear enough that the patron can understand them.  Right now, I am assigned to work with this Sister as part of my duties.  It was starting to get on my nerves that she was speaking so fast, from my perspective of course.  Then one day I realized that I don’t think she thinks she speaks fast.  If you knew this lady, it would make sense.  Now bare in mind this woman is quite a bit older than me…… but she is one of those people who is always on the go.  Very rarely have I seen her sitting down…. unless her assignment required it.  She moves quickly from spot to spot.  I think she could be considered a workaholic!  Seriously, always on the go!  It occurred to me the other day, that if she is always moving that fast, that it makes perfect sense for her to talk that fast!  However, from her own point of view, she probably feels she is speaking at a very normal pace.  In fact…. it’s possible that I sound like I’m dragging things out forever to her!  What I perceive to be a normal, easy speed to speak in so that people can understand, is probably NOT what she perceives to be that!  Now that I’ve figured that out….. who is right?  I mean really….. who is right?  What right do I have to tell her that I think she ought to slow down?  None, really.  How do you help someone understand that they are speaking too quickly when everything they do is done at break neck speed?  I just don’t think they see it.

Here’s another possibility…..  maybe…… just maybe,  it’s really me who is slow and needs to speed things up a little!  Who is the judge for that?  I’m grateful to have learned this lesson.  Though I’ve always understood that people have the right to their own opinions and to see things from where they stand….. this lesson in the temple of the speed that we talk,  hit me pretty hard.  Who would have ever thought that she may honestly have no idea that she speaks fast!  As it is with people and their own perspective….. it may be all they know from where they are standing.

I am Grateful!  How are you?


Civil War

Have I ever mentioned that I like musicals?  Yeah….. I do.  Being an actress myself…. I kind of like them.  A lot.  Tonight we saw Civil War at the new CenterPoint Legacy Theater in Centerville.   This is the 4th production of this show I’ve seen.  3 of the 4 times has been done by Rogers Memorial (now CenterPoint) and one by Hale Theater.  Obviously, I like this show.

I think my mind must be more aware of some things than it used to be, or maybe this blog is making me look at things in a different light.  I was struck by the show tonight by the thought of ‘what would I have done?”  Have you ever looked at certain points in history and seen the things they went through and wondered how you would have handled being there?  There are so many points in history that I have often wondered about what it would be like.  Each could become a separate blog topic.  Tonight my thoughts were with the Civil War era.

It’s so hard for me to even think about mistreating people….. people of any color.  I’m grateful to have been raised in a time when I didn’t notice that being much of an issue.  At least for me growing up in Utah.  I grew up without any colored people around me for the most part, so I don’t think I even understood it.  By the time I hit High School, I had only met a few, and I never saw any reason to be anything but nice to them.  Perhaps I was just naive….. but I just didn’t see a reason to belittle them.

When you see a show like Civil War or even anything related to that time period, I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be at war neighbor against neighbor and even your own family in some cases.  I guess those kinds of situations are still going on today in other parts of the world.  I am so blessed to live in America.

As the show progresses, you are made aware of the awful things everyone had to go through.  You see how slave families were torn apart by uncaring slave owners auctioning them off to different places.  You see the pain in that separation and the fear that they may never seen one another again.   You see the longing for their freedom and hoping that someday it will come.  Unfortunately, even though the slaves were ‘free’ after that awful war….. it took many many many years before they were treated fairly.

You also see the pain of the separation of families as husbands go off to war for both sides.  A poignant moment in the show for me is when a Union Captain is standing watch and has a conversation with a Confederate solider who is also standing watch for his side.  The conversation tells you that they really aren’t that much different from each other and it makes you wonder what the war is really all about.  Similar to what is happening with our soldiers today, you see death and the pain of leaving loved ones behind and their struggle to go on without them.   Again….. I thought… “What would I do?”

I’m grateful for shows like this that give me an inkling of what it must have been like.  A chance, for just a moment. to be caught up in the struggles of all sides.  I’m grateful that is turned out the way it did.  But mostly, I’m grateful that I didn’t have to be there.  My purpose and time is now.  Perhaps one day, someone will say they are grateful they didn’t have to live in my time!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Air Conditioning

I truly don’t know what happened to Spring this year!  I think it got lost on its way to Utah…..  or got a little mixed up with what time of year it really was…..  we surely didn’t have too many ‘Spring’ like days!

Let me define ‘Spring’ like in my book.  65-75 degree weather with a little breeze blowing, some days partially cloudy with chance of rain.  Maybe even a little rain.  Well… Spring had its own definition this year…. it was a very cold, wet Spring with very few days of nice weather.  There were a few…. but not many.    Well….. now Summer is officially here.  And it’s decided to make it official.

I went to the pool on Tuesday for about an hour.  It was pretty warm, but still quite pleasant.   Yesterday I decided to sit out on our deck while I filed my fingernails.  I was probably only there for 10 min….. 15 min max.  I came in the house dripping wet!  The sweat was running down my face and into my eyes, which doesn’t help when you have makeup on!   Today…. I went to the pool again.  For about an hour.  I was convinced I’d have to get in the pool to cool off because it’s very warm today, but luckily there was a just enough  breeze blowing to barely keep me from overheating.  However, I felt quite heat exhausted when I got up to leave.  Had to come home and sit in the cool air for a while.  I was sure grateful I had it!

Do you remember the days before central air?  I do….  Of course, we had a swamp cooler on our roof and it was definitely better than nothing….but not as nice as central air.  I am so grateful to have central air!  What a difference it makes!  We are so blessed and spoiled in this country with things like that!  So many people have nothing at all to cool them off except maybe a paper fan or a dip in a body of water!  I can’t even imagine what people did before air conditioning was invented.  I think about the clothes that women and men wore back then and the extreme hot temperatures they wore them in and I just can’t wrap my head around it!  I guess my divine maker knew what a Princess I was when he sent me to live in this time period instead of an earlier one!

I’m grateful and blessed to live in a nice home with central air and to be able to pay the bill for it!  Even though it gets ridiculously high….. I don’t know what I’d do without it!  I hope I never have to find out!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Getting to Know You

There just aren’t enough hours in a day sometimes!  Not only do I have a lot that I need to get done….but I have a lot of people I need to get to know!

How often do we have the opportunity to really get to know someone?  Think about all the different kinds of associations you have.  Work, church, social activities, etc., etc…..  How well do you know all of these people that you associate with?  I mean really know them!  Not just what they do now, but where they grew up and the things they’ve experienced in their life.  We may work with some of these people fairly closely through our associations, but how often do you get a chance to sit down and talk about their life and what they’ve done or gone through?  Usually not very often.  You may be close to a few people and know a lot about them, but there are a lot of others that you really don’t know that much about, right?  At least that’s how it is for me.

Tonight I had an opportunity to get to know a sister in my ward just a little better.  Though there’s still so much about her that I don’t know…. I was intrigued with what I learned.  It’s really amazing to find out what things people have gone through in their lives.  It usually makes you appreciate your own life.  I learned some interesting things about adoption tonight.  Things I wasn’t aware of that could happen, and yet how blessed they felt that it all worked out.  It made me a little more aware of the fact that I don’t really know that much about a lot of people in my ward and neighborhood.  Of course, given the fact that we have only lived here for 4 years could contribute to that.  However…. as I think back on the neighborhood we lived in for 21 years before we moved here, there are a lot of people in that area that I didn’t take the time to get to know very well either!  What missed opportunity!

Our time has a lot to do with us not taking the time to get to know someone like we could.  But what a blessing it is when we do!  Though I didn’t get to know her super well tonight…. I’m grateful for the chance that I had to visit with Elaine.  I learned a lot and appreciate the awareness it gave me that I need to take that opportunity to get to know people better!  Thank heavens for a little social activity tonight that gave me that chance for a few brief minutes!  I just need many many more such activities to get to know lots and lots of people!

I am Grateful!  How are you?


Farewell Parties

It’s always sad to see someone leave.  Particularly when you know there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t see them again.  Such is the case with a cute couple that lives in our ward.

I have been lucky enough to be her Visiting Teacher for the last couple of years, so I’ve had a chance to get to know her a little better than I probably would have other wise.  I think that’s the reason we were invited.  That and the fact that my husband was Sunday School teaching companions with her husband.

They are just a very young couple with one small daughter.  They’ve been living in a basement apartment of another couple in our ward.  This couple decided to have a little going away party for them tonight.  They have a big beautiful backyard with a swimming pool, so it made it extra fun for the families with young children.

Good byes are never really a fun thing….. but I was grateful that we had a chance to actually visit with them and wish them luck before they go.  So often you never get a chance to do that with someone.   Often they leave quickly or unexpectedly and you never have a chance to say goodbye.

Isn’t that the truth with many things in life?  How often would you be willing to throw a big farewell party for someone if you knew they were leaving and you wouldn’t be able to see them again.  At least not in this life.  Not that you would have a party to celebrate a persons death, but how about a chance to say ‘thank you’ or “I love you” or a myriad of other things?  When a person is taken unexpectedly, we often wish we would have another chance to talk to them.   Though it’s not fun to see another person suffer before they die, sometimes you have the chance to spend that time with them and let them know how much they are loved before they move on.

Perhaps that’s another reason to celebrate each day with joy and love….  To make sure that we take the time to tell those important people in our lives how much we love them.  Make each day a farewell party so that when the day does come, there will be no regrets!  We too often take things for granted and forget how precious life really is!  Some of the words to “In The Living Years” feels a little appropriate right now:

I wasn’t there that morning

When my Father passed away

I didn’t get to tell him

All the things I had to say


I think I caught his spirit

Later that same year

I’m sure I heard his echo

In my baby’s new born tears

I just wish I could have told him in the living years


Say it loud, say it clear

You can listen as well as you hear

It’s too late when we die

To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I’m grateful for the chance to say goodbye to the Riley’s tonight.  I’m grateful to the Hemminways’ for so graciously providing that opportunity.  But I’m particularly grateful for the chance it gave me to reflect on the importance of making sure the people I love know that I love them while they are ‘in the living years’!  Thanks to all of you who have touched my life in any way, shape or form.  Every moment is put here for us to grow!  Thanks for being a part of it.

I am Grateful!  How are you?