Friday, January 16, 2009

8 in 2008...

This last Monday our lesson for Family Home Evening was about getting ourselves and our home in order for 2009. We discussed the basics of getting together at least a 3 month food supply, creating a water supply, creating a larger financial reserve, etc. And then we made four goals for 2009 that we wanted to strive to complete together as a family. Creating goals for the year is always something we do each January for one of our Family Home Evening activities. Then we had time to reflect on 2008. We had many adventures, trials, and blessings. I thought that as we begin this New Year I would list 8 blessings that I was so grateful for in 2008.

Gospel: This is my guide and direction. The teachings of the Jesus Christ and his Atoning Sacrifice are what my testimony is founded on. He is my rock and salvation. I can honestly say I do not know where I would be without it in my life. I think that I would be very lost and confused, and I feel such a sense of peace knowing what I know and in my religious beliefs. Having the gospel in my life is one of my greatest blessings.

Marriage: My marriage to Joel is such an amazing blessing. I could not have chosen a more perfect eternal companion. He is my very best friend …. He is everything to me. Every day that I spend with Joel I truly consider I blessing.

Family: I have been blessed with an amazing family. Even though we do not all see eye-to-eye on everything, we love each other unconditionally. I know that we are in our family for a reason, and I consider each member a huge blessing.

Friends: I have been blessed with the most amazing friends. Each one brings different joys into my life, and each one has created wonderful memories with me. It is a blessing to know that even distance does not wreck a true friendship.

Jobs: Our jobs have been such a blessing this year. With the economic challenges that our country is facing, we have been so blessed to hold good jobs.

Health Insurance: 2008 placed a few medical trials on us, which allowed us to become so thankful for health insurance. As noted previously about the blessing of holding jobs…along with that was the blessing of our jobs giving us medical benefits. We would not have survived financially without this benefit, and we are truly grateful for it.

Vacations / Trips: I know that this may trivial to some, but I am grateful for the time that we took in 2008 to just get away and leave the hustle of our normal day-to-day lives. Whether it was going to Hawaii or just taking a weekend backpacking trip, it is nice to just get away and spend time with those you love. Some of my most memorable memories growing up are those of family vacations. Just being able to relax and have fun is such a blessing.

Blessings: And lastly, I am so thankful for all the many blessings we received in 2008. They are too many to list or count. We both feel very blessed, and know that we owe it all to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the opportunities that we have had to serve, and the trials that we have overcome in 2008 – for many of our blessings came from these events.

We look forward to 2009 and all that it holds for us, our family and friends. And a personal thank you to all those reading this post (for you are one of our family members or friends), we are so thankful for you and what you do for us. We consider ourselves blessed to know you!


Christensen family said...

You guys are so amazing. Wow! What great goals this year. And many things to be grateful for that is for sure! Hope you are doing well!

Black Family said...

Jen I loved reading this post...makes me want to do you!

Stacy Pincock said...

You guys are awesome. I'm so glad that we are friends with such amazing people!! I love your blog background by the way. You will have to help me with mine.