Sunday, November 27, 2011


This morning we took our normal 25 minute drive to church with the family and Lauren. During part of this trip we pass many churches and they always have their 'advertisements' on their signs out front. Most of the time they're pretty funny but once in awhile they have a good quote that makes you think. The quote of today was "What if you woke up with just the things that you thanked God for?" This was a jolt for me and it made me quickly realize that there are many, many things that I have been blessed with that I don't thank the Lord for.

My thankful list:

My attractive, thoughtful, loving, and devoted wife McCall. She is my best friend that I can experience my whole eternal life with. She is constantly serving our family and others and makes everyone's day a little more spiritual.

My sweet daughter Lydia. There are times like this last week where we were traveling home from San Diego on the airplane and she cried bloody murder for 2o minutes straight (that seemed like eternity) that I ask myself, "Self, why did you have kids again?" But then I'm reminded of how much love I have for her the very next moment. Yesterday as I was watching a movie with McCall she comes up to me and gives me the biggest longest hug for no reason. Yes I do love her very much.

My angelic baby girl Emree. I don't know much about her just yet, but she gives us a gift of heaven every time we hold her.

My amazing family to whom I owe everything I am: Dad, Mom, Shae, Mckay, Shelby, Cassidy, Kelsi, Tanner, Lexi, Parker. (and of course the in laws Makana, Brandon, and Daniel)

Although I do not always appreciate it, I'm thankful for my education and that I'll finally be a graduated man in May!

Thankful for the beautiful mountains that I miss so much, for the ocean, for sunsets and sunrises, and all God's creations

Thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and its restored message.

Thankful for music and for the diligent patience of my mom to teach and instill in me a love for the piano.

I'm thankful for pumpkin pie, roast beef, barbecued pineapple, and icecream sundaes.

Grateful for the internet so that I can communicate with love ones far, thankful for a warm bed and roof over my head.

I'm grateful that I could ride the bus, which led me to the most amazing new convert Lauren. She is the latest edition to our family and I'm thankful for her constant friendship and laughter, and babysitting.

Thankful for sports, my healthy body, my functioning body parts, for my eyesight and hearing.

I'm grateful for the gift of the Atonement and the chance to improve..

There is lots to be thankful for and I hope that each of us were able to ponder our blessings this Thanksgiving!


  1. 1- Love the new background
    2- you makin' me tear all up little bro!
    3- McCall=aka HOTTIE!!!
    4- Yuck to pumpkin pie. YUMM to BBQ Pineapple
    5- In-laws are awesome. Thanks for the shout out!

  2. Now that is a good advertisement. Kind of made me stop and think for a bit as well. Thanks for sharing everything. It made me smile, and appreciate everything I have too.

  3. Your getting me all teary eyed too. I loved that post and am so grateful for you and your darling family and the kindness you render to us. I love the pic of your wedding everyone looks so different. Crazy how much a couple years can change people. P.s. you need to change the orange font it's hard to read.

  4. Love the new background as well. Wish I'd have that instead. I love the fall. That was just the most perfect post ever. I loved reading all the things you were grateful for. It just buoyed my spirits to read it and be reminded of all we've been given. I was thinking the same thing that Cas said about the wedding pic. Parks looks so small. Love you guys!

  5. I agree with Kels that was a really great advertisement. THanks for sharing because now I think about it everyday and think what if i only woke up with the things I am grateful for. You post was touching J.D. you are a great example to us all and your family is as well. Love each one of you!