Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank You is an Expression of Gratitude

To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
President Thomas S. Monson

Today I plan to make one of these for my own daily thoughts and thank yous...  

and this gratitude tree for the thoughts of our guests...

as a centerpiece for our Thanksgiving Day feast.

I have so much to be thankful for.  I don't need to bore you with my list but I do believe that, for me, this has been a year to notice.  I think that I have actually been a little bit overwhelmed by all of the blessings we have received as a family.  We are grateful and now aware of our responsibilities.  What an exciting way to grow.

Today I am grateful for the snow and for it's blessing of making us slow down and be together.  I am so lucky to have a warm home with electricity to warm up our toes after being in that snow.  I am thankful for amazing friends who answer my prayers almost daily and for a husband who will stand by me even if he dislikes the task. 

There are so many things to be thankful for.  After today I'll have another place to record it and to remember it when I'm most unaware.  I have kept a gratitude journal in the past and loved waking up each day knowing that there were blessings right in front of me and that I am being taken care of. You notice heaven's hand in things when you want to look for it.  That's gotta  help even the most difficult of days?

What are some of your traditions you participate in at Thanksgiving that help you remember how blessed you are?



  1. Okay, I think you might know this Jenni, from when we were roomies, but every Thanksgiving our family watches the Muppet Christmas Carol to ring in the Holiday Season. We love the song Tiny Tim sings, entitled Bless us All. Then, on Christmas Eve, we sing that song as a family at the end of all the festivity, and right before family prayer. We even skype in my sister and her little family if they are spending Christmas with his side. It is special, because it reminds of the things we should be most grateful for in life: Heavenly Father and his Love, our family, our friends, and the warmth they provide us.

  2. okay, couldn't help myself. listen to the lyrics - beautiful and true!