Sunday, November 2, 2008

Grateful

Wonderful Kitchen Ditcher left a comment on my blog and said "You are so blessed with your family Red." That made me beam from ear to ear - because she is so right.
Aren't we all lucky to have loved ones? People that mean the world to us?
Here are some random photos from the busy last two weeks.

Connor's first swim meet (He's the swimmer on the far right)



Connor - I'm so proud of you~!


Larissa's Choir Concert. She's the beauty in red/black.

She is such a sweetheart.


Creature snuggling with Elora. He can't decide if he's a cat or a human. Children and animals love to be around Elora. So do I.

I had to laugh at Elora's socks...



They just don't look comfortable to me! LOL.



My amazing husband.


Finally, here is a portion of a letter from my missionary son, Darren.

"I realized also that I haven't always been the best son and that it has taken some real patience to raise a child like me! Yikes! I think I get it now... I thought I had it back then.

To my Moms! As far as support and love I've never seen better examples of unselfishness and forgivness than I have seen come from both of them. I sure pushed them to the limits! But I really can't believe how much I am missing them. Of all the "things" I thought I would miss I didn't really understand just how much my family means to me.I find that I am not catching myself saying, "gee, I wish I had spent more time working" or "I should have gotten in one last 'Halo Night' with my friends." Instead I find that the things I miss most were the ones I spent the least amount of time with.

I wish we had had more game nights, more time to fish, more trips through the mountains picking berries, more fun times feeding the squirrels at Bryce. My family(s), and just how lucky am I to have two of them! Mean everything to me! I wish I had helped out more, spent more time working on cars or making the burden lighter for my parents."

I am so thankful for my family.

15 comments:

Jan said...

This made me all fuzzy warm inside. Just the whole family thing. I love the letter so much. I love the growth of missionary sons. Thanks for sharing this. Elora is so great to. Creature is so funny. I just get a kick out of your cat. Great swimming pics to Red. I agree with Kitchen. You are so blessed.

Jeni said...

Your missionary son's letter was SPECIAL! How sweet is THAT! Missions do wonders. I served one many-many moons ago in Austria. It is a great time and you become very introspective. Loved the pictures. Connor looked scared, but I bet he did great!

da Bergs said...

PAY DAY!!! I loved getting letters like that from my missionaires!!! OH, feel the love! You DO have a wonderful family!!!

binders said...

You are most certainly blessed. And they are all blessed to have YOU!

McEwens said...

Pay Day email indeed!! SWEET! You do have a great family red!

What event is your son swimming in?

Mother Goose said...

you are so blessed! thanks so much for sharing your goodness with us!! Life is good, isn't it??!

tammy said...

Oh that is so sweet. You truly have a great family!

Michelle said...

See! You need to remember times like these when your teenager wrecks the car for the umpteenth time. :) Can't say I'm looking forward to the days Tyson is doing that though.
Oh, and Creature is looking so cute. I miss seeing his pictures emailed to me every other day. ;)

Carrie said...

So it happens even when they grow up? There are those moments that you cherish and love and remember forever!

DesertHen said...

What a lovely post.....you are truely blessed with a beautiful family. What a lovely letter to get from your son.......made my heart fill with joy.

My daugther loves to wear toe-socks too.....and the crazier the better........=)

Tammy said...

What a special letter to receive from your missionary son!!! It is nice to see the value he puts in both of his mothers. That is truly heartwarming and I pray my son someday thinks that much of me!!!

kitchenditcher said...

I can't even see the keyboard because my eyes are full of tears. I too get these kind of letters from my son who is in Brazil. We think that we send our sons to serve the Lord and to bless the lives of the people in their mission, but in the end it is the missionary and their family who are blessed. What an incredible missionary and an incredible son that you have. sniff...sniff..

Mechelle said...

You are blessed and they are also. toe-socks? I will have to get some for my daughter. She love silly socks, but she has not tried these yet. m

Doran & Jody said...

Ahh. And to think everyone of us have gone or will go through the same feelings. Our families are "THEEEE" most important!!! Chocolate is right after.

Frumpy Luv said...

yay for families!!! I am grateful for mine, too. You've got an awesome one!