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Saturday, November 22, 2008

This Thanksgiving

When this time of year comes around every late fall I find myself reflecting on my many blessings during the past year. Sometimes when life gets so busy we forget to be thankful for the things that we have and the the good things that have happened in the year past as we approach a new year. So I would like to say I have many blessings to be thankful for.

First my Family. My loving, caring, and hardworking husband to whom I have been married to for three years and share our life together with our dog Ayce and kittens Izee and Harlee. My mom and dad who sacrifice so much for myself and my two older brothers. I know they often don't get the credit they deserve. My brothers, each of whom touch my life in ways they will never know. I am thankful for Pamela, the woman in Nathan's life, that makes him happy and has shown him GOD, and helps to get him through some of the trials in his life. I am also thankful for My Mother and Father-in-Law, they have supported us through school and then moved us to St. George after we graduated this year. I am grateful for my two Grandmothers both whom I love so very much. I am thankful to have known two of the most influential men in my life, my grandfathers, and even though they have both been gone for awhile now I thank God everyday for the time I did get to have with them, knowing them, loving them and having special memories with them. I so very thankful for the precious little children in my life who are my nieces and nephews. I have two very beautiful nieces. Diana, who is growing up to quickly.We like having sleep overs at "Grammy's House" when I am up visiting from St. George and taking pictures of ourselves in the mirrors. Oaqulee, who loves to dance, pretend she's a puppy or a kitty, and colors with me when I visit. I also have two handsome nephews. Russell, a quiet, bright and strong little guy who can't help but put a smile on my face when I see his eyes light up. He likes to have me pick him up and swing him upside down then do a flip and tickle him. Bubba is getting to big for me to do that now but I am thankful for the memories of playtime. Then newest little one is Hawkins, he is a cute, chunky, happy baby. What a sweet smile he has. I also am grateful for my three sister-in-laws Laura,Amie, Michelle, and my brother-in-laws Brett and Russell. My family consists of many more people for who I am grateful for.


My friends are people who I am so happy to have in my life. I have three very best friends We have been friends for a very long time growing up together and sharing in each others happiness, sadness and and life's joyous moments such and Wedding days and births of children. These girls are all sisters that I feel God forgot to give me, but I am thankful for their friendship. Kimberly, the one most like me is always there for me and I know that I can count on her for anything. She came to to St.George with me when I had a my job interview, she was at my graduation, and she came to our going away/graduation BBQ. I have missed having her close by, but thankful for cell phones, and Guitar Hero (on the WII) so that we can still play together though we are miles apart. I am so happy that she found Wes and that they are making their own life together and am thankful that she and I will always be able to share my life with her matter how many miles may separate us. Billie another hometown best friend whom shares her sweet little boys with me to who I am Adopted Aunt Ashie. We agree on most things but not on football teams. Utah VS BYU may be the only thing that can separate our friendship for jsut a brief moment in time every year. I am thankful for being able to win Dinner bets against her team. She too is a friend I know I can always count on. Lisa, a childhood best friend and also another friend whom I know I can share my secrets with. She has two beautiful little girls and how thankful I am to know them and to love them as my adopted nieces. All of my friends are people I am thankful for. I am also grateful reconnecting with old friends through Facebook and Myspace.


I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to work at the University of Utah on Bone Marrow Transplant Unit what a humbling place. The people, I worked with who were patients, were just amazing people. I loved each and everyone of the those people I served. What strength they had in the most difficult of times. I really do have a lot to be thankful for. I will never forget their battles and their strength to live. I am thankful for my job at Dixie Regional and the opportunities I have had to learn and to grow as a new Respiratory Therapist. I am thankful for my co-workers who teach me and mentor me every night. I am thankful that we can work as a team when things get tough. I am also thankful for my health.


I am also thankful for the Utes Winning 2008 season but most of all I am thankful for the win against BYU.

I have so much to be Thankful for this year and even in the uncertainty of times I know that I will always have the love and support of my family and friends. It doesn't matter what kind of house you live in or the car you drive, the clothes you wear or how much money you have in the bank, if you are surrounded by the people that love you then you are blessed with the greatest riches of all.

Happy Thanksgiving 2008!



Be Thankful
By Unknown
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfilment comes to those whoare also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings


"Even though we can't have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don't get what we deserve"

6 comments:

Nettie said...

Beautiful post darlin'! I am so thankful to have you for my daughter and the rest of my family,....my two sons and my daughter and all those that go along with them,....including the pets! (Oh yeah,....even your dad!) Love you!

Nettie said...

OOOOOPS! I mentioned my daughter twice in my last comment. I guess that means I'm extra thankful for ya'!

Wow! You ought to see the verification word on this one! It's "comesin". Some of these can be so funny!

Well I blew that v-word. Let's try it again. This one is "resqua".

whitey said...

What a great post Ashley!

Evelyn said...

Hey I love your post!!!! It was so uplifting!! You are such a wonderful person I hope you know that!

Briggs: Party of Six said...

What a beautiful heart felt post... It was great to hear what you are thankful for!

Kare Bear said...

Really sweet post... Thanksgiving always gets me teary eyed.I'm glad to hear you will be moving back home! Hope the move goes well..