Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gratitude

Hello dear friends!

Today I had a chance to reflect on all the things I am grateful for.  First, I have to tell you what an uplifting day I had at church.  All of the talks in the first hour were about gratitude, my 2nd class which was Gospel Principles was on The Creation, and the 3rd hour which is Relief Society (where all the women in the church meet) was on The Road to Damascus and about how we gain our testimonies.  

*This post might be a little churchy.  I'm not apologizing, but letting you know in advance just in case you do not want to hear that part of my life.  :)

One of the speakers in our first hour, called Sacrament Meeting, talked about keeping a Gratitude journal.  I think this is a great idea!   This journal is designed just to share your daily blessings or things that you are grateful for that day.  It's not a place for your daily proceedings in your life or to complain.  Just to recognize all of the blessings that we sometimes forget.  I think that by recognizing our daily blessings and things that we are thankful for, we seem to notice them more and more every day.  

Today I thought about how thankful I am for my sister Christy.  Although she is going through so much right now with the death of her boyfriend, she is still such a great light to me and a reminder of hope.  We are here on this earth to learn to be like Him by going through trials.  It is not what we are dealt, it is how we deal with it.  She has been such a wonderful example on how to deal with a death of a loved one.  Of course, we all handle these situations differently.  I honestly don't know how I would have handled it, probably not as she would have but that is why we are all here, to learn from each other.  I remember growing up how my sister and I were not very close until high school.  We had one great year together as I was a freshmen and she was a senior.  After she graduated we went our separate ways until I was out on my own and lived with her for a little bit.  She has truly become one of my closest friends and I am so grateful for her.  


Tomorrow is the funeral for her boyfriend of 6 years who sadly had many problems he didn't think he could deal with on his own and ended his life.  We are so sad that he is not with us but know that he is in a better place where he can get help for all of his pain & suffering.  We will miss Brandon greatly.  I want to thank all of you who took the time to send my sister a card this week.  She has loved hearing from you and looks forward to getting her mail daily.  You can see my original post HERE about what happened.  

I am also grateful for my family.  I still cannot believe that I am a mother of 5 children, especially when I was not a "kid" person until I had them!  LOL!  I remember telling my mom that I only wanted one child so I could spoil it rotten and so that it would not have to share with any other children.  Can you tell what I thought as a child with 3 siblings?  I absolutely love being a mom and am so grateful that I have this opportunity.  I know that not all women have this chance while on the earth but that our Father in Heaven has not forgotten about them and that they can all have that opportunity.  

I am grateful for my awesome husband of 15 years.  I cannot believe that he married me.  I was such a brat when we were dating!  LOL!  I guess he had great hope that I would become who I truly was meant to be.  I can honestly say that he has made me a better person.  He is very patient, kind, loving, forgiving, and Christ-like.  Who would have thought that after 15 years that our marriage would have grown so much.


I am grateful for the best friends in the world.  Of course, you all know how Karlee is like a sister to me. I am sooooo thankful for her friendship and what a great match she is for me.  We are so different but balance each other out so perfectly.  I cannot imagine how boring life would be without her as my friend.



I am grateful for MY family.  My mom, grandma, sisters, and brother.  I am so blessed to have been born into my family.  Although I lost my dad, who was an alcoholic, when I was only 21 years old, I am so grateful that he was my dad and that my mom is my mom.  :)



I am grateful for all of my other friends who I love!


I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for the atoning sacrifice He made for me, so that I can someday return back to his presence and my Heavenly Father.  I am so blessed to have the gospel in my life.  I did not join my church until I was 22 years old and shortly after met my husband at a church meeting.  The gospel has blessed my life in more ways than I can even count.
And last but not least, I am thankful for all of YOU!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much you all bless my life daily with your uplifting and encouraging comments.  I look forward to reading them every day, and have lately been able to read ALL of them!  Thank you for being the best online friends in the world!  SMOOCH!

67 comments:

  1. I absolutely love reading about your church y stuff. It is part of who you are. Thanks for sharing. Check out my last post for Sunday. I think you know who this is for.
    BIG hugs, Diana

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for sharing ur life with us. May God keep blessing you and your family.

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  3. This was a very meaningful post and made me think a lot while reading it. We are going through one of those "trust in God" moments currently. THe idea of keeping a record of gratitude instead of daily musings of woes is brilliant. As far as your sister, my heart aches for her and I don't even know her. What she must be going through must have moments of trying to wrap your head around the loss almost impossible. Thankfully she has you and your family as a wonderful support. Again, thanks for this late night blessing!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story, though I am not a religious individual I spent this past week being grateful for the little things, this year we had room to put up a christmas tree and had electricity to plug into and no broken windows to cover with plastic. Though struggling daily with my health has put strain on every part of our life I am grateful to have a husband who stands beside me and many times is the only strength I have. Like you I am grateful to the wonderful paper crafting community that has embraced me in so many ways over the last year. Thank you for giving us a place to come and be exactly who we are.

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  5. That was such a wonderful post. I was unable to go to church today because of two sick kidlets and I missed it very much. I actually just received my first calling a few weeks ago-councilor to the Relief Society President in my branch. I am NOT a person who likes attention or to be in the forefront of anything so it is a learning experience. But I am so grateful for the small group of special women I am able to be together with every week.

    It's funny cuz I thought you were born into the church. While I am eternally grateful for becoming a memeber when I did, about 7 years ago, I have always yearned to be the soft spoken, wise, loving woman that I see in so many members who were blessed to be raised in the church. It is a comfort to see that I can become that person even though I was not taught the Gospel from birth. Thank you for all you do and the beautiful example of Christ that you are. Take care.

    LJLeMay2007@gmail.com

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  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Each & every person in your life is LUCKY to have you! Like you, I am grateful for my family & friends. Without them, I wouldn't BE the person I am today! Hugs!

    Michelle

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  7. Thank you for sharing. My prayers go out to your sister for her loss. I also am so thankful for the trials and tribulations I have gone through in my lifetime, it has made me the person I am today. I am blessed with five children and a wonderful husband. You are an inspiration, I love to see your creations, I get ideas from some. I am not as social as I wish I could be in our church community. I am a shy person. Anyways, thank you for just being you (real). May God bless you with lots more love, happiness and understanding.

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  8. I'm so sorry about your sister's boyfriend and I'm lifting you and your family up in prayer.

    You're such an inspiration and I look forward to your creations!

    God Bless,
    ~dee

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  9. What a blessing it is to read your post. To see how you stay true to who you are in Christ and to stand strong in your faith. Thanks for sharing. God bless you and keep you.

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  10. This has been the most uplifting post I have read in a long time. Thank you! Made me think of the things I am so thankful for! Sometimes I don't thank God enough!

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  11. That was just beautiful, Robyn. Thank you for being you and for sharing your time and talent with all of us!

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  12. Beautiful post!! Thanks for sharing. Many prayers and wishes go out to your sister and his family.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I lost my brother when he took his own life 6 years ago. It is something you never get over, but you can get through. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and of course, with your sister and her family. Thank you for being a role model for wives, moms, sisters, friends, Christians, and crafters everywhere. We appreciate you, and, if I kept a gratitude journal, you would be in it today.

    Marietta

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  14. Wonderful post! I agree gratitude is important, it keeps us happy. I just read the gratitude article in the December New Era to my boys last night. Made me want to make Gratitude journals as gifts. Have a great week Robyn.

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  15. Thank you for your post and I really enjoyed reading your church posting. We all need church in our lives and reading yours makes me also stop and reflect my life and see what really matters in life. ;)
    Venessa

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  16. I don't mind reading about churchy stuff. I'm not religieus. But I always love to read or hear about annything, that is written or told with such passion. I'm gratefull for my family and friends. And for people, like yourself, who inspire me to be and do better. Thank you.

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  17. Robyn,, that was such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it. I am so blessed in my life too and I love the idea of a gratitude journal. God Bless you and I hope your sister is doing o.k. during this difficult time.

    Big hugs,
    Leslie

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  18. AND we have all been blessed with your amazing talent over the years my friend... i hope you have a wonderful day. hugs sandy from ukiah

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  19. What a beautiful beautiful beautiful post! I LOVE YOU TOO! :) I'm SO blessed that we got to meet and become the friends that we have. I can't wait to go on the next trip with you! It will be fun fun fun! :) HUGE hugs! me

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  20. This time of the year is a time where we should reflect on our blessings, instead of focusing on what we lack, if that be money for Christmas or this and that thing we don't have that we wished we did.

    I've decided that from December 1st to the 25th, I will do a blog post on one of my various blogs and do a post on a particular person/thing that I'm grateful for and WHY. I've had a lot of ups and downs this year and I need to kind of organize my thoughts and whatnot and remind myself of what's important.

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  21. This was such a nice post!! I really enjoyed reading it! I think stopping to think what we are all truly greatful for is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing with us Robyn

    www.inspiremepink.com

    Jessica Lynn

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  22. Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing

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  23. awesome blessings I must say!! I am blessed for so much! My daughter 29 2 days before thanksgiving had a reaction to some meds and ended up in cardiac ICU. I am thankful that God was watching over her and blessed her and us with a recovery and only 24 hrs in the cardiac ICU and on thanksgiving afternoon came home! she was HUNGRY!! Thank you for sharing!! I am a Christian and I appreciate the sharing... doris
    parkernana5 at cox. net

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  24. Thanks so much for that Robyn. I love reading about what ever you have to say. Just continue to Do YOU! I'll still be here my friend. I learn more than crafting from you. I'm thankful for YOU 2. Smooches... Felicia

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  25. Thank you for such an encouraging and uplifting post today. I really needed to hear it. It's so easy to look at all that we lack instead of keeping our eyes on Him and seeing all that we have. God is using you to be such an inspiration to many, even when you don't know it. Today I'm thankful for you because I know you are allowing Jesus to use you :0) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season, blessings from Lydia (mommy of 4 boys 0-5).

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  26. What a blessing to read your post.To see how you stay true to who your Religion. Many prayers and wishes go out to your sister and his family and yours.May God Bless.
    Sonia
    saja716aol

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  27. Thank you for sharing! You really are such an inspiration.

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  28. {{{{SQUISH}}}}} What a great post!

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  29. Thank you for your post. It's so wonderful to think about our blessings! I have so many!! You are an awesome person and great missionary. Thanks for all you do! I have had a similar experience as your sister... I will have to write her. Thanks

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  30. Being a fairly private person, I have to say that blogging and leaving comments to people I don't truly know is awkward for me. However, you are such a kind-hearted person and so inspirational that I just feel you need to hear that as often as possible. I'm sure everyone in your life learns something from you every day. Take care.

    pawprints...

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  31. This is a wonderful post Robyn!! Every day on my way to school I say my prayers, and I always start off thanking God for all the many blessings I've been given. I don't ever want to take anything for granted!!! I'm still praying for Cristy and the families, and I actually just put a card in the mail to her today. Sounds like you've had some good down time/family/friend time lately Robyn....good for you, emjoy it!!!! :) Have a great day!!!

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  32. I was sorry to hear about your sisters significant other. 6 years is a long time to be with someone. Please let her know she is in our prayers during this time of sorrow. I enjoy reading about you and your family and the faith you have in Jesus. I am grateful that I found you online and so enjoy every minute you can be on her making things and letting us know how you are.

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  33. My husband and I just recently started a Gratitude journal, except he calls it "Our Blessings" I too cannot believe I'm a mommy of 5 especially since I thought I was too selfish to be a mom. We are so thankful to the Lord for everything we have, we are truly blessed. I believe our savior Jesus Christ will give you and your family peace and strength in this trial. I love your post, so inspiring, so beautiful.

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  34. Great post Robyn! SMOOCH!

    ~Selena

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  35. What an incredible post!!! I just love every part of you!!! XOXO, Julie. :0)

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  36. Just BEAUTIFUL! Cristy is in my prayers. Card on the way. You are a beautiful person inside and out.
    Take care!
    Dee B

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  37. Robyn,
    Please let your sister know that I am sorry for her loss and that she and the rest of your family are in my prayers.

    Luria

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  38. I love reading about your sundays! You truly are an inspiration to everyone.

    Amy V

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  39. Thanks for your post, it was very grounding. It helps to know that we are not alone in our troubles.
    I just returned home from a Thanksgiving trip with a friend, only to discover her home had been burglarized. I know she will get through this just like your sister will, with the help, support, and love of friends and family.

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  40. Robyn,

    Thank you once again for sharing and insiring us all. I have alot to be truly thankful for. I wanted, and tried to take my own life weeks ago after finding out I am the "Other Woman"

    I pray that your sister finds confomfort and peace and I also will continue to pray and think how blessed I am.

    Thanks again

    Sayre

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  41. Loved your "churchy" post. I think our lives without Christ are empty and I am glad you show your faith freely. Sadly now a days it seems that every time we bring up God we get lectured by the media.
    We will pray for your sister. We will pray for her boyfriend's soul so that God has mercy on him.

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  42. Robyn you are a wonderful person with an uplifting spirit. I enjoy reading your blog and I hope that others are encouraged by the spiritual words you share. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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  43. What a lovely site! So sorry for your sister's bf's demise! Was he on antidepressants? Will visit again!

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  44. I have started a "gratefull" journal as well Robyn!! It is exactly like yours, I record what I am grateful that day and nothing negative or complainy (is that even a word??lol). I think it will make a huge difference in my life as well as for my physical health. I enjoy reading about your church, it is different in some ways to mine, I am Catholic, but the messages are the same. I have always had a deep root to my religion and could have never made it this far with God in my life! Thanks for the inspirations you give, I certainly am grateful to your posts!!!!

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  45. What an absolutely lovely post, Robyn! I enjoyed reading your words :)

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  46. Loved your "church-y" post Robyn. I try to live my faith daily but I am not as good as you are at exprssing it in words to others. I'm working at it though.

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  47. We all go through good times and bad, but have you ever took the time to think, what if Christ hadn't died for us, where would we be now? He is an awesome God!!

    I just know that you will be making a Journal and would love to see your tutorial on it!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Thanks for sharing Robyn. I'm grateful there are people like you who are not afraid to share the "good stuff"

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  49. I agree with so many of the comments left on here. It is so very rare these days that people feel like they can talk about the Blessing's in our lives that we KNOW that God and God alone had part in. So many in the world are lost and broken and I am grateful for people like you who talk about not only the "fun stuff" we all seem to have in common, but also the part that helps lead more to Jesus. I am thankful that you are who you are and that you are allowing God to use your life to spread HIS light to many many more. I strive to live my life the same and am always encouraged to do more when people like you stand out. My husband is a pastor and sometimes it can get discouraging when people say such negative things about the church and Christians in general. And I just wanted to thank you again for what you do. And being an encouragement to me every time I visit your blog :). May God continue to shower your life with blessings. And please let your sister Christy that she is in our thoughts and prayers and we are so sorry for her loss.

    Miranda

    ramandamatteson@gmail.com

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  50. Robyn, I love your blog amd your posts about church. You have been a blessing to me in a lot of ways...not only in helping me in crafting but to realize those things that we are grateful for. I lost both of my parents in the spring of 2010, only six weeks apart and stil feel the loss like it was yesterday. I am so grateful for the time I had with them, but also miss them very much.

    Patti

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  51. I am thankful for my family. And that our grandson and his mom our daughter are living with us for awhile even though I forget it sometimes.

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  52. Wow! This post gave me goosebumps! Thank you for making my day.

    Paulla

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  53. I am so sad for your sister and her boyfriend. Really a bad time for that. Tomorrow, I will be at a 16 yr old boys funeral who also took his life. I still remember that beautiful big smile he had when I taught him in primary at the age of 5. Too bad, he lost his smile around the middle school years. He will be missed and will never know what an influence he had on so many around him, even as a little boy.

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  54. (((((HUGS))))) and lots of positive thoughts for your sister and you and your family! Wonderful post!

    ~Tracy

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  55. What an inspirational post. I know that many of us day to day don't think about the many blessings we recieve. We let the one thing that might go wrong ruin our day, and miss seeing the blessing that is right in front of us. Thank you for sharing with us and I am so sorry for your sisters loss.

    -Robin-

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  56. Thanks so much for sharing! Also Thanks for not being afraid to share your faith on your blog! It is inspiring.

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  57. I loved reading your post today. It does a heart good to remember to be gratful for all we have that God has blessed us with. Thank you for sharing and God Bless you.

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  58. I love reading your post like this. I love the idea of a gratitude journal and am going to start one as soon as I get a journal for it. I too am thankful for the atonement and for the sacrifice the Our Savior Jesus Christ made for each of us. I am thankful to have gotten to know you as well.

    Lisa
    scrappingpinklady.com

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  59. I love this post! You are in a very good place in your life right now. It's fun to stop and think about all the wonderful things we have in life!

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  60. I so look forward to each and every post of yours. I have learned so much about my Cricut and crafting that I am grateful for you. So sorry that your sister has such a cross to bear right now. We had to face just such a loss in our family this summer. My MIL passed away from cancer in May and then a niece also could not face troubles in her life and commited sucide in July. I so wish she could have let us in on her troubles. She was only 23. We all agreed that Thanksgiving was just a bit bittersweet this year but were grateful to spend time with my FIL who is 87. This year has been especially hard for him with the loss of our two beautiful ladies and heath problems he has as well.

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  61. I too am very grateful for my church. God is good.

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  62. Thanks so much Robyn, for this wonderful post. You have truely been blessed and I hope your sister is ok and is able to handle things ok. What a hard thing to deal with. Hugs to your family.

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  63. What an up lifing post. I just recently started back to church. I have felt there has been something missing in my life for along time. Now that I have started back I have a better attitude and my marriage is better than it has been in a long long time. Thanx for this post.
    God bless your sister at this difficult time.

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  64. Thank You Robyn for Sharing a part of your life with us! I have been praying for your Sister and her girls and all of her boyfriends Family. Must be so hard on them. Would appreciate you and your readers to pray for a woman who is from my home town named Stephanie who was in a bad Automobile wreck not to long ago. She is on life support.Not looking very good. She is single mother of two girls. So sad!

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  65. Thank you for sharing. I am most thankful that I had a chance to grow up on a farm I learned so much and learned responsibilities as a child. Would love to win as has lots of things on I experienced in the country. Thank you.

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  66. What a great post. You are an amazing person and have a beautiful family. I still feel very sad for your sister thou.
    Hugs
    Yvette

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