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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gratitude and Blessings

Dan-the-Man and I. I love this big teddy bear.
Although today is more of a family-related post, be sure to check out yesterday's post, and the one from the day before to see the upcoming October classes I am offering. You can participate in person, long-distance, or even host a class in your home. Sign up soon! The deadlines are nearing.

Today I have been feeling especially grateful for so many things.  As I have been working, I keep stopping and writing down another thing I think of that I am grateful for.  I have decided this is such a cathartic exercise. The more I focus on the good and bountiful, the less I focus on the things that aren't quite as I'd like. Funny how that works!  One of the things I am most grateful for is my hubby, Dan-the-Man.  I recently earned a cruise through my Close To My Heart business to the Southern Caribbean.  We were planning to go together when his sister and her husband did something amazingly kind for us. Our son Tannon was in dire need of a car but it was not in either his budget or ours right now. Out of the blue, Dan's sister, Cindy and her husband gifted Tannon a really nice used car. We were so thankful and honestly, just speechless. Dan came to me and said, "Karen, what would you think about taking Cindy on your cruise instead of me? It would be a great way to say thank you for what they did for us." I agreed 100%.  What a good guy!

As always, the thing I am most grateful for is my family.  They truly bring me so much joy!  This past weekend we had the Pedersen Reunion in Cedar City, UT. We spent the weekend with our own family, all of Dan's brothers and his sister and their families, as well as Dan's dad.  A great time was had by all. We enjoyed going to Easton's football game, to watch Daysha perform in Hairspray at Tuachan, watching General Conference as a family (this is a semi-annual broadcast from our church's leaders that we all love!), and eating lots of yummy food.  Family truly is what it's all about! I wish Kori, Rick and their family weren't so far away (darn you, Chicago!) so that they could have enjoyed the weekend with us!

Here are a few pics from this weekend:
Dawson scoring a touchdown in our win against Provo the night before we headed to Cedar City.  Yay, Dawson!

Easton and I after his game against Sacramento State

My 3 boys

Daysha (far right) in a promo shot for Hairspray
In addition to the fun shots from this weekend, I had to share one of Rick, Kori and their family because I wish they could have been here too, and because it seems weird to talk about my family and not include them.
Rick, Kori, Daci, Livvi and Street
Life is good. I am grateful for the many blessings in my life.  Thank you, Heavenly Father!


Brenda said...

I love reading your posts. They are filled with such richness and heartfelt thoughts. You are the best, Karen, and I am so glad that I will be on the cruise with you!

Trisha Morton said...

Looks like so much fun! So glad you were able to get *most* of the clan together for some fun memories. So glad things worked out for you. See, blessings do come - we just have to be patient to have them come in Heavenly Father's time!

Anonymous said...

Always hoping there will be many more blessing in store for you and your awesome family. Brenda is right your posts always make me feel enriched.

cnelson said...

What a perfectly LOVELY post!! I've been thinking a lot about the things I'm grateful for lately as well. So...soooooo many little things which are really not little at all! What a sweet thing for your sister-in-law and her husband to do and thoughtful gesture of your hubby, too! This post just has me smiling and keeping a warm feeling in my heart! TFS!

Stampin n da Hood said...

yes you are truly blessed my friend…and I am sorry my Sac State beat SU…not by much though!


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