...to be with family.
...to be with my sister and brother-in-law. i love them so dearly.
...that i can be with them through such a difficult time.
....just to be near them.
....to share in their grief and pain.
...for a break from my own stormy, self-centered focus.
...for the almost always present rain that pours outside - as a reminder that when it rains it pours.
....that this statement is true for both the trials and the blessings -- the constant pouring of blessings Heavenly Father sends down when i feel least deserving of them.
today is thanksgiving 2011. it feels like this last year has both flown by and lagged-on forever. so much has happened since my last visit to portland for the thanksgiving holiday. i know i am extremely blessed.
i truly am grateful for all that i have and all that i am.
i know that trials provoke change. change brings growth. growth is vital to becoming a better person.
i'm a different person than i was last year..... in a different place than i was, too. i'm grateful for change. i'm grateful for the ability to adapt. i'm grateful for lessons learned.
p.s. Truman, i love you.
i miss you.