Much thanks to be given.

Our Thanksgiving feast was one for the record books this year.  We were with John’s family and it couldn’t have been more wonderful.  We talked about how rare and precious it is to be able to be at a Thanksgiving table with a family where there are no ill feelings, no awkwardness or frustrations, but just pure, fierce, unconditional love for each other.  It was as I imagine heaven.  
The thing I am most grateful for this season is Truth.  The world can be a scary place for a mother trying to raise innocent boys into righteous men.  But because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know exactly what to teach my children to protect them from everything about the world that scares me.  So I’m not scared!  I simply don’t need to be.  Sure, my children will have their own choices to make, but I have the tools I need to know that I am teaching them well, teaching them what is right and true and good, and teaching them that choosing the right is liberating.  So help me, I will teach my children this.  That is what I have been called to do as a mother.  I am just so grateful I don’t have to do it blindly.
Thankfulness is such a gift from God.  I believe the more we seek out a grateful nature, the more we will see things in our lives to be grateful for, no matter what our circumstances.  We’ll notice little things that are really big things and will realize that they come from God.  In Luke 17 we read about the ten lepers.  Christ healed all of them, but it was only the one who returned to thank Him who was made whole.  It’s gratitude that heals us.  
That is why it is a gift.
“12 And as [Jesus] entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” 
Luke 17: 12-19

We hope you had a special Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones and gratitude.  We are truly grateful for all of you and the love and support you have shown our little family.
Now who’s trimming the Christmas tree this weekend??