In light of recent events, I've been reflecting a lot on the life I have, and all the blessings I have been given. I have so much in my life to be grateful for. I have a job, I have a bed, I have this beautiful, wonderful gospel, I have real happiness, and I have my family.
My mother is amazing. She sacrifices so much, every minute of every day, for her family. She is so sweet and loving, kind, beautiful, and tender. She's a talented writer, (and has 3 published novels, and a published childeren's book), and I admire her dedication to that. As a mother of 10 kids, I am astounded that she has time and patience for writing, since she always puts her family first, and trust me, we're a needy bunch. My mom is also one of my best friends. I can tell her about anything going on in my life, and I don't know if she realizes how much it means to me to hear or see her excitement when I tell her things. She's the strongest woman I know. Both my parents have such solid testimonies, and I can't begin to describe the gratitude I have that they raised me with the love, gentleness, and warmth that they did. I would never have the testimony I have were it not for their teaching me and demonstrating the power and comfort of the gospel. I'm so blessed to be their daughter. When I get married and start a family, I want nothing more than to raise my kids the way I was raised, and have the same relationship and set the same example. I only pray my kids will look up to me the way I admire my parents.
Every life is precious. Love all those you meet, and realize that they are a daughter or son of our Heavenly Father, and they are so loved by Him, the most great, most wonderful Being. Never take one day, one moment for granted, because in the blink of an eye, it can be over. Appreciate your life and be ever grateful for all that you have. I love my beautiful, wonderful, crazy family!