Hi, Erin- I am copying your thankful thursday! There is just so much in my life I have to be thankful for.
I've been thinking lately how grateful I am for the place in my life I am in. I have so many oppurtunities to grow and serve, and I am thankful for the person I can become with all these adventures I am experiencing- well, hopefully- all the same, I am grateful for that.
Today I am especially thankful for my mom. She is a pretty amazing person. She always knows what to say to guide me to solutions in my life. My mom has so many amazing gifts, everything she touches comes out better when she leaves and she isn't afraid to stand out. She just does what she is supposed to do, when she is supposed to. She lives her life being in the right places. She is a lemonade with lemons person. I appreciate how confident she is in doing what she knows is right. It is such an example to me. You know, I think it is hard being as perfect as she is. I hear people try to put her down in her conversations with them- you know how women can be- and she just smiles and holds her head up, and continues to encourage the best out of them....I want to be more like that. She has sacrificed a lot for me- even before I was born. She sat through intense program classes at BYU exteremely pregnant so she could get her college degree- setting that precident for me in my life. She took the time to teach me- I am not nearly as close to her example as I would like, but I will always remember the "momisms" she gave me. They were mostly about be kind to others. She would say every morning I needed to make an effort to look my best and prettiest, and as soon as I walked out the door to forget myself entirely. She taught me when I was down the answer was service- when I feel sorry for myself focus on others. "People won't always remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel." That one is my favorite. I just think she is just plain amazing. I am grateful for her and I am grateful I have been able to witness the lives she has touched, I am grateful to watch her jump at experiences to grow and learn, I am grateful that I have her to aspire to.