Monday, March 12, 2007

Count Your Blessings

I had this really funny post all planned out. (I don't sleep well when the time changes, so my mind wanders) But, I was just reading about a friend of mine who had a stroke last week. We went to high school and college together. We even lived together for a year. She has a very dedicated husband and 3 beautiful kids - one of which is only about 2-1/2 weeks old. As I was reading about how much better she's doing - which isn't really better. She can't move her right side, she can't talk, etc - I just got sad. Then I started to think of my blessings and I wanted to share them with you.

I am so thankful for my sweet husband. He is truthfully the most amazing person I know. I'm lucky enough to be married to my best friend. We work so well together - most of the time. I'm looking forward to teaching with him. I was so worried that our teaching styles wouldn't mesh, but they did.

I'm so thankful for the gospel in my life. Without it, I don't know what I would do. I'm so thankful for my ward. It's so wonderful to have such a great"ward family." I'm thanksful that I have two callings - well three with visiting teaching. I'm grateful to serve and will do whatever the Lord wants me to do. (That's a scary statement)

I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for Brent's health.

I think what makes me the most sad about my friend is imagining either Brent or myself in the same situation. It was hard enough to see my grandma with tubes everywhere. I don't know what I would do if that happened to Brent. He is my rock.

I'm thankful for our wonderful house. Even though it's kind of old and needs some work, it keeps us dry when it rains and is even really cute.

I'm thankful for my friends and family. They are all in my life for a reason and I am thankful for that.

I pray that Heather will recover. That all this will be a memory soon. I pray for her husband and children. That they will have the strength and comfort they need.

At times like this you just have to be thankful for what you have.


Julie said...

Nice post Ashley. It is nice to reflect on how blessed we really are.

It's Cloudy Up Here said...

Thank you for this most timely post. I needed it to give me a little kick in the behind. I feel crummy today, but I'm a LOT better off than your friend. What a good reminder for me to count my blessings. :)

Court said...

Well, you nearly opened the flood gates with that one! I was reading Heather's update for today and I am, still, both saddened and frustrated by it all. I'm glad that you've taken the time to remind us that we should focus on the good in our lives...
Love you!

Jess said...

That was a great post Ashley! I love grateful/blessing posts. It really does make you stop and think a little bit more and be a little bit more grateful!