Thursday, November 27, 2008


Thanksgiving is easily one of my favourite holidays. Since I grew up in England the first time I celebrated thanksgiving was when I was 12 years old. The past Thanksgivings have been full of fun, food, friends and family and I treasure those memories. Though this year I can't be with all the family that I love I am so grateful to be celebrating it with my husband. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to ponder all the blessings in life and the time of year when I realize how blessed I really am. I wanted to share some of the things I am most grateful for.
1. The Gospel- So simple, but easily the biggest influence in my life. I am so grateful to know the purpose of this life. Last night we found out that Peter's Aunt Shelley had passed away only two months after being diagnosed with cancer. We are going to miss her so much! She is leaving behind a husband, 7 children and a wonderful legacy. Though I am so sad and am going to miss her I feel so peaceful as I know that it was her time to go home and that we, without a doubt, will see her again.
2. Miracles- Moving to Connecticut has been one of the hardest things I ever done. Besides missing my home, family, friends and having to postpone my education, financial issues have weighed heavily upon our family. Though it has seemed impossible for us to have enough money for all our needs we have seen tiny, yet amazing miracles bless our financial situation which has allowed us to stay in Connecticut and for Peter to get his law education.
3. Babies- Babies are the most innocent and precious blessing. Last Thanksgiving, after trying for quite a few months to get pregnant I was hoping that we would get to make the traditional "I am thankful that we are pregnant" announcement as everyone states what they are thankful for before dinner. But Thanksgiving came and we were still not pregnant. It took another 5 months with lots of disappointment and impatience on my part before we were blessed to be pregnant. I am so grateful that a year later we are anticipating the birth of our son. I am so excited to soon welcome him into our family and am so anxious to meet him and to learn how to be a good mother.
4. Husbands- Peter is the greatest blessing in my life. He supports me in every aspect of my life, is my best friend, works hard, cares for our home and family, lives his life righteously and is pretty darn sexy. What more could a girl ask for? :-)


JoDee said...

Isn't it amazing how the Lord just takes care of things in small and simple ways? We're so glad you guys are here to share this time with us!

Ritchie Family Blog said...

Oh my gosh that was really touching. Thank you for sharing. You both are so wonderful and I know you are going to be amazing parents!