So...I have been asked several times, by several different people where I have been.
I've been here.
It has been a busy travel season for us.
Troy and I went to London. And to Utah.
And then the family went to Florida.
And I flew to Utah again.
Did I say I'd been here?
I might have to rethink that statement.
But...for all that has happened, including halloween, Josh's birthday and Thanksgiving...I have been rather quiet.
And I'm hoping to remedy that today...and hopefully in the days to come.
Today's talks at church were all about gratitude and they really got me thinking.
One of the talks was by our very own Miss Emma, who gave her first talk in sacrament meeting and did a marvelous job.
Emma said in her talk not expressing gratitude is like wrapping a present and then not giving it.
Another speaker said that true gratitude requires an actual expression of those feelings.
And the third speaker talked about being grateful for our trials.
All of these talks seemed directly aimed at me...and I felt the need to say out loud...how grateful I am for my life.
For my trials.
For my pain.
For the adversity.
And for all the good that comes from facing down the hard things and making it out the other side.
But...more than just making it...coming out stronger.
And feeling so richly blessed that words seems inadequate.
But...words are all I have right now.
I know we are each at different places in our lives and having trials means something different for everyone.
Sometimes we have trials and it's all we can do to survive them.
Sometimes we have trials and they seem more than we can bear.
And sometimes...when we're ready...we have trials that knock us to the ground...and by the grace of God...we are lifted up again.
Carried in His arms.
And blessed more than we ever imagined possible.
So...if you've been wondering where I am...i'm still here.
And i'm good.
Really, really good.