Trent and I both served full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Those years of service have greatly impacted who we are and the way we see our life. Recently we have talked a lot about our blessings and how lucky we truly are.
We are grateful to have married and made promises with God and with each other. No matter what happens at the end of the day, we have each other. I, for one, know that I married UP. Trent is the "IT". Haha. Not to mention he's brilliant, hard working, and über motivated to do what's required to keep a family going. I only brought my foxy good looks into the relationship ;)
We are so grateful to be "making it" financially. Each year, with our many extracurricular commitments and callings, we somehow make enough money to make ends meet. It always feels like God can make more out of a paycheck than we would be capable of doing ourselves. I would like to attribute this to paying a full tithe; when we obey God's commandments, He cannot withhold miracles and blessings!
We are so grateful for good friends, family, ward members and neighbors. It never ceases to amaze us when someone will go out of their way or do something on our behalf. Even just someone checking up on us in the form of a text means so much. People really do care and it's good to feel needed, noticed and loved.
We are so grateful that after three years of marriage that we still have fun and make each other laugh. Whoever said marriage was like wine is right: It just gets better and better with time. We know and recognize that the transformation is a choice! It takes work and a daily effort, but luckily it brings instant and long term fulfillment.
I know life brings us down on a daily basis...
You're not skinny enough. You're not smart enough! You don't have enough money to do what you really want. Your kids aren't perfectly behaved. Your family is far from perfect.
What have we to gain when we listen to those things? One word: Unhappiness.
One thing we learned on our missions was how to be happy. There is a strong correlation between recognizing blessings and being happy.
Today we choose to be happy!!!!