I am thankful I was able to go on a mission, I was able to serve a mission in Russia. It was hard because it was a lot of sacrifice. I grew in faith and testimony, I met amazing people, and had life experiences you just can’t get in the United States.
I am thankful I was able to make the decision to leave a job that I loved. I loved the work and the people, but there was something missing. An opportunity came along that was difficult to take; but has proven to be the right decision for me personally, and for our family.
Marcia the Elder:
I am thankful I was able to push my babies out of my body, and it was hard because each one had a bigger head than the previous. If they had never come out, I would be really uncomfortable! I love them, and I learned that I can do really hard things, even while enduring a great amount of pain.
I am thankful I have been able to figure out how to work around our family’s particular set of allergies. It has forced me to be creative and to research different ways to prepare food. It is complicated and at times very hard to figure out, and I am glad that I have been able to be a resource to others who have come to need to make similar adjustments to their menus.
Marcia the Younger:
I am thankful I was able to make my first omelette, and it was hard because it didn’t make sense to me to wait for the toppings to “melt into” the egg, but I’m glad i learned because now whenever I eat an omelette I can have the satisfaction of knowing some came from me.
I am thankful I was able to not go back to the real school at the building, but I’m glad we are where we are because we are one step closer to getting rid of COVID. We are first hand witnesses to 2020.
I am thankful I was able to help Corban do his chores, well, it’s good because I like to do service and when I do what I want, I feel good.
I am thankful I was able to memorize the first paragraph (stanza) of the poem “The Road Not Taken” because it let me earn two blue tickets because it gets me more options, or closer to more options to buying things in the Thurman Store. The first paragraph goes like this:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
I am thankful I was able to build LEGO houses, because…I’m glad I did it because I like to play with them, and the reason I like to play with them is because I like to make the LEGO people slide down into the seats.
I am thankful that when I can’t find my water cup, I can find my water cup. If I can’t find it, it is in my bed. I can find it under my pillow or blankets, because it makes me glad to find it, and I can’t stop it (feeling glad), and I eat my own food, all the food.
I am thankful for the temple, where families are sealed together forever, and where I married my best friend.
I am thankful for my home office because that’s where I work to provide for my family, it’s where I study and learn a lot, it’s where I do some of my favorite leisure activities like playing chess and writing music.
Marcia the Elder:
I am thankful for the Grand Canyon because nobody fell in! And because I enjoyed spending a week down in the there hiking among the beauty, while I was in college, and then a couple years ago we got to go as a family* with the Fairlie women!
I am thankful for the hospital where I birthed my children, because there are caring doctors and nurses, and I am so glad that I did not have to clean up the “Lake of Machu Picchu”** in my house.
Marcia the Younger:
I am thankful for libraries because they have lots and lots of books, and I love books!
I am thankful for Compton Park because the bridge is very good for riding your bike over and it has a beautiful “river” there.
I am thankful for our house. I love our house because if we didn’t have our house we wouldn’t live anywhere, but we do have our house so that we have some shelter and a place to live.
I am thankful for the school because I need to learn, and the school is exactly the right place*** to learn.
I want to do what Hinckley said, but a little bit, a little part:
I am thankful for our house, well, because it has dishes.
I am thankful for Earth because it has a lot of houses, and a lot of people, and a lot of houses for that people.
* This was the only time Jacob had been to the Grand Canyon, even though he lived in Mesa, AZ for 14 years.
** The lake was so named by the midwife, because the older two children named the unborn Corban, “King of Machu Picchu” and he made a great lake during labor.
*** “Place” may be more of a concept than an actual location, because this year our kids are attending school online only. Here is the setup they have.
I am thankful for my parents for bringing me into this world, and for doing their best to keep me in it, too.
I am thankful for my husband Jacob, I might drive him crazy at times, but I love him.
I am thankful for Marcia Holland, Hinckley, and Corban for making me a mom, and for making me feel joy in more ways than I ever could have imagined.
I am thankful for my sister Ronda for being a great sister and example to me.
I am thankful for dedicated teachers who make a difference in the lives of children.
I am thankful for good friends who know and love me for me, and don’t try to make me be someone I’m not, you know who you are!
I am thankful for Elder Williams for using the priesthood, without whom I’d be unable to be here typing this.
I am thankful for my mission companions who taught me many things about myself, and how to love others better.
I am thankful for the many people that I have had the pleasure to serve with in the various church callings I’ve had over the years.
I am thankful for all the people who have been able to make me smile and think of good throughout these crazy times.
Thank you all of you world helpers!
Eight years ago today, we welcomed this little guy into our family.
We are so very thankful to have him with us. Every day he makes us laugh. Every day he looks for something new to learn.
Today he chose to be baptized in the same way that Jesus was baptized. There were 8 of us in the room where it happened. With more than double that attending over Zoom. I am also thankful for the ability to have virtual meetings where we can be together, and apart, at the same time.
Here he is with Jacob at his birth minute, only minutes before they stepped into the water.
There is joy in my soul today.
Corban is in an interesting phase. He is trying out new combinations of food. Tonight we had pancakes for supper. He had his with margarine, bacon bits, and fruit spread. All at the same time. The other day he asked for a sandwich for lunch on toast, with margarine, mustard, and pepperoni. And he ate all of those. There are other combinations that I simply refuse to give him, like when he asks for sun butter and jelly with pepperoni, margarine, and mayonnaise.
I was in false labor. We had sent Marcia the Younger off with Grammy. And then, nothing happened for two more days.
Last night Hinckley came running downstairs from bed to show us that he had pulled out a tooth. And today in class, his teacher was kind to him when he un-muted to share his good news.
Yesterday I decided to use up the rest of the tomatoes off the counter. All of them. Even the green ones. After some research online, I found multiple recipes of people using green tomatoes for pasta sauces and salsas. I chose to make sauce. After reviewing a variety, I picked the ingredients I like, and made enough for spaghetti and meatballs for last night and three pans of baked spaghetti and meatballs for future meals. One we used tonight, and the other two are in the freezer to enjoy another day.
With that news (the whole district is going remote again), I am reminded how much I miss kindergarten. Four years ago, when Marcia the Younger was in kindergarten, I started helping in her class a couple days a week. Since then none of her teachers felt that they needed a volunteer to come in, so I stayed in kindergarten. Last year before going remote, I was in kindergarten three days a week, and Hinckley’s first grade teacher had me come in one day a week. I really enjoyed getting to see kids learn and help them understand concepts. Another benefit was hearing some funny things, similar to when I was working at the preschool. I came across one of the notes i made last year of a conversation.
Scene: At the Writer’s Workshop, where I oversee them drawing a picture and then writing sentences about what they drew. Also making sure they put their name and the date on the paper. For whatever reason the paper with the date on it was missing, and I was teasing that one of them ate it.
Girl: No one eats paper!
Me: Where is your name tag? Why don’t you have one?
Girl: I ate it! … (then a big grin crosses her face as she realizes what happened)
I was there the day that she lost what was remaining of her name tag. She did indeed eat it. Another great quote from her towards the start of the school year:
“My neck hurts from sitting up!” (Said with a whine that only a kindergartner can use.)
Now can we all get healthy and stay that way long enough that I can go back to school!?
Selfish rant over.
—The Beginning as told by Hinckley—
Mom: … Okay then. So, what was at the beginning? If that was the middle and the end was the end, what happened before the middle?
Hinckley: Uh, I already said.
Mom: When they were in Australia, what happened in Australia?
Hinckley: Uuh, renember they spreaded all the black, the thing they needed…
Mom: But they did that in Arizona. What’d they do in Australia?
Hinckley: No! Australia, renember Australia also got sprayeded all with ….
Mom: Well, who sprayed it over there?
Hinckley: The prarie dogs!
Mom: But where did the prarie dogs get it?
Hinckley: Remember the plane?!
Mom: But where did the prarie dogs get the plague?
Hinckley: Oh, the prarie dogs caught it from the very first one which is kind of weird and kind of embarrassing, but from elephants!
Mom: From elephants?!
Mom: Do you think there are elephants in Australia?
Hinckley: No! The elephants are in, um Africa!
Mom: So, okay, so…?
Hinckley: So, they started at Africa, spread it all, to all the animals there, except for the elephants so. Wait, the elephants did it to all the animals there except for the prairie dogs. The prairie dogs got the plague, then the….
Mom: Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait wait, I need to understand. So, the elephants had the plague in Africa?
Mom: And gave it to prairie dogs?
Mom: And the prairie dogs, how did they get to Australia? Because you said that they got it in Africa.
Mom: Or did the elephants…
Hinckley: They got the plane in….
Mom: Wait wait wait wait!
Hinckley: In Africa and got the, and got to…
Mom: So did the elephants go on the plane?
Hinckley: …Australia to from the plane and they spreaded all the people with it, then they did it to Arizona, and then BOOM! All done!
Mom: So wait, you’re telling me that prairie dogs got the black plague…?
Hinckley: From elephants.
Mom: The bubonic plague from the elephants in Africa, and then they went to Australia and spread it all over there, and now they came to Arizona to spread it all over Arizona?
Mom: Where are they going next?
Hinckley: They’re going to spread it all over the world.
Mom: Why would they do that?
Hinckley: So that they’re the only ones alive.
Mom: Oh, so you think that the prairie dogs are trying to take over the world?
Mom: I don’t know that I like that. Where would I be?! I don’t want to be a prairie dog!
Hinckley: So, they all did not live at all happily ever after, but the end!