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.
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.
—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!
—The Middle as told by Hinckley—
Mom: Alright, now tell me what happened in the middle.
Hinckley: Um, everyone was dy-ing.
Mom: Why were they dying?
Hinckley: ‘Cause they, wait mom, what’s the sickness that has black as a word in the name?
Mom: The black plague?
Hinckley: Yeah, everyone got the black plague.
Mom: Did they get it from the prairie dogs?
Mom: Why were they in Arizona?
Hinckley: That’s where the prarie dogs are?
Mom: That’s where the ones I know of are that are spreading the plague. Whats another name for the black plague?
Hinckley: Um, killing.
Mom: Yeah the bubonic plague.
Hinckley: So, and before they got that, they were in Arizona. But the prarie dogs haven’t gotten there yet. The prarie dogs were coming towards it.
Mom: Where’d they come from?
Hinckley: The prarie dogs came from Australia.
Mom: Okay, how did they get to Arizona from Australia.
Hinckley: Uuuuh, they took a prairie dog plane.
Hinckley: And after they, and before they took that plane they spreaded all the uh, on purposely, they spreaded all the Black plague that they could spill to the Arizona people as in they spreaded all they need to kill everyone in Arizona.
Mom: And all Arizona?
Hinckley: I mean, in the…
Mom: What about the apes apartments?
Hinckley: Ugh! Stop! As in I meant Australia.
Hinckley: Then they took that plane to Arizona and they spreaded the black plague all over there.
Mom: Oh, how did they spread it? With a butter knife?
Hinckley: No. They spread…..
Mom: With their poop.
Mom: That’s true.
Hinckley: So, and somehow they put the black plague as a liquid into a bottle and sprayed it everywhere.
Mom: Do you know how prairie dogs spread their, the black plague?
Hinckley: Um, no…poop?
Mom: Their poop! So your telling me they put poop into bottles and put water in and they made it liquid?
Mom: And sprayed it everywhere?
Mom: That sounds disgusting.
—The End as told by Hinckley—
Hinckley: 1 2 3 The end!
Mom: That’s the wrong story to tell me. Tell me a better one.
Hinckley: Once upon a time, the end.
Mom: What happened at the end?
Hinckley: Everyone died.
Mom: Oh, so it really was the end?
Mom: Of every thing?
…when you can successfully Rickroll your own children?
On school day mornings, in an attempt to expose the children to many different songs, we (honestly, Jacob is better at getting up first these days) wake them with a song. Most of the time they haven’t heard of it before. Sometimes they recognize it from a movie. These last two mornings we have played Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
And they have been humming and singing it! It is a good thing they stay on mute unless they are supposed to talk for class. Otherwise we might be inadvertently Rickrolling two online classes.