Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Salutations

The 2006 Thanksgiving holiday brings with it a number of new blessings to be thankful for in my life. It has certainly been a crazy year full of big events around every corner.
The biggest event of the year for me was my wedding to Megan. She is my best friend. She keeps me going when things get tough. She is by far the biggest blessing not only of this year, but she is the biggest blessing of my life.
Another blessing the family received this year was the addition of another member of the family--Addie! She can't read this, but apparently she shares my love of weather. Though she is on the east coast, I love her much. She is another great blessing in the family.
Sadly, two other blessings came as the result of sicknesses. It might seem odd to see these as blessings, but I feel they are.
Papa Jon passed away early in the year after more than a decade of battling with Huntington's Disease. While it has been hard to have him gone, it was good that he could escape the suffering that came with his illness. The holidays are certain to be different with Dad gone. Some blessings are harder than others to understand or deal with. Dad, I miss you. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving with Nana and Grandpa Ray.
The other hard-to-understand blessing came with the passing of my uncle Mike. As the oldest grandchild on my dad's side of the family, I was the one who got to nickname Mike as Uncle Muck. Muck was a great uncle to me. He didn't live far from my home, and I was a frequent visitor to the Uncle Muck couch of counsel. Like Dad, Muck was sick and battled with an illness for the last few years.
Both Dad and Muck fought as long as they could, and now they have been taken away from their pains to a better place. While we will miss them for the holidays, I'm sure they will be in good hands where they are.
At church, Megs and I have been blessed to be able to serve with the Hispanic people of the area. That has been a bigger blessing than I ever could have imagined. Last night I had the chance to play some ball with some of the young men we serve with. Megs went out with the sister missionaries.
With work, I got the chance at the beginning of the year to move from my director and editor position to one in front of the camera with production responsibilities.
Megs will soon have one last blessing for the year. In December she will have her degree from BYU. Hooray for her!
It has been a great year. I hope all of you have had such a great one, as well.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during the holiday season. May it be wonderful for all of you.


Kel said...

Your neice loves you too! Thanks for being one of my greatest blessings. I love you!

Car said...

Since this latest entry has already made me cry, let me add my thoughts. You are one of my greatest blessings also. Neices and nephews are some of my greatest joys. You brighten my day whenever I talk to you. Thank you for being part of my life and adding Megan to our family. I love you!

Katy said...

Glad to see you have posted again! I wish I could have seen you guys over Thanksgiving break! Hey, I want oto say I'm sorry about that comment I left under your comment in our blog (if you haven't read it, just don't). It came off very mean spirited and it was just one of those weeks where my emotions are everywhere so I take it all back (plus I have been told that I am highly sensitive:)). You and your family are my favorite cousins so I don't want to cause any kind of conflict. Oh, and there will no longer be political posts on our blog anymore, I won't allow it. So yeah, hope to see you guys sometime soon!