Thursday, April 10, 2008

Count your Many Blessings

It started with a simple, blue envelope on my desk at work. I opened it up and inside was a gift certificate for a massage from one of my dear, sweet co-workers! I just cried--she has been helping me on my quest to be a mom and this particular massage has been proven to help in that quest. I tried to give it back, but she wouldn't take it. I knew exactly how much it has cost her, and it was a pretty penny! I am SO blessed!!
Then, I was out late last night walking the dog and I had an epiphany, a paradigm shift. It was so unbelievably clear and a little chilly and incredibly quiet in my little apartment complex. Because there was nothing particular I needed to focus on, my mind wandered. I realized how blessed I truly am. I have an incredibly handsome, sweet, amazing husband who loves me and is a worthy priesthood holder. I have so many friends who love me and are patient with my many faults. I have a loving family, on both sides, that support me in whatever my endeavours are. I have a job, that I don't always enjoy, but that pays semi-well and allows me to share my passion of massage with others. I belong to the true church of Jesus Christ and I have sincerely felt His love at very pivotal points in my life. My list could honestly go on and on and on.
So, why am I constantly a "Negative Nelly" or a "Debbie Downer?" I have NOTHING to complain about!! Sure, life happens. It rarely goes the way I plan it, but I guess that is the beauty in it: Growing and learning along the way. So my goal this week is to complain less and thank Heavenly Father more! I am going to try to show those I love how much I really appreciate them. I am going to have a positive attitude if it kills me! (j/k)

So let me start out with you: If you are reading this, you are appreciated. At one point or another in my life, you have done something to touch my heart and make me a better person. I am who I am today because of you. Thank you seems trite and small, and it doesn't begin to express my thoughts and emotions, but it is all I can offer at the moment! You are amazing, wonderful, talented and beautiful just the way you are!

I wanted to share some pictures of just a few of my blessings:
My nieces' Reagan and Hannah! They are truly a joy and light in my life! They are beautiful and I love every minute I get to spend with them!

I love my cute hubby and our little "baby" Doogie! They both bring me such love and laughter!

This is Matt's side: I couldn't have asked for more wonderful in-laws!!


Get Bent said...

You are awesome. I wish we were closer so we could hang out and be in eachothers lives more.

I hope your massage goes well and I wish you all the luck, well luck isn't really the right word--how about-- I will keep you in my prayers for your fertility quest.
that was awkward, but you get the idea.

Anyways- Love ya and take care!!

Mark & Kristen said...

OH MY GOSH!! I found your blog off of Kira's!! How are you? I was just chatting with Drew on face book the other day. He was telling me about your cruise in Sept! How exciting! I hope you are doing well. Mark says hello!

Emily said...

Brandy!! I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find your blog! You're so amazing! I really appreciate your example of faith and the love you show to everyone. I'm excited to be able to keep in touch this way!

Kristina said...

you're great! what more can I say. I think it's safe to say that we are all who we are because you have touched and brightened our lives. we love.

Lisa said...

You're so sweet. I look up to you so much. You, of all people, deserve a baby - more than a lot of us that have them! I hope all is well!

Rawlings Family said...

I want you to know that you are not the only one who has "Negative Nelly" moments. Sometimes I feel like that is all I have. Chris constantly has to remind me that life will continue to get better and that we really do have a great life. I would love to meet you sometime. Good luck with the adoption process and everything else. I'll definetly put a prayer in for you!

Liz said...

Thanks for this great reminder, Brandy. I know you probably can't believe it (haha) but I have been known to be a big cranky pants too, so this was a great reminder that I need to step back and realize all the amazing things I have been given. You're great!

Becca said...

Brandy! I had no idea you had a blog! I miss you so much! I am so glad we have this way to keep tabs on each other! :)