A Thankful Heart #3 (Round 3)

Monday, November 24, 2014
Here I am again at the start of another new week writing another thankful post.
I swear I JUST did this.
I remember wishing the days away so often while Hunter was on his mission, now I'm wishing they would just slow down!
Time is flying much too fast.
In other news, bath and body works had a sale on Wallflowers that ends tonight. They were $3.
Hello holiday scents.
In other, other news... We're going to Miami!
And I think the excitement just hit me today as I was semi-freezing walking out to the car.
I'm so excited!
And somewhat nervous about flying on a plane at 7 months pregnant.
It's a good thing we'll be flying with like 20 doctors. 
Thank you BYU football :)
Also, as of tomorrow there are only 29 days left til Christmas!
If you haven't started thinking about Christmas yet... then you're crazy.
But let's get on with what I came to this empty post page for now, shall we?

1) A healthy pregnancy
I think I've completely taken this one for granted. I cannot believe how blessed I have been with such a wonderful pregnancy. Tomorrow I will be 28 weeks. I'm in the third trimester now. (what?) And have yet to throw up. Or have a complication. Everything seems to be going for the most part, pretty well. I'm able to move around easily and I'm just beginning to get a belly. I thank my Heavenly Father every night for this little miracle that kicks away and throws parties at 2 in the morning. I thank him for blessing me with the opportunity to learn and grow as a mother. I pray that she'll continue to grow safe and strong. And I will continue to thank him for blessing me with a healthy pregnancy. 

2) My wonderful friends
This goes out to both new and old friends. I just recently started my own photography business. And, I can already tell that this is exactly what I want to do other than being a mother. I am able to go out for an hour or so and interact with people then I can come home and be with my little girl. I get so excited when my playback pops up of a beautiful image I know will make my client happy. I love it. Since starting this up, I have received countless texts, facebook messages, and calls from friends and family encouraging me to pursue this. I cannot begin to thank all of my wonderful friends for supporting me. Not only now, but during many other times in my life. We were overwhelmed (in a good way) with how many people were happy for us when Hunter came home from his mission, when we got engaged, when we got married, when we announced we are expecting, and even this past weekend when he played in his first college game. I love the relationships I have formed with such wonderful friends and I will forever be grateful for each of you. So, thank you all! :)

3) Sundays
This goes a bit deeper than the actual day. I mean more along the lines of the way we go about our Sundays. I love knowing that it is the only day of the week when we literally have nothing to do other than go to church. We sleep in, we go to church, and we come home to rest. I love that we listen to church music as we get ready for church. It invites the spirit into our home and prepares us to open our minds and hearts to what we will learn in church. I love teaching primary and hearing the prayers of the sweet children. I love going to sacrament meeting and reflecting on the love our Savior has for us. I love coming home and eating a home cooked meal, having family home evening, and spending much needed time with my husband. Sundays are the perfect days.

4) Passions/Talents/Desires
So, I'm trying to figure out how to explain my thought process on this one. I just love that everyone has something that appeals to them more than others. I feel passionately about photography, cooking, crafting, and numerous other things that fill me with a sense of accomplishment. My mom has run like 15 marathons. That has got to make her feel accomplished. My husband plays college football. Though it can easily be frustrating at times, I know he feels passionately about the sport and he desires to do his best. I love that Heavenly Father has blessed us each with different talents and desires to strive towards bettering ourselves in different ways. I've tried to "like" and desire to do many things in my life that I later found out just weren't really "me." I guess what I'm really grateful for is individuality? Somehow in my head all of these things are running together and I'm just very grateful that each of us get to be our own person. 

I think I'll do one more post after this one.
November sure flew by!
Here's to being thankful! And... mashed potatoes and gravy. And, green bean casserole. Yum!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

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