A Thankful Heart Link Up: Week 2

Saturday, November 14, 2015
1. My Country, and #prayforparis
I've always been a really proud American. I love this country so very much. I love the history behind how we became our very own country. I love all the men and women who fought and still fight for our freedoms. I used to always get butterflies when the Star Spangled Banner was played at sports games. I LOVE wearing red, white, and blue. I love what America stands for and I love our founding fathers. I have grown up while America has been in a war. Seriously, 9/11 happened when I was in 2nd grade. I can't believe I am now married with a child... and we are still at war. I can't quite express how thankful I am for every single person fighting for my safety and freedom. I take that for granted way too often. I have been thinking quite a bit about it more lately since the attacks in Paris. (and other places) What if we're next? What if Oaklyn and I are heading in to Target and a gunmen enters? What if Hunter is at school and a school shooting arises? I know that anything can happen in these situations, and I know that surprise attacks cannot be avoided, but I still feel very safe here. And for that, I am very thankful. So a huge thank you too all those is the armed forces that are providing safety for me and my family daily. Paris, we're definitely praying for you. And the rest of the world, because I just have a feeling these sick, sick people aren't stopping here.

2. My Faith
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Aka I'm a Mormon. I'm not going to preach to all of you because, to each his own and I respect your beliefs. However, I feel like I need to publicly express gratitude for my church. I love my church. I am who I am today because of it. I'll spare you the details (if you want the details you can find them here) but I was on a slippery slope before I found the gospel. I am so entirely grateful that it came when I really desperately needed it. I respect and support all of our general authorities, I believe in Jesus Christ and love him, and I am so very grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I felt like sharing this one this week because in a way, it brings me back to number one. I mentioned above that the attacks in Paris have brought a bit of a scare and I must admit that I have thought of the worst here and there since hearing about the horror going on all over the world. That being said, my faith has brought me an incredible amount of peace during this time. Why? Because I do not fear death anymore. We believe that families can be together forever and that brings me an incredible amount of peace. My husband and I were married and sealed in the San Diego temple and because of that, our little Oaklyn baby is sealed to us as well and we will be together Forevermoore. I love being Mormon. If you would like to find out more about what we believe, click here.

3. My Camera
And on a much lighter note... my camera has brought me an incredible amount of joy. I invested in a dslr before Hunter came home from his mission on cyber Monday. I got an incredible deal on a canon camera and have been hooked since. I am obsessed with taking photos of my family and others and I am SO happy I decided to make this big purchase before becoming poor newlyweds ;) It has helped me document so many memories that I will forever be able to look back on. I have really worked on improving my photos and I would love to add a few more shoots on the side. If you are in Utah county and need photos... let me know :)

Below you will find the link up rules!
I would LOVE to hear what you're thankful for!
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For the Joy of Life

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  1. I love love love this whole post and I really need to have you take some pictures for me! You are absolutely amazing! P.s, so SO cool that you are a convert. It makes me love you even more! You are one amazing women!


  2. Beautiful post!
    I wish I had bought a nice camera before we had kids...I don't think it will ever be in our budget :(
    thanks for hosting the link up! I'm really enjoying being a part of it!

  3. Wonderful things to be thankful for! I love my camera and am thankful that I made the investment when I was first married so that by the time Little was here, I wan't shy to use it! :) Best wishes in your photography endeavors!

  4. Love this one! I'm pretty thankful for my camera too ;) and the iPhone's ability to take decent pictures when I'm without my camera!