Friday, July 04, 2008

Gratitude

Every year around the 4th of July I tend to get sentimental and especially grateful for what I have. Here are just a few of the things I've been thinking about the last few days. . .


I'm grateful to have Steve. If you didn't know, Steve proposed on the 4th of July five years ago. Not many people have a photo of the actual moment they were proposed to. We do because Steve did it in public. At the fireworks in Idaho Falls. With the help of the DJ who was at the station that tens of thousands of people were listening to at that moment because they had choreographed music to the firework show. If you think that's pretty gutsy of him, consider the fact that we hadn't even talked about getting married nor had we gone ring shopping. Steve and I just knew it was going to happen. We never even had a DTR the whole time we were dating. I couldn't have asked for a better husband. He is my perfect match. I'm grateful for the timing of events in our lives that allowed us to meet and eventually fall in love.

I'm grateful that Steve had the opportunity to serve our country, as tough as it was for the both of us. Being one of those women who sends their husband off to war made me understand, to a small degree, the sacrifices so many in our country make. Even if the reasons for the war are argued over, our soldiers are willing to do whatever is asked of them. I'm grateful for that.

I'm grateful to live in a country that lets me worship the way I choose. I'm grateful for the Gospel in my life and the freedom it gives me. I'm grateful for the Savior who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me, listens to me, and blesses me with more than I deserve.

I'm grateful to be a mother. It's something that I never fully understood until I became one (you were right, mom). I'm grateful that I don't have to work, and that I can stay home and take care of Sophie. I'm so grateful for her sweetness and innocence. She reminds me that we should forgive easily, love each other unconditionally, and gratefully take note of the beauties of the world that God has given us.

Happy 4th of July :)

8 comments:

Tenille said...

What a neat story about Steve and you! Very cute.
My dress...my mother-in-law bought it for me at Target. I really like it, the only thing is that the sleaves are gapey, so I just safety pinned it together.

Lorraine said...

Thanks Nat!! That was awesome.

Shea said...

Hey, I remember that night! I still can't believe that I was able to witness him proposing to you...and by sheer chance. I always think about you two on the fourth for that reason! I love the picture you posted. :)

Team Chilton said...

I love this post. I was feeling especially sentimental yesterday about similar things. I love that picture!

Kathryn said...

What a great photo! Your children will cherish it someday, I'm sure.

And I don't care what some people say... we live in the greatest country on earth!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for being William's inspiration--he said that he decided to propose to me on the 4th of July "because that's the day Steve proposed to Natalie." And I'm glad that you have a picture of that moment, though I must admit that I'm glad that we don't have a picture of our engagement, given the way I was feeling then. :P

Natalie said...

Rebecca, I didn't know William proposed on the 4th of July, too... and because Steve did. I love it!

Dani said...

Thanks for your post - it is so uplifting!