Thanksgiving 2013 Was Outstanding


Thanksgiving 2013 was outsanding! I had such a family filled fun time. This year we spent Thanksgiving 2013 with my wife’s family in St. George. Her cousin got married at the St. George Utah temple. Her parents, sister’s family, and Aunts all came up for the wedding. There was a lot of eating, visiting and pictures taken.

I got to go shooting again with her uncle and cousins, my brother-in-law and my father-in-law. I shot a two barreled shotgun and was able to hit the clay orange discs targets that her cousin fired off into the sky. I was able to hit two of them. It was a ton of fun!

Yesterday, we went to church and it was Fast and Testimony meeting. Since it was the first Sunday of the month the congregation fast and bear testimonies during Sacrament meeting. I realized it was Dec 1 the night before because I had to set a few appointments for my Bishop back at home. (I’m the Executive Secretary in my ward in Dallas. I set appointments for the Bishop and send out reminders for Bishopric meetings and Ward Council.) I enjoyed listening to the testimonies that were shared. The theme of the testimony meeting was prayer and faith during trials. It made me think about how lucky I am to be a cancer survivor and to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family and extended family. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas because it brings families together.

Last night, we went to the St. George Visitor’s Center. We got to watch a movie called Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. Mr. Willy Krueger played by James Stewart is a custodian for the building he lives in. It’s Christmas Eve and he doesn’t have any family to spend Christmas with. It’s a great movie about love during the Christmas season. You can request a copy at Mormon.org.

I’ve compiled a list of things that I’m thankful for in 2013:

My wife Kristine and our two beautiful girls Lauren and Ashlyn
My parents and siblings
My parents in-laws and siblings in-law
My extended family and extended family-in-law.
My friends
My health of three cancer free years.
My faith in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ
My LDS mission experience in Switzerland Geneva, New York North, and New York South missions.
My amazing job doing what I love as a Software Development Consultant at Pariveda Solutions
My Honda Civic 2006 that allows me to commute to and from work.
My apartment that has heating and water
The clothes I wear on my back
The food I get to eat
The water I drink
My iPhone that allows me to stay connected to my family. I have a brother in California, a sister in Utah, another sister in Ohio and my parents live in Hong Kong. I can also listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work.
The internet that allows me to video chat with my family and email friends and family. I also can learn a ton from the internet.
The library where I check out books for free unless I forget to return my books and have to pay a fine
Books that I have received as a gift from family and books that I have gotten that I need to read or am currently reading.
Brigham Young University my alma mater where I studied Computer Science.
Awesome friends and faculty or staff that I met during my time at BYU.
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