Thanksgiving and Texas

Well, I made it! I cannot believe the amazing journey it was to get here. I am still frankly dazed and stunned at how quickly and smoothly it all went. I had an outpouring of love and support that was unprecedented. I feel so inadequate as to describe all the service that went into getting us to Texas. God has blessed us so much with wonderful family and friends. My children and I arrived at our new home two days before Thanksgiving.

My dearest friend Leena drove with us all the way to Texas from Utah. We could not have made it here as easily as we did without her. She drove the entire time, while I helped the children to survive the long drive. She says she got the easy job, but I know it was not easy for her to leave her beautiful family for a week and a half and work from morning until evening every day trying to help me get the house set up. Thank you Leena, Adam, Jaron, Natasha, Daniel, Andrew, Paxton, Batya, and Rebeccah.

Thank you to all of you that sacrificed so much to get my family here. Thank you Adam and Brian for packing the moving van, everything got through just fine! You are awesome! Thank you Maria & Russell, Aubria, Dad, Tara & Brian, Matthew, Tim, Heather, Daniel, Andrew, Paxton, Jaron, Adam, Leena, Mom & Dad, Jessica, Heather & Matt, Mom(Debbie), Dad(Keith), Suzy, Natalie, Josh, Jacob, Natasha, Natasha’s friend, Aunt Peggy & Uncle Brian, Laura, Robert & Cheryl, Regina, Karen, Andy, LaDawn, Tiffany, and April who helped pack boxes, load boxes, bring meals, watch children, clean, and were a shoulder to cry on and a big hug. Thank you to all of you who kept us in your prayers and thoughts.

Thank you seems so inadequate and such a simple thing to say after the great love and service I received. Many of you took several days off of work and/or school. All of you sacrificed other things that needed to be done in your own lives to do something for me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot thank you enough. I pray your service will be returned to you in a time of need ten fold. Thank you!

We were invited by a member of our new Taylor ward to Thanksgiving dinner. Wow, thank you Erin and Joey! I am so thankful that I didn’t have to eat at a restaurant for Thanksgiving. With all of the unpacking and organizing of a new home I haven’t had much time for reflection, but tonight I have a little while. The children are sleeping, and Aaron is working late. I wanted to take a moment and record some of the things I am grateful for.

As I was catching up on e-mail and reading the updates on all of the family blog sites. I saw a common thread among them to which I would like to add my own. In my husbands family they have a tradition that we have continued in our own family. Every Thanksgiving before we partake of the food, we are given three candy corns. Each of the corns represents something we are grateful for. We then go around the table and express to the family the three things we are grateful for and there is not usually a dry eye in the house by the end. All of the other siblings have continued this tradition in their own families and have recorded their three corns in their blogs as well. I too would like to express my gratitude belated though it may be.

The first kernel of gratitude for me is gratitude for a Heavenly Father, who loves me so much. I am grateful for His spirit which guides me everyday. Especially I am grateful this year for all that he has guided and helped me through. From braking my leg to moving across the country and everything in between, I could not have made it through any of this without Gods loving hand guiding me every step of the way. I am grateful that he helps my weaknesses become strengths.

The second kernel of gratitude is family. My dearest husband and best friend who helps me through thick and thin. Aaron had to go through losing me for three month while I recovered from my massive ankle injury. He helped me bathe, eat, sleep and every other function during that difficult time in my life. He was so loving and understanding. When put into perspective, moving the family without him was maybe a way I could help him in a similar way he helped me. I am grateful that he is happier than I have seen him in a long time and it was so worth moving here to have him happy again! I am grateful for my dearest children who have been so brave and trusting to go on this adventure to Texas with their Mom and Dad. They have all worked so hard to help and be loving to each other. What a great blessing they are to me. I am also grateful for extended family. My parents who took in my children for ten days so that Aaron and I could find a home in Texas, to Aaron’s parents who did what they could to help us with our move. I am thankful for their moral support as well. I am grateful to have goodly parents. I am thankful for brothers and sisters, and the great examples I have of love and strength from my siblings and Aaron’s. That includes in-law siblings too!

My third kernel of gratitude is for friendship. The friends to which I refer are family to me. I am grateful that God gives us family, and that he gives us family by choice. Thank you my dear family by choice! I am grateful for the love and sacrifice of my dear friends who make me feel more loved then I know what to do with. Thank you for touching my life forever! I am so grateful for the amazing gifts you have given me like, crying on my shoulder and guitar strings. I am a better person because you are my friends.

There are so many blessings and gifts that I have been given this year that are to numerous to describe on one blog entry. I attempted to name the most important. Thank you for reading! Happy Belated Thanksgiving and if I don’t get a chance to write again before then, Merry Christmas too!

2 Responses to "Thanksgiving and Texas"

  • Diana!! You’re alive! I’m so glad that you made it so smoothly and you’re setting in. I miss you guys SOO much already! It’s weird that I will have to check your blog often just to see what you guys are up to…I know I can call you and all, but it’s just not the same as you guys living here. Matt and I miss you guys a lot and want to come visit soon! How are you liking it? That’s so cool that your ward members invited you for Thanksgiving. What a wonderful family! Anyway, hope all is going well.

    1 Heather Mildenstein said this (December 4, 2007 at 10:29 pm)

  • Wow, you were fast at responding! I just barely posted like two minutes ago! I miss you too! I have been thinking about you all day! I was going to email you! I love it here. Although I do miss the snow. I hope you can come soon! That would be wonderful!

    2 Diana Mildenstein said this (December 4, 2007 at 10:33 pm)

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