30 Days of Thanks

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 8:37 PM

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I am thankful for my parents. We just returned from spending a leisurely evening with them in Salt Lake. They met us at Costco, where they escorted us in with their membership card. They then proceeded to entertain Lucy in a separate cart while Vic and I scoured the aisles for our naked refrigerator. Snap peas, strawberries, field greens, carrots...my usual healthy favorites. And of course, pot stickers and stir fry vegetables. Lucy loaded up on samples of Zip Fizz. Ummm..not the best idea. She was bouncing off the walls, yelling at doors, and screaming at wooden blocks after arriving back at the parentals abode. Upon leaving, my parents loaded us up with extra goodies. (Rosemary bread, pecans, steak, Kashi bars. We're not just talking Twinkies here). I even discovered that my dad had purchased the fancy cocoa dusted melt in your mouth truffles for Vic! Two whole boxes! 20g of fat in 4 pieces. That's 5g of fat per truffle. So worth it.

The point is this: my parents do so many things for us without asking anything in return. They rarely get the thanks they deserve. They are rarely told how much they are loved and how grateful I am, as their daughter, for teaching me life principles and values that have blessed me beyond measure. They have sacrificed greatly in my behalf. My mind is racing with life experiences that were made possible only because of them. Gymanstics lessons, voice lessons, dance lessons, cheerleading, choir trips, running for student government, touring with Showtime, moving away to college, paying for my wedding, helping me get my first job, buying me clothes, going on trips, helping with my first car...the list has no end.
When I realized how much I love Lucy, I finally understood how much they have loved me all along. I wish I would have known sooner so that I could have treated them with the respect and admiration they deserve. Thank you, mom and dad, for giving me not just the gift of life, but a wonderful life. I owe it all to you.

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  1. You said it so well about how love and gratitude really come full circle when you have a child and then you can kind of begin to understand what your parents feel. AND then of course your love just grows as they grow and you get to know them more and more.

    Also, I had a friend who gave me a bag of those truffles from Costco because she was afraid she would eat them all. Talk about a pregnant lady's DREAM COME TRUE!!!

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  2. Oh-bring some of those truffles down to AZ in December! Prego Jennyo

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