Thanksgiving

By Vic - 11:00 PM




I know Molly will blog more about our Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to take a moment, and in the spirit of the season say this: Thank you. Thank you for your kindness, your concern, your visits, your calls, your emails, your gifts, your interest in our lives and our blog, and all of your prayers on our behalf. Thank you. Know that we can never adequately express our thanks...but thank you. Thank you.

I will also add this, no matter the sorrow, anguish, and dismay; during the last several weeks I have felt a profound sense of gratitude, or better said, a sense that I need to be grateful, and a sense that I do not comprehend just how blessed I am...and I think also, a sense that there is a blessing that comes with this trial. Perhaps one that I will not receive in mortality, but that has already been allocated and set aside. I have often heard, and believe it to be true, that we will be compensated for our trials, sufferings, and the "deficiencies" of this life. I DO know that I will NEVER be able to tell the Lord that he "owes me" or that I was "shortchanged". When the final accounting comes out I know I will receive so much more than I could ever legitimately claim. So even though right now I am not sure about all the why's and I continue to feel an immense hole in my heart and life, I have to say Thank You to a loving Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you.

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  1. Thank you for sharing so much with so many. BEST to you and Molly.

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  2. That was beautifully written, Vic. And the video of Lucy had me in tears and smiles.

    I especially love the comment you made about never being able to tell the Lord that He "owes you" or that you were "shortchanged".
    It speaks volumes about you and your testimony you can face this trial with a grateful heart and complete trust in the Lord.

    Thank you to you and Molly for touching my life, for making me remember what really matters. It's amazing to me that a family I don't "know" can have such a powerful impact me.

    God bless.

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  3. Vic,
    Thank You for your words and feelings!!Thank YOU for your example,for your sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through through your heartache and pain. Thank you for reminding me of gospel pricipals I sometimes forget.Thank you for reminding me that I can stand a little taller and be more grateful for what I have been blessed with. Thank you!!

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  4. Thank you for sharing the video of Lucy. It is precious, and you can tell what a happy, energetic, smart and beautiful spirit she is. You and Molly continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I love your words and testimony. Each post reminds me that I can be a little better, and be more grateful for everything I have been blessed with.

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  5. That video made me cry, it is beautiful, she is such an amazing little girl. Thank you for sharing that. We are truly grateful to have you as friends. We love you both and we love Lucy and are grateful we got to know her for a short while. Love,
    Shannan

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  6. I love how you express yourself Vic. Your words are so eloquent and touching. I look back at my first Thanksgiving and couldn't find any reason to be thankful. So, you are ahead of me in that department. After James died, and all the "aren't you glad you know you are going to raise him?" comments that were well intentioned, but weren't comforting always frustrated me. It was like I wanted to say to them, "it doesn't help the pain I am in NOW." Sure I am glad I will raise him, but I sure do miss him now. The one thing that I have been able to comprehend is this: I know there is opposition in all things. I know that the amount of sorrow I have felt in my life bc of the loss of James I will experience the opposite of joy when we are reunited. That feeling of bottomless grief will replace with endless Joy. That is the day I am grateful for. . . when we are back together with them forever and ever. much love to you two.

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  7. Where is the kleenex? She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing...I needed that today.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your video. It was lovely! You are a wonderful example of strong parents and people. Thank you for your blog.

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  9. You teach me knew things, or at least reederate what I already know and should be applying more in my life. Thank for being so amazing and for sharing such a precious thing with me and the many others that follow your blog. I know we have never met in person or even talked on the phone or emailed but I feel like you are a dear friend. I hope you don't feel that is strange to say but I know that we are definitely sisters with the same Heavenly Father. My prayers are with you and your husband daily (and also little "Peter" :) )

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  10. I loved seeing that video! Thanks to both of you for being so strong and inspiring!

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  11. fantastic video, and amazing to hear from you that even with your trials you still don't feel shortchanged of the Lord's blessings.
    i need to be more like that... i have so very very much :)
    happy thanksgiving... (late!)
    i am thankful for YOUR FAMILY's example.

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  12. I love seeing these videos of Lucy. She was so intense- her happiness, her joy (maybe a small tantrum or two :), as if soaking up every day of life. What a gift life is and I mean that in a way that I have never had before the last six months.

    I love the photo of the two of you. I think what I like about it most is the depth. Your eyes... your souls... they seem larger, deeper to me.

    We love you- all 3!

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  13. What a beautiful most precious little girl. She is full of life.

    With lots of love,
    Julie

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  14. Thanks for letting us share your home, your sorrows and your gratitude. We love your family. BTW, I love that photo of both of you.

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  15. I believe the same...you have some BIG blessings waiting for you!!!
    Thank you for sharing. You have one amazing and inspiring family.

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  16. Stopped by through Daily Scoop and I'm so glad I did. Thank you for your perspective, your faith, and your trust in Heavenly Father. You inspire me.

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  17. Molly and Vic,
    I have not met you, but you know my cousins, Rachel and Leslie well. I read your blog often and I think it is beautiful how you write so openly about your little Angel and all of your emotions. It is something that most of us can not imagine. I have wanted to comment many times before, but I am not sure what to say, maybe I feel a little awkward because you have no idea who I am. I guess I just want you to know that I am out here thinking of you and have shed many tears for you. Your story has made me hold my children a little more closely, a little more often, take a few more pictures, and savor every little moment. Life is so precious. I am also so very happy for you that you have this little baby boy on the way. I live near Park City, at Rockport, and I have 2 little boys of my own. Maybe someday they can romp and play Star Wars together! So thank you for sharing your story, I am sure it is not easy, you have really touched me and made a difference in my life....

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  18. I love the video...thanks for sharing that one. What a little ball of ENERGY! I am thankful for YOU All. All YOU. Ya'll.

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  19. What a beautiful, heart filled joyful little girl.

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  20. Vic! It's Jodie (formerly Shiotani) from LA1. I found yrou blog from the Fuhrimans. So sorry to hear about your daughter. What a beautiful little girl. My best to you and your wife. And hope you don't mind if I drop in on your blog once in a while!

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  21. She is absolutely beautiful. You can tell you filled her life with so much goodness and happiness. What a great example you are.

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