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THANKS A LOT: TORI

November 22, 2016


Today’s Thanks A Lot comes from my sister Tori. I don’t have words adequate for the love I feel for my sisters. They are my favorite people in the whole world, and my very best friends, and just the best people I know. There’s a really cheesy quote that we have in our entry-way surrounded by a collage of growing-up pictures of the three of us. It says, “God knew I loved you too much to just be your friend, so He let me be your sister.” And if that ain’t the sweet truth, I don’t know what is. Enjoy Tori’s words of gratitude.

“I am the mother of a five-week-old baby, which means I have recently become an expert on the many shapes, faces, and forms that gratitude can take.

Gratitude for the nurses and doctors who took care of me in the hospital and made sure that my baby and I both survived one of the most taxing physical ordeals of our lives.

Gratitude for the friends and family who have sent their well-wishes, commented on our baby’s pictures, and been willing to share in our joy.

Gratitude for all the people who brought us meals so that we could just focus on being new parents rather than stressing about meal prep and grocery lists.

Gratitude for all those who have held, snuggled, and loved on my baby so that this exhausted mama could snatch a few moments of much needed rest and relief.

Gratitude for my husband who loves me and our baby, puts up with all my postpartum mood swings with humor and patience, and has run COUNTLESS errands for me and Baby Girl as we’ve figured out our needs the last month.

Gratitude for an angel mother who took almost three weeks off work to come support me through my labor and delivery, who patiently listened to all my new mom fears and insecurities, who soothed and snuggled my baby when I was too tired or overwhelmed to do so, and who – almost 30 years later – continues to care for and support me as perfectly and selflessly as she did when I was a newborn myself.

Gratitude for this beautiful baby girl who looks into my eyes and soul with an infinite wisdom I can barely fathom and who has taught me more about the love of the Savior and Heavenly Father in the last five weeks than I have learned in the 30 years prior.

And infinite gratitude for a Plan of Salvation that gives meaning to our lives and a purpose to the eternities.”

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