I had planned to sit down and write about some more of the small blessings in my life that I am thankful for (and I will another day) but something happened that changed my plan.
My cousin Anya's husband died in a car accident. She is just a couple years older than me. She has three little kids- two boys and a baby girl. I have not seen my cousin in a few years but I have wonderful memories of all of us playing together when we were young and a few memories from dinners when we were older. She was always a cousin that I enjoyed being around and loved.
Ever since hearing the news of her husband my heart has hurt for her. I can not imagine the pain she is enduring right now. I am thankful for the gospel and that we know there is life after this. I believe in the power of Christ and his ability to heal. And yet I know he allows us to feel pain and I am sure she is feeling a great deal right now. She will be in my thoughts and prayers and if you have a second include her in yours as well.
Things like this remind me to be grateful for each day. So tonight I am thankful for each moment I get to live. Each moment I get to love my family, watch my children grow, each moment I get to be alive and experience this world. I hope I can find ways to embrace it more fully and make the most of the moments I am given.