Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013

As I sit and contemplate this year’s blessings, I am amazed how many blessings I truly have. Here are just a few:

A beautiful wife of 34 years whose continuous and unabashed support is mind-boggling.

My bride of 34 years. Still as beautiful as ever!
Two gorgeous daughters who are so much like their mother.

Anna Rose and Hailey
Two grandsons and a granddaughter who is now in pre-school.


 The privilege of living with our oldest daughter and her little family.

The Johnson Family
The Dominican Republic and the Caribbean Area and our many ties there.

Berroa Family from San Pedro
Being home and not having to wash fruits and vegetables and knowing that most people obey traffic laws.

Skype and Facebook for allowing us to keep in contact with our friends and family all over the world.

The knowledge that the Book ofMormon, Another Testament of Christ is true.

A Church that helps hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, through its humanitarian projects throughout the world.

Men from the old folks' home in Bonao
Good health.

Brothers and sisters, especially my younger brother who passed away this year from complications of diabetes.

Sunflower in honor of my brother Heber who passed away this year.
The ability to still speak Spanish almost every day.

Visiting the Oregon coast with our daughter and our grandson in September.

Haystack Rock
The ability to have a garden and grow a few vegetables. 

The beginnings of a garden
Some of the produce from the garden
A good camera that still takes great pictures.

Puerta Plata in the early a.m.
The opportunity to write for others.

Senior missionaries (los regresados) and being able to hang out with them periodically.

Los regresados
 Being able to return to the DR in July and meeting new friends from MACILE.

Students from MACILE
Our new bikes we bought this summer and walks and bike rides in the early a.m. with Joanne on the Murdock Trail.

Joanne and her new bike this summer!
The opportunity Joanne has given me to learn how to cook a few things. Baked potatoes (Idaho spuds are the best!) and meatloaf are still my most favorite. I did bake two pies from scratch!

Yes, I made these peach pies from scratch!
The fact I love to teach and share what I know and what I would like to know.

Knowing I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.