I Am Grateful

I could not let this holiday weekend come to an end without a public expression of my gratitude.

I have so much to be grateful for.

I am grateful for these four beautiful faces and that I have been able to spend the last few days with all of them together!

Thanksgiving Photos

I am grateful for a husband that tells me daily that he loves me and that I am beautiful – even on those days when I am not so lovable or so beautiful.

Thanksgiving Photos

I am grateful for family – especially for the family we have been able to spend the last few days with, playing , eating, shopping and eating some more!  It never fails that when we leave one of us always says “I wish we lived closer.”

I am grateful for parents and in-laws who have provided us with a firm foundation upon which our faith could grow and develop.

I am grateful for the challenges life brings.  The last four years have been especially challenging for our family.  I have learned so much through these challenges.  My faith has grown and deepened and I know that through these challenges we have become better and more compassionate people.

I am grateful that my husband has a job.  Having experienced unemployment three times in the last four years I will never take for granted the blessings of having employment.  A few weeks ago Jim began working for Aflac (yes, that crazy  duck on the commercials!)  He has been in sales since college and is excited for this new opportunity.  He came home from work last week and said “I am having so much fun!”  I am grateful!

I am grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who knows me and watches over me on a daily basis.  He loves me, strengthens me and supports me.

I am also grateful to you!  For the kind words and expressions of love and support so many of you have offered us, especially during our last few months of unemployment.  Many of you took the time to share with us information that was so helpful!

I am grateful that you read this blog, enjoy it and that it may in some way help and enrich your life just as it enriches my life to write it.  So many wonderful blessings have come into my life as a result of it!

I am grateful!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    What I want to know is WHY don’t I know you? I too am Portland-area-based. And with the small-world of the Faith we share…I am curious why I haven’t met you yet!

    Happy thanksgiving.

    We made the lovely winter salad you posted a couple days ago for our Thanksgiving meal. WONDERFULLY delicious. Thanks,

  2. says

    Congratulations to Jim on his new job, that is fantastic! I am grateful for your blog and your willingness to not only share recipes and pretty things but the ups and down of life. I am glad that you were able to spend this holiday with your family. Happy Sunday!

  3. Tamara says

    I am grateful to have you as my “sister.” Just wished you lived closer. . . .but that is more true now. I am grateful for your wonderful husband Jim too. . . .what a delight it was growing up in the same household with him. We are grateful that things are working out for his job too. I am grateful for all the time you spend enriching our lives with your many blogs. . . . .Happy Sabbath and traveling home!

  4. Valerie H. says

    What a beautiful post Leigh Anne and what a beautiful family you have.
    Best wishes to Jim and his new job. I was so happy to hear that he is employed
    once again and enjoys it. I am very thankful for you and your great blog!

  5. says

    Awesome news that your husband has gotten work!!! AND…that he is enjoying the job he goes to for earning money to support and provide for his loving family. Praise the Lord. I am so happy to hear you are over that hurdle. God is good ….ALL the time…God is good…no matter what the season we walk in.
    I made the butter fudge fingers in the previous post. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Sinfully rich! {:-0 I may just have to wrap some of these up and send them back with my Marine tomorrow to share at Camp LeJeune. (They’ll work off all those calories in one Moto Run.) :-)
    Thanks for your post with all its inspiration and recipes.

  6. says

    So glad that Jim has found a job! There are many in our neighborhood that are unemployed, and we have been through it ourselves in the past. I no longer take a steady paycheck for granted.

    Thank YOU for being friendly and open and welcoming me and many others into your lovely internet haven. I feel like I know you, even though we’ve never met in real life. Some time we’ll have to have a “fans of Leigh Anne” lunch while you’re out here.

  7. Amy says

    I’m behind on my blogs so I’m just reading this now !
    I am so happy that your husband has a job. I know how stressful that is, firsthand.

    I am grateful for you Leigh Anne and how you share with us! Thank you for sharing all your talent and your family with me.

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