1. The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him I am nothing and with Him, nothing is impossible.
2. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A blessing to me that is worth more than anything in this world.
3. My sweet, wonderful husband. Because once upon a time I really thought marriage was the beginning of an end. But, because of his love and kindness to me, he has proved that theory wrong over and over and over again. (I love you!)
4. My children. They have allowed me to live life in High-Def, Surround Sound 3-D!
5. My Mom and My Dad. My mom for instructing me how to accompany for musical numbers, teaching me how to cook from scratch and instilling in me the love of chocolate. My dad for teaching me the importance of hard work, encouraging me to reach my goals and inviting me in my youth to love – with all my heart – the word of God.
6. My siblings. For loving me even after all the stuff I dished out to them many years ago.
7. The gift of the Holy Ghost. The Record of Heaven. The Comforter. The Truth of All Things. That which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things. That which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.
8. Acetaminophen. Without it I would be one BIG headache during the entire nine months of pregnancy . . . (and then some)!
9. Sleep. For because the Lord knows that sleep is the best thing for me to start off a new day!
10. “My” Young Women’s President and the first “real” returned sister missionary I knew. Her testimony of the gospel motivated me to serve a full-time mission.
11. Priesthood blessings. For direction, for guidance, for peace.
12. My very bestest friend in high school. Sweet, happy cherished memories!
13. Seminary. Where the truth that had always been taught to me began to sprout and grow and live.
14. My Granny. She taught me how to sew, how to enjoy a fresh cup of peppermint tea with a liverwurst sandwich . . . and instilled a fear of drinking Coke (do you know what it does to clogged drains??).
15. Serving as a young Primary teacher in a Laotion Branch. It was the beginning of my understanding of the great love God has for all of His children.
16. Sacred, holy places. The temple. Quiet, wooded mountains. And feeling a baby move in my belly.
17. Indoor plumbing. Of all the modern inventions, I would put running water and a flushing toilet as the one for which I am the most grateful.
18. Corrective lenses. For because if we lived in the time of Jesus I would be a blind beggar. So would my husband. Four of our children. And the dog. (But the dog would probably fare better).
19. The invention of the printing press. Where would my life be without good books?
20. Stake Presidents. I will always cherish the recommend interviews with one during the time my husband served as a Bishop; and the memory of another blessing the Sacrament.
21. A 15 passenger van. 15!!! How else could I drive all my children to and from and all the way back again?
22. Cilantro. In my book one of the tastiest Mexican-food garnishes out there.
23. Newly fallen snow. Because there’s no better way to see what repentance and forgiveness look like.
24. A visiting teacher who turned out to be one of my dearest, most cherished friends.
25. My sewing machine. My creative outlet and a calming pastime. (Thanks Granny)
26. Ice Cream. Particularly the homemade kind . . . and Cold Stone!
27. Fire. I happen to enjoy being warm when it is cold. And a REAL fire (with wood) is the most yummy heat I know.
28. Bread. The kind we ate fresh – everyday – in Spain. Ahhh!
29. My mission companion during the holidays while I was far away from home.
30. Baby #9 . . . And it’s is a girl!