During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I'm Grateful for Ice Cream!

Ice Cream is one of my favorite treats.   I was blessed as a child to have parents who always seemed to have Ice Cream in the freezer.  Sunday Dinner dessert was usually cake and ice cream, Monday night Family Home Evening treats were often Ice Cream, home made ice cream was often on the menu for summer holidays, and Ice Cream was often an after school snack.  Grandma and Grandpa also had ice cream in their freezer, and I've heard rumors that Grandpa was known to serve Ice Cream with breakfast pancakes! Tonight's treat was a snack size drumstick . . . just right to satisfy a craving without eating too much.  Do I have a favorite flavor?  Probably anything with chocolate, nuts and chunks make it even better. 

What's your favorite ice cream?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I'm Grateful For Leftover Halloween Candy . . .

Especially anything with nuts and chocolate!

Nuff said.

Monday, November 4, 2019

I'm Grateful for Hot Soup and Warm Blankets

I've been working long hours quite a lot for a while now, and there's nothing better than coming home from work in the dark and being able to whip up a quick pot of soup.  I've had a few packages of Bear Creek Soup left over from last winter that have come in handy this past week.  On Halloween night we quickly cooked up a big pot of Creamy Wild Rice Soup before heading out to our neighborhood Trunk or Treat, and tonight we cooked up a big pot of Navy Bean Soup.   We also have a pretty good stock of warm Sherpa fleece blankets from Costco on hand to cuddle up in while checking out the blogs and facebook or watching the latest episodes of our favorite shows on Netflix.

What are your favorite comforts for chilly November evenings?

Sunday, November 3, 2019

I Am Grateful For Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

I have always been blessed to know that I am the daughter of a loving Heavenly Father.  Throughout my life I have been taught to love the Lord and God with all my mind, heart, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.   I am far from perfect, and struggle every single day to do better at living up to these expectations, but I am grateful to know that God knows me and has a plan for my life, and that he and my Savior, Jesus Christ are always there to listen to my prayers, guide me through life's challenges, and forgive me for my shortcomings when I am willing change and repent, because of their love and through atonement of Jesus Christ.

Here are a few of my previous thoughts and posts about my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ:

He Knows My Name

Witness of Jesus Christ

Gratitude for a Loving Father in Heaven

Gratitude for Jesus Christ

Saturday, November 2, 2019

I Am Grateful For My Body

Marcy at Niagra Falls  July 2019

Yes, I'm well into my fifties (almost to those sixties), and my body doesn't quite do everything I would like it too.  Part of that is my own fault for not caring for it quite like I should (you know all of  that eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep etc), but I am grateful for all that my body is still able to do . . . see, hear, taste, walk, run, work, sing, exercise, travel, garden, read, sew, serve, and  forall of the wonderful senses that I enjoy every single day.  I'm grateful to have a body, even if it isn't perfect!

Friday, November 1, 2019

I Am Grateful For Family

Just a few of the wonderful people that I am privileged to call family

Today I was able to gather with several of my siblings and their spouses for a family dinner at my brother's new home.  As my dear brother said in the text invite, we are best friends since birth, and it is always wonderful to be able to get together and chat and share memories and catch up on the news and events of each other's family and friends.  We are very blessed to be a family and for the parents and grandparents and the heritage and life that we share.

I'm also very blessed with an excellent, wonderful, kind and loving spouse, to be included as a part of his kind and loving family, and to share six children, two daughters in law, two almost three grandchildren with him . . . and to be able to enjoy their love and talents and be a part of all of their lives.

Family is truly one of my greatest blessings!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Light of the Christmas Season

"The Nativity"  by Ted Henninger   Photo Source:  www.lds.org

"May the beautiful lights of every Christmas season remind us of Him who is the source of all light."---Elder David A Bednar

December 2018 ends a very blessed year for the Howes Family.  We have been able to travel and visit with loved ones, and have had our children come and visit with us.  DH made two different visits to the hospital, one planned and one unscheduled.   We are grateful for good doctors and medical care, and that he was able to return to work in very short order, and after several months of regular cardio rehab and fitness training, he is feeling better than he has for years!  We have been blessed with good jobs and steady work, and the other blessings that work brings with it.

Now that the days are shorter, darker, and the weather colder, we especially enjoy having quiet evenings at home together, reflecting on blessings of dear family and friends, and the love and kindness they bring into our lives.  Our wish is that all who read this may also feel of the light and peace and love and joy that comes from our Father in Heaven and his gift to us, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the true source of light.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very blessed and joyous 2019!