800th Post

Tonight while hanging out with my dear dear friends the Whitmore’s we went back and looked at some pictures and laughed at the old days and in this journey I happened to notice that I had 799 posts. Meaning that this post is the 800th post I have put here on this blog. I am a very sentimental person, and through all the different things that have happened in my life for some reason I have been able to consistently blog on this little blogspot. We have had ups and downs. We have been to funerals and weddings. We have experienced loss and disappointment, and we have been so blessed. 
As I am now 7 weeks away from meeting a new member of my family, I find myself reflecting so much on the past years and myself. I have been so sick, and felt so terrible during this pregnancy I find my spirits have been lower than normal. I find it hard to be who I want to be, and sometimes looking back on days gone by makes me sad. Still I can see where the Lord has lead me and my family to the place we are now, and I am totally overwhelmed with the ways He has blessed us. 
Today at church the theme in sacrament meeting was prayer and revelation. One of the speakers read this quote:
“When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet, when you pray with real conviction, “Please let me know Thy will” and “May Thy will be done,” you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father.”
-Richard G Scott
I know that my current set of trials are also a blessing. The daily illness that I am coping with is no uncommon situation. Still, I like this idea that instead of asking, “Why me?” ask, “What do I do?” 
So what is this weird post all about? Just a time to stop and reflect on the past 7 years of blogging, and to say thank you for everyone who appears anywhere here. Thank you to all of my family, friends, and loved one’s who enrich my life so deeply. Thank you for letting me photograph you. Thank you for going out and doing things with me. Thank you for all of the good times, and the bad. I am grateful for it all. 
Thanks most of all to my companion, Karl. Thanks for all of the adventures, and looking forward to the many adventures to come. 

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