Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Thanksgiving Retro Spective

Welcome to my Retro Thanksgiving. What follows is a collection of memories and gratitudes I gathered throughout the day.

I am grateful for my eternal perspective. It's good to know that I won't be judged for the stylishness of my couches, pillows or lamps. I am, however, accountable for how I nurture those little bums that have worn holes in my couch, and those sticky fingers that left smudges on my lamps.

I'm grateful to be a wife and mother. Nothing else in my life motivates me more to do better, to try harder, to change more often. I often notice the painful size of the gap between who I am and who I want to be. Fulfilling my role as wife and mother has allowed me stretch and grow to close that gap like nothing else could. 

I'm grateful for the Twilight Series. What? Are you serious? Yes, I am. And I included it here because I went and saw the movie for the third time today. Thanks to Stephenie Meyer, I met my peeps, reconnected with my inner child and remembered what having fun was.

I'm grateful for alpalcas because sometimes life can be stressful and painful and they help us forget.

I'm grateful for my heritage. Not long ago I attended to the temple and did an endowment session for an ancestor. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of what this woman had sacrificed. For her children. For her posterity. For me. Someday I will meet her face to face and we can both tell each other thanks. I tell you what; there will be no words.

These pictures speak for themselves here. Have you ever loved something so much it almost hurts? Look at those smiles. I get to see those all day long.

I am grateful for patience. Specifically for Heavenly Father's patience in me while I work out my salvation. 

I'm grateful for the parable of The Prodigal Son. There is no more hopeful or humbling story.  I have played several of the characters at one time or another. Don't we all? Aren't we all the recipients of undeserved mercy? We had a great visit with Steven today.  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. -Luke 15:32

H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G
from ours to yours.


  1. When my family said what they were thankful for around the table at dinner, I said Twilight too. They all laughed, but it's true. Without Twilight, or I should say Stephenie Meyer, you and our other peeps wouldn't be part of my life and I'm so grateful for all of you! :)

    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Rachel and family!

    I'm glad at least one person from our family is by Steven. Because you know those same smiley faces that you love so much bring him such joy too. And I love reading about your perspective of hope. It's lovely.

    I think you starting a blog might have been a bad thing for me. Now everytime I read it, I wish we lived closer. Someday, right?

    Tell Don Happy Birthday again. I talked to him this morning and didn't even know it was his birthday. All I cared to talk about was some lame lawyer. I know, I'm a total schmuck.

    I saw Twilight last night. We need to talk...

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has seen it three times:).

  4. Rachel Melzer, It's been forever. I came across Anna's blog and she gave me your's.It's so fun to see whats going on in your life, and you put everything so beautifly. I hope everything is going good with you and your family and I'm thankful for blogging so you can come across old friends. I hope sometime we can catch up again.

  5. LOVE your post....and just caught up on your others - LOVE the KC boots, I will be so jealous if you get those....or the embosser....or the camera. I think we have the same wants. You looked beautiful today at church btw - I loved your shirt!
    I hope you are feeling better. You are a super woman to me!

  6. What fun thoughts of things to be thankful for!

  7. So... what's with the alpacas?

  8. The alpalcas live at the rehab my brother is in. We got to visit them when we went to see him on Thanksgiving.

  9. Okay, that makes much more sense now! Thanks for the explanation!

  10. I want to know when you are finishing your book. Your writing and insight is simply inspirational. You make me see things in a new light and help me to remember what is most important. Simply put, YOU ROCK!