Being able to fly home for Thanksgiving, my dad’s artichoke stuffing, My dad and the hugs he gives, Harry Potter, Father Vincent, Amy, Megan, Brittany, Tatiana and Mark, my Sunday at Forefront, that I get to see my brother and Lulu and how happy she makes him, Joel Burns, for the ability to spy via facebook, John Dehlin and Mormon Stories Podcast for giving me an online religious community, pie, doubt, warm blankets, the history of Texas, that my mom bought me Going Rogue, that I’m lucky enough to have my mom for a mother, for outrageously uncomfortable shoes and crocs, Carol Lynn Pearson and all her books that make me cry and think, my nephew and his laugh, Caleb and how much he inspires me, Joanna Brooks for writing about this instillation, Jesus, George Carlin and the fact I get to write about him for a grade, Netflix, Marek Bozek, Jennifer Sleeman, my dear sister (I just love her!) my laptop and my new power adaptor, praying in the closet (literally), photographs, San Antonio, being ahead of schedule, the fact someone out there thinks I’m “thoughtful and fair-minded” with the “makings of a great teacher,” New York City, tall glasses of milk, making people smile,
those people who say thank you when you hold open a door for them, potato skins, swiffers, dishes I don’t have to wash, people who see abundant events and believe they’re real, my bobble head Jesus, The Rally to Restore Sanity, my brother-in-law for becoming just a brother, Rev. James Martin and everything he writes, my iPod touch, the fact that I’m a daughter of a Heavenly Father, waking up with enough time to make breakfast, movie theatres and the sounds right before the lights are dimmed, opening the door of my apartment after a long day, Henry Clay, Trader Joes, 1 Corinthians 12, the fact I have a Heavenly Mother named Mary, Reasoning with Vampires, ranch dressing and my brother’s explanation of it, The Eucharist, The Chrysler Building, Killing the Buddha, The Trevor Project, Minnie Mouse, crocheting, heavy books that make me think,
having parents that make me believe I’m just great, The Rosary, tamales, Led Zeppelin, watches, The Power of One, sign language, good grades I worked hard for, good grades that just happened, Nuns Having Fun, that in one year I’ll be a student teacher, clean bathrooms, the phrases “my heart is so full” and “pleased as punch,” , Why do Catholic’s Do That?, Emma Hale Smith, the study lounge at Waverly, Silver Spurs, servicemen and women, that I don’t have to work at HEB for Thanksgiving, Rite Aid and their cheap milk, blogs, thinking before acting and…
the knowledge and hope that there are still a lot of compassionate people out there.