I know, I know my titles are basically ridiculously long and wordy! haha...anyways...today is Memorial Day. And it was the day of our long planned and many hour labored-for BBQ. I was excited to see the turnout there was just the right amount of people (Holla Nelsons, Banks, Annisis, Hunts, Barrios', Clarks, Gilberts and Lilywhites)! Everyone came with bags packed with canned foods for the Utah Food Bank. Thank you everyone for being so generous!
While I was searching all over the Utah Food Banks website I found some interesting facts. 1 in 8 children live below the poverty level. 350,000 Utahns risk missing at least one meal a day. The site said that the average person that comes in is a marrried, emplyed parent who is stuggling for a short period. It is so sad to think of children starving right near us. With all the wealth our country has and our abundance of resources it is hard to believe that children in my very own community are going without food.
It makes me so grateful for what I have. I love my family. I love my husband especially! He is willing to go to work 55 plus hours a week and go to not one but TWO schools to better our lives and to make it possible for me to stay home and raise our children. I am grateful for Shaun's great job. I am grateful that we are not in desperate times like so many are around us. After Memorial Day, I am reminded how grateful I am to be an American and how grateful I am to those that have either died or put themselves at risk for me everyday. I am also reminded after the BBQ how grateful I am that lately my eyes have been opened to the good in people. So, many people were willing to come and bring canned foods and help me with setup and cleanup. And while we are talking about things that I am grateful for let me just say.... I am so grateful for the knowledge of the gospel, the atonement and the Plan of Happiness. I am so grateful, too for the knowledge that I have that Heavenly Father loves me and that he sees me and all my imperfections and loves me anyways and sees my potential as a daughter of God.