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Happy Thanksgiving from Our House to Yours

47 years now, we’ve been sending out an annual Thanksgiving Card
There were four of us on that first one,
There are 50 of us now.
Each precious enough to overwhelm alone,
But synergized into a collective miracle we call family.
Thanks grows with its Giving,
And elevates our perspective of this as the only real legacy.

Sender Sentiments Recognize Recipients,
For you are the Blessings as well as the Sendees—
You are on the Subject: line as well as the To: line.
And we are thankful to you as well as for you.

Because People are the first corner of our Thanks-giving Triangle.
Then Places, trying now for limits—one speaking trip a month,
With routes running through our kids,
And returning always to our beloved nook, perch, and knoll.
Then Purpose with four books consuming us this year…
One on Joy and one on Marriage (two subjects that rub off on each other)
And two on Grandparenting,
Which, if nothing else, have kept our minds on what matters.

We are, today, the undeserving beneficiaries of astounding gifts
That range from inventions to inspiration and from bounty to beauty,
That come from mother earth and fellow men, and God on high.
We Give Thanks.

Wishing you a Truly Thankful Thanksgiving and a Christ-Centered Christmas,
Rick and Linda in Park City, Saren and Jared +5 in Ogden (Ashton at University of Utah), Shawni and Dave +5 (Max at BYU and engaged to Abby Martin, and Elle at BYU Hawaii) and Josh +29 students in Gilbert, Saydi and Jeff +4 in Salt Lake City, Jonah and Aja +5 on Maui, Tal and Anita +1 in Switzerland, Noah and Kristi +6 in Provo, Eli and Julie +3 in Manhattan, Charity and Ian +2 in London

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