I have had a lot to reflect on today. I remember still exactly where I was standing and what I was doing when I first heard about the attacks on September 11, 2001. I remember the weather that day and the things I was thinking, and I remember watching on live news coverage with absolute horror as the World Trade Center towers fell. It's been hard to watch everything that's unfolded since then, and to have our nation at war. So today, I can't help feeling gratitude for all the sacrifices so many have given for us, and feeling my own gratitude that my own loved ones have been blessed to come home again.
I am curious to see what the future holds for our nation- with the elections and the economy and global warming (so I hear- this has been the coolest summer I ever remember in Idaho!) and oil prices, there is a lot that could happen. And yet, I know that this land is so blessed, and really is a land of promise. How grateful I am to live here, to have food to eat and clean water to drink and a home and a job and my sweet little family. I hope I never take for granted the things I've been blessed with- including our wonderful nation and all those who protect it!