Why Me?

When trouble hits

and it’s hard to just be

it is tempting

to ask out loud “Why me?” Continue reading


23 Thank Yous: Thanksgiving 2017

A few years ago, I read an excerpt from a book called 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. 


The author was finishing the worst year of his life in 2007 and through a series of events decided to write a different thank you note each day for a year.  The experience changed his life.

Since I have decided to jump back into reading this year I have made sure I am not without a book to read each night.  Either one chapter a day or 10 pages whichever comes first and my attention span holds out on.  Right before Thanksgiving I finished a book so I decided to read the entire book this year over the Thanksgiving holiday.  It seemed like an appropriate choice for the holiday. Continue reading

A Rose in the Dark

roseWinter had not been pleasant. Even the old-timers said it had been awhile since we’ve seen so much white. The snow storms in Wyoming sometimes cause the roads to close. At one point, all roads out of town were closed. It might have been at night when I wouldn’t have been going anywhere anyway but I could still feel the effect of it. Trapped. Loss of freedom. What if I wanted to go for a midnight drive to a neighboring state? Too bad. I felt stuck. It wasn’t just from the snow storm either.

For some time I have felt lost. Like I am drifting without any real goal to head to. Or like I am constantly in fog. Or a mist of darkness.

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The Good Stuff in 2016



madi-and-gpaThis year has been rough.  But I’ve mentioned that several times before.  Even I’m getting tired of hearing about the 1-2 punches this year has thrown at me.  It’s time to move on despite the fact there are still three more months with more tests coming my way I’m sure.  Let’s not talk about that right now.  I don’t want to appear ungrateful so this post is all about the good stuff 2016 has thrown my way.  There’s been plenty. Continue reading

My thankful list

I am thankful for…

a warm bed to climb into

the food in the cupboard and on the table

the company I keep

that I am fit and able

the car that I drive

the job that I go to

the bills I can pay

all that I get to do

the state I live in

the people I know

the education I have had

the places I can go

a hug and a kiss

a warm smile on a friendly face

my small crowd of fans cheering me on

an understanding grace

trials that knock me down

strength that helps me stand

opposition that makes me grow

an knowledge of the plan

the loving family that I have

my mom’s scriptures that I read

trust and faith extended to me

a small and kind deed

the Atonement offered to me

the fact I know where I belong

examples to light the way…

this list can go on and on.

I may not have it all

but I could not ask for more

except to say more often

what I’m thankful for.

© 2013 ck’s days


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Most thankful for by ck

Tonight’s prayer by ck