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"Gratitude Every Day: A Journey of Love, Trials, and Endless Thanks"

Hello Beautiful Souls ~

Hope you and your family are doing well. You're amazing ~

I just wanted to share some real-life thoughts and inspiration. Buckle up, because this isn’t your average gratitude story—it's a rollercoaster of love, family, and learning to laugh at life's quirks.

So, I gotta tell you about my amazing hubby, Tarl. We're not just ride-or-die partners; we're best buds. Picture this: two goofballs lovingly pushing each other's buttons while jamming to music, scribbling on canvases, building random stuff from scratch, and strolling through sunrises and sunsets. Oh, and our home? It's like a sanctuary of love with a sprinkle of Jesus vibes.

Let's talk family. I'm from a massive squad of 13, while Tarl's the OG among 9 siblings. Yep, chaotic but oh-so-beautiful. We're all about those family gatherings, sharing tales that make you laugh till you snort, and watching our nieces and nephews grow—seriously, they're popping out their own families now! It's a beautiful mess of love and nostalgia.

In sickness and in health, our families have been our rock stars, teaching us that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, but it's definitely worth dancing in the rain for. We’ve learned to talk it out, shrug off grudges, forgive faster than a microwave cooks popcorn, and cherish the wild, messy, and utterly perfect moments.

Life's this wild mix of planning for the future and embracing the now. We’ve learned to love our flaws, hustle through tough times, and find strength in our vulnerabilities. 'Cause, you know, even superheroes have their off days.

This isn’t just a once-a-year gratitude fest—it’s a daily dose of thankfulness, even when life’s pulling a prank on us. Our memories with family and friends? They're like treasure chests filled with gold—irreplaceable.

Life's unpredictability is a reminder that change and transformation don't always require colossal trials. They can stem from the purity of a kind heart, from reaching out to family and reconnecting with those we've loved from years past, from forgiving, and from extending a helping hand to those in need.

It's the faith, hope, and love in all circumstances that have bestowed upon us the greatest happiness and peace since Tarl and I met and fell in love three years ago. Our memories with our siblings, parents, family, and friends are the treasures we hold dear. The longing for everyday togetherness is palpable, yet we've come to understand that no matter where each of us resides, our family bond remains unbroken, forever nurturing, and infinitely important. Emotions come, and it's important to talk to those you love about anything. Wisdom, resilience, holding no grudges, forgiveness, cherishing what is important, and living life just for the day is key. Plan for the future, but relish the moment for the day.

Work on talents, continue education, grow in struggles, and defeat the anger from horrible trials and challenges. Love yourself, practice self-care, find strength, understand weaknesses, and know you're not alone; there are many around the world. Strength amid the horrible times, letting yourself be vulnerable, owning your feelings, acknowledging the hurt, taking time, and knowing that God and our Savior created all of us because they don't make junk.

You are of value and importance, no matter how big or small your desires, dreams, prayers, or wishes. Your feelings matter, and your hopes and dreams matter. Life can get lonely, and unfair, and present various challenges physically, emotionally, spiritually, or financially. It may seem unbearable but don't give up. Seek help with resources around you; don't be ashamed to ask for help. Look to God or those you believe in; reach out to family, friends, communities, and neighbors—countless resources are available worldwide.

Choose good over evil. Have faith rather than fear. God is with us all, guiding us through the maze of life. I anticipate eternity with my true love and wonderfully creative husband, Tarl. I yearn for the day when all of us will be together for eternity. But until then, let's weave a tapestry of memories, embracing every moment, breathing in the beauty of life, accepting both judgment and reality and finding solace in creating our happiness and safe space.

You're loved. Thanks for your support and ongoing love. May you continue to embrace what life has and conquer it all. Stay safe. Keep smiling and laughing.

Keep shining. Stay inspired. ~ Jackie inspires ~


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