Thankful In All Things ~
Hello beautiful Souls,
As the holidays approach, life has been a whirlwind of activity for us. I've been immersed in my Fall semester at school, which will conclude in mid-December. And, as we look ahead, my final semester for Spring 2024 is just around the corner. Graduation May 2024.
The light at the end of the academic tunnel is becoming brighter and more inspiring with each passing day, as I'll soon graduate with my Bachelor's in Family Science from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It's been a long journey, but we're getting there!
Speaking of journeys, Tarl, my loving husband, and I find ourselves in the beautiful town of Washington, Utah, not far from St. George. We've been exploring the stunning landscapes, getting to know our new community, and embracing the charm of our new home. It's truly a season to be thankful for all the beauty that surrounds us.
One thing that brings us immense joy is sharing our talents in creative works. Tarl and I both have a passion for storytelling, art, writing, and more. It's not just a hobby; it's a way for us to express our innermost thoughts and emotions. Through our creativity, we connect with one another on a deeper level and with the world around us.
On a personal note, I've been continuing my journey to better health. I've been managing my diabetes with the help of insulin pumps, dealing with gastroparesis, and working closely with specialists to address my health concerns. Lately, I've been undergoing various tests and consultations for my sinus tachycardia, a condition that can raise my heart rate up to 140 even when I'm at rest. I'm waiting to see a Cardiac Electrophysiologist for further review and testing. It's like running a marathon, but I'm determined to keep moving forward with a positive outlook, and a touch of humor is always helpful.
Tarl has been embracing the beauty of working from home as a technical writer. He's been pouring his creativity into his projects, weaving fascinating stories, and making our home a place where inspiration flows freely during the evenings and weekends. It's a delight to witness his passion in action, and it's something that truly makes our daily lives more beautiful. Go after your dreams and support others in their own dreams.
As the holiday season approaches, we are filled with excitement. This will be our first time spending the holidays in Utah, and we're looking forward to the new traditions we'll create. We're grateful for everyone who is a part of our lives, and we carry that gratitude with us every single day, not just during the "holiday" season. Life is a gift, and we cherish it in every moment.
On a recent Sunday, Tarl and I had the privilege of giving a talk at our church on caring for others and being self-reliant. It was a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences and offer support to our fellow church members. Caring for one another and building self-reliance is a philosophy we hold dear, and it's an honor to be able to give back in this way.
In closing, we'd like to remind you to do your best every day, no matter what challenges you face. Life is a journey, and sometimes it's a marathon, sometimes it's a sprint, but it's always worth it. We revel in the views of the mountain deserts, the warm sunshine, and the everyday joys of life together.
We want to express our love and gratitude to all those who support us on this beautiful journey. Thank you for being a part of our lives and for being part of the light that brightens our path.
Keep Shining ~Be Inspired ~
~Jackie & Tarl ~
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