Thankful Thursday 6 – State Holidays Edition

I was looking for a picture of Gene, but I don't have one, so here's one of the kids with their Nana-his oldest daughter.

I was looking for a picture of Gene, but I don’t have one, so here’s one of the kids with their Nana-his oldest daughter.

Happy 24th of July! I’m not really much of an exclamation mark guy, buy that sentence looks weird without it. If you don’t know me personally and you’re reading this, just imagine Eeyore delivering that sentence and you’ll have a good idea of how I’d actually say it.

Just now I was curious how many state holidays actually exist, and there are more than I thought. Here’s a list. Did you know that Indiana celebrates Lincoln’s birthday as an official state holiday, but that they hold the celebration the day after Thanksgiving, instead of in February when it actually was? That’s odd, right? Thanks for the factoid, internet.

So today in Utah it’s Pioneer Day. It commemorates the day that Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake valley in 1847. I’m grateful for the pioneers and their sacrifices. Whenever I get the chance to really think about what they did, I’m just blown away.

Today is also an important observance on Bonnie’s side of the family: it’s Grandpa Gene’s birthday. Grandpa Gene is Bonnie’s maternal grandfather. He passed away before I joined the family, but by all accounts he was an amazing and inspiring person. I’m grateful that my wife and kids have inherited such a fantastic legacy.

Finally, we’re also right in the middle of a family reunion with all of Bonnie’s brothers and sisters. We’ve spent most of the week up at their cabin in Provo canyon, so I’m stealing a few minutes to get this post out. It’s been a lot of fun, and deserves its own post, but I’m grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to spend time together. Also, apologies to anyone who commented in the last few days, I haven’t been near my computer for a bit.

So like I said, there’s much to be grateful for today. It’s been a good week, and we’ve still got a few more days of reunion to go. I’m looking forward to it.

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