Thankful Thursday

Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, it is a beautiful time of year filled with a unique spirit of gratitude and giving, we hope that spirit is emanating in your souls as much as it is in ours! Today we continue our thankful Thursday posts with a continued tradition here at UBB, probably our most personal post of the year! A look at who we are, what is behind UBB, and what we are grateful for!

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Writing a short paragraph about what I am thankful for is no easy task. There are so many things and people I would be nowhere without. I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, without whom I would not be where I am today. I am so thankful for the beautiful world we live in, I will never get tired of traveling and seeing new places and people. I am so thankful for the wonderful wedding industry we are in, especially our local vendors. As wedding vendors we have become a tight-knit community and it’s amazing to see the friendships and support systems that have formed. Lastly, I am so thankful for the lovely ladies that run Utah Bride Blog. Audrey and Megan have become some of my dearest friends and they feel like my sisters, I’m so thankful for all they have taught me!

– Lindsey Orton

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I just love this time of year and what this month represents. There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives and taking time out from our busy lives to count all of our blessings is just what we all need. I really have so many things to be thankful for and some of them are the little things we don’t think about like being healthy and having a roof over our heads. Whenever I start thinking about the things I’m the most thankful for my thoughts always turn to my family. I would be nothing without them and they are the ones who keep me motivated and push me to reach my dreams. They are the ones who make me feel complete and fill my heart with so much love that at many times I think I might burst. What would any of us be without our families and the daily support they give us? Thank you so much to my two sweet (and sometimes naughty) little boys who love me no matter what. They teach me so much about what true unconditional love is and they make me strive to be better person and a better mom every day.

Thank you to my dear husband who is truly one of the bests. He is one of the hardest working people I know and a daily inspiration of what hard work and reaching for your goals can get you. Thank you so much for being there for me through all of my endeavors and crazy ideas! You love me and support me one everything I do and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Thank you for being my best friend and always being my favorite person to hang out with. And most of all thank you for being the best dad to our boys. It’s no secret who is their favorite in this family!

Last but certainly not least… thank you to my dear friend and business partner, Audrey O’brien. We started this adventure almost 6 years and I couldn’t be happier with where it has gone and our continued friendship. I look up to you in so many ways from being such an amazing mom to being a hard working and dedicated business owner. ┬áIt’s so hard to find people in our lives that we can trust fully and know they will be there no matter what happens and I’m so lucky to have found that in Audrey. You are the other half to this UBB family and truly make it function! And thank you to our Assistant Editor, Lindsey Orton, who is beyond amazing and helpful in every way. I don’t know what we would do without you! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to this dream of ours and thank you for always being the nicest person to work with!

– Megan Bailey

ubbthankIn trying to sum up my thoughts about what I am grateful for and in reflection of the last year I feel drawn to simplify the complexity of what I have experienced in the last year, and this is what I have come up with ….. 2014 was full, simply put. And so my heart is full, bursting actually with gratitude for my blessings and even recognition of how some of those blessings have come with a good deal of pain.

I expanded my family with the addition of our caboose in February, mr Jag. In doing this I also expanded the chaos! You know that saying that once you have 3 kids {or maybe its 4} it does not matter how many more you add it’s all the same?! Well for me the game changer was six! He tipped us into crazy! With that crazy and the intensity of managing the schedules of a family this size we have had to evolve as a family, and in some ways that has been a bit painful but it has also brought us all closer together and helped us learn to serve and support each other on a deeper level. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow to connect more deeply with my husband and children and to work as a team to be the best family we can be! Thanks Nate for being my best friend and living this beautiful chaotic dream with me for the last 16 years! Jamaal, Storie, Stock, Saylor, Nox, & Jag you are the most incredible people in my world!

I have also been directly next to a lot of people I care deeply for as they went through really difficult things this past year. My heart has ached more for my family & friends this year than almost any other year I can think of. Time is the most fragile thing of all and love is the most valuable, and so I have become more aware of how I use my time, and I have loved, loved more than ever before.

While I am on a ‘what they say’ kick, you know how they say it takes a village to raise a kid? Well it also takes a community to be successful in business and I am so grateful to belong to such an amazing industry and community. My immediate “family” here at UBB is of huge support to me and I would not be nearly as successful without them. Megan Bailey you are a genius and I admire your brilliance daily, thank you for all your love and support. We have always made a pretty darn good team! We have an amazing staff here at UBB and they continue to play key roles in our growth and contribution to the local Utah wedding industry. Thank you Lindsey Orton for being a right hand gal to two gals at the same time, you always go above and beyond for us!

I sincerely hope and wish for all our UBB readers and supporters a deeper meaning in life, blessings in growth, time well spent, and a heart full of love. Happy Thanksgiving.

– Audrey O’Brien