Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas

Here is Utah we are blessed to have a very cold and white Christmas this year. This year is quite different than any other in recent years. This year we are 14 weeks pregnant and for the first time having to think about getting maternity clothes. I do not need anything else for a gift this year...the Lord has blessed us with this pregnancy. There are many ways that the Lord has blessed us and I hope that I can share those blessings with others.

Last week I was made the first counselor in the Young Mens...it would seem that I can relate to the youth...or I need to learn on to grow up...which I doubt will ever happen. Maturity is not easily defined and is relatively subjective. I have found that immaturity is look upon in a negative light...I differ with that view. Immaturity is simply the lack of knowledge and in some cases experience.

As the special day is fast approaching I want to thank my parents for all that they have done for me over the years. I could not ask for better parents. I am also extremely blessed to have a mother-in-law and father-in-law who have taken me and loved me for who I am. I could not be more blessed than to have such parental love from both sides of the family...something that the vast majority of people in this world will never know. To top it all off, I have the most amazing, loving wife a man could ever hope for. She loves me despite my faults and shortcomings...she believes in me and supports me no matter what.

So, take this time this holiday season to show appreciation and love for family and for friends. I want to thank all of our friends for their support over the years. So, from the Lehi Burkes to you...we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

December Update

Well, here I sit watching the snow fall fast and furious after what can only be described as a growing experience. After our company had some layoffs this week I thought this day would never come. It was a hard experience for me as a manager as I lost over half my team. My wife and I have those who lost their employment this week in our prayers. I have every confidence that these fine individuals will find suitable employment. I know that Lord will bless them. As I recall in my own life, my wife and I were both unemployed when we were married. The Lord has always blessed us even when we could not see the blessings right in front of us.

So, after much sleep deprivation I sit here watching The Dark Knight, sorry Debbie...I will watch it with you tomorrow as well. Snow is falling faster with each passing moment...I cannot put off the inevitable...I need to go get a snow blower so I do not have another spring surgery.

I sincerely hope and pray that regardless of the circumstances you are in that you enjoy the holiday season. May the Lord bless us all in these turbulent times.