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  • WE ARE…

    ... THE PERKES. We still consider ourselves newlyweds [we've been married for almost 5 years]. Our firstborn, Jace, is now 2 years old, and became a big brother when Sofia Rain joined our family in November 2012. We are from the East Coast [Luisa is from MA and Nate is from NH]. We are Bronco's Fans [We've lived in the Boise area for almost 5 years]. We are travelers. We are athletes and we are dancers. We are enthusiastic about food. We are spontaneous. We are addicted to the sun. We are in love.

    Most importantly... we are HAPPY. We are the Perkes.


We had a great day for Thanksgiving and we spent it with Nate’s brother and sister-in-law. It was such a sweet and gorgeous day. This is the third time that Kate and I have worked on Thanksgiving together, and it gets a bit easier every year. While we were preparing dinner, it was so cute to watch the boys and the kids playing ball outside. Featured above are the place settings that Gracie, my niece and I, made. The kids loved them. Here was our menu:

Apple Dip
Artichoke Dip
Pineapple Cheese Ball

Mashed Potatoes
Candied Yams
Jalapeño Corn
Cranberry Sauce

Apple Crumble
Coconut Cream

I have grown up with a tradition in my family to go around the table and talk about the things that we are thankful for. I think it’s a really great idea to help remind everyone of the real reasons why we celebrate this holiday. Although I didn’t get to say all of these, I wanted to remind myself of what I’m truly grateful for [In No Particular Order]:

NATE & JACE, Books, Food, Sunshine, Laughter, Music, Dancing, Beauty, Animals, My Christ, Queenie, My Mom & Dad, Mom & Dad Perkes, My Siblings, Emotion, True Love, Charity, Soft Pajamas, Fresh Fruit, Smoothies, Being a Mom, Temples, Warmth, The Spirit, Peace, Health for myself & my family, Taste, Being Held, A Working Vehicle, A Sound Mind, Burgers & Fries, Joyful Tears, Grass, Picnics, Boating, Speed, Wind, Being Able to Cook, Brit V., Sunday Afternoon Naps, Accomplishing Much, Waking Early, The Scriptures, Contacts, Modern Medicine, Being Treated Like Goddess by My Husband, The Atonement – that makes it so easy for me to say sorry and be forgiven, Chocolate, Babies, Old People, Making People Feel Loved & Special, Christmas, Bubble Baths, Foot Massages, Fresh, Clean, Cool, Crisp Forest Air, Water, Fire, Flowers, the Ocean.

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