Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Survived the Ides Edition

(Let's see, I need an intro). . . . (minutes tick by). . . . (letters appear, then disappear). . . . (still got nothin'). . . . 

Without further ado, I'm jumping right into the list this week:

I'm thankful for friends:  (1) those who stopped by just to visit, (2) online friends who reached out through email, (3) a visiting teacher who popped in with yummy St. Patrick Day cookies, (4) those we caught up with at a wedding reception last night.

I'm thankful for the beauty that is mid-March:  (5) warm temperatures (6) blooming flowers (7) green plants everywhere.

I'm thankful for (8) ceiling fans when the nights seem too warm.

I'm thankful for (9) the completion of the filing of taxes.

As always, I'm thankful for (10) John.  

How has your week gone?  Comment below, then visit the Ten Things of Thankful blog to link up, and to read what others have to say!


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ten Things of Thankful: Preaching to the Choir Edition

It's Sunday.  I attended church this morning, and as I sit down to write my TToT post for the week, I'm thankful for the habit of gratitude this blog (and this blog hop) has helped me develop.  I know I'm preaching to the choir, but let me explain a major benefit of gratitude, as I understand it.   Before I do that, though, feel free to sing along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:





Phillipians 4:6-7 says:  "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 

In other words, as we express gratitude, we are blessed with peace--even peace when the situation doesn't really seem to warrant peace. 


It's been a bit of a week, shall we say, and I'm a little tired.  I have much to be thankful for, though, and as I think on those things, I find joy and peace. 

1.  I'm thankful for baby bunnies.  


Photo:  A tiny baby bunny bottom is camouflaged among the dirt and weeds

 
Photo:  A baby bunny at the corner of the block wall

2.  I'm thankful for blossoming trees and flowers.

3.  I'm thankful for new fish in my aquarium.  As I was looking at the tank the other day, I noticed 2 tiny little fish.  Apparently one of my fish gave birth, and at least a couple of the fry have survived.  

4.  I'm thankful for homemade blueberry muffins.  It has been a long time since I've baked muffins, but I whipped up a dozen this afternoon.  I love the smell (and the taste!)

5.  I'm thankful for a cleaner house.  I've been able to take some time to pay attention to some neglected areas this week.  I love it when my surroundings are clutter-free.

6.  I'm thankful for music.  I've played the piano more this week, thanks to my new calling as Primary pianist.  John and I also went to a concert by The Irish Rovers last night.  

7.  I'm thankful for friends, near and far.  As I was talking to my neighbor today, we discovered we were both at the concert last night. Even though we must have left the neighborhood and come home at different times, and even though we sat in different areas of the theater and didn't see each other, it was fun to realize we shared an interest. 

8.  I'm thankful for prayer.  Not only should we express thanks in prayers, we can also request help, and we can receive peace. 

9.  I'm thankful for sleep.  I know that we lost an hour this week, but I am still thankful for a comfortable bed and the chance to rest. 

10.  I'm thankful for John.  We went to the temple together Friday night (and to The Irish Rovers concert on Saturday). We really do enjoy our time together, and the temple always brings peace.  

What benefits have you found from expressing thanks?  What are you thankful for this week?  Comment below, and if you'd like to write a Ten Things of Thankful post, link it up at the Ten Things of Thankful blog!



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

"I Will Go Before Your Face." March 2017 Visiting Teaching

I am really loving the visiting teaching messages so far this year! January's message was about the purpose of Relief Society.  I though that was an especially timely message, and a contrast to the women's march that happened that month.  Last month, the message was about Christ's atonement being evidence of God's love.  This month, the message is about the enabling power of Christ's atonement.  

These visiting teaching messages have reminded me that there is an inherent power in love, and that by aligning ourselves with Jesus Christ we can all be strengthened, individually and collectively. I can have peace even in trying times, and can confidently go forward in life.  

Photo caption:  "I will go before your face.  I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." (Doctrine and Covenants 84:88)


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Thanks for love, peace, and assurance that comes through Jesus Christ.

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Six Sentence Story: Where There's a Will. . .

The word "impossible" isn't in my family's dictionary, and I am proud of the examples I have of loved ones who have tackled difficult tasks.  Today's Six Sentence Story is one of those examples that really impressed me as a child, and still impresses me.  This week's prompt:  Will.

Everyone knows that homegrown tomatoes are superior to what you can find in the store, but what can you do when you live in Sisters, Oregon, where the growing season is short?  

Grandpa knew just what to do; he went out to the backyard and started digging a hole deep enough for a man to stand up in, and long enough and wide enough to plant more than enough tomatoes for himself and Grandma.  

Some naysayers might have questioned his plan, but the garden bunker gradually took shape.  The transparent roof went on, the watering system was installed, the beds were ready to plant.  That year, Grandpa spent a lot of time underground, and his efforts paid off in a spectacular fashion. 

Thanks to the insulating earth, the warmth inside that underground greenhouse extended the growing season significantly, and homegrown tomatoes became a nearly year-round crop for Grandpa and Grandma.  

Photo:  Grandpa stands next to a massive tomato plant which is growing in his underground greenhouse.


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Thanks for hardworking, innovative relatives.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

#52Stories Project: Dabbling in Hobbies


I have a love-hate relationship with craft stores.  I don't consider myself particularly skilled in arts and crafts, yet I simultaneously hold a "I could do that!" attitude.  That makes entering a craft store a dangerous thing.  I might go in looking for one simple item, like glue, and come out with supplies and dreams of completing scrapbooks for each of my children, quilting the cutest baby quilt, sewing pillowcases, and knitting or crocheting (or both!) blankets. Far too often, the supplies join the stash and the dreams take backstage to whatever thing is more urgent at the time.   

This week's #52Stories project questions are:  "Do you like to dabble in lots of different hobbies?  If so, what are they?" 

The answer to that first question is a resounding YES!  In fact, my very first blog post ever was titled, "I'm a Dabble Blogger!" Although this blog has evolved over the years, the dabbling part remains the same.  I enjoy many different hobbies, but spend very little time on most of them.  I do enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, reading, family history research, blogging, playing the piano, running, traveling, sewing, knitting, photography, dogs and other hobbies that I'm sure I'm forgetting at the moment.  My level of involvement in each of them fluctuates, though.  I can't even remember the last time I knitted, for example, but I've done family history research several times over the past week.  I've been blogging for 6 years (!) now, with ebbs and flows in frequency, but I think I've written at least weekly over that time.  

If you can forgive the double-negative, I just can't imagine not having hobbies.  I don't understand boredom, because there are so many projects to try and do.  I will need lots more time to master any of my hobbies, but I enjoy learning new things. 

What about you?  Do you have lots of hobbies, or are you loyal to just a few? 


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Thanks for hobbies.

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