Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Education Week Edition

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that Brigham Young University holds Education Week one week every August--and you know how much I look forward to attending Ed Week each year.  This year was no exception!


Photo:  My mom and I stand in a Education Week photo booth, holding a sign that says, "I've waited all summer for this!"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Prayer and Education Edition

Sometimes news hits forcefully and unexpectedly, throwing one into a state of shock and emotional upheaval.  Suddenly the whole world crashes down, and hope dies for unfulfilled dreams.  Two of our daughters are adopted, and are biological sisters.  When one of those daughters learned this week that their birthmom had died, John and I were tasked with the responsibility to break the news to the other daughter (and the rest of our children as well).  As one might imagine, this would not be an easy conversation.  We prayed, and asked others to pray for the girls.  Never doubt the power of prayer.  The news came as a shock, but acceptance came quickly. 
       
    1.  I’m thankful for the power of prayer, and for those who have kept us  in your thoughts and prayers this week. 

That alone could fulfill the entire list this week, but I have other things to share:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Back Home Edition

After the adventure of driving to Oregon, driving back home this week was downright boring--and that is thankful number 1! There are plenty more things to be thankful for, though, and they aren't all "thankfuls of omission."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: It's Been A Weird Week Edition

In order to appreciate this week's TToT post, you need to first read the post I published on Thursday.  Go ahead, do it now.  

Are you back?  Well, the excitement continued!  Yesterday, while driving to my parents' house from my grandma's house, as we got off the freeway at my parents' exit, we saw tons of police cars parked all over. "Looks like a manhunt," my dad said.  Are you kidding me?!  Dad checked the news and learned that, sure enough, a police search was on for a wanted man.  Great, just great.  This is rural Oregon, not some inner city ghetto (nor Yreka, for that matter.)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

From Apocalyptic Fire to CSI: Yreka

I'm in Oregon this week, helping my parents prepare my grandma's house for sale.  (Though she lived in her house up until just a few years ago, she now has Alzheimer's and is 99-1/2, so returning to her own home just isn't realistic.) Going through a long lifetime of possessions is simultaneously exhausting and interesting, but it was the trip up here that was truly surreal.