In declaring myself as Thankful, I did not want to come across as unsympathetic to those who were experiencing sorrows and pain. I've been in situations where I just needed someone to listen to my problems, without telling me that things aren't that bad (even though compared to the problems of others, they really weren't that bad). I certainly didn't want my blog to portray an attitude of, "Well, too bad for you, but listen to how great my life is!"
I heard something recently that perfectly captured what I was going for when I named this blog. I imagine that it will ring true for anyone who has participated in the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop (which was not started by me, but was by Lizzi, and for which I am very thankful to be a co-host.) Please take a minute to watch this:
The first talk given last Sunday morning at the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was that wonderful address on gratitude. The entire talk was longer, of course, and if you are so inclined, you can watch it here. I (Scroll down to Sunday morning and click on the first talk, the one by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Conference talks are translated into over 80 languages, so if you prefer another language, just go to the top of the page and click on the tab that says "English" to select a different language. If your preferred language isn't available yet, check back in a day or two. Translation can take up to 2 weeks to finish.)
I'm thankful this week for the many bits of wisdom I gleaned from watching conference. Here are just a few examples:
The rest of my thankful list this week (and the reason why I'm so late in posting this) is comprised of thanks for John, and the chance we had to have a getaway to San Diego this weekend. Friday we visited the ranunculus flower fields in Carlsbad, toured the Craftsmanship Museum, and went to the San Diego temple. Saturday we went whale watching, browsed Architectural Salvage and antique stores, and wandered through Old Town. Today we attended church then made our way home, stopping in La Jolla to view the sea lions. All in all, we had a very relaxing trip. I'm forever thankful for the wonderful man I married.
|We didn't find whales, but we did see lots of dolphins.|
|We also spotted two mola mola fish.|
|This is not a model. This is a fully-functional miniature car! Amazing, isn't it?|
|Everyone at the museum said he could spend hours just watching this machine run.|
|Thanks for a zoom lens. I promise I wasn't too close!|
Thanks for all I continue to learn as Thankful Me.
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