1. I'm thankful for libraries, and specifically now for toddler storytimes. My granddaughters moved closer to me in June, and we now have a standing date each week at the local library. The librarian does an excellent job of keeping the kids engaged, as she reads them books, tells them flannel-board stories, and leads them in song, dance, and fingerplays. The girls enjoy themselves, and I love being able to share the tradition of library storytime with them.
2. I'm thankful for the peace found in the temple and its grounds and visitor's center. I always come away from a visit there with optimism, hope, and a calm spirit.
3. I'm thankful for a friend who was just as excited as I was about a Sound of Music Sing-Along. We dressed up, packed schnitzel with noodles and jam and bread, and sang our little hearts out with 17,000+ other people at the Hollywood Bowl.
Everyone got their cell phones out during the singing of Edelweiss. My friend took this video clip of the experience:
4. I'm thankful for stake conference. Twice a year, multiple church congregations in our local area gather together for services. I always find stake conference inspiring, and I come away with ideas on ways to serve better.
5. I'm thankful that, if summer is going to have triple-digit temperatures (as it always does here), humidity is generally very low. Dry heat is much easier to tolerate than humidity.
6. I'm thankful for solar panels, which make air conditioning affordable on those days when it actually is too humid for the swamp coolers to function effectively.
7. I'm thankful this week for blogging friends. I participated in a video chat last Saturday with several regular participants of the TToT. It was nice to see and hear those whose words I read.
8. I'm also thankful that a post that I wrote about my views on families was courteously received, both by those who hold similar views, and by those who do not. I appreciate the chance to voice my opinion, and for civil discussion. Thank you.
9. I'm thankful to live in the United States, and for the Constitution that guarantees freedoms. My ancestors have been here basically since the founding of the country, and many of them fought for the freedoms we now enjoy. (I have one great-great-great-grandpa who was born in Scotland in the early 1800s, but otherwise, I have to go back another century before I find another line in Europe.) I'm thankful for their bravery and commitment to ideals they held dear.
10. I'm thankful for John. Uncharacteristically for me, I've been sleeping in a bit lately. (At what age did 7:00 a.m. become sleeping in, anyway?) John is so quiet when he gets up for work, and sneaks out of our room, allowing me to get some additional shut-eye. Then, when I do wake up, after I read scriptures, I've been reading some other books just for fun. John doesn't begrudge my relaxed mornings, and I appreciate that--and I appreciate the work he does that allows me the luxury of being home.
What are you thankful for this week? Any plans for celebrating the 4th? Staying cool?
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