Fortunately, I've been around long enough to realize that life continues even when we eat breakfast for dinner, when Christmas presents are just an idea, when "walk-in" is a misnomer, when a day goes by without a run, and when blogging takes a backseat.
Breathe, Kristi, breathe.
There are certain practices that help me focus on what really matters. Prayer, scripture study, service, gratitude--thinking outside myself makes life rewarding. Last week, I taught a lesson in Relief Society on Sabbath Day observance. In preparing for that lesson, I came across the idea that Sabbath Day observance is similar to monetary tithing. That rang true for me. I know that my financial situation is seemingly illogically, but truly, better when I donate 10%. Similarly, my time stretches and I get more done when one day out of the week I set aside the worldly do-to list and concentrate on worshiping and serving the Lord.
And so, with that long introduction, I'm ready to look back over this week and consider the things that made me pause and count my blessings.
1-3. Monday night, after our Family Home Evening lesson, we went to the local minor league baseball game. I didn't take my camera nor phone, but John took photos for me. The aerospace industry is big here, so one of the between-innings entertainment events is the footrace between Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Pete Knight. Not only do the bobble-head costumes crack me up, I love the fact that Neil Armstrong wins every time.
Thanks for fun family outings, whimsical entertainment, and astronauts.
|Photo: A person in a white bobble-head costume, portraying Neil Armstrong, races from the outfield toward home plate on the first base side of the field.|
|Photo: A person in a blue bobble-head costume, portraying Pete Knight, races ahead of a person in an orange bobble-head costume, portraying John Glenn.|
|Photo: Orange-costumed "John Glenn" grabs blue-costumed "Pete Knight"|
4. I got a haircut this week. It had been a while. A couple of inches off, and my curls sprang back to life. My hair has a mind of its own, and I've learned that just letting it do its own thing works best for my wash-and-wear personality. So basically I've learned to embrace the same (hair)style I wore at age 2.
Thanks for finding something that works.
|Photo: Curly-haired girl, wearing red plaid dress with mustard yellow tights, and fingers indicating "2", stands in front of birthday presents.|
5. When I was waiting for my turn at the hair salon, one of the stylists heard my phone beep the "low battery" sound. She offered to loan me her charger.
Thanks for those who notice a need and volunteer to meet it.
6. I wasn't the only one who got spiffed up this week. Drexel got a bath and nail trim. I used to bathe him and trim his nails, but now I let him go see his buddy, Sasha. She does a great job, and he loves her!
Thanks for Sasha.
|Photo: Close-up of yellow lab, Drexel, standing with his red jolly ball.|
7. Thursday's guide dog puppy report informed me that Willow has now made it to phase 1 of formal training! It has been a long process for her, and I won't rest easy until she actually graduates, but seeing that she's made it out of phase 0 and is making progress gives me hope. She really is a great worker, so I am cautiously optimistic. (On a related note, I spoke with another person in my guide dog puppy club recently about the possibility of co-raising a puppy this fall, so I'm starting to get excited about another wiggly bundle of fur!)
Thanks for guide dog puppies.
8. Yesterday, I received in the mail an advertisement from the Fiat company with a test-drive offer inside. So, for part of our date last night, John and I visited a dealership. We are years away from needing another car, but it was interesting to discover just how roomy the Fiats are inside--at least the larger model we test-drove. And my amazon account now has a $50 gift card!
Thanks for unexpected surprises.
9. Youngest son has been home from college for the summer, and he and John have had lots of time to do guy things together. I've been the happy recipient of some of their projects. I'm not a huge fan of smoked ribs, but I think I could eat smoked salmon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Thanks for great chefs!
|Photo: Youngest son and John removing recently cooked salmon fillet from smoker.|
10. And, of course, I'm thankful for John. He takes photos for me when I forget, he helps me recognize thankfuls I can use on my post (specifically #5 this week), he's a great date, he is a skilled chef, and he's also a master when it comes to texturing foam craft sheets.
Not only did we take a test drive on our date, we shopped for our costumes for our upcoming Disney run. We are going to run as the young Carl and Ellie from Up. Out of all the outfits we've run in, I think I am most excited about these. Of course, we need aviator hats. We found directions online on how to make aviator hats from craft foam.
While I've been typing this, John has been ironing aluminum foil over craft foam, to create a leather-look to the material. He's been painting the foam with various shades of brown (to add depth), and just a second ago, he asked, "Do we have a hair dryer?" (I told you I was a wash-and-wear sort of girl. Fortunately, we do own a hair dryer--it comes in handy when one is making aviator hats out of craft foam!)
I'm thankful for John, and for the fun we have together in all our projects.
It's now 10 a.m. (Or at least it was when I finished writing. For some reason, picmonkey is running very slowly for me today.) I have much to do today, but I've prayed, read some scriptures, and written out this post of gratitude. I'm happy and eager, not discouraged and overwhelmed. How about you? I hope you'll share what you are thankful for this week!
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