Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: Fall, Friends and Family Edition

The calendar says "fall," but the temperatures scream "summer!"  It's OK, though, because I know the days will cool off soon (within the next two months, hopefully!) and a nip will return to the air. 

(I started this post earlier today, but didn't hit publish until tonight, so I've already attended the meeting I mentioned.  It was wonderful!)
Twenty years ago this week, The Family:  A Proclamation to the World was presented at the General Women's Meeting.  Tonight, I will have a chance to see a broadcast of another General Women's Meeting.  While I don't expect that another document will be presented, I do expect to receive guidance, encouragement, and inspiration.  Prior to watching the broadcast, the women of the stake (local congregations) are going to meet for an ice cream social and service project.  (We will be putting together Jared boxes for child oncology patients.)  I am looking forward to the chance to visit with friends while doing good.  

I'm thankful for the family proclamation, the women's broadcast, service opportunities, friends, and ice cream.

This week, I got together with some friends for lunch.  We've been meeting together every few months for years.  We've supported each other through health challenges and struggles with children. We've celebrated weddings and births, and mourned deaths.   Meeting together with these women strengthens my faith and reminds me of just how important friendships are. 

I'm thankful for good friends.

This week also marked my parents' 52nd wedding anniversary.

I'm thankful for my parents and their good example of a loving marriage.

My granddaughters got to come and stay with me this week.  As soon as they arrived, they started talking about how much fun we had last week at Disneyland:  "Mickey, Minnie, elephants, boat. . ." I thought, "Why not do it again?"  (I have a pass, and the girls aren't old enough to require tickets, so it was a reasonable thought.) So, Monday we went to Disneyland.  Tuesday, we went to storytime at the library and then spent the afternoon at the zoo.  I loved hearing "klolalalala" as my oldest granddaughter pointed to the koalas. Another thing that happened--at every enclosure with water, not just the hippo enclosure--prompted this tweet:


You know the is bad when you take your grandchildren to the , and when you approach the hippo exhibit, they shout, "WATER!"

I'm thankful for my granddaughters, for the cute way they speak, and for the chance I have to share experiences with them.

The reason my granddaughters stayed with me this week was because their mom was in the hospital delivering their baby brother!  As we left the zoo on Tuesday, I asked the girls if we should go see their baby brother.  The youngest didn't hesitate:  "NO!"  I shouldn't have asked, because it really wasn't up for debate.  Of course I wanted to stop at the hospital and see the baby! 

I'm thankful for my new grandson.


Photo:  Oldest granddaughter smiles while holding her new baby brother.


John, as always, has been a great support this week.  Watching the girls for several days took me back many years.  How did I ever get any household chores accomplished when the kids were little?  Probably the same way I did this week:  with lots of help from John!  This week, though, I didn't really worry too much about getting things done--I spent my time enjoying the girls.  John was able to join us at the zoo, too, which was a lot of fun--plus, he took over stroller-pushing duty!

I'm thankful for John.



What are you thankful for this week?  Are you enjoying fall weather?  Seen any klolalalalas lately?



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17 comments:

  1. so I assume my comment was lost. but I was saying if there was an upside to a drought that would be it... what a cute comment! and 52 years is spectacular... congrats on the babe and to your folks! How do the girls feel about a boy?

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    1. What is it with lost comments? Clark's blog eats my comments all the time now! (I think I need to try a different browser.)
      Yes, it was pretty funny at the zoo. Huge hippo? "WATER!" Elephant bathing in a pool? "WATER!" Tiger dozing by a moat? "WATER!" Maybe we should go to the beach next time! :-)
      I don't think the girls are really old enough to understand boy versus girl, all they understand is there is another little person in their family now.

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  2. I'll take the lingering Summer temperatures, any day. It's about 39 here in RI this morning…way, way too soon!
    (Loved the internal rhythm of "Mickey, Minnie, elephants, boat. . ." )

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    1. I'm looking forward to them lingering in the 80's or even 70's. This mid 90's stuff is great for summer (not over 100!), but when we are approaching October, it's a bit too warm for my taste.
      And that little rhyme got repeated over and over again!

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  3. Aw!!! YAY for baby brothers and congratulations to your daughter!! I love how close your family is to your heart and I especially love how much you honor and adore John. And your parents anniversary? Awesome. This post oozes with joy and LOVE!!

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    1. Thanks, Chris! I do love my family. :-)

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  4. Congratulations on the new grandson!

    Happy Anniversary to your parents, too.

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  5. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! One of my cousins had a baby this week and I love seeing those posts on Facebook.

    I really appreciate your thankfulness for your parents and the fine example they set. I'm lucky enough to have that good role model as well and I truly appreciate it.

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    1. It's becoming a bit of a rarity, and I know I'm lucky to have that example in my life.

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  6. Congratulations on all these wonderful moments! I love the fun of a spontaneous trip (and one that doesn't break the bank, too!) because "why not"?
    Have a great week!

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    1. And, if we go-go-go during the day, the girls sleep-sleep-sleep at night! :-)

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  7. Hi Kristi..I forgot to link up, and now it's closed! Arrrgh! Love your list!!! Her is my link. http://thewainsateam.blogspot.ca/2015/09/friday-link-ups_24.html

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    1. Well, there's always next week! Thanks for sharing your link. :-)

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  8. Congratulations on another grandchild! Hope it is a wonderful week.

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  9. Love this TToT so much.
    Births and anniversaries are all so wonderful.
    Congratulations on your new grandson and what fun you had with his big siblings.

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