This week we held our monthly Relief Society meeting at church. We talked about Thanksgiving, and separated it into "thanks" and "giving." Because we are thankful, we give. We had various projects set up around the room. We wrote cards to young men and women from our ward who are serving missions, we wrote cards to someone who is recovering from an illness, and we made fleece blankets for children in foster care. Before we did any of those projects, though, we had an activity that was well-received and made us all smile. We each had a piece of paper, with two holes punched at the top, and with a string through the holes. We put our name at the top, then put the string over our heads, with the paper on our backs. We each had a pencil, and we wrote notes of gratitude on everyone's paper. When we had finishing writing, we took off our papers and silently read what was written about us.
|Photo: Relief Society sisters in a line, each writing on the paper that hangs on the back of the sister in front of her|
1. I'm thankful for my church friends, and for their examples of Christlike love and service.
2. I'm thankful for those who came up with the ideas, set up, and carried out the Relief Society night.
Normally, I am at least there in time to help set up, but the activity was happening on John's birthday this month. John and I (and youngest daughter) went out to dinner, then came home for cake. Daughter and I arrived at the church just about the time the activity was starting.
3. I'm thankful for flexibility and understanding--on the part of both the church sisters and John.
4. I'm thankful for Donna, Deedee's co-raiser. Puppies are wonderful, and also a lot of work. It's nice to share the responsibility with someone.
I think it's fairly common knowledge that I do not take to desert living the same way a duck takes to water. (Oh, I crack myself up!) I do, however, truly enjoy some aspects of desert living, such as thankfuls 5 and 6:
5. I'm thankful for tumbleweeds. It makes me feel like I live in the wild west when I have to avoid tumbleweeds when I leave my subdivision. Yee haw!
|Photo: A huge tumbleweed travels down the road, as I wait to make a left-hand turn|
6. I'm thankful for the fact I can harvest a home-grown watermelon in November. It was delicious, too!
|Photo: A recently-harvested watermelon|
7. I'm thankful for patient choir members. I have been asked to accompany the ward choir for the Christmas program this year, and my fingers can be quite creative--and not in a good way. The director and choir members are patient with me as I try to play the right notes, in the right key, in the right time signature, and at the right time. They haven't yet taken me up on my offer to sing a cappella, though I continue to suggest it.
8. I'm thankful for my mom. If she notices that I haven't blogged in a couple of days, she checks in with me to make sure I'm OK. That's so sweet.
9. I'm thankful for someone who probably wishes to remain anonymous, who did something brave this week by fulfilling an obligation even though it was difficult and involved public speaking. I'm so proud of her and her example of courage and determination!
10. I'm thankful for John. He makes me laugh. We attended a baptism on Saturday morning, then needed to pick up our co-op produce box. We drove directly from the church to the pick-up location. As we pulled into the parking lot to pick up our food, John quipped, "I didn't know this was a casual event." We were definitely overdressed for picking up produce!
John also makes me feel appreciated. Because of our callings in the church, we both have lots of meetings on Sundays, so we take two cars to church. This afternoon, we left home at about the same time, but in separate cars. John arrived at the church shortly before I did, but as I pulled up, I noticed he was waiting for me. He opened my car door for me, and we walked in together.
John also does the dishes! I'm thankful for his ability to know when that is exactly what would help me out.
|Photo: John at the sink, washing dishes|
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