1. I'm thankful for warm weather and beautiful blossoms.
|Photo: Close-up of apricot blossoms|
|Photo: Oldest son, in his toddler years, wears glasses with a funny mustache and "reads" the newspaper|
|Photo: guide dog puppy Willow, in her green puppy vest, looks up at the camera|
4. I'm thankful for finishing touches. John and I painted our bedroom in January and hung up new drapes. This week, we put pictures back up on the walls. It's nice to see things coming together.
5. I'm thankful for the women that help me in Relief Society at church. Change is inevitable; people serve in callings for a period of time, and then releases come. Last week, many of the organizations in our ward experienced change. I am still the Relief Society president, but I have one new counselor and a new secretary. I'll miss the close association of the previous women (who have received new callings), but I'm thankful for the chance to work with the new sisters. I'm always impressed with how smoothly transition goes; like flying geese, the church goes forward, even as one leader falls back to allow another to fill that leadership position.
6. I'm thankful for a fun day at Disneyland with my youngest daughter. I had a day free of commitments, so we headed down to the Happiest Place on Earth for several hours. She told me before we started, "Mom, I'm going to outlast you today!" Not once did I hear a complaint, and we had a thoroughly delightful time together.
|Photo: Youngest daughter and I at Disneyland. Despite her pouty face, we had a great time!|
7. On a similar note, I'm thankful for my youngest daughter's help this week. I love, love, love it when, for example, I come home to find the kitchen and bathrooms cleaner than how I left them. What a nice surprise!
8. I'm thankful for garage sale bargains. Despite John's repeated fixes of the treadmill, he never was able to completely restore it to a reliable condition. It would work well for a run or two, then start acting up again. On Friday, we found a treadmill that had all the features we were looking for, at a price we were willing to pay. I'm looking forward to getting back into a regular running schedule.
9. I'm thankful for the stake conference we had at church today. It was a broadcast from Salt Lake, and sent to 281 (if I remember correctly) stakes in the western United States and Canada. I particularly enjoyed the talk by Elder Renlund. Often, when I am asked a question about the church, I feel like I need to give a bunch of background information in order to answer the question thoroughly. Elder Renlund helped me understand that the basic background needed boils down to: In 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith wanted to know which church to join. He read in the Bible that he God answers prayers, so he prayed for an answer to his question. In response, God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph and told him to join none of them. The basic, underlying idea to any aspect of the church is that we believe in revelation. Why do we not drink coffee? Because we believe in revelation, and the Word of Wisdom revealed that we should not drink coffee. Why do we believe in abstinence before marriage and complete fidelity after marriage? Because we believe in revelation, and the importance of families as revealed in the plan of salvation. I'm thankful for Elder Renlund's concise way of explaining, which will help me answer questions in a more understandable way. (I might add, while general church leaders receive revelation for the church, it is the responsibility of each member to receive personal revelation of the truth of the doctrines.) I'm thankful for prayer and study, which leads to revelation.
10. On this Valentine's Day, I'm especially thankful for my Valentine, John. While chocolates, flowers, and a card are always appreciated, what I really appreciate are the daily acts of love: the repairing of (or attempts to repair) broken items; quietly getting ready in the mornings to allow me a few more minutes of sleep; the opening of my car door--even though we both realize I am perfectly capable of getting it myself; supporting me in my interests, and even joining me in them; pitching in with household chores; and most of all, truly seeing me as an equal partner in our marriage. He's truly my best friend!
How was your week? Did the groundhog predict correctly for your area?
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