|Photo: The Carnival Imagination|
1. I'm thankful for the time we were able to spend with some of our kids. As most of them have moved away, time together is not as abundant as it used to be. It was nice to be able to eat, talk, and play together.
2. I'm thankful for the beauty of the sunrises over the ocean horizon.
|Photo: A seagull soars above the Pacific, as the sun rises on the horizon|
2. I'm thankful I learned something new. In the past, whenever we would go to Catalina Island, we would rent a kayak and go snorkeling. This time, we decided to try something new, so we took a tour of a tile studio and learned how to make tiles. I wrote about our experience in yesterday's blog post.
|Photo: John turns out a tile from its mold, while I look on|
3. I'm thankful for my daughter-in-law's sense of fun and adventure. While John and I were making tiles, our son and daughter-in-law were out kayaking and snorkeling. In talking to them before hand, we had mentioned how much fun the kayaking and snorkeling were, but had said they could do whatever excursion they preferred. We didn't realize until afterwards that our daughter-in-law is actually not fond of being out on open water in a little kayak. However, she made the decision to face her fear, and she said she had a good time. That impresses me about her; she is gracious, kind, and willing to try new experiences.
|Photo: Green, and yellow and orange-red kayaks wait on the beach, with the cruise ship in the background|
5. I'm thankful for the flexibility a cruise offers for families. We could all be together on the ship, but individual schedules could be kept without impacting the others. If someone wanted to sleep in or go to bed early, no problem. If someone wanted to get a bite to eat, no problem. If someone wanted to go to the gym, but another wanted to go see a show, no problem. Of course, we did spend plenty of time together, as well.
6. I'm thankful I learned something new. On a shore excursion to see La Bufadora, our tour guide pointed out some bluefin tuna fish farms. I don't think I had a picture in my mind of what a fish farm looked like, but now I do. In the photo below, those circles in the water are fish farms.
|Photo: Circles of bluefin tuna fish farms dot the water in Baja California|
8. I'm thankful for wildlife. Our tour guide vouched for the legitimacy of a particular rescue organization, and we chose to believe her. And that is how, after a small donation to their cause, I found myself holding a lion cub. I've always been a dog person, but I think I like cats, too.
|Photo: A squirmy, almost-4-month-old lion cub wiggles as I hold him on my lap|
|Photo: The Mexican flag flies at the port of Ensenada|
10. As always, I'm thankful for John. He celebrated a birthday this week, and everyday he makes me smile. Just today, he said, "When you are blogging, you can substitute 'the man who loves me' for my name whenever you want to." Rather reminds me of a certain disciple. :-) In any case, I am thankful for the man who loves me, and I love him, too.
|Photo: John and I on the cruise ship|
What are you thankful for today? Rough seas or smooth, there is always something to be thankful for!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine