1. I'm thankful for the #LightTheWorld campaign. For each of the first 25 days in December, another example is given of how Jesus served others, and a challenge is given to find a similar way to serve. The focus is on following his example, looking outward, and doing good. "25 Days, 25 Ways." I really love this!
2. To expand a bit (because really, #1 counts for more than just one), I'm thankful for the chance youngest daughter and I had to put together bags for some of the homeless people in our area. Even though we assembled more bags than we found recipients, we have bags in the car ready to hand out whenever we see someone in need.
|Photo: Contents of bag: water bottle, applesauce,granola bars,lip balm, socks|
|Photo: After I submitted my grandma's info. to the Today Show for possible birthday greetings, I was given this photo|
5. I'm thankful for my granddaughters, who are each now a year older. The preschool years are so much fun!
6. I'm thankful for humor, which sometimes comes from unlikely sources. This week, I received a telemarketing call. When I asked to be put on the do-not-call list, the man asked me if I was on the national do not call registry. When I said that I was (which I am), he said, "You do realize, don't you, that lying about being on the do not call registry is a federal offense?" That was so ridiculous that I couldn't help but laugh aloud. I politely told him that calling a number that is on the do not call is what is actually an offense. I then hung up, blocked his number, and reported his number to the Federal Trade Commission. What did he expect? That I would say, "Oh, please, don't report me! I will buy your product!" I'm baffled at his "logic" and it makes me laugh.
7. I'm thankful for Ivy. I received a sweet, homemade advent calendar from her this week. What really impressed me is that she wrote a scriptural reference for each day--not only from the Bible, but also from the Book of Mormon. That just really touched me, that someone who isn't Mormon would take the time to find verses in the Book of Mormon that referenced the birth of Jesus Christ.
|Photo: Advent calendar, with 1 Nephi 19:9 as the scripture reference for Dec. 9th|
8. I'm also thankful for, and in behalf of, Drexel. Ivy also sent Drexel a toy, and you can tell from this video that it was definitely a hit!
9. I'm so, so thankful to have met (in person!) Cheryl, Christian's mom. I blogged about how John and I met Christian back in September. I've been in contact with Cheryl via phone calls and texts since then, and have been relieved and delighted to hear about Christian's progress. Someday we will meet Christian again, but today we got to meet his mom. What a lovely woman! It's an odd thing to be total strangers, and yet share such a scary moment in her son's life. We were simultaneously like family, and yet we all asked the basic get-to-know you questions like "How many kids do you have?" and "What is your last name?" (Up until now, her last name in our house has been "Christian's Mom" and apparently my last name in her house has been "911 Angel"!)
We went to a Christmas creche festival together, then out for a meal. The time passed quickly as we talked like old friends. Fortunately, Cheryl remembered that we needed to get selfies of our meeting!
|Photo: John, me, and Cheryl outside the restaurant|
What are you thankful for this week? Want to join in #LightTheWorld ?
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