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Ten Things of Thankful: A Good Exercise

The theme for this week: life isn't always pleasant, but it is worth it, and it is always worth it to look back for the things to be thankful for. 

1. I donated whole blood this week. Unlike platelet donation, which doesn't agree with me, it's very fast and easy for me to donate whole blood. Funny story: there was a man and woman donating next to me, and they were racing each other. The nurse who was helping me, hooked me up and immediately whispered to me, "You're going to beat both of them!" And I did. I filled that bag in three minutes, 27 seconds. We all have our talents, I guess, and one of mine is bleeding. I'm thankful that I can help others.

2. One of the benefits of having a child in medical school is that he reminds me to take care of age-appropriate procedures. I'm a few years late, but I bit the bullet and scheduled a routine screening colonoscopy. I'm thankful for caring children.

3. I actually scheduled the procedure weeks ago; the actu…
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Ten Things of Thankful: I'm Back!

I missed last week's Ten Things of Thankful link-up, not because I wasn't thankful, but because I was busy, busy, busy watching my grandchildren for a week. I have five grandchildren, ranging in age from 1-7 years old, and while my own five children have a very similar spread in ages, somehow I still ended up making rookie mistakes during the week (saying "yes" to the water play area of the children's museum when I hadn't packed towels/changes of clothes, for example--I was fooled by the available aprons and boots to wear). However, overall it was like riding a bicycle; I didn't forget how to sneak in healthy foods, for example. "Breakfast" (winter squash) bread, anyone?
The week was a week of comparisons of what was available "back in the day" versus what is available now, as well as a comparison of our own energy levels then versus now. Most of all, it was a week of fun, as we enjoyed spending time with our grandchildren.
I'm thank…

Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, 2019

Remember back in the old days, before blogging and social media, when friends and family would gather together without thinking to document the occasion with photos? Perhaps, if someone remembered to bring a camera, and if the camera had a flashbulb, a photo or two would be taken. Unless the camera was one of those fancy Polaroids, there was no way of knowing whether or not the photo would turn out. When the photographer reached the end of the roll, perhaps he would remember to send the film away for development. It wasn't unusual for months to pass between the taking of the photo and the receiving of the print, only to realize that the photographer had his thumb partially covering the lens. 


All this is to say that this past week for me has been much like the old days: a lot of time with family, but not a lot of thought into stopping the fun to take a photo. I hope that you had a fun-packed week, too, photos or no photos.
I'm thankful: 1. that oldest daughter could come for Chri…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…

Ten Things of Thankful: Feeling the Christmas Spirit on Friday the 13th

It's two weeks before Christmas, and the holiday season is in full swing. The cold I had last week is pretty much gone, and I've been decorating the house, listening to Christmas carols, and addressing cards. Today is Friday the 13th, but I'm feeling the Christmas spirit.

1. I'm thankful for how easy it is to help others. For the past couple of years, giving machines have been part of the #LightTheWorld initiative. Instead of a vending machine that dispenses snacks, a giving machine allows participants to purchase items for the needy. Each year, more locations all over the world, from London to the Philippines, New York to Las Vegas, have giving machines. The closest giving machine to my house was in a local mall. I decided to go check it out.

I went mid-morning on a weekday, and was pleasantly surprised to find a line, even with several machines. (That means lots of people are donating!) When it was my turn, I was impressed with the number of choices: comfort blanket, b…

And the #RootsTech Winner Is. . .

Thanks to all who entered the #RootsTech 4-day Pass Giveaway! I used Rafflecopter to manage the entries and select a winner, and the random winner is: Kristi M.! Congratulations!

If you didn't win, don't fret. RootsTech has promotional pricing going on right now, so you can still attend for less than full-price. Also, other RootsTech ambassadors still have their contests running, so there is still a chance you can snag a free pass. You can check out the list at the Conference Keeper website. Good luck to all! 


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Ten Things of Thankful: I "Tissue" a Merry Christmas

I suddenly realized that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away. I thought this would be the week I would put up the tree and decorate the house. Instead, John and I have prepared by deciding to get colds out of the way. (It was his idea, or at least he started the sneezing party.) While most people are out buying gifts, I visit Costco for industrial amounts of Kleenex and NyQuil. I keep looking to John to call this party over, but he just keeps snoozing and sniffling. I can afford to lounge around for a couple more days, but I really want my energy back soon. However, I definitely can think of things I am thankful for this week!

1. I'm thankful it is just a cold. It's annoying, but it's just a cold. 

2. I'm thankful that because I didn't feel like doing much at all, I cleared out my email inbox! Major, major accomplishment there!

3. I'm thankful to be at the stage of life where I can take time to indulge a cold. I don't have to show up for a job, my children are…