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Ten Things of Thankful: Childhood Home Edition

I was MIA from the blog over the past few days, as I helped my parents move my grandma into their home, but I'm happy to return for another week of Ten Things of Thankful.  This post reflects the change of scenery I had over this past week.

1.  I'm thankful for the color green, which surrounded and engulfed me this week. 

the driveway that leads to my parent's home

2.  I'm thankful for freshly-picked fruit, which I munched on in the mornings.

The raspberries were at the end of production, but I persevered and found some!
3.  I'm thankful to have been able to return to the earth-sheltered home my parents built.

4.  I'm thankful for quiet, still mornings. 

5.  I'm thankful for a chance to play with the champion.

(Dad, I know this is your photo, but I watermarked it.)
6.  I'm thankful for my dad's enthusiasm for his hobbies.  He strategically places fountains, twigs, and feeders to encourage birds to land in the best places for photos.  The props alone might not seem like much, but the bird photos he gets are amazing.  

This is his newest addition--a hummingbird bath.

The camouflage tent allows one to get close to the subjects.

7.  I'm thankful for birds and wildlife captured on camera.

Now what do you think about the hummingbird bath?

8.  I'm thankful that Dad shares his interests with others.

Dad helping Grandma experience the wonder of hummingbirds.

Dad says next time he'll put the feeder in Grandma's lap, so the hummers can get really close!
How do you like my hummingbird mustache?
9.  I'm thankful for good parents, who modified their home to accommodate Grandma's needs, and who are good sports about me documenting their new bathroom.

You must admit, their shower makes a nice background for portraits. . .

. . .as does the bathroom wall.
10.  I'm thankful for being able to spend time with my parents and Grandma.

Be sure to link up your own Ten Things of Thankful post.  I'd love to read it!

Ten Things of Thankful

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  1. What a beautiful post and such stunning photos. It creates such a cozy "feel" of the wonderful things you're thankful for this week.

  2. Oh wow! Look at that last multi-generational photo, and y'all are like peas in a pod :) Lovely.

    Your photographs are STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing them.

    (and the hummingbird moustache was amazing)

  3. What a beautiful list...and I LOVE the lovely!

    I think the hummingbird bath is a VERY cool idea. And the camo shelter so you can get up close...clever!

    Thanks so much for looks like a terrific week!

  4. Kristi your bird pictures are just amazing and what a wonderful set up! My own Dad loved birds and living in Michigan he was diligent about having a full bird feeder outside on the deck which you could see from the dining room. He spent hours watching and photographing them, too. Thank you for sharing all of them!

  5. Great photos to illustrate your list of "Thankfuls."

  6. I love your photography. I wish I had your skills. :p It was a joy looking at and reading your photogrpahic essay of thankfulness today. I love the humming bird taking a bath, and the bautiful blue birds. :)

  7. Those photos are amazing! I especially like the bird ones and you're so right - the difference between the big picture and the close ups you get - just wow! What a great list. Your week sounds almost perfect.

  8. Hi Kristi...I LOVE your list! I think I may do that next wknd, as we are going there camping. I can relate to the food/fruit we ate as we picked, the country road (I still take pictures of, btw), and the still quiet mornings...and all the birds that come and go! Blessings!

  9. Wow. I had to show my husband the pics of the hummingbirds. He loves them. The hummingbird bath is awesome!

  10. I liked this post very much! Going home is always wonderful, and now you have me missing my own grown kids who live 1,000 miles away! But we'll get to see them in September when we take a week off work for a road trip to Nashville, I can't wait to be among green trees! Your bird photos are amazing, and the photos of your family, and You too, are great, such a fun post to read, it made me smile. Great blessings!

  11. Your photos are Audubon-worthy!


    My dad has suspenders JUST LIKE YOUR DAD'S.

    Your Grandma is adorable!

    Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  12. What a wonderful time spent with your family...these are the days my friend, one agenda but many wonderful moments!!!!! Love all your pictures, your parents and Grandma are lovely!!!!

  13. holy smoke! the photos!

    hey, thanks! Not only are they attractive and very well done photos, but I didn't know there were such things as hummingbird baths. This year we have had a couple of them (hummingbirds, not bird baths) show up in our yard. Actually, they come to the window of my office here at the house, in the morning mostly and (I assume) eat the insects that are caught in the spider webs on the outside of the window.

    Dyanne (the inside of your head has got to be a total carnival* lol)

    * I went back to the photo and even with warning I saw the mustache first aiyee!

    1. god I love this blog hop! lol

      (it's 11pm and I'm 'making the rounds through the Posts and catching the late arrivals and did not see the response here... I think I said to Jak something to effect that this format is like cereal with bananas... you're like almost finished just a little milk and sugar on the bottom of the bowl and what the hell? one last slice of banana...)


    2. Apparently hummingbirds enjoy very shallow water baths--1/8 or 1/4 inch deep.

  14. Wonderful pictures of your parents and grandma, too. Looks like a wonderful week indeed and here is to hoping next week will be just a lovely, too!!

  15. I really love the pictures! They bring peace and the bird pictures, especially the hummingbirds, are AMAZING!! Wow! Just awesome!

  16. Oh, I'm so glad I clicked over here! Your photos are beautiful. I love the first two pics especially, and all of the bird photos. And there's nothing like eating fresh picked berries from your own home!

  17. Oh my gosh! breathe taking pictures! Thank you for sharing Kristi, have a great week!

  18. That had to have been one of the most relaxing trips you have ever taken. Your parents have created quite the oasis. Do they enjoy their earth-sheltered home? I've seen a few of these, and I always wonder if I'd like it. I so enjoy lots of windows and fresh breezes through the house, so I lean towards no.
    Nothing like a good game of Scrabble. It's been at least 6 days since I've played with my 10 year old. Need to get that back out tomorrow.

    Wonderful list (and photos!)

  19. My parents do enjoy their house. They designed and built it themselves (with the help of a professional builder friend). The front of the house is practically all windows, and there are two side windows upstairs, to allow for a cross-breeze.

    I didn't take photos of the packing-and-moving-boxes-and-furniture part of the trip, nor did I take photos of my 2-1/2 mile run through the hills. I did actually do some work, but the trip was certainly relaxing for the soul!

  20. I loved the green photos at the top - and then all those gorgeous birds! What an amazing hideout your dad has built.
    What a great post - thanks! :)


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