Autumn is the season of Thanksgiving, and this week I've noticed many things for which to be thankful. Here are ten:
1. The beautiful sunrises. Probably due to many years of reading children's books to my kids, when I see a sunrise, I often recite in my mind: "It is the morning of a new day. The sun is shining. Little Bear gets out of bed." I'm not sure if that I quoted that verbatim, but Richard Scarry's character always greeted the new day with a smile. I'm a morning person, and feel the excitement of each new day.
2. Lunch with friends. Every month or so, a group of about ten of us meet for lunch. Our paths don't always cross between our get-togethers, but we pick up where we left off. We've supported each other through illnesses, deaths, weddings, children, and grandchildren. We usually laugh, we sometimes cry, and I know I can count on these women.
3. Ability to welcome unexpected house guests. A friend found herself needing somep…
I recently created a book of memories for my parent's 50th wedding celebration. In reading the remembrances that my children, nieces, and nephews wrote, I realized that one common good memory they have is of spending time working with Grandpa and Grandma outside in their yard.
As I've mentioned once or twice, my parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. I wanted to give them a gift that would be meaningful and personal, and I'm happy to say that it is finished.
I had every intention of posting yesterday, and then again today, but life is . . . well, I was going to say, "happening," but isn't that the point? Anyway, everything is fine, and I'll share one of my projects later. If I've missed reading or commenting on your blog, don't worry, I haven't forgotten you.
Thanks for the many good things we can do with our time.
I found fresh figs in last week's produce box. (I subscribe to a produce delivery service that supports organic farmers in my state. It's always exciting to see what is in each box.) The figs prompted this recipe.
I loved August; I had so much fun vacationing at Yellowstone with my family, attending BYU Education Week, and running a 10 K race at Disneyland. I told myself that as soon as the Labor Day weekend was over, I'd get back into a routine. Then oldest daughter got a job (hurray!) and I spent the week helping her move to Utah. This past week, however, I have finally felt like my days have a semblance of order. This week, I'm thankful for the comfortable ebb and flow of my days.
Though the shock of 9/11 comes readily to mind when thinking about the attacks that happened over a decade ago, today I am shocked by news I received yesterday.
A month ago, our neighbors moved away. They had been renting, and they moved when they bought a house. We did not know them well, but we would say hi, and we caroled tothem at Christmastime. She was 6 months pregnant with their first child.
I learned last night that due to a health problem, she passed away a couple of days ago. An emergency c-section to save the baby was also unsuccessful. My poor former neighbor has gone fromthe happy anticipation of a new phase in life, to the loss of those dreams.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and consider getting to know your own neighbors better.
Thanks for the power of prayer, and the strength that can come through community.
I've just returned from Utah (again). My home is getting emptier, and though that brings mixed feelings, it's time for 10 Things of Thankful, so we'll focus on the positive:
1. I'm thankful for laying chickens, and the beautiful range of colors of eggs.
2. I'm thankful for beautiful sunsets. The view from my backyard can be truly spectacular.
I'm thankful for John, who not only indulges my desire to move the
piano into a different room, but also provides the manpower necessary to
move my behemoth of an instrument. (Did I mention that we needed to
move it up and down a step?)
I'm thankful that I have a strong body, and can assist John with tasks
like piano-moving. There's no way it could have been a one-person job.
5. I'm thankful for polite, thoughtful young men and
women from our church. We opened our home on Wednesday night to 11
wonderful young people for an etiquette dinner. The young men made
paper roses for the you…