I know I'm arriving late to the party, and I won't make it around to all the posts until after the link has closed, but I'm here now and looking forward to celebrating another thankful week with all of you.
1. I'm thankful to have my energy back. I took the time to really rest, and it paid off. No longer do I feel the need to sleep 45 minutes after waking up from the latest nap. Glad to have that energy-draining doozy of a cold gone!
2. I'm thankful for more experienced guide dog puppy raisers. Guide Dogs for the Blind utilizes its own breeding stock, which means that each puppy remains unaltered until it is determined that the puppy will not be used as a breeder. Willow went into heat this week. The local guide dog leader was able to reassure me that dogs can have all sorts of strange symptoms when in heat. Willow had swelling all over; even her ears were fat. She didn't eat much for a day, and vomited what she did eat. She would have been a poster child for an OTC doggie Midol.
3. I'm thankful that Willow is feeling better. She has to stay at home while she is in heat, but she is feeling much more like herself now. She's eating normally, and her ears are not swollen anymore.
4. I'm thankful to be invited to join 1000 Voices for Compassion. I'm looking forward to posting on February 20th. I want to be a voice for goodness, and I'm excited to join so many other voices advocating compassion. Please join with us!
5. I'm thankful for people who ask for help. Part of my responsibilities as the Relief Society (women's organization) president in my ward (church congregation) is to oversee compassionate service. It is hard to do that if I am unaware of needs. I appreciate so much those women who call me to let me know of their own needs, or the needs of others.
It's not easy to ask for help, but compassionate service is a blessing not only for the receiver, but also for the giver. We all get to take turns being on both ends of service. My opinion is that we all have challenges in life so that we will be better prepared to serve others who are going through similar struggles in the future.
6. I'm thankful for people who are happy to serve others. Sometimes, all that is needed is a casserole or a listening ear. Other times, needs are more time and/or labor-intensive. I am so impressed by the willingness of individuals to meet the needs of those around them. I am even more impressed by the many examples I see of people noticing a need and filling it without being asked to do so.
7. I'm thankful for how prayer can answer seemingly non-important requests. Just days before I was to run another 10K at Disneyland, I still did not have my costume together. It is surprisingly difficult to find white running pants. I had ordered some white leggings online, hoping they would be thick enough to serve as pants. They were not. On Thursday, my last day to find something, I said a little prayer that I could find something modest that would work for my costume. Minutes after that mental prayer offered in Kohls, I found a pair of pants that were perfect! (And, as an added blessing, oldest daughter needed a pair of leggings for her costume, and the ones I had previously purchased worked great for her.)
Oldest daughter had suggested that she should run as Princess Leia, and John and I should run as her parents. So John was Darth Vader, and I was Padme Amidala.
8. I'm thankful that, ill-prepared though we were, our previous training paid off and we were still able to easily finish the race. (Next race we will be better prepared, though, and will run more regularly in the weeks preceding the event.)
9. I'm thankful that oldest daughter was able to take a day off of work to join us, and thankful for air travel that made such a quick trip possible.
10. I'm thankful for John. He's as far away from the dark side as anyone I know, but he made a terrific Darth Vader, and is a terrific running partner. I love the fact that we both run together, and both enjoy the experience.
(As an added thankful, I'm glad the link is still open. I'm squeezing in just under the wire this week!)
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine
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