1. I'm thankful for clouds that bring much-needed moisture to our dry state:
2. I'm thankful for a beautiful rainbow that comes as the skies clear:
3. I'm thankful for the apricot trees popping with blossoms:
4. I'm thankful for the eternal hope that spring offers. Every few years, I attempt once again to successfully grow raspberries here. Bolstered by the assurance of others who have had success, I'm trying again this year. Hopefully this time I will have the correct alignment of sun, some shade, water, and windbreak to see fruit later in the growing season.
5. I'm thankful for the wild birds that visit our yard. Besides the ever-present ravens, we enjoy an assortment of sparrows, finches, mourning doves, hummingbirds, and even owls.
|Obviously, a less than stellar photo, but, "Look: an Owl!"|
If you've made it this far, and are thinking, "Well, those shots are fine and dandy but it really is still winter here!", I have other thankfuls that might be more relative (literally!)
7. I'm thankful for family history. (Family history research makes a perfect snowy-day activity, too.) If you missed my posts here and here about how easy and how fun family history can be, go back and check them out. Dyanne tells me that the directions were easy to follow, so I'm not just making this up!
8. I'm thankful that family history not only gives me a sense of connection with those on my pedigree chart (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so forth), but that it also shows how interconnected we (humankind) are. When a group of us from church followed the directions I gave on the posts above, we realized that most of us were cousins of some sort! Now, lest you think that this is just some strange Mormon phenomenon, let me assure you, it is not. For example, using that same site, I found that I share ancestors with 17 United States presidents. (And yes, I'm proud to claim Abraham Lincoln as my closest presidential relative--he's my 2nd cousin, 7 times removed!) The point is, my experience is not unique. The world is smaller than we realize, and we are not just unconnected individuals, but truly are part of one big family.
That provides a segue into my next point:
9. I'm thankful for compassion. When we can see others as similar to us, when we can recognize shared emotions, we can begin to have compassion. This week, I wrote about my mom's methods to teach compassion. I'll be exploring more about compassion this week, as I join with 1000+ other bloggers on February 20th to post about that character trait.
10. I'm thankful for John. If you've read any of my previous TToT posts, you know that every day is Valentine's Day around here--if Valentine's Day is truly a day of love, and not just a money-maker for jewelry stores, florists, and chocolatiers. (Don't misunderstand--I'm thankful for such tokens, but tokens do not love make.)
Is your Valentine's Day in spring, or does your state subscribe to the groundhog's prediction? Either way, let me know what you are thankful for 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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