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Ten Things of Thankful: A Monday Edition

I've been quiet on the blogging front, which might worry one reader.  (Mom, I'm OK.)  Even though I am struggling to get my blogging groove on, I am thankful for so many things--including the fact that the Ten Things of Thankful link-up is still live!  Before more time passes, I'm going to jump right in:

1. I'm thankful for rain.  Didn't think I'd forget this one, did you? Yes, it rained again this week.  I'm starting to get very excited about the anticipated wildflower display this year.  I'm hoping the poppies will be spectacular.  My apricot tree is already in bloom.

Photo:  A branch of my apricot tree in bloom

2.  I'm thankful for the friends that I have gotten to know through the TToT.  We are a diverse group, yet it amazes me how much we have in common.  

3.  I'm thankful for the trust that is given to me, as situations are shared and prayers are requested.  

4.  I'm thankful for those who are willing to listen to me when I need to vent.

5.  I'm thankful for family history research sites, like and  This week, I found a last name that I recognized as Dyanne's maiden name.  I'm still working to see if we connect through that line somehow.

6.  I'm thankful for, which has shown me that even if the discovery in #4 doesn't pan out, Dyanne and I (and Christine!) are actually all distant cousins anyway.  It is truly a small world!  (If you'd like to play along, let me know, and I'd be happy to help you.)

7.  I'm thankful for church family.  This week, some of the women in our ward went to the Los Angeles Temple Visitor's Center.  It was nice to spend time together in such a beautiful, peaceful place.

8.  I'm thankful for other opportunities to spend time with church family this week.  I didn't realize until just now how busy the week was.  Except for Monday night (which is set aside for Family Home Evening), every night this week I was doing something at a church building.  Tuesday night was the night we went to the temple visitor's center.  Wednesday night I met with the bishop.  Thursday was the Cub Scout Blue and Gold dinner.  Friday night was a wedding reception.  Saturday night was the chili cook-off.  Sunday night was the Marriage and Family Relations fireside.   What a busy, productive, fun week!

9.  I'm thankful for hospitals and medical care.  I've had friends who have been in the hospital this week, and I'm glad they can get the medical attention they needed. 

10.  As always, I'm thankful for John.  He does so much for me, for our family, for church, and for his work.  It's nice that we can keep each other grounded during busy times.  

How has your week gone?  Feel free to visit the Ten Things of Thankful blog to link your post and read what others have shared!

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  1. Wow, you have had a really busy week, it's no wonder you weren't blogging very much! The best part is that your activities that you found meaningful and enjoyed. That kind of busy is good! I am not surprised that people trust you with personal matters, you come across as very thoughtful and compassionate, and one who would understand the value of keeping confidences. I know you must be a blessing to your friends. Searching for relatives is fun, and there are always surprises. I smiled at more rain for you, and what it will surely bring forth. The apricot blossoms are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us at TToT! Blessings to you in the week ahead!

    1. Busy is good, but I'm also glad that I have a little bit of a breather this morning! Friendship goes two ways, and I'm thankful to have wonderful friends, too. If you are interested in family history, I would be happy to invite you to the relativefinder group for TToT members. :-)

  2. Several years ago, I did a lot of genealogy and gave everyone in my family a copy. While I'd like to do more, I don't believe my remaining family members want the information which makes me sad.

    I'm thrilled that your area is still getting rain. It's still snowing here, and while I grumble, I am thankful for the moisture.

    1. I imagine that your family members will be appreciative of your genealogical work someday. Did you know that you can upload photos and stories to The information then would be available to future generations who would be interested.

  3. #6: no. way! lol how cool is that! ('course, that those two are related does not surprise me, from a certain personality theory point of view... that you are, well, that's another matter!)
    #2: all the time (for me)

    1. Yes way! If you and Phyllis would like to see if you belong to the cousins's club, let me know. I can help you.

  4. You and Dyanne and Christine are distantly related??? How cool is that??? Wow!
    Can't wait to see photos of your beautiful wildflower explosion after all of this rain. I'm sure you'll share some beauties with us!

    1. Yes. Would you like to see if you are, too? It's fun and easy, and I could help you.
      I'm hoping the poppies will be spectacular this year. They are fickle creatures, but if we get some warm, still days they might cooperate. I'm looking forward to taking my camera out to the fields!

  5. Sounds like a busy, busy week. I had the complete oposite of that... Lots of bed-(bad) days for me...
    Wish we had a simular site like your ancestery sites. I never knew my biological father and know nothing of that side of the family. I know he is departed now, so I'll never have a chance on knowing now. I don't even know my grandparents names... You can only get info from 100 years or older, but nothing recent. I also would love to find family I supposed to have in Canada, but have no way of finding out. Does those sites have recent (from 1950-1970) info about Canada too?? Or only USA?
    Well, I hope you have a bit of a slower pace this week. Think about yourself too. Give John my best and have a good week! xxx

    1. Both and have records from all over the world, so you might find something of interest. If you want to email me, I can help you get started.

  6. I'm glad spring is upon you. I can't wait until my plum tree has blossoms. It's been unseasonably warm here on the east coast, but I can't help but wonder if winter is going wallop us before spring is really here. I'm sure you have gotten lost in the genealogy sites so generously provided by the Mormon Church. I have, too, but I didn't get as far as I wanted. I'll get back, I'm sure. Take care, relax and enjoy the flowers (faith and love) all around.

    1. I'd be happy to help you if you need assistance. (And if you want to join up the Thankful Us group at relativefinder, just let me know!)

  7. I am extra thankful this week that our friend has come to visit from Texas - even if it is only for 2 days.

    1. Visiting with friends is fun! Enjoy your time together!

  8. I am thankful for hospitals and medical care too because my new niece is here and healthy and my sister did beautifully. Yay!
    I have been thinking about my relatives lately, like my great grandparents and what they were like and what they were doing and where, during pre World War II, back into World War I.
    Sounds like a busy and productive time you've had lately. Nice.

    1. Congratulations on that cute little niece!
      Have you done any family history research? It's amazing just how much information is available now.


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