|Photo: A patio table and 4 chairs are covered in a dusting of snow|
1. I'm thankful to be feeling much better. The hacking-until-my-sides-ache-and-tears-roll-down-my-face has subsided to the occasional, not-so-alarming cough. I told the church choir director I'd even show up for practice tomorrow, and Monday, I plan to start exercising again. It's been so ridiculously long since I've run, I'm going to have to start with a couch-to-5K training program. Sadly, my recently-adopted fitness plan hasn't really done much for my stamina (nor my physique, either, to be honest!)
2. I'm thankful for sweet new friends who have offered help over the past weeks. One offered to share a pot of soup she had made. (I doubt she realized I don't eat meat, so I thanked her, but declined.) Another sent a text checking in on me, and asked, "What can I do for you today?" Honestly, I think the simple gesture of asking was exactly what was needed. As I'm getting to know people in my new neighborhood, I'm feeling like they are getting an inaccurate portrayal of me. I rarely get sick, and when I do, it's certainly not for an entire month! I look forward to showing them that I'm really the "Let's go for a walk together!" person and not the "I'm just going to sit in bed in my jammies all day" person. 😊
3. I'm thankful that I attended RootsTech this week. For those of you not familiar with it, it is a huge genealogy conference. Thousands of attendees gather from all over the world for four days to take classes, attend workshops, listen to keynote speakers, connect with cousins, visit a large expo, and just generally have a great time.
4. I'm thankful to have been able to hear Saroo Brierley tell his story. Saroo's book, A Long Way Home, was made into a movie, Lion. John and I watched the movie when it came out a few years ago, and really connected to it for several reasons. If you'd like to hear Saroo's RootsTech keynote address, you can watch it in the video below. His introduction starts at about minute 26, but if you have time, the rest of the video is interesting (and entertaining) too.
|Photo: John and I meet Saroo Brierley at a book signing|
5. I'm thankful to have made and renewed connections with cousins at RootsTech. Thanks to the "Relatives at RootsTech" app, I knew that over 3000 people at the conference were distant cousins of mine! Seriously, the theme of RootsTech, "Connect. Belong." came to life as we realized just how connected we are. (Now I know I have cousins in my own neighborhood!)
6. I'm thankful for the feeling of connection that Martin Luther King III brought to the conference. I had no idea that he would be at RootsTech, and hearing him quote his famous father was like hearing the speech for the first time. He is introduced at minute 39.
7. I'm thankful that connection begins with family. Patricia Heaton gave an excellent keynote address. Her introduction begins at minute 19.
8. I'm thankful for media that support and encourage family connection. I've mentioned Relative Race before on this blog. It's similar to The Amazing Race, but with a compelling aspect of discovering family members along the way. The new season starts March 10 on BYUtv, and I can't wait! Fortunately, Relative Race had a session at RootsTech, and I loved hearing a Q & A with some of last season's contestants. Joe, Jerica, Michael, and Austin were as delightful in person as they were on Relative Race.
|Photo: Jerica, Joe, Michael (and Austin, hidden behind the podium) sit for a panel discussion, while Dan stands and takes questions|
10. I'm thankful for John. I'm glad he was able to attend RootsTech with me on Friday. It was fun to see John's interaction with Saroo, who joked about signing John's copy of his book, "To Dad." (Saroo's father's name is also John Brierley.)
I'm thankful for each of you who take the time to connect with me, and with the Ten Things of Thankful community.
What are you thankful for this week? Please share!
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