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Ten Things of Thankful: Easter Joy Edition

Photo: A wooden chair sits by a window. The window has horizontal blinds and sheer white panel curtains. Both the blinds and curtains are open. The view out the window is of blue sky, snow-capped mountains, and an expanse of houses, trees, and buildings (including the white Mount Timpanogos Temple) in Utah Valley.  

While I know that snow in May is not impossible here, I'm beginning to think that spring has come to stay (at least until summertime.) No snow is predicted for the upcoming week, flowers are blooming, and trees are leafing out. With temperatures forecast in the 70's today, and no clouds in the sky, the mood here in Utah is fairly positive. Gratitude flows easily.

Photo: A close-up shot of green blossoms on a maple tree 

1. I'm thankful for Easter. Of course, the pain, agony, and suffering Christ endured is unfathomable, but the good news is that His act of love, and His resurrection from the dead, offers hope to all of us. I believe Easter is meant to be joyful. He overcame death for us! Just as a mother would not speak only of the pain of childbirth and mention the new baby merely as an after thought, I think that Jesus wants us to have the focus of our Easter celebrations be the underlying reason (love) and the outcome (hope). In my opinion, we need to be sure that when we think of the what of the events of Easter, we should never lose focus of the why

2. I'm thankful for my youngest son, whose birthday happens to fall on Easter this year. He is a miracle. Early on, a doctor suggested to me that many people experiencing the same problems in pregnancy would just terminate and try again later. I am not many people, and while I did not know what the outcome would be, I was willing to take a chance. I am so thankful my son not only survived, but has grown up to be a really nice person. Happy birthday, son!

3. I'm thankful that I have family coming for Easter. My grandchildren are coming! My grandchildren are coming! It will be good to see them, as well as the adults they are bringing with them. 😊 In addition to my daughter and her family, John's parents will join us. I'm thankful for all. 

4. As anyone who has stayed with us when we've needed more than one guest room can attest (but would not, because they are all very nice), my office/second guest room has been in a less-than-welcoming state since we moved in. Basically it was the catch-all room for anything that needed a place to go, but hadn't been relegated to the basement. I have been working hard to organize, de-clutter (would have been better to have completed this prior to the move, but oh, well), and beautify my office. This will be an on-going project (digitizing photos/papers, shredding no-longer-needed paperwork, etc.), but at least now I smile instead of grimace when I go into the room. I'm thankful for the progress.

Photo: A room, painted a grey-blue color. A sleigh bed, covered with a blue quilt, takes up most of the room. Next to it is a portable crib, and across from the crib is a short dresser. In the corner is a small table, serving as a desk. On the desk is a pink-shaded lamp, a typewriter, and a clock wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Running finisher medals hang on one wall, a cork board hangs on another. A window with a window seat is next to the table/desk, and a ceiling fan is on the ceiling.
5. I'm thankful for a text from a friend this week, informing me she would be in town soon, and asking if we could we get together sometime. YES, of course! I haven't seen her since we moved to Utah, and am looking forward to catching up.

6. I'm thankful for a call from another friend, and the possibility of seeing her this summer. 

7. Moving away from friends is hard, and without children in the home now to expedite the making new friends stage, I feel like the process of establishing relationships is just taking longer than it used to. However, moving also brings the opportunity to get to know more people, and make more friends. Make new friends, but keep the old. I'm thankful for how welcoming everyone has been, and slowly but (hopefully) surely, I am learning names. I'm thankful for book club and a baby shower I attended this week, because they are great excuses to get to know people better. 

8. I'm thankful for an unexpected tweet, informing me that I had won some swag from Relative Race

Relative Race is a TV show that takes 5 teams of two and, using results from their DNA tests, sends them on a 10-day journey to destinations all over the United States to meet family they didn't know. Oh, and it is a competition, with $50,000 as the final prize. Each day, the team that comes in last (based on their individual allotted time for the day), receives a strike. The grand prize, though, is connecting with relatives, and all the teams are sad when a competing team receives three strikes and has to drop out of the race. 

Currently Relative Race is in its fifth season, so if you go to the website, you can have a nice binge-watch session! 

9. While Relative Race is my favorite show, it's not the only thing I watch. John and I had fun watching the latest episode of Show Offs, not only because it is an enjoyable improv comedy show, but also because we saw ourselves on the screen! We were able to attend a taping last fall, and it aired this past week. I'm impressed with the skilled performers, who were able to pull off a broadway musical in a matter of minutes. (And now I will forever have the new song, "Holy Cannoli" stuck in my head!)

Photo: A screen shot from my computer of a studio audience, with John and me in it
10. As always, I'm thankful for John. It's less than a week until our 32nd anniversary! That sounds like such a substantial number, but I've double-checked my math. Obviously, we were born already married. . . or we're older than we feel. I'm thankful that we have had great years together, and look forward to many more to come!

Photo: John and I, both wearing beanies (because it was still cold last Saturday!) smile for the camera in front of Battle Creek Falls

Because of the holiday, and because I have visiting family, I might not respond to comments, read posts, or link up posts in text until Monday. However, please do comment and/or join the blog hop. I always love hearing what you are thankful for each week!

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  1. Blessed Easter, Happy Anniversary, and many happy returns of the day to your son!

  2. Congratulations on your win and many gratitudes!

  3. Your guest room looks all spiffed up and ready. I'm sure that gave you such a feeling of accomplishment to have it all ready for your family.

    That must be falls you had mentioned wanting to hike to see. Pretty.

    1. Yes, it is a relief to have the room presentable. I imagine I'll spend more time in my office, now that it's not just a visually-chaotic space.

      The falls are the same I had mentioned to you. It's only about 1/2 mile hike from the trailhead to the falls. We turned around after reaching the falls, but when we have more time, we'll take the trail further (about 3-4 miles). John's been to the end, but I haven't.

  4. Happy belated Birthday to your son but early Happy Anniversary to you and John! I can only imagine how excited you were to see your grandchildren and they you. It is tough moving away and leaving friends. Seems to take a little bit more when you're older to establish new friendships Enjoy the journey ☺

  5. Totally agree on the pleasantness of the month of late-April May (not a real
    Spending more time outdoors is both mentally and physically beneficial.
    (Love the captions on the photos!)


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