|Photo: Four assorted cupcakes sit on a white plate. The plate is on a red, pink, yellow, and blue floral tablecloth, and a burlap banner spelling out "Thankful" circles the plate.|
Six years ago (nearly to the day), while reading Christine's blog, A Fly on Our (Chicken Coop) Wall, I was introduced to a brand new blog hop, the Ten Things of Thankful, started by Lizzi of Considerings. I eagerly and excitedly joined this wonderful community of bloggers. Through the years, participants, hosts, and co-hosts have come and gone, and as life gets busy and situations change, that's totally understandable. And while everyone is always welcome to link up with the TToT, and we LOVE it when new bloggers join us, this week will also be a reunion, with several familiar faces stopping by to say hello. In addition, Kristi of Finding Ninee, who was one of the early co-hosts, and hosts a blog hop called Finish the Sentence Friday, is using "Ten Things of Thankful" as this week's prompt, so we welcome all who join us via FTSF.
I am thankful:
1. For Lizzi for masterminding the TToT and for all her effort spent in building a supportive, welcoming community.
2. For Josie Two Shoes for stepping up when Lizzi passed the baton.
3. For the many other co-hosts and bloggers who have each contributed to making the TToT a place where connections are formed. Kudos to Clark and Dyanne for participating in both the first TToT and last week's (and many, many in-between!)
4. For the power that comes through the act of remembering and stating those things that we are thankful for. (To silence my inner grammarian,". . . those things for which we are thankful.") Looking for, remembering, and acknowledging the good in our lives truly does empower us to manage the difficult times, and enhances our enjoyment of life.
This past weekend, John and I flew to Seattle to attend the graduation of our oldest daughter from her master's program. (As I mentioned last week, we're definitely thankful that she graduated and that she has a job!) Traveling to Washington and spending a few days there certainly brought more thankfuls to mind.
5. I'm thankful that I was able to take a photo of Mt. St. Helens to go along with a Six Sentence Story. The prompt for that week, mountain, came at the perfect time. I don't always come up with a story for the prompt, but I always enjoy participating when I do. (Thanks to Denise for hosting!)
|Photo: Aerial shot of snow-capped Mt. St. Helens. The crater is a dominant feature.|
6. I'm thankful for the greenery of the Pacific Northwest. Every time John and I go to Washington, we have to steel ourselves for the inevitable pull to move back there. I thought maybe it wouldn't be so bad this time, because we have moved twice in the past 2 years and don't have any desire to go through that process again anytime soon, and because Utah has had such a rainy spring that the vegetation is quite green here. However, there's green and then there's green. And Washington is green.
|Photo: A trail in Discovery Park wanders through the tall green trees of a mixed forest. Sunlight shines through the canopy, and ferns and other plants comprise the understory.|
7. I'm thankful for bodies of water. I think I could listen forever to the waves lapping the shore.
8. I'm thankful for quirky things that catch my eye, such as a life-size fiberglass giraffe peering over a rhododendron bush in someone's front yard.
|Photo: A life-size fiberglass giraffe neck and head stands above a huge pink-blossomed rhododendron.|
9. I'm thankful for well-run zoos, and the staff and volunteers who work to educate the public and preserve animal species. The Woodland Park Zoo has spacious enclosures with natural habitats, and the workers know the animals. One volunteer informed us that one of the orangutans, Chinta, is fascinated with ears. One by one, we each put an ear up to the glass. Chinta would stare intently at the ear, then tap on the glass when she wanted us to turn around to show her our other ear. Being able to interact with an orangutan was amazing!
|Photo: Chinta the orangutan checks out John's ear through the glass of her inside enclosure.|
10. I'm thankful, as always, for John.
|Photo: Oldest daughter, wearing her black graduation cap and robes, stands between John and me after her graduation.|
In just a few minutes, I am headed to a great little bakery so that I can buy cupcakes for this 6th anniversary party--anything for the blog, right? No matter where in the world you are, I hope you can find a cupcake and join us in our celebration of Ten Things of Thankful. Oh, and as a small token of my appreciation, I have some Ten Things of Thankful sticky note pads* to send out. If you'd like one, link up your post, and leave me a comment letting me know, and I'd be happy to get one in the mail to you.
|Photo: The design of the sticky-notes. "Ten Things of Thankful" is written at the top, with the numbers 1-10 along the left hand side. The background is of a cloudy blue sky, and at the bottom is written, "Join weekly at www.thankfulme.net"|
*I made my best estimate when ordering, but quantities are limited. While supplies last. My daughter's law degree must be rubbing off on me. :-)
One more thing: if anyone knows a link up service that works well with a screen reader, could you please let me know? Inlinkz doesn't, but I haven't been able to find one that does, so in the meantime, I'll periodically post a text link of bloggers who are linking up with us this week.
Josie Two Shoes
Josie Two Shoes (second post)
Kiss My List
The Prolific Pulse
Swallow, My Sunshine
Considerings (the blog that started it all!)
The Wakefield Doctrine
A Season and a Time
Life is Like a Hand Grenade
Recording Life Under the Radar
Girlie on the Edge
Viola's Daily Musings
Backsies is What There is Not
The Meaning of Me