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Ten Things of Thankful: Friends, Fathers, Family, and a Whole Lot of Thankfulness Edition

Photo: Battle Creek Falls, a 50-foot waterfall over a rocky edge

The last time I posted, we were celebrating the 6th anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful, and what a celebration it was! We combined with the Finish the Sentence Friday blog hop, and so many bloggers participated. I enjoyed reading everyone's posts, and it became a reunion of sorts. What a fun way to start the summer months!

We extended the time the link remained open, so you'll probably want to go back and make sure you didn't miss reading any of the posts. 

Also, I mentioned in my last post that I have some Ten Things of Thankful sticky-notepads to give to anyone who would like one. I still have some available, so if you'd like one, let me know in a comment and I'd be happy to mail one out to you. 


Photo: The design on the sticky note pad: Light blue sky and fluffy clouds are on the background. "Ten Things of Thankful" is written at the top, with the numbers 1-10 going down the left-hand side. At the bottom, "Join weekly at www.thankfulme.net"
I went from blogging party to real-life part(ies), which is why I'm linking up on the late-end of things this week, but is also why I have so much to be thankful for, so without further ado:

I'm thankful that my friend and her daughter came to visit and stayed with me for a few days. 

  • I'm thankful for friendship.
  • I'm thankful their visit happened to be during the time John was gone helping at church youth camps. Though I'm capable of staying alone, it was nice to have company.
  • I'm thankful we walked or hiked every day.
  • I'm thankful we went to the Manti Pageant--something I had never been to, but had wanted to see.
  • I'm thankful to have earned the title of "Aunt Kristi." ("Grandma" had been suggested "because (you) are doing what a really nice grandma would do" [driving my friend's daughter around to find local Pokemon stops], but we settled on "Aunt Kristi" instead.)
Photo: The large, cream-colored stone Manti Temple stands on top of a hill. 

I'm thankful that oldest son and his wife came this weekend to surprise John for Father's Day.
  • I'm thankful I was able to keep the surprise. I was about bursting at the seams in anticipation of their arrival, but managed to stay cool enough that John had no idea they were coming.
  • I'm thankful they drove safely.
  • I'm thankful they were willing to spend so much time on the road, even though they could only stay about a day. 
  • I'm thankful we visited the Church History Museum together, visited John's parents, and went to church together.
  • I'm thankful youngest daughter came over Sunday afternoon, and was also able to visit with her brother and sister-in-law.
Photo: My son and daughter-in-law stand in my front yard and smile for the camera

I'm thankful for my dad. He's humble and quiet, but his impact is far-reaching. 

Photo: My dad and I at a family reunion, when I was just a baby. I sit on the picnic table, and Dad sits on the bench near me. 
Photo: My dad sits on the brown sofa and looks down at baby me. I'm sitting on the wood floor and looking up at Dad.


I'm thankful for John. He's a wonderful dad to our children, grandpa to our grandchildren, and husband to me. 

Photo: John smiles for the camera while standing near the water's edge in Italy
What things have you noticed this past week that you are thankful for? The TToT 6th anniversary party is over, but the exercise in thankfulness continues!

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MessyMimi's Meanderings
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The Wakefield Doctrine
A Season and a Time
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Comments

  1. Thank you for those sticky notes!! I love them and your note was so sweet! It's my pleasure to be a part of this group. Sounds like a very thankful week for you all!!

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  2. I am not a bit surprised that you were able to keep that secret. You have had some practice when it comes to surprises involving family members, if I remember right. LOL

    Such a great photo of your oldest and his wife! Glad they were able to visit.
    You had a busy and fun-filled week!

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    1. Yes, I have some experience, but I wasn't living with you at the time! :-)
      We did have a busy, fun-filled week!

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  3. Such happy visits, i am glad you were able to keep the surprise!

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    1. And i hit reply before i intended. Your friend's child calling you "aunt" is a very Southern thing, we do that down here all of the time. Almost all of my parent's friends were Aunt and Uncle when we were growing up, it is how we keep things more informal but respectful.

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    2. I'll embrace that southern tradition! :-)

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  4. Cool idea (those sticky notes)... good looking temple (you guys do embrace a wide range of architectural styles*...) do I see something a Second Empire Victorian at the tops of the two towers?
    Nice to have relatives pay a surprise visit and maintain the element of surprise.
    Have a good week.


    *From the one in the photo to the one in Provo (the round one) ... very cool that range.

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    1. I'll send some your way!
      Temples do come in various styles, partially due to them being built in different times (Manti was completed in 1888, making it one of the oldest temples in use), and also because they tend to adopt local flavor as well. For example, the temple in Manhattan tends to look similar to the high-rise buildings around it. Here's a list of temples that you can click on to see the varied architectural styles: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/list?lang=eng

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