|Photo: A large Christmas cactus is covered with bright red blossoms
Each week, bloggers all over the world come together to share thankfulness. We get a glimpse inside the life of each person, and we recognize that gratitude comes to all, as they seek it. Won't you join us?
This week, I have noticed the following things:
1. I'm thankful that the road repairs in my neighborhood are basically finished. This has been a months-long process, and I confess I have
been annoyed had a chance to practice patience more than once with detours and unclear directions. I am thankful for the smooth pavement.
2. I am thankful for the Christmas cactus that is blooming, as it has faithfully done for decades. Not only that, but little cuttings (or rather, "falling-offs") that I have sprouted and planted are also budding up and getting ready to bloom. Just like people, no matter the size, age, or stage, there is beauty to be found.
|Photo: A tiny little Christmas cactus has one little bud
3. I'm thankful for our local movie theater. In a time when many theaters charge an arm and a leg for admission and concessions, our local theater keeps prices affordable and still manages to show good first-run movies. John and I watched Ford vs. Ferrari one evening, and when we came out of the theater, there was a car show set up in the parking lot. More recently, we watched A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. What a great movie! I am amazed at the influence one man can have on so many people. At one point in the movie, Mr. Rogers asked a man to take one minute to think. For one minute, not only was the film completely silent, the entire theater was as well. I don't remember if I've ever been in a theater so quiet I could have heard the proverbial pin drop. I credit not just the filmmakers, but Fred Rogers himself. The world needs more people like him.
4. I'm thankful that after what seems like forever, I am back to the gym and walking with my neighbor. Our schedules have been off-sync and (this upcoming week notwithstanding) it looks like we can get back into good habits. While she is not responsible for my absence from exercise, it is so much easier to work out with a friend, and I'm happy for her friendship.
5. I'm thankful for church. Today's talks were on the topic of uplifting ourselves and others through gratitude. The hymns were the old Thanksgiving hymns, Come, Ye Thankful People; Prayer of Thanksgiving; and For the Beauty of the Earth. Altogether a nice day.
6. I'm thankful for precipitation. We've had some rain, and we have snow in the forecast. I love to see the mountains covered in snow.
|Photo: The view of snow-dusted mountain peaks, as viewed from my back door.
8. I'm thankful for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to gathering together with some of my family members, and I'm thankful for all of them, including those who will be celebrating Thanksgiving elsewhere.
9. I'm thankful for family members who have gone before. I love family history, especially learning the stories. It gives me a greater appreciation for my ancestors, as I learn more about them. I'm also thankful for RootsTech, which is a huge genealogical conference that is held in Salt Lake City each February. In 2020, RootsTech will celebrate its 10th anniversary, from Feb. 26-29. As a RootsTech ambassador, I have been given a ticket to attend, and also have been given the chance to hold a giveaway for a complimentary 4-day pass for one of my readers. If you haven't entered yet, go to this post to enter. RootsTech is for everyone, from the greenest of beginners to the professional genealogists, so even if you are just curious about family history, I recommend entering. I'd love to see you at RootsTech!
10. I'm thankful for John. He's had a bit of free time lately, as the employees at his company were furloughed for a little over a week, but John got the green-light to work again a few days ago. We're thankful the furlough wasn't long, but we also enjoyed the relaxed schedule during the time off. I think that when retirement comes, we'll be ready--not to ride off into the sunset, but certainly to spend more time together, and watch the sunsets!
|Photo: A yellow and coral colored sky, as the sun sets behind the mountains