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Ten Things of Thankful: Feeling the Christmas Spirit on Friday the 13th

It's two weeks before Christmas, and the holiday season is in full swing. The cold I had last week is pretty much gone, and I've been decorating the house, listening to Christmas carols, and addressing cards. Today is Friday the 13th, but I'm feeling the Christmas spirit.

1. I'm thankful for how easy it is to help others. For the past couple of years, giving machines have been part of the #LightTheWorld initiative. Instead of a vending machine that dispenses snacks, a giving machine allows participants to purchase items for the needy. Each year, more locations all over the world, from London to the Philippines, New York to Las Vegas, have giving machines. The closest giving machine to my house was in a local mall. I decided to go check it out.

I went mid-morning on a weekday, and was pleasantly surprised to find a line, even with several machines. (That means lots of people are donating!) When it was my turn, I was impressed with the number of choices: comfort blanket, b…

And the #RootsTech Winner Is. . .

Thanks to all who entered the #RootsTech 4-day Pass Giveaway! I used Rafflecopter to manage the entries and select a winner, and the random winner is: Kristi M.! Congratulations!

If you didn't win, don't fret. RootsTech has promotional pricing going on right now, so you can still attend for less than full-price. Also, other RootsTech ambassadors still have their contests running, so there is still a chance you can snag a free pass. You can check out the list at the Conference Keeper website. Good luck to all! 


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Ten Things of Thankful: I "Tissue" a Merry Christmas

I suddenly realized that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away. I thought this would be the week I would put up the tree and decorate the house. Instead, John and I have prepared by deciding to get colds out of the way. (It was his idea, or at least he started the sneezing party.) While most people are out buying gifts, I visit Costco for industrial amounts of Kleenex and NyQuil. I keep looking to John to call this party over, but he just keeps snoozing and sniffling. I can afford to lounge around for a couple more days, but I really want my energy back soon. However, I definitely can think of things I am thankful for this week!

1. I'm thankful it is just a cold. It's annoying, but it's just a cold. 

2. I'm thankful that because I didn't feel like doing much at all, I cleared out my email inbox! Major, major accomplishment there!

3. I'm thankful to be at the stage of life where I can take time to indulge a cold. I don't have to show up for a job, my children are…

Ten Things of Thankful: A Soggy Day of Thanks and Other Realities

John and I, along with our youngest daughter, drove to California for Thanksgiving at the invitation of our middle daughter. Our oldest daughter flew down to join us. Unfortunately, our sons' schedules prevented their attendance, but hopefully we will see them at Christmas. 
1. I'm thankful for family.
As a snowstorm was forecast for Wednesday, we decided to leave on Tuesday after work. Despite delays through Arizona due to road construction, we made good time and actually didn't stop for the night until we were almost to the Nevada/California border. Wednesday's traffic was similarly manageable, at least to the hotel. Picking up our daughter from LAX was another story entirely, as the roads leading to the airport were completely jammed. (And by that, I mean that each time a traffic light turned green, ONE car at most could go through. We spent over an hour just going around one block.) Fortunately, our daughter's flight was delayed. By the time she disembarked, we w…