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Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, 2019

Remember back in the old days, before blogging and social media, when friends and family would gather together without thinking to document the occasion with photos? Perhaps, if someone remembered to bring a camera, and if the camera had a flashbulb, a photo or two would be taken. Unless the camera was one of those fancy Polaroids, there was no way of knowing whether or not the photo would turn out. When the photographer reached the end of the roll, perhaps he would remember to send the film away for development. It wasn't unusual for months to pass between the taking of the photo and the receiving of the print, only to realize that the photographer had his thumb partially covering the lens. 


All this is to say that this past week for me has been much like the old days: a lot of time with family, but not a lot of thought into stopping the fun to take a photo. I hope that you had a fun-packed week, too, photos or no photos.
I'm thankful: 1. that oldest daughter could come for Chri…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…

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…