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Ten Things of Thankful: April is Here Edition!

March came in like a lion, then the whole zoo took over! Snow and Corona and earthquakes, oh my! However, even though it snowed a little bit two nights ago, COVID-19 is still impacting daily life, and the nearby Army Depot decided to detonate old ammunition (which made it feel like we were experiencing aftershocks), there are still plenty of things to be thankful for. Here is what I have noticed this week:

1. Middle daughter's birthday. Though we are miles apart, we stay in touch via phone calls and mail.

2. General Conference weekend is this week. Last October, President Russell M. Nelson said "general conference next April will be not only memorable; it will be unforgettable." That is definitely the case, and it hasn't even started yet! The music has been pre-recorded, and no one will be in the Conference Center except for those who are speaking, saying the prayers, etc. I'm looking forward to the talks. It really is the best thing to binge-watch this weekend! Fe…

Ten Things of Thankful: Let's Laugh Edition

I love to laugh. Humor has always provided relief from stressful times. During my 3rd pregnancy, I spent the six weeks prior to my son's birth in the hospital, in an effort to prevent an extremely early delivery. (He managed to wait until 30 weeks--still very early, but much better than 24.)  Every night, I would be hooked up to a fetal monitor to see how he was doing. I would use that time to watch sit-coms on TV. More than one time, the nurse would come into my room to make sure everything was OK, because my laughter was causing the monitor to read strangely. I tried to sit still and behave, but I also welcomed the emotional relief that laughter brought to my situation.

Collectively, we are experiencing some stressful times right now, but there are many individuals who are helping--in lots of ways, including comic relief. I thought it might be fun for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post for me to share some funny sites/posts/clips I've seen recently, as well as some o…

Six Sentence Story: Safety

Soft words, spoken with a sweet smile, silence my racing thoughts,
And I know that I need not 
External forces outside my control can storm and rage, but
This--our family, our faith--remain firm and unshakable. With
You by my side, we can live by the refrain:
"Come what may, and love it."*
*from a talk by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Linking up a Six Sentence Story this week with Denise over at Girlie on the Edge

Disclaimer: Just to be clear, we are following the state recommendations during this pandemic, and are doing our best to do our part to control its spread.

Ten Things of Thankful: No, They Can't Take That Away From Me Edition

How are you? If you are like me, you are feeling a little unsettled, trying to adapt to a new routine as what used to be OK is now forbidden or impossible. However, even in the uncertainty of how many more changes there might be or how long they might last, there are things that I am firmly certain of--things that I am thankful for--and no one can take that away from me! 

Come review my week with me, and I'll explain what I mean.
Last Sunday John and I attended church--and it was just the two of us, in our family room. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on March 12 that worship services have been temporarily suspended worldwide. Local leaders have been given the responsibility to determine how to make the sacrament available to members at least monthly. Our bishop authorized priesthood holders to administer the sacrament in their homes, (and arrangements were made to bring the sacrament to individuals who do not hav…

Six Sentence Story: Question

Spring had arrived, and soon the homeowner's association committee would be making their rounds, assuring that the neighborhood lawns were neatly mowed, edged, and weed-free. The pre-emergent weed-and-feed had been applied too late, or maybe not at all, because the bright yellow dandelion blossoms were opening up all over the yard. Their low-to-the-ground flowers escaped the blades of the mower and mocked eradication efforts. They demanded attention. But just as the woman of the house was deep in thought about how to get rid of the pesky things, her preschool-aged daughter approached, shoved a fist-full of the yellow enemy at her as a gift, and innocently asked, "Mommy, why did God put dandelions on weeds?"
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
Linking up with the Six Sentence Story blog hop. Today's a perfect day to go read short stories, so go check out the entries!

A Video from #RootsTech with #RelativeRace

I joined a small group of lucky individuals who had a chance to meet with Dan J. Debenham, co-creator, executive director, and host of Relative Race; Rebecca Dalton (and husband, Kyler), unit production manager and Season 3 winner; and Tristan Tolman, lead genealogist for Relative Race. We spent an enjoyable half-hour or so together at #RootsTech, and I wanted to share this video with you. 

If you are looking for a great television show that the whole family can enjoy anytime, go to and watch past seasons of Relative Race. Especially since so many of us are now isolated at home, being able to vicariously travel across the country and meet family members is a great distraction! If you watch one episode, you'll be hooked! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Ten Things of Thankful: Even on Friday the 13th, During a Pandemic

Are things as crazy in your area as they are in mine? "A run on stores and tempers flaring is not the Utah way," said Governor Herbert today during a press conference. While I have not witnessed mad shoppers, I have definitely seen empty shelves in stores. 

What to do when large gatherings, including church, are canceled, and all the news seems to be bad? Well, one suggestion is to take a deep breath and count to ten: Ten Things of Thankful, that is! Even in such crazy times, there are reasons to be thankful. Here are some I've noticed this past week:

Safe, running water.Indoor plumbing.Convenient transportation.Laundry facilities.Quick access to news.Grocery stores (even when some shelves are bare.)Cell phones.The internet.Spring is coming, no matter what, as evidenced by budding flowers.John. Fortunately, we get along great, so self-isolating won't be hard if we need to do so.A few days ago, I was looking through some old family history papers, and I found personal h…

Ten Things of Thankful: In Like a Lion

March arrived on Sunday with a snowstorm. By Friday, the high temperature was 70 degrees. Today (Saturday), the clouds are rolling in and rain and snow are in the forecast for tomorrow. Welcome, March, where we get hints of springtime in between snowstorms!

With the unpredictable weather and the concern about the corona virus, it's been a strange week. But, as always, there are still things to be thankful for, so let's start counting!

1. I'm thankful for toilet paper. Knowing that I had extra rolls in the basement,  I didn't get panicked when the store shelves were empty this week.  I overheard one Costco employee tell another that the store sold 40 pallets of toilet paper in 20 minutes! 

2. I'm thankful for John's work-at-home job. Some companies are telling employees to telecommute for the next little bit, but John's commute is always just down the hall. It's nice to not have to worry about picking up a virus from work.

3. I'm thankful for learning ne…

Top Ten Reasons to Be Thankful for #RootsTech

Last week, I attended RootsTech again. Each year I go, I get more and more out of the world's largest genealogy conference. Ten years ago, three thousand people showed up for the first RootsTech. I don't know the official count this year, but it was closer to ten times that. Not only has RootsTech expanded in participants, it has grown in other ways. Last September, RootsTech met in London, England, for the first time, and it was recently announced that there will be another conference across the pond this November. If you live in the UK, or need an excuse to visit, mark your calendars for November 5-7! 

If a trip to England isn't in the cards this year, maybe a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, next February would be more likely. Next year's RootsTech will be held February 3-6, 2021. 

If you haven't been to RootsTech before, you might be wondering what all the hype is about, so for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I thought I'd bring you a Top Ten list:

Ten Things of Thankful: A Quick List, but I'm Still Thankful

I'm tired today. I'm excited for this upcoming week, because I will spend it with my mom at RootsTech, a large genealogy conference, but right now I'm just tired. 

I don't write well when I'm tired, but I don't want to miss participating in the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. 

So, here's a perfunctory list of things I am thankful for:

a new, working thermostatthe pile of yard waste is decreasing, and the pile of mulch is increasingspending an evening with my youngest daughterbook clubvisiting with several friends at various times throughout the weekrecognizing and acting on promptingsfiguring out how to scan photos as TIFF filesfinding a fire pit for our fire pit areagetting taxes doneas always, JohnTa-da! I did it! 
Won't you join the Ten Things of Thankful community? 
Joining me this week:
The Prolific Pulse
MessyMimi's Meanderings
Her Headache
A Season and a Time
Backsies is What There is Not
The Wakefield Doctrine
Carin's Gratitude
Put Out into the Deep

Ten Things of Thankful: Valentine's Day in Color (and Charcoal Black!)

I learned recently that can colorize photos for free, and I have been having fun uploading old black-and-white photos of ancestors and seeing how a little bit of color makes them seem more real. (Thankful #1)

RootsTech is coming up at the end of this month (Thankful #2) , so my mind has been on family history work. This past week, I helped my in-laws get their StoryWorth books ready to publish. I highly recommend StoryWorth as a tool to help get family stories written down and preserved for posterity! I've learned a lot by reading the stories that my parents and in-laws have written. (Thankful #3)

Saturday morning, John and I spent time doing outside tackling some projects. When the fence was put in, some plants needed to come out. John worked on minimizing that pile of plant waste by putting it through the chipper. Meanwhile, I worked on pruning the fruit trees (thus making the to-be-chipped pile bigger). We got a lot done (Thankful #4), even if the size of the pile …

Ten Things of Thankful: Christmas in February

The groundhog predicted an early spring; Mother Nature proved she doesn't take orders from a rodent. Snow fell and fell and fell, and it felt more like Christmas than February (thankful #1--the snow was beautiful, I didn't have to go anywhere, and I just enjoyed the quiet day). It also felt like Christmas because some of my children came (thankful #2), and we finally exchanged presents with youngest son and his girlfriend, who couldn't come in December (thankful #3--no more wrapped presents taking up space in my bedroom!) 

We laughed a lot and played games (thankful #4). Our house was filled with friends of the kids, and thus even more laughter and games (thankful #5).
Drexel (thankful #6) mysteriously managed to add a blue streak in his fur.

We ate cupcakes in celebration of oldest son's birthday (thankful #7), even though he couldn't join us, so we called him and left a rendition of "Happy Birthday" in his voicemail box. 
We remembered to take a photo (than…

Ten Things of Thankful: Even When Being Chased Across the Street by a Chicken, or Clobbered by Books!

I love this sign, because there are multiple ways to interpret it. Perhaps the boy is taking his pet chicken for a walk. Perhaps he is being chased by an angry bird. In any case, he has a designated crosswalk and a nice new sign, to alert drivers to be on the look out for all sorts of two-legged pedestrians. 

Whether you are strolling along with a beloved animal companion or running for your life, there are things to be thankful for. I hope you look for and find them. Here's what I've noticed this week:

1. I'm thankful for that chicken crossing sign. It made me smile. Then I learned that it went up as an Eagle Scout project, and I was even more impressed with the initiative that scout had.

2. I'm thankful that, after all of these years of blogging, I figured out a work-around for those times that I have difficulty transferring my photos from my phone to my laptop: blog from my phone, at least long enough to add the photo to the post! Why I didn't think of that before,…