Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Easter Edition

The full moon sets over the mountains, with trees and a lake in the foreground
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and blossoms are starting to appear on the trees. I spent last weekend glued to my television, as I listened to the April general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This coming Sunday is Easter, a joyful holiday of hope. All in all, there are so many reasons to be thankful. 




  • Conference was filled with messages of hope:

With billions of words online and in a marketing-saturated world constantly infiltrated by noisy, nefarious efforts of the adversary, where can we go to hear Him?
We can go to the scriptures. They teach us about Jesus Christ and His gospel, the magnitude of His Atonement, and our Father’s great plan of happiness and redemption. Daily immersion in the word of God is crucial for spiritual survival, especially in these days of increasing upheaval. As we feast on the words of Christ daily, the words of Christ will tell us how to respond to difficulties we never thought we would face. (Russell M. Nelson)
We still have hopes that have not yet been fulfilled. Even as we speak, we are waging an “all hands on deck” war with COVID-19, a solemn reminder that a virus 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand can bring entire populations and global economies to their knees. We pray for those who have lost loved ones in this modern plague, as well as for those who are currently infected or at risk. We certainly pray for those who are giving such magnificent health care. When we have conquered this—and we will—may we be equally committed to freeing the world from the virus of hunger, freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty. May we hope for schools where students are taught—not terrified they will be shot—and for the gift of personal dignity for every child of God, unmarred by any form of racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice. Undergirding all of this is our relentless hope for greater devotion to the two greatest of all commandments: to love God by keeping His counsel and to love our neighbors by showing kindness and compassion, patience and forgiveness. These two divine directives are still—and forever will be—the only real hope we have for giving our children a better world than the one they now know.(Jeffrey R. Holland)

  • Eight new temple locations were announced during conference, including Dubai and Shanghai! 
  • My local community offered a contest to children, to see who could come up with the next light design on the mountain. The winning entry is now set up and illuminates the darkness, reminding us of the love here in Utah.



The outline of the state of Utah with a heart inside is made with lights on the mountainside


Same view as above, only zoomed out to give perspective of the size
  • Youngest daughter had a birthday this week, and we were able to don masks, set presents at her doorstep, ring her doorbell, and see her from a distance for a few minutes. 
  • The moon this week was gorgeous! 
  • We might be social distancing, but that doesn't mean we can't check in with friends via phone calls, texts, and online means. 
  • Online shopping allows me to continue planning my backyard landscape and garden. Lilacs, berries, and fruit trees will be arriving soon, and seeds have already come for the garden vegetables. 
  • I ventured to Costco for the first time since this started, to pick up a prescription, and was pleasantly surprised at how well Costco is helping keep shoppers safe. Playing "Don't Stand So Close to Me" outside while guests waited to enter was a whimsical touch (pun intended). 
  • Drexel, in a very rare moment of naughtiness, snagged an ink cartridge box, took it outside, and promptly destroyed the brand new cartridge. Fortunately, the cartridge was inside a plastic wrapper, so the mess was contained. Nevertheless, Drexel was past due for a bath, so a day or two after the ink fiasco, I decided to give Drexel a bath. This is when I realized that I do, indeed, have a very good dog. He hopped right in the tub, stood there patiently the entire time, did not shake water all over, and waited until invited to exit the tub. 
  • John has been busy constructing raised bed garden boxes and figuring out and digging trenches for the watering system to each box. He is also a formidable opponent when we play Splendor. I'm loving our simple, at-home routine. 
That's it for this week. I hope you each have a peaceful, joyful weekend. Happy Easter!

What are you thankful for this week? The Ten Things of Thankful welcomes you, so come join us!

Joining me this week:
MessyMimi's Meanderings
Recording Life Under the Radar
Minda Goes West
A Season and a Time
the Wakefield Doctrine
Carin's Gratitude

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Comments

  1. Your lists never fail to bring smiles. Hope you are having a blessed and beautiful Friday!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love the first picture! Unfortunately, and in a rare occurrence, I forgot when full moon was. I so wanted to see the super pink moon :( Wonderful list Kristi and a good reminder that amidst this challenge of current daily life there are still joys and opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm sorry you missed the super pink moon; for what it's worth, I couldn't detect a difference in color.

      Delete
  3. Thanks for sharing parts of the conference. Everyone seems to be on the making raised beds train!!! Its great!
    Have a great week Krist . Happy Easter!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your comment made me realize I forgot to link to the page where all the conference talks are. I just corrected that. Thanks!
      Raised beds are great, and really the only hope for our rocky soil here.
      Happy Easter!

      Delete
  4. er... please, have your dog call our dog. lol

    Una is not a fan of baths or loose or otherwise un-controlled water. Probably due to her hair being so long.
    We do have a wading pool and, provided the weather is warm enough* can keep her clean.

    Unlike Ola and Bella, Una has not been one to find non-food items to attempt to eat.

    The weather is resisting the calendar out here, so only sporadic days working in the woods. That said, the lack of snow is appreciated.

    Relay HB to your daughter from us out here.


    *because, well, when Una must take a bath, everyone must take a bath.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Drexel says to tell Una that it's just easier to not resist, and the bath is over quicker that way. :-)

      Glad that Una stays away from ink cartridges! Please have your dog call our dog. :-)

      Today's temps are currently in the 40's, but are supposed to warm back into the 60's as the week goes on.

      Thanks. Happy Easter!

      Delete
  5. I love that light design on the mountain!
    Drexel earns the obedient dog award. Giving our dogs' baths was such a workout left us drenched. It usually took two people to bathe one dog! HaHa
    One of my goals is to go back and read all the conference talks and make lists of the questions we were asked, the counsel given, etc. Such a great conference!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always appreciate being able to go back and read the conference talks.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Even in Times of Uncertainty

  A railroad switch point on the tracks at the Golden Spike National Historic Park There is a lot I don't know. I don't know who will lead the United States for the next four years (at the time I'm composing this post, that hasn't been determined yet.) I don't know when covid cases will stop rising in my state and start decreasing. I don't know how challenging situations will turn out. There is much uncertainty in life. Living in limbo-land is hard. It's emotionally exhausting. It can be immobilizing. My body seems to think chocolate is the answer, but I know that isn't a long-term solution. What do I need in times like these? I need to REMEMBER . 1. R esilience. People are resilient. I am resilient. I'm thankful for resilience. 2. " E ach Life That Touches Ours for Good." So many people, both those I know in "real life," and those I have only met virtually, have taught me, encouraged me, and been examples to me. I'm thankful

Ten Things of Thankful: #GeneralConference Anticipation

  Jesus Christ stands in an crowd of kneeling worshippers, with the caption "Peace be unto you."  source In last week's post, I expressed gratitude for some things that hadn't actually happened yet, but that I hoped would soon. This week, I'm thankful that some of those things have happened--and I'm still holding out hope that the others will. In addition, I'm thankful in advance for other events.  To revisit last's week's anticipatory items: My air purifier was repaired, the company sent it back to me, and I'm thankful for clean air. The car wash company accepted responsibility for the accident, have authorized a check to be written to the repair company, and I'm thankful I have an appointment scheduled for the new bumper to be installed. The shop did get the van repaired, though not in time for me to renew the tags before the end of September. However, I'm thankful that the state of Utah offers a temporary registration for only $6 whi

Ten Things of Thankful: Another Trip Around the Sun

  A mixed bouquet of pink and purple flowers sits on a round table Last weekend, I celebrated another birthday. I think the earth moves around the sun faster and faster each year, but I can't prove it. Before another minute goes by, let me share my Ten Things of Thankful list for this week. I'm thankful for family: A birthday dinner with my daughter Birthday calls/texts from family members Beautiful flowers from my children A Facetime call with grandchildren. (My grandson repeated three words the entire time: "I am three!" At one point, I told him I would call him Groot.😉)  Drexel and his laid-back nature (The following video shows Drexel on the floor, while the robotic vacuum repeatedly runs into him and starts up his hind leg and tail. Drexel never gets up.) John and his engineering skills. Yesterday, the bishopric of our ward (church congregation) drove around the neighborhood and (taking care to observe covid recommendations) passed out doughnuts to everyone. Eac