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Ten Things of Thankful: I've Taken a Detour, but Have Now Returned


Shadow of a child holding hands and walking between a man and woman

My last previous post was November 6, 2020, over 18 months ago. A LOT happened during that time, and at the same time, A LOT didn't happen. Time passed agonizingly slowly and also in the blink of an eye. Our empty nest became very full, but is now empty once again. I'm so rusty at blogging I nearly had to do a google search to remember where I needed to go to even compose a post! However, I still remember how to be thankful, and here are some of the things I have been thankful for over the past year-and-a-half:

1. I am thankful for modern appliances. My washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher have been running multiple times a day over the past year or so, and I am truly thankful they have held up. And robotic vacuums (multiple levels in the house=multiple vacuums) also deserve much praise. (In fact, as I was  replacing a well-worn brush from a vacuum a month or so ago, a little voice next to me said, "It's so beautiful!" It is, buddy, it is.)

2. Following the "How do I keep things relatively clean?" theme, I am thankful for all-weather floor liners for the car. Worth every penny!

3. I am thankful for teachers. I have met so many great, dedicated teachers this past year and their level of compassion and willingness to go the extra mile for their students is truly heart-warming.

4. I am thankful for individuals and organizations that support families and children. I have felt so much support over the past 18 months from the "village." There are so many good people in the world!

5. I am thankful for the chance to see the world through children's eyes. The world is a truly amazing place and I have loved sharing places, experiences, and knowledge with little ones. (Note to all Sunday School teachers of youngsters: In teaching about the 10 Commandments, you might need to explain that Moses didn't break a computer, because the "tablet" was just a big rock!)

6. I am thankful for my grandparents. I've gained new insights into their lives and a deeper appreciation for the experiences they had. 

7. I am thankful for health. Though we had our fair share of illnesses, we escaped the dreaded covid until this week. Covid is so much easier to handle when the nest is empty. Still not a fan of being sick, but things could be so much worse.

8. Which leads me to:  I'm thankful for vaccines, boosters, and medications that are working to keep our covid experience fairly mild. Millions of others had a difference experience, and while vaccines and medications aren't a guarantee of a good outcome, I am thankful for things that help keep us healthy.

9. I'm thankful for sleep. It's been a precious commodity over the past year, and I am thankful to be catching up on some zzzz's. 

10. I am thankful for John. Our life hasn't always taken us down the roads we envisioned, but as John says, "Life's an adventure, and adventures usually work out." I'm thankful for our adventure. 

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  1. Heeheehee! Moses/tablet, oh, that's excellent. Thank you for sharing that.

    Your list is beautiful, i hope you feel better quickly, and welcome back!

    1. Oh, it took me a second to figure that one out: "We learned about Moses going up the Mountain Sinai and he came down and broke the computer." It was all I could do to keep from laughing!

      Thank you! It's good to be back!

  2. Are my letters appearing in Comments?
    These variables between browsers and blog platforms will surely turn my hair white(r).
    Very good to read you again.
    Like Mimi, got a kick out of Number 5.
    Not particularly a fan of the Grateful Dead, but they did contribute a song lyric that is most apropos,
    Lately, it occurs to me
    What a long, strange trip it's been

    1. I'm having to relearn how to blog and post/reply to comments, too. Thanks for taking the time to figure it out and comment!

      I have to agree with you about the lyrics.

  3. I am so thankful you returned to your blog to write this gratitude list! I'm sorry you caught COVID eventually. Then again, I don't think there's any escaping it at all, but I'm glad being fully vaccinated and boosted and having access to medication helped you get a relatively mild case of it.

    1. Thank you! If I had to get covid, I'm thankful it was now and not earlier. :-)

  4. I am delighted to hear from you.

    1. Thanks, Romi! I always enjoy your posts, too.

  5. You're back, you're back, you're baaaaaaack! I've thought of you SO OFTEN and said many prayers for your nest. Hoping the fact that it's empty is due to a positive reunification. Sorry you got the dreaded Covid and hope it's not hitting you too hard. I felt like I had mono when I had it, but it was only like that for a few days. Glad I was vaccinated and boosted or it probably would have been much worse. LOVE the comment about the ten commandments!

    1. Yes, I'm back! I'm thankful for your thoughts and prayers. Things worked out as we hoped they would, so that is a big thankful!


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