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Ten Things of Thankful: A Decade is One-Tenth of a Century

  A red blossom on a peony my cousin sent me from my grandma's garden I have always been fascinated with the concept of time. I distinctly remember turning 10 years old, and realizing that that was it for single digits for me, and recognizing that it would be a very long time before I hit triple digits. Obviously, I was a bit of a strange child, or at the very least, an old soul.  Although I've been rocking the double-digits for multiple decades now, the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop is just now approaching that milestone. I do hope that you will join with us June 9-11 to celebrate!  Not only have I been thinking about the number 10 this past week, I've been thinking about the number 100, because that is how old my grandma would have turned this week, had she still been alive. A little over 10 years ago, I wrote a bit about her in this blog post . She had so much tragedy in her life, but that did not define her. She was quick to laugh and had a heart of gold. She opened h

Ten Things of Thankful: Coming Up on a Decade!

  Photo shows a red sun setting over the Great Salt Lake As I've been gathering my thoughts for my post (and that's an apt expression, because sometimes my thoughts are all over the place!), I realized that the beginning of next month will be the 10th anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop! Put June 7th on your calendar as TTOT Day.  Invite your family, friends, and neighbors and have some cake. If there can be "Christmas in July" activities, there can certainly be "Thanksgiving in June!"  In the meantime, you can gear up for the big party by thinking on the past week. What are you thankful for this week? Here's my list: 1. I'm thankful for a negative covid test and the end of isolation. As much as I love my bedroom, I'm glad to not be confined to it anymore. 2. I'm thankful that the isolation paid off and John didn't get sick. 3. I'm thankful for individuals and businesses that are generous to foster families. I had the c

Ten Things of Thankful: Timing is Everything

  Pink tree blossoms frame a picturesque scene from Sitka, Alaska, of soaring white-capped mountains in the background and various small boats docked in the water in the foreground  Time is such a funny thing; minutes can take forever, and years can pass quickly. Since I last blogged, John and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. I'm thankful for our marriage. On the one hand, I don't think we're old enough to have been married that long, but on the other hand, we've packed in a lot of adventures in those years, so I guess the years do add up correctly. We are the same people, and yet we've changed. I wonder if butterflies ever think back to their caterpillar days with as much wonder and amazement?  We had scheduled a trip to Alaska, not because of our anniversary, but because we wanted to go with my parents on a cruise. We had everything booked and ready to go, but a couple of weeks prior to the departure date, my dad required surgery and so my parents neede

Ten Things of Thankful: I'd Like to Buy a Vowel, and Other Memories from Home

  Tile letters D D L N N P R R on a Scrabble tray This past week, I flew up to Oregon to spend some time with my parents. While I tried to be helpful, and managed to do some household chores, I think my main purpose there was for comic relief, which often manifested itself in the form of Scrabble games.  At one point, I texted a photo of the above Scrabble letters to my siblings, along with the plea, "HLPM! (Help me, with no vowels)".  The astute among you will realize that I had too many tiles on my tray, a fact I didn't notice until the next play. It obviously doesn't pay to cheat--particularly in a Scrabble game without vowels! My mom drew most of the vowels that game, and I was stuck trying to make words with only the vowels available on the board. The next game, I was rewarded with "AEOQOAY" as my letters. Somehow that wasn't much better. Anyway, regardless of how many and which letters we had, we managed to laugh our way through daily Scrabble game

Ten Things of Thankful: Can It Be?

  Forsythia and daffodils bloom near my front door It appears that spring has arrived! I'm not ruling out the possibility of more snow, because I am living in Utah after all, but I should be safe in saying that our spring-like days should outnumber our winter-like days in the coming months. Hurray! This week was filled with medical excitement for multiple relatives.  1. I'm thankful someone had good news, and things aren't as bad as was thought. 2. I'm thankful someone else sought help in time to receive treatment. 3. I'm thankful the treatment went smoothly and the patient is feeling much better. 4. I'm thankful for a son who is a doctor and texts explanations (including hand-drawn diagrams!) to help me understand what is happening. 5. I'm thankful for family members who rally to support and pray. Those are the "heavy" things I'm thankful for this week, but the week had lighter moments. 6. I'm thankful that, despite one day of spitting sno

Ten Things of Thankful: Sunday Will Come Edition

A gloomy view looking down the street of a snowy neighborhood Last weekend, I watched General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints . The message I heard time and again was a call to follow Jesus Christ--to be loving and kind, and to spread peace, not contention. As last Sunday was Palm Sunday, and tomorrow is Easter Sunday, many references were made to the events of the week leading up to Christ's resurrection.  During the week, I learned of several individuals who are facing some challenges, including a tragic death of a baby . A friend's daughter is an aunt of the little boy. When I heard of his death, I thought of a General Conference talk from a past year, titled "Sunday Will Come."   I have referenced this talk before when I've spoken at funerals. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can cling to hope when all seems darkest. We can have peace in the knowledge that Sunday will come. Easter Sunday came after  frightening days

Ten Things of Thankful: Lost and Found Edition

  A plethora of boxes on our office floor, none of which contain my elementary school class photos Some weeks, the Ten Things of Thankful practically writes itself, or at least a theme becomes apparent. Such was the case this week. Sunday afternoon, a friend messaged me and asked if I had our elementary school class photos. Well, of course  I did, and I would be happy to look for them on Monday and share with her. (The new season of Relative Race was about to start and I didn't feel like pulling out photos right then.) The photos weren't where I expected them to be (in one of many photo boxes). The photos weren't in any of the family history boxes, nor in a binder, nor in with childhood memorabilia, nor in boxes of artwork in the basement, nor in my baby book, nor in my recipe cupboard (yes, I was getting desperate!), nor in the piano bench (ditto last parenthetical comment), nor in desk drawers, nor in nightstand drawers, nor under the bed, nor. . . .  I have wracked my br

Ten Things of Thankful: Corrections Edition

A square filled with various snowflake designs, or how it feels in Utah this spring As this week progressed, I realized that several things I wrote over the past couple of months need correction, and I came to the conclusion that a corrections edition of the TToT was called for. It doesn't change my gratitude, but is merely a recognition that sometimes we can be thankful for something even if it doesn't turn out exactly as we expected.  Seven weeks ago (yes, I'm counting!) I mentioned that Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. While that was technically correct, I was expecting that perhaps he meant six weeks and only six weeks. Snow is still falling today, so while I'm still hopeful that spring weather will arrive eventually, Punxsutawney Phil should have predicted AT LEAST six more weeks of winter.  1. Although it's getting really old, I am thankful for the snow. The Great Salt Lake is filling up, the reservoirs are also filling, the ground is moi

Ten Things of Thankful: The Calendar Almost Says Spring!

A glimpse across the valley shows snow-covered mountains providing a backdrop for Utah Lake It's a bit chilly outside, but we are between "atmospheric river events" right now and the sky is blue and the snow is melted in our yard. (As an aside, I need to research the phrase "atmospheric river". Is it a new term for "jet stream" or is it a new creature altogether?) Anyway, the first day of spring is coming soon! I know that doesn't mean that spring weather will necessarily come right away, but it's just so nice to think of warmer sunny days and plants growing and flowers blooming.  It's also nice to sit down and write down the things that I am thankful for this week. Won't you join me? I'll go first and give you time to think, and then you can tell me in the comments or in your own post! Link up with on the Ten Things of Thankful blog , hosted by Dyanne .  1. I'm thankful for little signs that tell me that spring is coming.  A da

Ten Things of Thankful: Spring Might Be Coming!

  a backyard and mountainside covered in snow Monday, we woke up to more snow on top of the snow we already had. A very snowy Mt. Timpanogos contrasts with a deep blue sky On Thursday, the sun came out and I took the photo above of a deep blue sky above a very snowy Mt. Timpanogos.  Rain is in the forecast at our elevation this coming week, though the mountains should receive more snow. The break in the snow and the sun coming out reminds me that spring will come sometime.  1. I'm thankful for the seasons. Contrast is nice.  While I've been mostly inside this week, I've gotten some things accomplished. 2. I'm thankful to have taxes done and filed.  Have you read the children's book, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"? In it, a mouse gets a cookie, but then needs other things (glass of milk, etc.) Sometimes I feel like that mouse!  3. I'm thankful that we will be getting fiber internet installed soon. It will be faster and cheaper than our current internet.

Thankful Me: Just Me and My 64,051 Cousins

  A sign that reads: "ROOTSTECH 2023 UNITING FAMILIES FRIENDS TRADITIONS INNOVATORS GENERATIONS COMMUNITIES rootstech by FamilySearch" I've spent the past few days in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center attending RootsTech, a large family history conference. Between the in-person attendees, and the online attendees, the "Find My Relatives at RootsTech" app told me that I had 64,051 cousins joining me (at the time of this writing. The number keeps going up as more people join in online.) One thousand three hundred and fifty-one of those were attending in person. That's a lot of people! I didn't actually meet all of them, of course, as we were all going from class to class, attending lectures and workshops, listening to keynote speakers, browsing through the expo hall, and going down the street to the FamilySearch library, in search for ancestors' records. That's not to say I didn't connect with relatives. I bumped into old frie

Ten Things of Thankful: Home, and Home Again

  Mt. St. Helens, as seen from an airplane  I love to travel, and I love to be home. This past week, I traveled home--to my parents' home, where so many memories of mine were made. Apparently I took the Utah snow to Oregon, because we ended up being pretty much snowbound most of the week, but the roads were good for the arrival and departure days, so that was appreciated.  1. I'm thankful for my parents, and for their health. Yes, they are older than they used to be, but aren't we all? It was great to just be able to spend time together, talking, laughing, and reminiscing. 2. I'm thankful for shelter from the elements. My dad designed and built their unique home and we were dry and warm, even when the power went out for a while.  3. I'm thankful for plants. My mom has a green thumb when it comes to houseplants. She knows their specific light requirements and carefully puts the plants in the best environment. My dad loves to root cuttings of outdoor plants in his ind

Ten Things of Thankful: A Mid-Winter Escape, Gratitude in Photos

  The sun rises over the Caribbean Sea You might remember that last summer, John and I won a free future cruise  on Holland America. Well, these past two weeks we have been redeeming that free cruise by escaping the snow and cold and hanging out in the Caribbean. We're back home now with snow in the forecast, but sunshine in our hearts.  Dark clouds above a blue sky and green-blue water and white sand beach at Trunk Bay, U.S.V.I. We did have a sprinkle or two of rain, but not much--and what's the problem with rain when you're wet from snorkeling anyway?  A conch shell as long as my foot on the beach The blue bricks that pave the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico The view of the unbelievably blue water and the ship from a bench in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas A replica of John Glenn and the Friendship 7, which splashed down near Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos John enjoying floating in a pool under one of the waterfalls at Damajagua in the Dominican Republic John and I on the tem