Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
Since we have had so much rain and flooding in the northwest part of the country this week, I am thankful that we live at a slightly higher elevation, but not so steep an elevation that we have to fear a mudslide. I'm also thankful that a lot of snow has fallen in the mountains this week. Hopefully it will stay cold enough up there, that we will build up a snow pack over the winter.
There have been many people involved in rescuing people due to the flooding, toppled trees, fires caused by lightning strikes, etc. They each certainly deserve our thanks.
This week my heart has felt the needs of others and in some cases, I've been able to help by actually doing something, but for others, I've only been able to offer up my prayers in their behalf. I find myself wondering whether what I do is enough.
It is wonderful that we live in a day and a time when we have transportation to travel quickly to visit someone. If we were living a hundred years ago, what now may take a half hour to do, would have taken most of the day then, depending on the terrain and the reason for the visit.
The roofers came and hopefully finally fixed the leak we've had. Yeah!
Although it isn't quite Christmas, my white Christmas cacti decided to start blooming this week. Now I have all three colors of cacti blooming at the same time. That doesn't usually happen. I usually have a straggler.
I'm thankful for the opportunities I have had this week to share our meals with others, and to try out a wonderful new Hawaiian/Philipino restaurant. The food is very tasty, and we will definitely be eating there again or getting the take-out like we did this time.
Knowing that my daughters were able to spend a week together doing some fun things warmed my heart. It really is a blessing to have grown children who really do enjoy being together and doing things together when they can. I know that some families have strained relationships and it saddens me when I see that kind of a situation.
I'm thankful that I was able to do a little bit of decorating and a little bit of holiday baking this week, as well being the recipient of some treats and gifts from others.
At the nursing home on Saturday, a clogger performed for some of the residents. I took Mom down to the dining room to watch the performer. It was really fun to watch the clogger dance. She had come from another state to perform so her relative, who is a resident at the nursing home, could watch. What a treat this was for all who gathered to watch!
This is one of the many trees that has been decorated by the staff for the residents at the nursing home to enjoy. This tree was set up in the dining room where the clogger was performing.