One more family I know had to say goodbye for now to a loved one, a 22 year old son. He was loved by a lot of family and friends and will be missed. I was glad that the family could feel the love and support of so many of his and their friends at the funeral. I feel sad for all of them having to endure this kind of pain anytime, but especially at a time of the year which is so often associated with feelings of joy and gladness. I attended this funeral three days before Christmas and am thankful for the knowledge I have that families can be together in the hereafter.
This past week was filled with heavy rains and strong winds. Some people experienced power outages and downed trees. Those who needed to travel for holiday gatherings sometimes experienced difficulties reaching their destinations on time, or even safely. Although in the lower elevations, we had the wind and the rain, the mountainous regions experienced very heavy snow falls. The skiers were elated, especially if they were able to get to slopes. I'm thankful that we didn't have any downed trees on our lane or on the roads we most often travel. I'm also thankful that the 65 mph winds forecast for our area one day did not come. There were winds, but not what had been forecast.
I tried another new recipe this week that I really enjoyed. It was for a pumpkin-apple quick bread. I loved the moistness of it. I don't do a lot of baking of desserts and bread now, because of the need to avoid so many sweets, but I couldn't resist. It was Christmas, and besides, we shared some of it! Finding new recipes to try is always a thankful in my book.
Today someone mentioned a free online course that interested me, so this afternoon I registered for it. I think it will help me in my gospel studies. Click here for more information about free online classes. Not all are religion classes.
A friend loaned a book to me the other day. She said she really liked it and thought I'd like it too. It is a Newbery award winner (2002). The book is titled, A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park. It was written for those ages 9 and up. I've just begun to read it and can tell I'm going to enjoy reading this. I'm thankful for friends who know me well enough to know what I might enjoy reading, for instance, some children's books.
Photos of family members, whether posted on FB, blogs, calendars that are given, or school photos are much appreciated. As a child I remember school photos being sent in Christmas cards to the relatives. It was a tradition. Now photos are shared much more frequently due to modern day technology, and we don't need to wait until Christmas to see how much someone has grown or changed. Nevertheless, that Christmas tradition lingers, and I love it.
Speaking of photos. . .I played around a bit with the Nikon camera this past week and got a much better shot of one of the Christmas cacti. (For those of you who may not know, Christmas cacti do not have any spines that poke.)
Whether spread by many miles apart, or storms that make travel impossible, families are able to still feel connected at Christmas thanks again to technology. We felt that connectedness and love.
I'm thankful for the thoughtful gifts we have received this past week. We feel nourished in body, mind, and soul. We have felt gleeful surprise. We have laughed. We look forward to expanding our knowledge too because of you. Our life has been made easier because of you. We are thankful for the love and association of not only family, but of friends.
Now I'm ready to venture into a new year with a heart full of gratitude. I hope you might consider starting the year off by sharing your ten things of thankful on your blog, if you have one, and then linking up.