It is time to sum up my list of 'thankfuls' for this past week. I hope all of you who are participants of this blog hop have had a good week, or if it hasn't seemed to be all that exciting, that looking back you are able to pull out ten things that you can recognize as blessings and things for which you truly are thankful. If your list falls slightly under or over, that is okay too. The idea is just to be pointed in the right direction. I'm linking up to Ten Things of Thankful at Josie Two Shoes site. Click the link to see the assorted 'thankfuls' others have posted.
1 Last week I mentioned that I needed to take my car back into the shop to have them try to get my burned out tail light pulled out on Monday. Two different guys were not able to remove it last week. I was told the cost might run up to $60 if the shop had to pull out the back lighting system. This week I was in and out in practically no time. A different guy tried to get it out this time and didn't even have to run it into the shop. Total cost was just under a $2 for the bulb. Yeah!
2 I'm thankful for those things I see others doing to help out. I was backed up in a line of traffic when I saw a man running across the street from his work place to push a car that had stalled at the front of the line. He made it look like a piece of cake. Thanks to him traffic was soon on its way. I suspect the tow truck that passed by him as he was doing his good deed was going to loop back to tow the car.
3 Seeing similarities in the lives of my ancestors and my own always make me feel happy. I suspect I may have already seen this similarity in the past, but I rediscovered it this week. One of my great grandmothers had a twin sister. She and her twin have the same birthday (month and day) as I do. My mother was young, under six, but she remembered seeing my great grandmother, Sarah H. Andrews Boyd, and spoke of how she sometimes went over to the next state to visit family. After the research I did this week, I suspect that she went to visit her twin sister. Knowing how close twins feel toward one another I feel firm in my conviction that was the case. I wish I could find a photo of my great grandmother. If I ever do, I'm sure that will be a 'thankful' on my blog.
4 - 5 There were two activities during this past week at church that were quite enjoyable.
The first one was a dinner for the grandparents in the church. The youth planned the activities and decorations, made the dinner, etc. There were four youth at each table along with four grandparents, and there were getting-to-know-you games that helped the flow of communication between the two groups. The room was packed with attendees. It was so enjoyable.
The second activity was held the following night just for the women. There was no dinner, but there were some yummy sweets to dip in chocolate! One of the women led a discussion based on a book titled The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. It was quite interesting. There is a little quiz that you and your spouse can take to discover which is your particular love language. Actually knowing what each other's love language is can be very helpful in a a relationship. There are even tests for teens and for children that can be beneficial in helping those in the family improve their communication and relationships with one another.
6 I stopped to get a take-out meal from at a small local Japanese restaurant this week. It had been a long time since I'd been in there, and since I was there in the middle of the afternoon it was not a busy time. I had a nice visit with the Japanese owner and his wife. There were some newspaper clippings on the wall about their restaurant that I found quite interesting. The food is cooked the way they cook it in Japan, not an Americanized version. It was very tasty.
7 My husband is on a bird photography adventure for a few days, so my listening ear is gone. There was one day when I was feeling a little down about my Mom and wishing she didn't still have those times when she feels fearful of the Arjo mechanical lifting machine at the nursing home. There are ups and downs with dealing with her Alzheimer's. My help came in the way of a neighbor who was a willing listener one day. She has been in a position similar to mine, so I felt comfortable talking to her about my concerns.
8 Remembering old songs that have such great messages, such as
'Let There Be Peace on Earth' and 'What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love.'
9 Our children and their spouses and our grandchildren and great grandchildren
10 My husband who means the world to me.