Faithful Companions – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for the companionship of my cats and dog. Without them I know that I would have gone mad throughout my life. The companions may have changed in physical form, but I know that even when they pass on, they can continue to keep me company when I need it the most.

image; m

image: me and Tommy

Check out the original Thankful Thursday. (I hope to fix this link eventually.)

EDIT: Link updated March 7, 2015

Connected Internet – Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for high speed internet. I hadn’t realized just how much of it my family uses until this last week. We are moving out into a more rural area and so won’t have the same kind of access as we’ve been enjoying for the majority of my niece’s and nephews’ lives. We’ll still have it, but it won’t be anywhere near what they’ve grown up with.

So think about it sometimes. There is so much at our very fingertips (literally) that we don’t really think about it until it’s not going to be there anymore.

I’ll still be able to do my blog, but it’ll be handled differently. How differently I don’t quite know just yet, but I am thankful for the time with this kind of internet that I’ve had.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday.

Gratitude for Trials – Thankful Thursday

Thank you, Mr. Gardener for cutting me down, for loving me enough to hurt me.

–D. Todd Christofferson

Thank you for loving me enough to hurt me, Lord and for also being there to hold me up in my pain.

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Sixteen Months Ago – Thankful Thursday

Sixteen months ago I was still a little new to my blog, despite the fact that I had it up for several years before that. It was put up nominally because I had to for several of my classes in college. As soon as I finished those assignments, I promptly forgot I had a blog at all.

I was such a short-sighted little thing in my early twenties. (shakes head in amusement)

Anyway, after several years of having different family members (and some friends) mention that I should really try blogging considering how much I love to write, I finally ‘gave in’ and went to create one. Imagine my surprise when on randomly checking my email before actually doing so I found an email that I’d received from WordPress letting me know that there were new options for my blog. At the time I wondered, “How did they know?” Now I’m perfectly aware that they send out such emails several times a month whenever they update something (because the people who run this show are awesome like that.)

Anyway, today I’m grateful for the timing that they had at that moment because otherwise I would not be here writing, at all. So thank you, WordPress for sending out update emails so often.

Timing is everything after all.

Make sure to check out the original Thankful Thursday.

Connected Through Mail – Thankful Thursday

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

–USPS creed

Today I am grateful for the service of the United States Postal Service. Without them, my mother would not be able to send a Christmas present to her sister. Without them, my parents would not have been able to converse consistently with their parents while my father was serving overseas before they had a lot of children.

We often forget in this time of fast access through digital means that without the base to build from we would not find it as important to write to others, to communicate when not within walking or driving distance. Before we had computers or phones we had mail that came by car or plane or boat. Before we had cars and planes we had mail that came by horse and by boat.

So I am grateful not only for the USPS, but for the people that have worked within it since it was established.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday.

Dog Walker – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for my sister’s youngest boy. I haven’t been able to walk Sissy this past week due to sores on the back of my Achilles tendons. I can’t put shoes on even with band-aids and such on them. So my nephew has been walking Sissy in the morning before catching the school bus to start his day. That means that he’s been waking up a little earlier in order to walk her.

My eldest niece and nephew can’t walk Sissy because they leave before the sun even thinks about coming up and Sissy won’t walk that early. She likes her sleep just as much as the rest of us.

So today I’m grateful for my ten-year old nephew.

image: from martha0stout's phone

image: from martha0stout’s phone

Make sure to check out the original Thankful Thursday.

Holiday Homework – Thankful Thursday

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving.

If you ask my niece and nephews why I am a horrible aunt, they will tell you many things, but right now my eldest nephew will mostly say it’s because I make him do holiday homework on national holidays.

I’m grateful for that homework, though, because it gives them something else to do when on some days they just stare at the ceiling because all of their friends are gone and they’ve all already used up their electronic time.

That and it’s good to keep that knowledge near the front of their heads so it’s  not such a big culture shock when they get back to school.

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Reasons To Get Out Of Bed – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for lists.

Worth It List

  1. Get to see family
  2. Get to see awesome star quilt made by Mom
  3. Get to sort laundry (it’s soothing)
  4. Get hugs from nephews and niece
  5. Get to walk with Sissy
  6. Get to cuddle with cats more (only one will cuddle in bed with me)
  7. Get to hold fresh-out-of-the-dryer laundry
  8. Breakfast
  9. Writing for stories
  10. Sometimes making lists just for fun (and possible use later)
  11. Water sweet mint plant that is somehow still surviving
  12. Watch Minecraft to talk about it later with nephews
  13. Get to sit on the sofa next to kids and read together

There are so many most things that I’d like to put on this list, but if I take too much longer then I will never finish it because it is an ever growing list.

Inspired by a post about Breast Cancer from Get Inspired and by the original Thankful Thursday.

Warm Through the Night – Thankful Thursday

Today I’m grateful for all the quilts my mom has made over the course of her life. She’s made one for each of her children. She’s made some for her dad and now she’s making them for her grandchildren.

image: martha0stout's phone, my space quilt and Mirir
image: martha0stout’s phone, my space quilt and Miri
Quickly is the opposite of the time to make
Unless you can teach your children to help along.
It isn’t so much the labor as it is the
Labor of love
That keeps me warm during the nights.

I am extra grateful for this quilt as it keeps me warm with the winter coming and the nights freezing!

Check out the original Thankful Thursday as well.

Electronics – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for all the little electronic devices that have made my life…I don’t want to say easier but I can’t think of the word I want to use.

Without a washer and dryer, it would be impossible for me to do the laundry for my family.

Without an oven, I wouldn’t be able to bake.

Without a microwave, it would be harder to tell the time (mostly because all other clocks inevitably break somehow.)

Without a dehydrator we wouldn’t be able to make low-cost snacks that the kids would actually love and eat.

Without the pressure canner, we wouldn’t be able to safely can chili or stews.

Without the water bath canner, we wouldn’t be able to can the fruits and pickles that are part of the snack-lifeblood for growing children.

So I’m grateful for the electronic appliances that we have.

Make sure to check out the original Thankful Thursday.