Today I am thankful for transitions. The weekend will be full of putting away November and welcoming in December. I will help decorate the sanctuary for Advent this morning and then head over to visit dad. I picked up an amaryllis for his room to bring in some color and serve as a memory of mom’s tradition of giving us each an amaryllis in December.
Tonight we will have leftovers and finish watching our traditional Thanksgiving weekend movie series.
Tomorrow I will begin the journey of Advent. Advent wreathes and candles are a solid part of my Christmas traditions but I am ready for some new practices. I followed a link from Mary to this devotional. It speaks into my hopes for an Advent practices that reaches outward. I also gifted this Advent set to our grandson because I know his parents want him to have meaningful connections.
It has been good to share these 30 days of thankful. I have noticed how my mind is focusing on gratitude and blessings and perhaps that is best thing to be thankful for as I wrap up the month. Thank you for reading and commenting and encouraging.
I am thankful for a peaceful morning on the trail and the gear to make it very pleasant. And I pretty much had the trail to myself. Hope you get to #optoutside today.
I took this picture of the trees reflected in the river last week on a day when it felt like things were not going my way. I see this reflection all the time but this week, it reminded me to recall the blessings especially on days that seem topsy-turvy.
Here are three blessing that are particularly connected to our Thanksgiving celebration:
A husband who loves to cook the turkey – and clean up the mess
Yummy veggies, salad, and pies being prepared by others.
A newish tradition of watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy over the next the days.
Hope your day finds you counting your blessings.
I began this journey of forming online friendships many years ago. It all started with Prodigy – anyone remember that platform? Those were the days when we would turn on the computer and hit the dial up connection. Then there was time to make some coffee and have breakfast before the connection would be ready. I connected with a wonderful group of quilters who met up at National Quilting Association shows in Tacoma, Wa, Riverside, CA, West Virginia, Columbus, Ohio and Davenport, Iowa. My husband and daughters willingly allowed me to plan summer vacations around these shows and meet ups.
More recently, I have connected through FaceTime and Zoom and over lunch with some readers of this blog. Each time I connect, I am thankful for the women who take a chance, leave a comment, and send a follow up email. Offering and responding to the offer of friendship is a risk and I thank each of you who have joined me in taking that risk.
My year with this word – REST – is coming to a close. I have enjoyed living with this word and I am thankful for everyone who has joined my monthly link ups. The encouragement has been amazing. This month I have been finding rest in my new meditation habit and my walks on the trail. I don’t think I am done learning what it means to invite REST into my life. In fact, I just found this article on REST. So much still to learn.
How has your word been showing up this month? Link up here
When I started this writing every day idea on November 1, I expected I would not actually post every day. I am usually rubbish at these sort of daily things although the idea appeals to me. But I have noticed that I am more consistent in other areas of life this month. I am walking and meditating almost every day, doing more meal planning, and best of all, more reading. Much more reading is happening this month. I went from being 6 books behind my Goodreads goal to two. And I am so close to finishing a few more books this week.
One reason for more reading is opening my Kindle app. I only recently discovered the free books that accompany my Prime membership. Not deep works of fiction perhaps but just what I needed to wake up my reading mojo. So today I am thankful for ebooks.
Happy last week of a November.
Today I am thankful for this little person who loves to visit his great grandpa with me. Today he was circling all the days on the calendar and making plans. He brings so much joy into our lives.