Practicing Gratitude [11.26]

>> Thursday, November 26, 2015

Up in Canada, the national holiday set aside for the giving of thanks came and went early last month already, but nevertheless...

Happy Thanksgiving,
my American friends!!

And since it's Thursday and I haven't posted anything along this line in a long time, I'm just going to go back through my journal and share snippets of gratitude today.

Over the last month, among countless other things, I've been specifically thankful for:
  • the opportunity to take in The Man's extended family's Thanksgiving gathering that happily coincided with a weekend we'd already planned to visit The Big City.  We haven't been together with his uncles, aunts, and cousins in over two years.
  • the ability to read and an abundance of books at my disposal, either from the bookshelves in our home or those of local libraries
  • days that I get to stay home ALL day ~ it was a bit of a rarity during volleyball season!
  • Mack deciding all on her own to be that inexpensive, non-brand name winter gear was a wiser decision than expensive, high-quality stuff.  She'd outgrown last year's outerwear, but since she's not a winter sports or outdoorsy kinda gal, it really was a relief to not have to disappoint her and tell her we just weren't spending hundreds of dollars on a parka and ski pants that she'd rarely use.  Well, the parka gets used daily, of course...  :P
  • an uplifting and encouraging lunch with an older couple from our church one Sunday afternoon
  • my father-in-law has finished his course of chemo treatments ~ we hope it will be the only one he ever needs!
  • the beauty of fresh snow
  • the miracle of laser eye surgery, which greatly benefited my mother-in-law at the beginning of the month when her retina began detaching
  • a long and beautiful fall
  • The Man cooks lunch for me most days when he's off work
  • a pastor who preaches through books of the Bible
  • those periods of time when I'm really wrestling with something in my mind, because I know God is at work in my heart
  • people who help me see things from other perspectives than my own and who challenge me to be a better follower of Christ
  • time spent with friends
  • the assurance that things will get better someday, whether in this life or the next
There are always so many things to be grateful for.  I hope you take some time to count your blessings today, too.

Snowball Fight


I think it might be winter now...

>> Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Snow Angel


November thus far...

>> Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We've had some cool days ~ the kind where ice starts to form on the river.

We've also had clear skies and sunshine,

and some unusually warm days.

But there's still a noticeable chill in the air most mornings,

and sometimes even snow.

Which isn't my favourite thing, but it does make the yard more picturesque.

This morning's beautiful sunrise just squeaked in under the increasing gloom,

and now it's doing this:

At the rate it's coming down, I don't think the 3-6 inches predicted by tomorrow morning is unrealistic.  Believing it will disappear again... IS.




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