>> Thursday, July 29, 2010
...was a little tougher this week than some. Our van died.
thought HOPED it was just the battery or starter, but sadly, it wasn't either and had to be brought to the local dealership. Whom, of course, can't get to it till next week.
But you know what I AM thankful for?
I'm thankful for the retired uncle who lives in Town and loves to feel handy and helpful. He raced to my rescue when I was stranded at the grocery store on Monday afternoon.
I'm thankful for the multiple offers of loaner vehicles made by friends who are concerned about me not having a road-worthy family vehicle to drive until who-knows-when. I find myself humbled, and feeling so blessed they're willing to share of their resources with me.
I'm thankful for a neighbourhood couple I don't really know all that well offering to come and take a look at the van Tuesday evening. They've got kids in the same school mine are (though they're older than my girls) and she and I are both on the Parent Advisory Council; we've worked together on occasion at various school functions. Her husband happens to be a Ford mechanic. He was hoping to be able to fix it for me there on the spot, but sadly, that was not to be.
So many wonderful people surround me! I'm not especially thankful it took something like this to draw my attention to it, but I'm glad it wasn't something far more catastrophic.
I'm also thankful for a surprise, last-minute visit from one of The Bushman's uncles on Monday for supper. He lives on the west coast but he just HAPPENED to be in the neighbourhood (three provinces away) on his motorcycle! He managed to meet up with The Bushman and have coffee with him somewhere between here and the mill two hours north of here, and then he popped in here for supper. It was a fun visit and the girls loved it, too! Neither of them remembered meeting him ever before, so it was a special treat. Especially since he jumped on the trampoline with them and went on their "guided tour" of the yard!
I'm thankful a friend, her husband, and their girls were at the playground when I happened to stop in there on Tuesday afternoon. I needed to return a video to the library and I got there 10 minutes before it opened after lunch, so we figured we'd wait at the school playground. We ended up spending about an hour there. I had a great chat with my friend while her husband entertained the 5 little girls on the play structures and swings!!
This week has reminded me once again that I need to show appreciation more often for my friends. That I need to purposefully seek out ways to be a blessing to the people who have been ~ and continue to be ~ such a wonderful blessing to me.
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