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Thankful Thursday (on Friday)

Friday, February 13th, 2009


I’m writing this post on Friday, rather late on Friday even. Nevertheless, this is a Thankful Thursday post. I was too tired/too busy to post on the proper day. I was thankful then, though, so here you have my post, a dollar short and a day late:

I am thankful to the Lord for his kind provisions for our 22 year old son, who suffered a detached retina last week in his left eye. In the olden days, this was a way to become suddenly blind. Indeed, our son did become blind in that eye until skillful surgery was performed a couple days later.

The price of the surgery was $20,000. We were prepared to help pay this cost over perhaps a 10-year period, but the surgeons voted to pay our son’s bill. He had applied for financial assistance, since he just graduated from college and was not yet covered by health insurance. This was a wonderful blessing to him and to us.

I am thankful for the loving generosity our oldest son shows to his brothers and sisters. He paid for his two youngest sisters (ages 17 and 15) to attend the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performance last night at Benaroya Hall. Afterwards he treated them to dessert at a ritzy restaurant.

The girls traveled by Greyhound Bus to Seattle, then walked a mile to the concert hall. I’m thankful they were safe doing this. We had plotted out their walking route ahead of time using Google Maps. Our son confirmed that that part of Seattle was safe for pedestrians.

I am thankful that our daughter Laura and her husband Darren were able to purchase a home, and that their new home is only a couple of miles away from us. We’ll still get to see them and our grandson and granddaughter fairly often! Today they received the keys, so are ‘camping out’ in the house tonight, sleeping in sleeping bags, to initiate it.

I’m thankful my husband has work to support our family, and the health and strength to do the work.

Thursday Thirteen and Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 15th, 2009



Thirteen Things for Which I’m Thankful Today:

  1. I arrived home safely this evening from the city, driving in the dark, in the thick fog.
  2. My son-in-law brought in some delicious pizzas so I wouldn’t have to cook dinner after being out.

  1. Daughter #1 did the laundry.
  2. I found a couple awesome gifts this evening for daughter #5, who turns 17 in a few days.
  3. I’m thankful for Costco apple pie. Yum! That was dessert this evening.

  1. The music of Deuter, to which I’m listening just now on Pandora, is relaxing and uplifting.
  2. I feel better this evening, after awakening dizzy (ditzy?).
  3. I’m thankful to have our two grandbabies (and their parents) staying with us while they look for a more permanent residence. Tomorrow may be the day!
  4. The music of Paul Cardall is a blessing. He has a most inspiring life story, and his music is gentle and healing.
  5. I’m thankful that all these years my husband has borne with my faults, and I with his, and that we both want to do what pleases the Lord, though ‘in many things we offend.’ Yep; we love one another. We’re at our computers in the same room, back to back, talking about this and that every once in a while. I guess that’s what brought this blessing to mind.
  6. I’m thankful for daughter #4, who cheerfully lives her life with a major disability.
  7. I’m thankful for good medical coverage to pay for her expensive medications. I’m reminded of this because I picked up about $1,200 worth of meds today.


  1. I’m thankful to be able to stay in touch with friends so easily via the internet. That means you!

New Year’s Meditations/Thankful Thursday

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
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Not only is this the first day of a new year, it is also a Thursday, time to do a Thankful Thursday
post. Iris, the hostess of Thankful Thursday, is taking part in a New Year’s Meditation which is being hosted by her friend Lori of Lori’s Reflections. I’ll do the same.

Lori doesn’t like New Year’s Resolutions, but instead asks, ‘What are your hopes, dreams, desires and/or goals for 2009?’

As a mature mother and young grandmother, I am at a season in life when continued faithfulness in my calling is required. My goals for this New Year have to do with perseverance. I must ‘keep on keeping on.’

  1. I hope, desire and plan to continue using the means of grace God has given, such as listening to the preaching of His Word, praying to Him, and meditating upon His Word, to continue to grow in grace. 2 Peter 3:18, ‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever, Amen.’
  2. Remembering that I am called to be a ‘keeper at home’ (Titus 2:5), I hope, desire and plan to be more vigilant concerning how much time I spend online, so that I don’t take valuable time away from my family and my home. Specifically,
    1. Conversing with my husband and children (and grandchildren!) is of higher priority to me than doing blog posts and visiting friends’ blogs. I’m not giving up on the internet, just readjusting my focus.
    2. I have long enjoyed preparing wholesome meals for my family, but want to make a more concerted effort to plan ahead, now that I work part time outside the home.
    3. This year, I want to systematically tackle the larger cleaning projects that are part of maintaining a home. Since I find list-making helpful, I’ll make a list of those projects, and mark them off as I go.
    4. My curtains are old. I want to sew new ones. Here again, this will have to be a gradual process, perhaps tackled on a room-by-room basis.

    Here are some verses which encouraged me this morning:

    ‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.’ Psalm 34:19. I know that there will be troubles and trials in the coming year, but I also trust the Lord to care for me in the midst of afflictions.

    ‘I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.’ Psalm 34:4. In this coming year, I need not be anxious about economic uncertainty and other fearful circumstances, but may rest upon the Lord.

    ‘O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.’ Psalm 34:9.

    May the Lord grant you a blessed New Year, and bring to pass your godly hopes, dreams, desires and goals!

Thankful Thursday Pancakes

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Well, here it is, Thursday, and I’m not at the middle school as usual. Some of our children are still sleeping, when usually they would have been up for two hours already, getting ready for school. Yep; we are enjoying a relaxing snow day here today.

If I accomplish a lot on this day off, I might do a Thursday 13 post later. First off, though, I thought of a Thankful Thursday

As I was checking my email this morning, and enjoying the first cup of coffee for the day, I overheard some interesting conversations from the kitchen. Our youngest son, 12 years old, was asking his older sister for some cooking pointers. He decided he would make Honey Buckwheat Pancakes (from a mix) for those of us who were up.

At first he worried that he wouldn’t do everything ‘just right,’ such as flipping the flapjacks properly, but the finished product was very edible. We enjoyed the pancakes with butter and molasses. Yum!

I am thankful for:

  1. The love of a son, which prompted him to step outside his comfort zone and serve his family.
  2. A kiddo learning to do something on his own that I should have taught him earlier. Hey, Mom, boys need to know how to cook, too!

What was funny was our son’s comment afterwards that he has now increased his breakfast-making repertoire to four things:

  1. Pancakes
  2. Any style of egg
  3. Toast!!! (He was serious. :P)
  4. ‘I pour a mean bowl of cereal!’

Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

Thankful Thursday – Timely Fruit

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Hosted by Iris of Grace Alone

This picture, taken a couple of weeks ago by my daughter Laura while we were walking on our road, got me thinking. Look at all those good apples, just gone to waste under a neighbor’s tree.

Here is a series of four tanka poems that came to mind as I thought about that fallen fruit:

Sweet fruit on the ground.

Time of harvest neglected.

Autumn’s bounty lost.

The tree was planted; fruit grew,

Yet no one ate of it: Why?


Were they too busy

To notice present blessings?

Were they too lazy

To harvest this sweet bounty?

This gift was given, not received.


Each day is a gift.

I will live it, treasure it.

Each moment matters.

Whatever the challenges,

I will thank God, and live it.


Life has its seasons:

Spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Each with its own work.

If I live each day wisely,

Good fruit will come, be enjoyed.


This reminds me also of an old nursery rhyme about using time wisely that some of our children learned when they were little:

Sixty seconds in a minute:

How much good can I do in it?

Sixty minutes in an hour:

All the good that’s in my pow’r.

Twenty-four hours in a day:

Time to work and sleep and play.

Thankful Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Thankful Thursdayis hosted by Iris at Grace Alone . I’m listing 13 things for which I am thankful, so that I can participate in Thursday Thirteen also. Bear with me if I’ve said I was thankful for some of these things before, because I’m still thankful for them!

  1. I’m thankful for another day to be alive, that I might be helpful to others and enjoy them.
  2. Not only am I alive, I’m well. I’m surely thankful for that!

  3. I’m thankful for sufficient food and clothing for our family.
  4. I’m thankful that, even in these trying economic times, my husband has sufficient house design work.
  5. I’m thankful that we have the freedom (and responsibility) in this country to elect some of our officials, and to effect change peaceably (within the framework of our constitution).

  6. I’m thankful for love among our family members.

  7. I’m thankful for the faithful preaching of God’s Word, and for a loving church community.
  8. I’m thankful for a dedicated school district, with teachers and administrators doing the best they can, on a limited budget, for the students.

  9. I am thankful for reconciliation with God through the mediation of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  10. I’m thankful that this short life isn’t ‘all there is.’

  11. I’m thankful for intelligence and a healthy mind.

  12. I’m thankful for an abundance of good books to read.
  13. I’m thankful for a great part-time job, the talented teachers whom I assist, the students with whom I work, and the insurance benefits that I receive for our family.

Thirteen things I enjoy about being a mom

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Thirteen things I enjoy about being a mom:

  1. During the time when I was expecting the baby (I had nine babies, in case you want to know), I did all the usual things to benefit my unborn child such as eating healthfully, getting enough exercise, and thinking calm thoughts. I prayed for my baby. And – I wondered: Who are you? What kind of person will you be? So, one of my favorite things was meeting my baby as soon as the baby was born.

  1. Back in ‘the baby days’, I enjoyed nursing my babies. Not only was it nutritionally good for them, I think it was emotionally a good bonding thing to be held close and snuggly.
  2. I enjoyed helping my children learn how to behave in various settings, and how to obey cheerfully without an ongoing conflict of wills.
  3. I enjoyed setting up a rich learning environment for the children. We had lots of art supplies, books, dress-up clothes, board games, etc.

  1. I enjoyed noticing the particular talents of each child, and providing opportunities for the development of those talents.
  2. I enjoy seeing the children take responsibility for their own learning, and developing their particular talents.
  3. I enjoyed reading to my children, even for a couple hours at a time if they were really into the book we were reading. (This is something I really miss; now everyone reads his or her own book.)

  1. I enjoy preparing nutritious food for the children.
  2. I also enjoy seeing the children successfully fend for themselves in the kitchen now that they are older. I especially like seeing them make treats for one another, such as smoothies and pancakes.

  1. I enjoy playing games with my children, though this doesn’t happen too often during the busy soccer, track, or basketball seasons.
  2. I enjoy conversing with my children.
  3. I enjoy learning from my children. I called my oldest son for political advice recently, for example. He often fixes bloggy problems for me as well.
  4. I enjoy going out for coffee, shopping, to the library, or whatever, with my children. They are great folks, and I love being with them.