Today I am finishing my thank-you list with the Multitudes on Mondays group. I just had too much for one posting. Here are the rest of my thank-you’s. Is it ok to do this on Tuesday? (just kidding) I am thankful for:
#386 a healthy body for a 60-year-old. I do not have pain and I can keep up with my children. That is a real blessing. The grandchildren are a bit much, but I do ok with them, too.
#388 this season of Advent. I have Caleb Voskamp’s cradle to cross wreath, Ann Voskamp and Nancy Rodden’s Jesse Tree book, Syvlr Pen’s study on Old Testament prophecies about the coming of Christ and Duane Scott’s reflective Advent journal. These make the waiting a time of enrichment and keep me focused on the true meaning of Christmas.
#389 finding photographers on the blogging circuit that are willing to share their talents with others. I am learning a lot and love to post pictures on the weekends. My daughter-in-law, Kelly, is really excited about what I am learning and this gives us something to share together. She is going to check out a couple of the bloggers that really help me: Ashley Sisk, Cedar and Katie Boyd.
#390 one nutty, crazy lady who stood outside my house singing 60 Candles to the tune of 16 Candles (complete with the whoa-o-o-oh-o-o-oh’s). She can’t sing, but I recognized it. Barb holds babies in Haitian orphanages, runs a Red Cross disaster trailer after Central PA floods, sells photographs and gives all the money to Christian Light School in Haiti where she will spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s this year. She wrapped one chocolate-dipped pretzel for me and when I looked at her with puzzlement she replied, “Well, Dawn, I only had one and don’t you just love the extremes of sweet and salt?” What else was there to say? Love you, Sister-in-the-Lord Barb!
#391 my dog, Shelly. When all is said and done, all the guests leave, all the presents put away, all the typing typed, all my energy spent, Shelly lays at my feet and looks up at me adoringly as if to say, “I’ve been waiting for you all day.” She is a constant example to me of faithfulness. Thank you God. I need reminded so often and she is right there.
#393 my daughter, Abby, who never calls, writes or e-mails although she is capable of all three. She is a loner who will help a stranger till she is exhausted, but has no time for family. Friendships and romantic relationships are short-lived because she doesn’t care enough to learn what another thinks is important. She comes on strong initially, but very shortly loses fuel to keep any fire going. She doesn’t remember important times, dates, or favorite foods, colors, activities. My birthday wasn’t on her calendar or in her mind. I am thankful I know her. She has forced me to learn about depression. Depressed people really have no energy so I do not take Abby’s behavior personally. I pray she will be healed. I am thankful she hasn’t turned to illicit drugs or alcohol and that she has one really good friend who seems to understand her. She is always respectful to me when she talks to me, she just doesn’t do it very often.
Friends, I am on a roller-coaster. Thank you for taking the time to be with me today. Have you given thought to what you might name the year 2012? I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. I don’t have clear direction yet, but God will show me. He is faithful!
God bless you,