Last December about this time Ann asked us to name the year 2011. I named it the Year of Now because I wanted to really live in the present moment not always be hoping for something in the future or pining about something in the past. This has been a special month of traveling to Bethlehem day by day, not just trying to get things done for Christmas Day. I’ve been able to live Jesus’ coming each and every day through using the Jesse tree and cradle to cross advent wreath. In the Multitudes on Mondays community at Ann’s I was also able to read about others’ journeys, too, and this enriched my own. Today I am thankful for
#418 a new hairdresser who gave me a sensational hair cut for less than I usually pay.
#419 a blessed time of wrapping presents that really reminded me how very unique each and every one I buy for is!
#420 my daughters-in-law who tries to make time to visit around my crazy work schedule.
#423 children and grandchildren and the fun we have together. I am thankful they know to keep visits short, however, because my husband has very little strength and can not have a lot of activity for too long. I am thankful for my daughter-in-law’s family who have lots of energy to keep them occupied.
#424 unexpected help from my 5-year-old grandson while preparing Christmas dinner. He would do everything I asked and listened attentively when I showed him how to place the silverware and fold the napkins. He really is a good helper.
#425 sons who break down instructions for little ones into bite-sized pieces of information that their children can follow easily. They must have learned it from their wives. I can’t remember being so wise. This is yet another good reason for marriage, one makes up for what the other lacks to make an entire whole.
#426 for work to do with the skills I have.
#427 frozen and canned goods from people’s gardens as gifts for Christmas. My refrigerator freezer and cupboard shelves are full.
#428 my dog, Sebastian, sleeping quietly most of the time, seemingly not suffering.
#429 a colleague at work who shares my vision for excellence in care delivery and is not afraid to takes risks to accomplish it.
#430 instant mashed potatoes…it’s a long story!
With the multitudes giving thanks,