And other things that I am thankful for.
Today I am thankful for:
** Flowers from a four-year-old -- you know the kind, dandelions & violets and other varieties penetrating the front lawn.
** Clam-hunting in the Stones River. Water levels were low. I spontaneously took a turn after Bible study and went for a nature walk on the green way. My son who does not like to stay on the path (can anyone say like father, like son?) veered many times down the bank and so we were exploring rocks and clam-hunting. Great idea, Levi. I took a clam shell and have it on my desk to remember the wonderful day. All the children thanked me for going off the path and allowing them to wade in the river. (I'm also thankful for thankful children).
** Sunshine, glorious sunshine. We have had days and days and days of warm, hot sunshine. I have loved it!! Soaking it in after the many gray days of winter.
** People who are helping my sister Nancy, brother-in-law Barry and niece Ella. Folks who watch Ella sometimes overnight or for a play date, meals brought, hospice care given, visitors and food and thoughtful emails and cards for them. I am glad there are hands and feet doing what I wish I could do from 900 miles away.
** I am thankful for telephones and emails that help us keep in touch.
** I am thankful for parents who raised me to independence, to think for myself who modeled hard-work and enjoying life and being there for one another in times of need.
** I am thankful for everyday eggs from a husband who loves me.
** I am thankful for a God who loves me so much that He sent His son to die for me and that His son is risen from the dead.
** I am thankful for a sending-off party for friends tonight -- thankful that we've been friends (sad they are moving away) but thankful that there are ties that bind and that there is friendship that lasts across the miles.
** I am thankful for friends who ask how I am doing and really want to know the answer.
** I am thankful for a Bible study leader who has faithfully taught God's word to me for 15 years.
** I am thankful for the entry in Jesus Calling that reminded me to be thankful when I was already thinking of this post on thankfulness.