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Thankful Thursday | Do you still want to do these?

The inspiration for Thankful Thursdays came from the pandemic; we were all trying to look for the good in the midst of a very challenging situation.

Kristen wearing a gray fabric face mask

Last summer!


For most of us, though, life is kind of getting back to something resembling normalcy, so I was wondering: 

Do you want to keep doing Thankful Thursdays? Or do you find them to be not as necessary now that life has gotten more normal again?

Let me know what you think!


This week, I am thankful:

that the job market is so good

I was thinking about how last summer, the prospects for Sonia getting a job were very slim. But this year, companies are practically begging people to come work.

So, it was super easy for her to find a job.

for all the great things kids can learn from having a job

Every time one of my kids first goes out into the workforce, I am reminded of how valuable young work experience is.

The money is nice for them (car insurance is expensive!), but they also learn so much at a job, and the learning goes way beyond whatever specific task the job requires.

(I’m thinking things like independence, responsibility, learning how to relate to a boss and co-workers, learning how to deal with customers, etc.)

for a slightly cooler morning

Even early morning walks have been extremely sweaty affairs here of late, thanks to the high humidity.

But this morning, it was more tolerable outside.

And in the summer, I will take tolerable.

for cold showers

During the winter, I really appreciate a hot shower.

But in the summer, I feel equally grateful for how refreshing a cold/lukewarm shower is.

that my bridesmaid dress is done

sage green bridesmaid dress hanging in a doorway.

I was a little concerned my dress wasn’t going to arrive on time at all, but it got here early, with plenty of time for alterations. So, yay!

I’m supposed to pick it up today (it needed one more strap tweak), and then I should be all set.

that I don’t have to wear a mask everywhere

I was a cheerful mask-wearer, as you know. But I am thankful to not have to wear one so much now.

Mainly, I just really like being able to smile at people.

that our numbers here are so low

Positivity rates and the number of people hospitalized are super low now; the lowest I’ve seen since this whole thing started.

that Mr. FG is going to have more work flexibility going forward

His job is one of those they swore could never be done at home. But all of that has changed!

So it looks like he’s going to have a much more flexible working situation now than before.

for some odd jobs coming Zoe’s way

It’s super hard to find a job when you are 15, but luckily things like pet-sitting do not require you to have 16 birthdays under your belt.

Luckily, since she turns 16 next February, job-hunting next summer will be easy.

for our airline credit card points

A Southwest plane wing at sunset.

Both of my flights for the bachelorette weekend were free, and we also got two free flights for Sonia and Zoe for later this summer to visit my uncle’s cabin.

Spending no Southwest points for a year does make them pile up. 😉

for Southwest airlines

I really appreciate a lot of things about Southwest, like their affordability, their timeliness, their points system, and the friendliness of their employees.

that Sonia is almost to year four of allergy shots

Starting in July, she only has to go in once a month, and then next July, she will be all done!

That is, unless she decides to start the whole process all over to address her cat and dog allergies.

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Helen Beggane

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Yes, please continue with Thankful Thursday postings. They are a mental jog to help me to thank God for the small things as well as the large ones. They also remind me to to give daily affirmations to my husband regarding the blessing he is to me, our daughter and our friends.


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

I'm sorry I'm late weighing in on this question and I hope you see my comment. I LOVE Thankful Thursdays so pleeeease keep them going! I'm thankful today for getting our firewood delivered early this year and for having the cash to pay for it. We have long winters (this year was the exception) in Cape Beton so having lots of firewood is comforting.


Wednesday 16th of June 2021

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Tuesday 15th of June 2021

I really love the Thankful Thursday posts, and would so appreciate seeing them continue. :) I'm thankful for: Seeing my children and grandchildren on Sunday for a double birthday party. We were inside with no masks on! What a gift, to be together after this long, tough pandemic. That the weather is going to warm up this week - it's been a super cold spring - and will be lovely on Saturday when I'm hosting an outdoor recital for my studio. To be getting to the end of this long and challenging teaching year! We all learned a lot, some of which we didn't necessarily want to. For my beautiful, sweet, adorable grandchildren who fill my heart with joy. For friendships which have deepened over the pandemic. For the miracle of hip-replacement surgery, which will hopefully relieve the near constant pain my wife suffers. Her surgery is June 25th. She has connective tissue disease, so this is her third joint replacement and she's only 59. I can't imagine her quality of life if she lived before these miraculous procedures, as the majority of humans have done.


Tuesday 15th of June 2021

I hope the surgery is smooth and helpful!


Monday 14th of June 2021

Pandemic or not. Being reminded of all there is to be thankful for is a paramount puzzle piece to living a peaceful like with yourself and others. Keep up the good posts!

Ali M

Monday 14th of June 2021

I love your thankful Thursdays.

I am so glad that your area is breaking free from COVID. I am in Ontario, Canada. We are just starting to squeak out from lockdown. It is inspiring (though makes me jealous) to see other places are getting back to normal.

I look forward to those days for us. I think that masks might be here to stay in my area. Definitely at work (I am a nurse).....they will be the new norm.

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