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Thankful Thursday | I have a handmade quilt!

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Hey there, friends! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: time for some thankfulness.

This week, I am thankful:

for the quilt my aunt made

My grandma (the one who made my favorite sweet rolls!) had started a flour sack quilt years ago. Then she had four boys and apparently never got back around to finishing the quilt. Understandable, I’d say.

So, my aunt, who is an avid quilter, finished it and decided to give it to my sister and me, since we are the only girl cousins.

Flowered flour sack quilt

(There were originally four girl cousins on that side of the family, including my sister and me, but sadly, my two girl cousins both passed away, one in an accident and one from cancer.)

We haven’t quite figured out how we will go about sharing the quilt, but for now, Sonia has adopted it because she loves quilts and vintage things. 

flowered quilt on white twin bed

My aunt uses a machine to sew the pieces together, but then she hand quilts the whole thing, so this is a serious labor of love. 

that I got to see my aunt and uncle this week

I haven’t seen them in several years, and I was delighted to lay eyes on them when I went to pick up the quilt.

that my littlest niece is not afraid of me anymore

Remember the one who called me Aunt Kitchen? Well, she was very randomly terrified of me when I saw her at the pool recently.

Kristen and niece

This was before I became terrifying.

Like, so scared she was screaming!

And I have no idea why.

So, I sent her some video messages (I am less dangerous through a screen at least) over the course of a few days, and we chatted about Mickey and Minnie Mouse, which seemed to help thaw things a bit. And when I dropped a birthday balloon at her house this week, she was not scared, and she even showed me her new purple toy phone.


I don’t like to make people scared, especially cute three year olds.

for cooler weather

I am so very happy that we’ve been having weather in the 80s instead of the 90s!

that Lisey gets to transfer work places

Her boss moved locations and he’s got an opening for her, which is very good because there’s been a seriously problematic coworker at her current location.

that Sonia’s all set for college classes

I always forget how many steps there are to get a new student signed up, but I’m glad we’ve got it all done.

Next semester will be a piece of cake in comparison, since she’ll already be a student.

that we get to do allergy shots every 3 weeks now

We’re two years into this process, so now we have a year of three-week intervals, then a year of four-week intervals, and then she’s finally done!

This is much easier than that first period where we went twice a week.

for the brightness of summer light

The days are definitely getting shorter, but still, my house is so much brighter now during the day than it is in the winter months.

dining room with window

for so many cousins

I have 28 cousins (I had 31, but I’ve sadly lost three) and my kids have 15. 

I know a lot of people only have a handful of cousins, so I feel rich to have so many, and I feel like my kids are rich too because of this. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Friday 21st of August 2020

I am a day late...

I am thankful it is Friday.

The last week was really good weather so many walks with the dog. We need rain though.

Spent some time with our neighbors who are having health issues.

Momma Ang

Friday 21st of August 2020

Thankful Thursday (love this idea by the way)

*Happy kids who are healthy and friends with each other.

*Opportunity to be home full time with the family now for the past year.

* My first mini garden this summer. Best cucumbers ever!!!


Friday 21st of August 2020


I really needed this thankfulness post today, Thank you. I will try to think of what we do have rather than what we don't.

1. That my boys are able to attend school in real life, and that they are coping well. 2. That despite my husband not being able to work for the past 5 months (he is in tourism) he is still positive, exercising and happy. This has also given us valuable family time. 3. We have a roof over our heads and food at night - many don't 4. We have loving friends, family and colleagues 5. During lockdown, I found that online yoga really works for me. I am the fittest I have ever been (not saying much but still :-)) and this has really helped my Plantar fasciitis and now I can enjoy long walks which I could not do before


Friday 21st of August 2020

That's so lovely that your husband still has a good attitude. Kudos to him!


Friday 21st of August 2020

I am so pleased that your adorable little one is no longer frightened by you. That must have been heartbreaking. Your quilt is so very beautiful. It is a true treasure. I know about shrinking families. I have lost two cousins and my brother. Love what we have while they are here.

I am thankful that my granddaughter, who was sent home from childcare this morning, is much brighter.

I am thankful for treats like ice blocks that help a little girl get extra fluid on board. Just imagine being dry and a cool treat does a few things to help you. I love the wonders of our modern age.

I am loving our end of winter weather. I dread the hot days to come. So I enjoy this weather while it lasts.

This might seem strange to some but our government runs a prescription scheme. I am on free medicines now so that is a saving of about $120 each four weeks.

I am thankful for a new and safer car. I was so worried about our old car and while the leather seats etc were fantastic there were engine and safety issues. It was sad to say good bye to that car but it was beyond my ability to look after it. I used to worry every time I drove the old car. It was a complex issue and I am so happy to feel safer.


Friday 21st of August 2020

Yay for a new, reliable car!


Thursday 20th of August 2020

1. The lovely internet connector man who gave me a call 20min before arriving, came on time, fixed everything well, & answered all my questions with patience 2. For God who rescued me & showed me today he saves the wicked who then he calls righteous - for this is a gift from God that no man may boast 3. I have a bed, a job, and food 4. I have co-workers who care for me & make me laugh 5. I have sisters who love me

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