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Thankful Thursday | a lifeline

I was emailing with a reader yesterday about thankfulness in the midst of hard times (she’s facing some challenges of her own), so I was thinking again about how important gratefulness has been to me in tough times. 

purple flowers.

When life is going smoothly, gratefulness is sort of the icing on the cake (like in the form of really noticing the awesome.) 

But when life is hard, gratitude is my lifeline. When things feel like they are crashing down around me, that’s when a gratefulness hunt is the most life-changing; a reminder that there is still good around me, even if I have to look a little harder. 

This week, I am thankful:

for a midweek, midday hike in the woods with my sister-in-law

ferns next to a creek.

You know the sister-in-law that rescues things from the abandoned house with me?

She and my brother live in my parents’ neighborhood, so on a day that she was working from home, we met up for a lunchtime walk on the trails in the woods here.

A view of spring tree leaves.

I love walking on the trails, and I love my sister-in-law. So, win-win. 🙂

for ferns

I already told you guys that I am kind of obsessed with all the mosses by these trails, but this week I have been loving the ferns.

I think they’re beautiful all curled up:

fiddleheads of ferns.

and they’re also beautiful when they’ve uncurled themselves.

ferns in the morning sun.

for a good grade on my last exam

I think I only got one wrong (I’ll find out for sure at class today when I get to see my actual test) so I’m pretty happy about that.

I’m guessing I got dinged for possibly spelling “teniae coli” wrong. Words with tons of vowels are a little hard to remember! 

for all the free furniture I got

A dusty wooden table.

I mentioned this on Tuesday, of course, but I’m including it here too.

What a nice blessing that this house my brother bought has some things that I can use. 

that my dad has room to store the furniture

My dad has two stand-alone garages here, with plenty of room for my furniture, and plenty of room for me to work on rehabbing it.

And of course he has sanders and plenty of stain; I just will need to go get some paint.

for kind people who are helping me

Sometimes I listen to stories of women who find themselves in my position, and I realize just how blessed I am to have people around me to support me.

Some women are almost all alone, and I am SO not alone. 

This is a reminder to me: one day, when I have moved through this phase of life, I should keep an eye out for opportunities to help women who are alone. 

for an upcoming pair of glasses

Most of the time I wear contacts, unless my eyes are irritated. But I do wear glasses some of the time (not when I have to wear a mask! Glasses + a mask = a special kind of foggy torture.)

Lisey and Kristen.

the problematic glasses

I have slowly been noticing that I am not seeing well out of my glasses, so I went in for a check. And sure enough, my eyes have gotten a little worse since my last checkup (less than a year ago!)

So, I have a new pair of glasses on order, and I am so excited at the prospect of better vision.

for spring weather

It’s been a bit chilly over night (33 degrees when I woke up yesterday!) but here’s the nice thing about spring days: a cold start can quickly turn into a pleasant day.

What are you thankful for this week? 

P.S. I was on the Best of Both Worlds podcast with Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger this week! Click here to listen (or you can find it on whatever podcast player you use.)

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Sunday 24th of April 2022

I heard you on the podcast and I already love you to pieces! It has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life because my Daddy is dying of cancer. He’s been in hospital all week and I’ve been home with a MAMMOTH stomach virus, and was unable to be at the hospital. But here’s what I’m thankful for:

* I am thankful that I am 53 and I still have both loving parents. * I am thankful for the wonderful doctors and nurses who are taking care of Daddy. * I am thankful for my weird little sister, who always comes through when the times get tough. * We won’t be able to go to church this morning because I’m still as weak as water, but I am thankful that I can sit on the back deck and see God’s mighty handiwork in this beautiful spring. The ligustrums are about to bloom, there’s a gentle breeze and the colors are vivid. All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres…this is, after all, my Father’s world.

Blessings to all!


Sunday 24th of April 2022

Hello, Robin! Thanks so much for popping in to say hi after hearing the podcast interview.

I hope that you are feeling stronger soon, and that you can go see your dad.

Samantha Dube

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

I am so thankful for being a nurse and working part time. I love my work, but I am so grateful to have time at home with my kids too.

I am also thankful for the Libby app and audiobooks through the library. I really enjoy listening to books when I do chores or exercise.

Loved hearing you on Best of Both Worlds podcast with Kristen. What a great listen.


Sunday 24th of April 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed the podcast episode! It was funny to open my podcast player last week and see, oh, there's my episode.


Friday 22nd of April 2022

I'm grateful too for people in life to help me or help those I love if I can't, get through tough times. Your walk in the woods reminds me I need to connect with " my girls."

Katy in Africa

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Today was hard, but I'm thankful: 1. The day is done. 2. We got a lot done today. 3. Good health, energy and strength. 4. I can talk to God any time and anywhere.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

I am grateful for

Absolutely wonderful warm sunny weather today. We went for a long walk to the park and played outside and ate dinner outside and it wa a wonderful.

On a related note I am thankful for sunscreen. Now I forgot to wear any today and am red as a tomato but I am so very grateful it is there and available to us when I actually remember to use it.

Thankful for Kristin’s pizza blog post! We had Hawaiian pizza with our leftover ham from Easter and it was very tasty. I shutter to think about how bad my pizza was prior to reading her well crafted instructions.

Plants blooming in the garden. The crocuses bloomed and now the hyacinths are starting to. Also we almost have enough asparagus to actually eat with a meal.

Black coffee. It’s such a simple comforting daily ritual that brings a lot of enjoyment despite the simple thing it is.

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