Spent Thanksgiving with family, but this year we were especially grateful to have my uncle with us. He has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and did not know if he would be with us this year. Not only was he with us, but his numbers are down so far they are re-evaluating his status. It was good to have him with us and doing well.
Today I am going to try to be grateful for the difficulties in life.
Perfect example happened this morning. We had the car checked yesterday to be sure it would be ready for a road trip over Thanksgiving. It had been running rough and we needed to find the problem before we left. We found a “bubble” in one of the tires that was about ready to blow. Cash being a little low, my husband put the spare on and decided that would work for now. He then ran off to an appointment. He didn’t even make it there before the spare tire decided to blow. He had not bothered to put the bad tire back in the car so he can’t do anything about being stranded on the side of the road. Here is where the gratitude comes in. Driving older cars, and previous difficulties have taught us to always carry towing and roadside assistance. At least we knew enough to be somewhat prepared for this problem. It would be miserable to not be able to learn from past problems. And I guess I should be grateful that it blew out before we headed out on the road.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your holiday plans be blow-out free.
Today I am grateful for metalworking and everyday tools. It is so simple, and I take it so for granted.
Last week my son did something he was told not to do and ended up with a leg full of splinters from a rotting board. I am still in the process of pulling well over 100 splinters out of his leg. I am grateful that I have the medical understanding to prevent infection from the bad wood, and today I am equally grateful that I had easy and immediate access to a needle, tweezers, good lighting and even corrected eyesight. I have no idea how people lived without even those most basic tools. Probably many of the smaller splinters would have just festered and who knows what may have happened to his leg, and I would have been powerless to do anything.
One thing I have learned is that you can only notice the miracles around you when you cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the Lord. Only rarely does he interfere so much that we can see the miracles without looking and being aware that he is helping. Usually he assists in more quiet ways, and only a grateful and humble heart can even see those assists. I have appreciated the time I get to spend most days to sit and be quiet and find that assistance. For Thanksgiving week I hope to focus on things I forget to be thankful for.
Today I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for food. I was sitting down to eat last night and found myself blessing the food like I do every meal. Then I thought, why do I always bless the food? I probably don’t really need divine intervention to assure that it was prepared in a healthy manner. Half of what we eat we know isn’t good for us anyway, so it is not to plead for good health from the food. Occasionally it is with gratitude that we had the resources to purchase the food, but we don’t really experience actual hunger in this country. Most likely I should be praying to remember and recognize that even the food we consume every single day was ultimately provided by our Creator. Personally I have a tendency to be grateful to the people who directly purchased and prepared it. I rarely think about the many steps involved in growing, raising, harvesting, packaging, transporting and retailing what I just ate. I rarely think of everything that has to come together to make it as convenient for me as it really is. And unfortunately, I almost never actually remember to thank God for all the systems that work together in the earth itself so that I can enjoy a variety of wonderful foods, and the privilege I enjoy of living in extreme convenience. So this week I will try to actually mean it when I thank him for the food.
This week has had an awesome good deed chain. I think I came out ahead every single time though. Saturday night some neighbors dropped off a huge cake and a 10# bag of potatoes. They sometimes get the old food at the grocery stores, and since we have a large family they often share. What they didn’t know was that it was my daughter’s 16 year old birthday that day, and I had not gone out to get the cake and ice cream for the next day’s family party yet. We thoroughly enjoyed the Costco chocolate mousse filled cake.
That still left 10# of already getting soft potatoes. They weren’t really good enough for baked potatoes, but they would be perfect for mashed potatoes. 10# is a lot, even for us, so I thought it would be fun to get a little turkey and have a sort of Thanksgiving time preview. I have a new roll recipe I am dying to try out as well. We got the turkey, and looked for someone to enjoy it with us. We ran into some friends we hadn’t seen in a while and invited them over. I guess we not only get someone to help us with the potatoes, but he is also going to show us how to fix our car while he is here. We definitely come out ahead this time.
Started getting our big meal ready today and found out that I have another friend whose son is having surgery today. She sounded pretty stressed out, so I offered to bring them by some dinner as well. I am already cooking a large meal, what’s another seven people? I knew we would have plenty of potatoes and rolls, but decided to run to the store and get some extra meat. I wanted a specific type and so I had to go to a store I do not usually shop at. I walk in the door and there are tons of discount carts and marked down items in the front. I guess the store is going through some major management/ownership changes, and they were redoing almost everything. Although I only went in for the meat and some milk, I obviously ended up buying quite a bit more than I had expected. Great deals on things we needed though. As I was standing in line the lady in front of me offered me some coupons that she didn’t need that worked on some of the markdown items, making them quite inexpensive. When all was said and done, I not only saved the amount I had spent on the food for extra people, but another $100 in addition!! Talk about coming out ahead!