It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m early this time posting my weekly gratitude list. I usually wait until later in the evening, but I’m off this week (blessing #1), so I have more time.
Sam has had a rough couple of weeks recovering from three surgeries, but we had our traditional family dinner at our house, with both Samuel and Sara home with us this year (blessing #2), and we were able to go spend time with Sam’s family later in the day, too.
Time and traditions. They matter to me.
Blessing 3 this week–an old light up Santa of my mom’s. I remember it welcoming visitors into our home when I was little. It is a bright spot in my kitchen every holiday season, and I was happy to plug it in this morning.
In the midst of uncertain times, we keep marching on. Sara and I are working on art pieces and handmade scarves for two local bazaars, the first one to take place this weekend. So, blessing #4 is the gift of creativity…and being able to use the gift, even when everything is out of sync.
Finally, my sister is coming to visit! That’s blessing #5, and these are certainly not in numbered order, dear readers. Mary has not left my side during this cancer crisis. She calls, sends cards and messages, thinks of ways to help. She’s flying in to spend time with us, and to help man the bazaar booth on the day I’m still working.
She’s a treasure. She continues to teach me what to do for others.
Times are not easy right now. There’s the sense of unpredictability hovering, for sure. But there is grace. There are sweet reminders of goodness and love each day. I’ve only listed five, but I could keep listing. And isn’t that the biggest blessing of all?