Last year I read the thankful lists of a young woman who had accepted a challenge to list ten blessings on each of the seven days preceding Thanksgiving. I enjoyed her lists so much that I’ve been mentally composing Thanksgiving blessing lists for weeks and now it’s time to share! Listed in no particular order . . .
“Give thanks to Him and praise — ” Psalm 100:4
1. Dad- It’s an incredible blessing to have Dad living with our family.
2. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center- An extraordinary place staffed with friendly, compassionate people whose goal is to make cancer history.
3. Tobias William McNiel-Hannah’s miniature, piebald dachshund called Toby for short. Tobias means “God is love” and Toby’s personality is ALL love. He is, of course, gifted since he learns tricks speedily and is fluent in English.
4. Sternbergia lutea- Also known as fall crocus. The blooms pictured in the header were blooming the first week of November at my old residence. Grandmother Rachel planted them around oak trees in her back yard, and over the decades they naturalized to a breathtaking five feet in circumference from the trunks! I was determined to have my own shining crocus greet me on an autumn morning, and after much searching I found a source for the bulbs.
5. Flannel blankets- Just right for cool nights.
6. Public libraries- Stacks of treasures for bibliophiles like me.
7. My Swiffer Sweeper- It’s show-and-tell time when I see what the Swiffer picked up after having swept with a broom.
8. Dried plums- Also known as prunes. Bite-sized energizers that are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
9. Electricity- Recently, we were without electricity for three days, and I promise that I’ll never take it for granted again for the rest of my life.
10. Voice mail greetings- The ones that say, “Please leave a detailed message.” A cordial invitation to leave details about what I’m calling about makes me smile.