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A Thanksgiving Post

Thankful in the chaos

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. I have a lot to be thankful for, even while living in renovation chaos.

For those that have been following me for a while, you’ll know that my husband and I recently moved to a “new-to-us” home. (We had to be out of our other house by September 1.) We’ve had approximately six weeks at our new location – and it hasn’t been without its trials! For instance, I am still without a kitchen sink. I’ve got a pretty good system going, however, where I fill the dishpan in the tub, carry it to the kitchen, and then dump it down the toilet. When I think about how pioneer women had to haul and heat the water, I am thankful for the convenience that I have. I’m also thankful that this is only temporary!

I am so thankful for good health, both for myself and my family. I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been feeling very well these days, which makes all the extra work it takes to do simple tasks (like dishes) easier to handle. I am also thankful that all ten of my grandchildren – including the three new girls born this year – are all healthy and happy. God is good.

I did a lot of traveling recently, and at times I felt tired of it. Then I had to stop and remind myself that we CAN travel again, and I am so thankful for that! The ability to connect with colleagues, friends, and family this summer and fall was priceless. We really don’t understand the importance of these things until we can’t do them.

I’m thankful for so many other things, too.  My church and the freedom to worship, the ability to do what I love (writing and teaching), and so much more. Thanksgiving is a day to stop and reflect on all one has to be thankful for, but, really, we should be doing that every day!

And now I must figure out how to wash the roaster after cooking the turkey…  Probably directly in the bathtub!

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