Thankful Thursday

Last week I was down in Oregon visiting with friends, and though I tried my best to get the Thankful Thursday post finished in time, it just didn't happen. As you can see from this picture, it was a busy week. My hair turned red and I became a mother of three. Okay, not really. Well, my hair did turn red but the three cuties belong to my friend B. I had a great time away, but the week went by too quickly. This post will be a combination of last week's blessings as well as this week's.

*I am thankful for safe travels and dry roads. I was nervous about driving a borrowed car and towing a trailer (I had never towed anything previously) and am very grateful for the smooth driving and dry weather on my traveling days. Of course, it would have been nice if the weather had been a little less stormy on all the other days of my vacation, too, but I am still very grateful that the driving ended up being relatively low stress.

*I am thankful for time away from the daily grind, time to renew friendships, time to be adventurous, time to enjoy life.

*I am thankful for laughter, especially when it is shared with good friends.

*I am thankful for nieces and nephews who think I'm somethin' special—but who aren't afraid to say it like it is. My 4-year-old niece: "My mom taught me how to chew with my mouth closed." Me: "Oh. Wasn't I doing that?" My niece: "No, not really." Okay, thanks for telling me!

*I am thankful for a "play day" this week with one of my dearest friends—our first child-free adventure together in 6+ years. It took us a bit to figure out what to do with ourselves, but we ended up having so much fun. Lots of laughter, a few crazy adventures, and a ton of great memories.

*I am thankful for the courage to try new things—and for the people who encourage me to do it.

*I am thankful for friends who have already offered to help me pack for the upcoming move—before I even started packing and certainly before I asked for help. Such a blessing to have friends who are eager to lend a hand! I packed the first couple boxes last night, so I guess the moving process has officially begun. I'll be sure and let you know when I am in need of assistance—or just in need of interesting company while I pack!

*I am thankful that God chose to spare me from a traumatic accident this week. A few days ago, I was driving home from meeting a friend and about 10 blocks from my house, a dog ran out in the street and was struck and killed by the truck immediately in front of me. Had the dog ran out only a split second later, I would have been the one to hit him. It was awful enough just to witness it, but I know it would have been so much harder if I had been the one to hit him. I am still trying to get the images out of my head, but again, I am so very grateful that God protected me from being involved in the accident.

*I am thankful that a very special plant in my garden is very much alive and bursting forth with new growth. I am thinking of starting a "Plant of the Week" post here at Growing Is Beautiful, and I can't wait to tell you about this very special tree. For a long time, it appeared to have succumbed to the winter freeze, but now it is clear that although the top died back, the rest of it is alive and growing like crazy. Thank you, Lord, for small (and big!) mercies.

Okay, now it's your turn. What are you thankful for today?