The quality of being thankful: readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Oo, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to post my gratitude project....not because I haven’t had things to be grateful for...just a little short on time and photography. I couldn’t let this week go by without a few things I’m very grateful for....all taken with my iPhone as I didn’t have my camera handy, so I hope you’ll see this as more about gratitude and less about photography :)
We did go to the greenhouse Friday. I always love seeing the beautiful varieties of flowers. This place has 12 different greenhouses on the property and this one was full of geraniums. Aren’t the rows of colours pretty? I’m so grateful for the beautiful world we live in and the bits of it that I can plant and grow at our home.
This is the view of a huge gratitude item for us. We just got a side of beef and a side of pork. I had to store 3/4 of it at my parent’s place as they have a much larger freezer than we do. Much of this amazing meat was given to us by a very loving and generous couple. I don’t even know how to fully express my thankfulness for their generosity and how this will nourish our family over the next year. And another really neat part, I know who raised the steer, how old it was, what kind of care it had, who butchered it...essentially it’s from farm to table and that’s something I also appreciate. We drove about an hour to pick it up the other day, and because our youngest son had the day off from school, he came with me. It was great drive time both ways with him. He’s always full of conversation and he was so helpful getting the meat in the vehicle, out of the vehicle into the basement at my parents, and helping to make an inventory of what we had. I love spending good one on one time with my kids.
Do you see that black muddy dirt? Do you know what that means? We’ve had RAIN! I can’t tell you how grateful we are for that! We’ve been dry. Extremely dry. Drought dry. Previous to Thursday, my soil was like powder. I read somewhere that we have had less than 1/3 of our regular spring moisture, and to make it worse we’ve had really high temperatures all spring. You may have heard about a massive forest fire in Northern Alberta (about 5 hours north of us). The city of Fort MacMurray evacuated 88 000 people with fire burning all around them as they tried to leave. It was very intense and I imagine, very traumatic for them. Much of the city burned, many lost their homes, all they had, their workplaces, and they won’t even be able to go back to their city until the beginning of June to see where to go from here. Many are staying in shelters in our city, and many Albertans have jumped in to find ways to help. My heart goes out to these people as they try to recover.
So it’s clear that we've been desperate for rain, for that fire still burning out of control, for farmers locally, and for us in the city as the dryness is impacting everything. We’ve been praying for weeks for moisture. The past few days we’ve had a couple of inches of rain and it should rain again Saturday night into Sunday. We are so grateful, and I’m continuing to pray that it will make a difference for that fire and all the firefighters battling the blaze.
So much to be grateful for, and even deeper, so much not to take for granted. I hope that you’re encouraged to look around you with new eyes today and a heart of gratitude. Enjoy the gift of today friends!