Giving Thanks Friday

This week I am thankful for: 

Hand-me-downs.  In our family, before making a trip to donate unwanted items from our household, we often check with other family  members to see if they are in need/want of these items.  We got a very nice toaster oven from my parents pile this week : )  Now we shall see if anyone returns the favor and takes something I added to the pile : ) 

The opportunity to gather with family this Sunday afternoon to eat, visit and cheer on our Seattle Seahawks as they play in the Superbowl.  Also thankful for our quarterback who lives out his faith in such real ways including weekly visits to Seattle's Children's Hospital.  Win or lose, it will be a great day.            

Memories.  Our community lost a former classmate of our daughter's way too young.  He leaves behind a great number of family and friends who loved him as well as a young son.  They could certainly all use our prayers.  It has been comforting seeing a memory page on Facebook created in his honor where people have been sharing their special memories and/or photos.    

Finding a misplaced item.  I have been looking high and low (literally), cleaning out previously cleaned out cupboards, looking for a set of test tube type vases hooked together into one.  I had it in the kitchen window but it kept getting in the way of the wide slats on our blind so I had moved it.  Somewhere.  I finally even asked my daughter if I had passed it on to her but she said no.  I semi gave up and moved a small plant where I wanted to use the vase.  Today, while moving a metal bin above the dryer, what should my wondering eyes spy - the vase!  Ahhh...victory!      

Unexpected money.  I got a phone call this morning from the company we bought our roofing from earlier this summer stating that we had overpaid and had a credit of $80+ dollars.  I thanked the gentleman while telling him how unusual it is to get a call wanting to GIVE us money when usually callers are wanting us to give THEM money, ha!

The abundance of nearby wildlife and the occasional opportunity to capture their image.    

Beautiful hearts overflowing with the goodness of God and an eagerness of spirit ready to bless at a moment's notice.  Something for us all to strive for.



What are you thankful for?

May your weekend be filled with wonder, laced with peace and bursting with love...

(Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good: his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1) 



  1. I always enjoy your giving thanks Friday, Mindy. It reminds me of all blessings I have enjoyed this week--a less extensive than expected surgery for my son-in-law, a check for book and bracelet sales, learning a new craft with friends, inspiration for a blog post from my hubby. :)

    1. Thanks Pam - I love how you take time to list a bit of what you are thankful for as well! Sounds like you had a good week : )

  2. Hi Mindy!! I am thankful for my husband, who even now is going out to shovel snow for the third time today. We have about a foot on the ground, and it's still snowing. Poor guy.
    (I'd be thankful for an extra $80 too!!)
    I'm also thankful for the Super Bowl, and we are Seahawks fans too, as I think I told you. Hubs is making chili and baked zucchini chips, yum! A friend dropped off some chocolate chip cookies in this snowstorm, he is crazy! But I am thankful for his generosity.
    Have a wonderful party tonight, and I'll be thinking of you at every touchdown :)

    1. Oh you all have been having such snowy weather - beautiful but a lot of work and hard to get around in. Your Superbowl feast sounds like a good one! It was a tough loss but they had a great season and I am looking forward to the next year already.

  3. Hi sweet Mindy! I know I always say this, but I am thankful for you - I truly am!

    I am also thankful for the beautiful sunshine, a majestic moon, the smell and taste of coffee, good books to read, and a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. I am so thankful we can talk to our Lord at any time and any place.

    Love and hugs to you!

  4. Hi Mindy,
    Well, it's not Friday but I'm very thankful for a fabulous time away. I'm tanned, relaxed and ready to roll.
    I'm thankful also to be home because I missed everyone.
    Hard loss on Sunday - so close, too! I was cheering for them and I think the rest of the country was too. Great team - they will be there again next year :)
    I hope this week is off to a great start for you, friend. Fabulous photo. I love great blue herons.

  5. These are wonderful things to be thankful for, Mindy! I'm so sorry for the loss of a young father in your community. What a tragedy. It really makes us hold a little tighter to our people, doesn't it? My family is definitely what I'm most thankful for. They have changed me over the years and taught me how to truly love. And hand me downs are pretty awesome too :)!

  6. Beautiful photo! And beautiful thankfulness. :) This post was a blessing to read.

    Thanks for your comment over at my To Live Forgive mini-post. I replied, not sure if you saw it.