Giving Thanks Friday

(The vivid blues and foamy bright whites of the ocean, the dark gray of the grainy sand, the sweet little shore birds running back and forth with the rhythm of the waves, the rugged rocks of the jetty, and the chattering seagulls against the crystal clear sky- images I will hold in my head and heart as the seasons change.)

This week I am thankful for: 

Our washer and dryer.  They are nothing fancy, just a couple of average white machines, but oh do they make life easier.  I often forget how life would be without such conveniences and the time I would need to spend without them.    

Sun dried laundry.  For as much as I am thankful for said washer and dryer, I do like hanging clothes on the line to dry (partially and then I toss into the dryer for the final minutes to soften them up).  I love the way they smell so fresh and the electricity that is saved as well.            

An impromptu midweek trip to the beach.  It was one of those days where the sky was SO blue, the sun SO bright and the WIND noticeably absent.  It was a great time of gathering walking at the oceans edge, gathering a few treasures, relaxing and then a late lunch/early dinner out.  Savoring the last of our summer days.  

A much needed visit with a good friend with wonderful heart to heart conversation.    

Finding the active wear pants that have been absent from the store back in stock for the fall. I already own one pair and wear them a lot.  (Now they just need to get MY size back in stock.)  

Seasoned moms supporting the newbies, gently guiding.  It really does take a village.       

Learning new things.  We are never too old.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise : )

The early morning chill in the air and the warm afternoons.  If our local weather stations are correct, it seems a change is coming where rain showers will return as early as tomorrow.  The past few weeks have been just lovely September weather and I am not sure I want to give it up. So, I will be grateful for every last moment...     

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. Hi Mindy - I just went yes, yes and yes! to your list and we're on the other side of the seasons - bring on those flapping sheets in the sunshine and beachy days! I was at a blogging conference last week and they had Orange Sky laundry there who have a mobile laundry for homeless - such a good idea and we all know how important having the dignity of clean clothes are. Great post!.
    Wren x

  2. Hi Mindy! I am so thankful for my 'work machines' too. Sometimes when I do the laundry, I think of how the pioneers spent all day boiling and mangling and hanging out the wash. Even the children skipped school to help!
    I did have a lovely weekend, the weather has been so pretty! I wish I had gone to a beach, it's definitely a happy place for me. Beautiful photo!

  3. Amen to the washer and dryer! I'm so jealous that you live close enough to the ocean to take a spur of the moment trip. In Kentucky we have lakes, though, and they give me my water fix. There's just something about the sound of waves, isn't there? We've been enjoying every minute we can outside, as well. Take care, and thanks for a great post.

  4. Hi Mindy, A lovely photo of the sea, very relaxing :) I thoroughly enjoyed your post, as usual. I have a dryer but very seldom use it, it really is an 'emergency only' piece of equipment. Most people line dry their washing here.


  5. Well, I sure would miss my washer and dryer (and do when they have broken down)! I'm happy with the old school machines I have as well...not a bunch of bells & whistles! I am also thankful for the way that God blessed my sis and my time at the beach. Nothing like the beach :)

  6. Love the beautiful ocean calm and peaceful. I am very thankful for my laundry duo...LOL When things break down, we do appreciate them very much. Thankful for lovely weather right now and so much more. I did receive your lovely gift. Thank you again Mindy....Hugs

  7. I am grateful for the changing season, for the free time that allows me to be back to blogging, for moment of quiet, for kindness.

  8. Hi Mindy, I am finding these days there is so much to be grateful for, love the picture of the ocean, you captured it's essense perfectly.

  9. Mindy,

    Loved your list! We all have so much to be thankful for here in America. :)

    Happy day!