Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday five: Thankfulness List

Here's one from Marybeth that everyone can play!

Welcome to the Friday Five!

This one is going to be veeeery simple: List at least five things (people, places, graces, miracles...) for which you are thankful. You may elaborate as you wish, or keep it simple.

Hat tip to Princess Mindy for the idea. Oh...and if you know The Veggie Tales' hit "Thankfulness Song," please hum it as you post.

1. I'm thankful for family: husband, Scout the wonder dog, wonderful stepsons and my parents. I'm thankful for the little trips husband and I take together, while praying that the pain he is experiencing in his shoulder will be healed. I'm thankful for Scout, even though she drives us nuts and makes us worry sometimes (she ran away two nights ago, careening through our dark neighborhood for about 20 minutes at 9 o'clock.) I'm thankful for Stepsons, who are both wonderful and so supportive of their dad, and so smart and talented, too. And I'm thankful for my parents, who are still doing well enough to travel to Arizona every year, despite my dad's Parkinsons. Oh yes, and I'm thankful for my neices and nephew, and especially, my ONE neice who will turn 16 next week! (just in case she is reading this).

2. I'm thankful for Emma, Kari Kirsten, Christopher, Lauren, Gavin, Cooper and Peyton: all babies I have baptized since the end of May. Every baby tells a story of blessing.

3. I'm thankful for my two 7th grade confirmation girls.

4. I'm thankful for RevGalBlogPals and of course RevGalDogPals (though I don't have a link for this one). I'm thankful for the many connections I have made and people who have encouraged me. I'm thankful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of the webring, and that Songbird (at least I think it was Songbird) asked me to lead a discussion of Mary Oliver's book Thirst in November. Oh, and I'm thankful for all the people I have "met" since becoming a blogger.

5. I'm thankful for friends. I'm thankful for friends who encourage me in writing and in ministry, for friend who see me as a person (and not just as a pastor), for friends who challenge me to be more courageous and to take risks when I want to play it safe. Right now I am thankful for New York friends who are encouraging us to come and visit, and are helping us find places to see and stay -- if we go.

P.S. I'm also thankful for the people who suggested things I could do so that I could post pictures that previously appeared as a black or silver screen. Yay! Thanks David and Marsha.


Songbird said...

That was Songbird, indeed, and I am thankful you said yes!

Jan said...

Diane, thank you. I liked thinking of the babies you've recently baptized. Baptisms bless the entire congregation. You wrote a lovely description of friends.

leah sophia said...

Beautiful play, Diane, and esp the baptisms! I was ready to comment on the not-there image, but noticed everyone else had done their share and mine, too. Although these days I prefer saving images for web as png's because unlike jpg, it's non-lossy, some browsers still don't support or recognize that format, and for an image that's physically larger or has lots of color info, png's are too large to upload even with a superfast connection. Oh, F5--thanks for playing!

mompriest said...

I'm thankful for you, diane, and our conversation on poetry. I can't wait for Nov....

Presbyterian Gal said...

Happy to hear Scout is well enough now to drive you nuts! That's great news.

My dad had Parkinsons too, though he passed from getting cancer on top of it. It's a tough one. If you ever need an ear for that, let me know.

Great play.

zorra said...

A great play! What a profound blessing, to baptize those babies. I think that would be one of the best parts of being a pastor.

Glad Scout came (or was dragged) back home without mishap. She must be feeling better.

Counselor in Process said...

You know Revgaldogpals is for the dyslexic gals. Secret address.

Anonymous said...

Great play--I know how you feel about Scout!

FranIAm said...

I love the thankfulness list. I love the photo of you. I love all your words.

I am thankful for coming by here to be uplifted!