"The important things in life cannot be gotten in advance. They must be gathered every day."
- George Regas
It's been a busy week of urgent things and important things that all got done somehow. This gathering of gratitude gifts has made every week feel like Thanksgiving. This year the celebration of the actual day was not a shock to my mindset one little bit. Maybe that's the way life should be all the time.
Here are some of the many gifts of the week that was.
717. The ivy necklace that bejewels the tree beside our house.
718. Frozen blueberries with yogurt.
719. A singing hubby.
720. Beds made and the house tidied for guests.
721. Another lavender harvest. Stripping the twigs and sifting is the second step in the process (the first was cutting, tying and hanging the plants in the barn to dry back in August). Our women's group will then be assembling or manufacturing and then selling lavender products (sachet, soap, body scrub, foot scrub) to raise money for plastic surgery for Ugandan women and girls who have suffered facial mutilation during days of civil war in Northern Uganda.
(Do you see that lifeless bee in the midst of the blossoms? She reminds me of a line from an old song: "Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease..." [from "Am I A Soldier of the Cross"]).
722. Renewing acquaintance with my wooden toy collection. I got them out to show the grandkids.
723. Enjoying our newest little one...
724. ...and the three of them.
725. Flowers from my sis, who also brought fresh blackberries and corn on the cob. Thank you Bea!
726. So thankful for our bountiful Thanksgiving table!
If you'd like to join me and many others collecting One Thousand Gifts, please do. Some members of this gratefulness community post their gifts on blogs, while others list them in private journals. Instructions on how to join are here.