In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
1. I am thankful for grocery stores, mostly Meijer. While we do have a garden and raise pigs and chickens, we can't grow all we eat. We still spend a ridiculous amount of money to feed these continuously-famished children. The Indianapolis area is fortunate to have several grocers competing against each other for customers, so prices aren't too bad. Meijer is my store of choice. It has a great produce section and lower prices than most stores, but without the clientele who inspire a website all their own.
2. I am thankful for mPerks. Meijer has this new program where you can clip coupons online, then redeem them in the store by entering your code. I usually forget to clip the coupons, and when I do, I forget which ones I clip. However, they also have a rewards program where you choose which reward you are going for. I go for the money off a total purchase. Between my original $7 off for simply signing up, I've also earned and collected on my first reward, $10 off my order.
What's not to love about free money????
3. I am thankful for Dwija, who gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get signed up for mPerks in the first place.
(I'm starting to feel a bit like Clark, turning one thankful thing into three.)
4. I am thankful for a night visiting with a friend. Last night was a home football game, which Phoenix wanted to attend. I asked around, and none of my friends were going to be there. Instead of embarrassing Phoenix by sitting with him, I skipped the game and went to my friend's house to help pass candy out to the trick-or-treaters. I never get to see this friend except in passing, so it was wonderful to finally spend some time chatting and laughing with her and one of her boys. Bonus thankful was her husband picking Phoenix up at the game when he picked up their other son, so I didn't have to go back to get him.
5. I am thankful for my generous boys. Because trick-or-treating was postponed (storms on Thursday) and I had to take Phoenix to the game, I missed out on trick-or-treating with my boys. First thing this morning, both Star and Giant came to me with the Butterfingers they had scored last night, knowing it is my favorite candy.
6. I am thankful we were spared any damage or power outage from the storms which came through on Thursday. We have some limbs down, but nothing as bad as the house we saw yesterday. A huge limb came down on top of their carport, trapping and squishing their car underneath. Thousands of people were without power overnight. Many kids went to school looking rather haggard, as they were unable to shower or use anything powered by electricity since the previous night. Our power never even flickered. Instead, the storms allowed us to get the pumpkins carved. We wouldn't have had time otherwise.
7. I am thankful for the opportunity to know a man named Russ. We first met him 14 years ago when COW and I were sponsors for engaged couples. Russ was in charge of the program and assigned the engaged couples to the sponsors. He and his wife are the perfect example of a wonderful, solid, devoted through the ups and downs marriage COW and I strive for. Russ passed away last weekend, quite unexpectedly. He will be missed by so many people.
8. I am thankful for Russ's son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. This family has become one of our family's dearest friends. It helps that their three boys line up exactly with our three oldest boys. They are a fun, generous, loving family, and I can't imagine what we'd do without them.
9. I am thankful for ham hocks. (Yes, that's a jump from the serious, emotional tone of the last two, but there's a correlation.) With Russ's passing, his relatives are descending on Indianapolis. Many friends of the family are making meals to help feed them all. I was able to make some ham and bean soup for them. When I saw them the other day, they told me how wonderful the soup was. With the first bite, they were transported to earlier years, as it tasted just like the soup her mother made. They were so grateful for it. The power of a simple soup is unbelievable. And it's all because we raise pigs, and I learned about the lowly ham hock.
10. I am thankful for friends who plan fun activities. We will be going to a park for a big bonfire and hayride this evening. A family with seven kids, two of whom are boys lined up with Phoenix and Giant, are throwing the party and invited us. We're all looking forward to it, albeit the kids more than me. You will find me huddled up next to the fire all night long, trying to stay warm.
Your turn! What are you thankful for this week?
Have a lovely day!
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