My heart is so full of gratitude today that I couldn't wait until Thursday to be thankful.
Today I'm grateful for -
* the mellow sounds of a hammered dulcimer wafting between the trees of a friend's backyard
* walking into my kitchen, seeing my son's best friend grabbing a bowl from the cupboard, preparing to serve himself pasta for dinner
* sharing two sandwiches and asparagus fries by the water with one of my dearest friends
* preparing to teach another Bible study at a local senior community's devotion time tomorrow morning
* being invited to return there to teach again and again
* tearing magazine pages and gluing favorite images into a recently handmade journal with recently acquired friends
* pumpkin spice coffee in the morning
* rediscovering my sponsor child's mailing address (she lives in Swaziland) and sending her an envelope full of goodies
* the powerful new sound system that goes along with the new car smell
* a small cup of Trader Joe's tawny port, which sells for a meager $5.99 per bottle: the perfect way to end the day
* dinner with ridiculously generous friends in a fabulous restaurant before seeing Tosca
* being greeted warmly, smiled at broadly, and welcomed graciously every time I show up at the church we now attend... not that we attend every week, but we are treated like first time guests every time we do show up
* blueberry pancakes, coffee and orange juice, especially when all I had to do was make the coffee
* the scent of sandalwood candles
* lying quietly on my yoga mat after a challenging session of pilates
* brand new thick red bath towels and wash cloths - discovered on the clearance table at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I paid $5.99 for towels that were originally priced at $19.99 and 99 cents for wash cloths originally priced at $12.99. (Do people really pay more than $10 for wash cloths???)
* the sound of the washing machine hard at work on a load I didn't start
* realizing that the only other person in the house is my 16 year old son
me: yes, you should hang them up. do you need any help?
me: smiling broadly and silently in the next room, thinking to myself: "that boy is gonna have one very happy wife!"