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Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!” Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. Pope Francis’ book The Joy of the Gospel. I read a little each day and it uplifts and enlightens me. His writing is full of love, joy and wisdom.
  2. Health. With so much talk of the measles, I’m happy to be healthy and able to go out and visit my aunt.
  3. That I had the time and opportunity to finish my script and overcame the problems with my printer so that I could send it off to a television producer who agreed to read it. It takes a miracle to get something read and newcomers have such poor odds at breaking in to television so I’m thankful that someone would read it. Please pray for the story’s success.
  4. Pumpkin croissants. A new delectable breakfast treat from Trader Joe’s.
  5. The Great British Baking Show. It’s a wonderful program the whole family can watch. I’ve learned so much about baking–and creativity.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. The “chat and chew” dinner I just attended. Alexis, 15,who’s here with her mom, cooked a lot of scrumptious food: soup, chicken, rice, salad, and lots more. It was fun to chat with everyone in a homey environment.
  2. The gorgeous fall weather. Yes, fall with its slightly lower temperatures and leaves that are beginning to turn is gorgeous.
  3. A week of vacation. We had a week off for National Day. My travel plans fell apart, but it was fun to rest.
  4. That Hong Kong’s patriots are still alive. God bless them as they seek to choose their own candidates as promised in 1997.
  5. The goodies we had at high tea on Saturday. Yum!

P.S. I’m asking for prayers for my mother who will have back surgery this afternoon.


Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  1. Holy Week. It’s intense, but it’s also a wonderful time to draw closer to God and realize the depths of His Love and Jesus’ sacrifice.
  2. The green leaves. The trees are filling out with vivid light green leaves. Life abounds.
  3. A fun and safe weekend in Beijing. It was nice to get to see an old friend, try new food and see what’s at the art museum.
  4. Carrot-ginger-beer cake. I tried it at a new cafe near where I stayed in Beijing. My it was yummy.
  5. My friend Spurgeon. I saw him in Beijing and we had a great time talking about teaching and life in China.

Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. Getting to see the splendid exhibits at Shandong Provincial Museum.
  2. Getting my finals finished and catching up on work. It’s good to feel in control.
  3. Getting to go to Shannon’s for a pot luck dinner. She made a great cherry crisp in a rice cooker. Imagine! I like how we got to eat all these goodies people brought.
  4. The rain we got on Sunday afternoon and Monday, which is good for the flowers and cleans the air.

Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

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On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encouraged participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to her blog. Judy has since stopped blogging, but giving thanks is a good spiritual practice so I’ll continue.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. The Way, a film with Martin Sheen about a grieving father who hikes along the Way of St. James in Spain.
  2. A safe and interesting trip to Champaign, Illinois for my Library Science orientation.
  3. Winter comfort food like chicken and dumplings or pot roast.
  4. My friend Mary, from high school. Though she’s moved far away we’re still on the same wavelength. She’s going through a tough time and I pray it doesn’t last much longer. She’s a dear person.
  5. Old priests. Where would we be without them? The priest who said mass Sunday was ordained in 1962 and one who came a few weeks before was in his late 80s. Still pretty lively.

Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. Finding a hotel that’s having a turkey dinner here in Jinan.
  2. Getting my iPad fixed so I can finish reading The Hobbit for my book club. I know that sounds like a rather privileged thank you, but it’s hard to bring lots of books here given luggage restrictions. I love that if I persevere I can find my problem posted somewhere on the internet and some good soul has taken the time to write a solution.
  3. A lovely walk with my friends on Sunday. We enjoyed the warm colors and temperatures of the day.
  4. That my contract’s been renewed so I have a job in the spring.
  5. For the love I feel that comes from God.

A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.
This week I am thankful for:

  1. A great schedule for the new semester. I’ve got a good balance. I like that Monday and Tuesday are more crowded and then the classes taper off on Wednesday and Thursday.
  2. A good group of students.  One class I taught in the spring and the other is new. I’m glad I have some familiar and some fresh faces.
  3. The gluten-free meal I had on my flight here. Though I don’t need gluten-free meals, I gave this a try.  I got lovely, healthy mix of vegetables, fruit and meat. I could do with less bread and pasta anyway.
  4. A chance to work again with my friend Kristyn and soon Anthony who arrives in September.
  5. This new TV show on Hulu.com called Rev. It’s about a Church of England vicar and shows a realistic, humorous view of Christians quite respectfully. It’s not for kids, but I’m pretty cautious of what kids should see. It’s not like an HBO show that offers too much “adult” content.

On Wednesdays, Judy, creator of an inspiring blog, A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings encourages participants to list their blessings, to give thanks for the five things in the past week and then link to Judy’s blog.

Be sure to also check out her other blog and her website when you visit.

This week I am thankful for:

  1. My sister’s well behaved dog. My youngest sister is back in town and brought her dog Gracie. Gracie’s and English bull dog and so well mannered.
  2. My cousin Randy’s visit. My cousin works with the Nascar races and was in town last week. It was great to catch up with him. He’s got a down-to-earth demeanor and values family highly. He’s steeped in family history and a good conversationist, i.e. both as a listener and a speaker.
  3. J’Ann’s recipe for chicken salad. I found it again wedged between a shelf crammed with cookbooks, old and new. It’s a great recipe as it’s healthy with grapes and no mayo. (I’m trying to cut back on such condiments.)
  4. Kindred, a time traveling book by Octavia Butler. It’s a rich novel and not at all overly sci-fi-ish.
  5. A wonderful Saturday at Millennium Park full of sunshine and blue skies. (See below.)