Howdy, quarantine queens and mask-eraders, it’s time for Thankful Thursday 10.2020. I am linking up today with Rebecca Jo for her gratitude series, which she publishes every week. Thankful Thursdays give me a opportunity to reflect back over all the little blessings in the last month. Most of these ‘gratefuls’ come straight from the things I have listed each night in my gratitude journal.
October has been another crazy month in what is sure to be one of the most unforgettable years in recent history. Covid cases in El Paso have escalated to the point our city is ranked #2 in the nation for number of cases per capita. Our convention center has been converted into a health care facility to expand hospital capacity. As of today, we have “1,128 new COVID-19 cases and 486 delayed testing results by the state are being reported today for a total of 14,359 active cases and 45,039 cumulative cases.” [source]
The City of El Paso puts out graphics in English and Spanish that reflect the number of cases, hospitalizations, patients in ICU and those on ventilators, along with information on cases by age group, zip code, etc. This is just one of the graphics we receive from city officials each morning.
We have a curfew in place and have been asked to stay home for the next 2 weeks except for essential activities. And as we have been doing since the spring, we must wear a mask and practice social distancing. We are worn slick with no end in sight. Prayers appreciated!!
Thankful Thursday 10.2020
But there is much to be thankful for this month, too. Let’s switch gears and take a look at just a few of my many blessings.
- My hubby and my brother Kevin helped talked me through a difficult day
- Homemade chicken noodle soup, this recipe but then I add a package of ranch dressing at the end
- Kevin, Brennyn and Valerie talking me through a continuation of the tough day above
- Lucia and I played a good ‘episode’ of babies on the ride to school
- Frozen yogurt, even if it is expensive
- Good feeling that comes from purging belongings and donating them
- Paul went with me to the grocery store
- Cami snuggles
- Gifted box of Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix
- Lauren has a new doctor who seems on the ball with her health struggles
- Mom played and enjoyed Bridge
- Memories from our trip to Germany in 2017
- Long weekend
- Lauren cooked dinner for us
- PC is so good with the littles
- Nerve-burning ablations that give PC some back pain relief
- Mustafa’s new job
- Bookmarks from my book club friend Jessica
- Walking and running in the desert
- Grilled cheese and tomato soup
- Cady’s straight As
- Cia’s reading
- Cami waving
- Dental insurance
- Medical insurance
- People who love me
- Soaky bath
- HelloFresh dinners
- NO CANCER for Lauren
- PC, Lauren and Lucia and neighbors putting wishes on the wish tree
- Being able to bump up my surgery
- Mom’s enthusiasm for Spirit Week
- Cool weather
- Francisco’s good reputation at the hospital
- Fluffy sleeping in the garage
- Medical testing, medical technology like CT scans, bone density scans, EKGs, X-rays
- Sweet surprise from my BFF Sharon – a darling sweatshirt and M&Ms
Wish I could hold up a mirror at this point in my post, so YOU could see your reflection and know how thankful I am for you. Thankful for your visits, your comments, and your support. I am so grateful for your friendship.
Word of the Year
My WOTY continues to help me through these difficult days. While PC would say I still get wrapped around the hub about things, I am less so because of my faith, my belief that everything is going to be okay in the end.
I am finishing up an 8 week Bible study called “40 Days Through the Bible” hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries. It is very well done and accommodates all learning types with videos and audio recordings, opportunities to respond to questions posed in the closed Facebook group, and a workbook to guide our study. It has been an encouragement.
Then I keep coming across the word. Of course, it is the season for seeing Christmas decorations in all the stores…and has been since August, apparently. But I can’t help but think the word believe is popping up in my path to lift me up. To reassure me. Here are just a few examples from my recent sightings.
I wish for you the same reassurance and faith on your most difficult days.
Two things, real quick…
Photo challenge…don’t forget Deb, Jennifer and I are sponsoring a #25DaysofGratitude photo challenge. Please click here to see the prompts and grab the graphics. We begin on 11.01.2020, posting to Instagram. Join us!!
And on Tuesday, 11.03.2020, I will be having thyroid/parathyroid surgery. The doctor will be checking some masses on my thyroid and removing at least one parathyroid gland. It’s an out-patient procedure so I should be home that evening. But it does require general anesthesia. Would welcome any good thoughts and prayers for a successful procedure and speedy recovery. Thank you!!
Hugs and kisses,