Every Thursday, Thanksgiving


Counting thanks to 1000 and beyond…

778. A lovely bouquet

779. A sad gratitude: I walked down Queen Anne Ave last night and mourned the closing of Metropolitan Market, also known as Thriftway back in the day. If Bethany was my home (you can see the steeple in the background)–and it seemed like it when I lived next door in intentional community–then Met Market was was my kitchen. This store, now an empty shell, has so many good memories attached to it. When I lived on the Hill, I daily ran over for dinner fixings. I loved getting chef-cooked samples of new recipes, and the yearly peach festival.

It was also the go-to place for flowers on Queen Anne and many birthday and dinner bouquets were lovingly wrapped in brown paper and tied with raffia ribbon by their staff.

780. Riding to Gold Basin with new friend Julie. I was enjoying our conversation so much we missed the turn-off and went 20 miles in the wrong direction…but the right one in every other way!

781. A unhurried and beautiful hike with Jane to Kalcema Lake.

Vapor off the melting snow. Mountain waterfalls. A pristine lake. Great conversation. And then an impromptu stop at Green Gables for 60 cent coffee and a dry place to wait out the rain.

782. A wonderful Wednesday with Kimberlee and the kids. A morning turned to lunch to afternoon tea to dinner.

783. A couple of blissful hours cleaning and arranging the Bethany prayer room, making a bouquet, and creating a peaceful space that will hopefully welcome people to take a moment of quiet and pray.

What are you thankful for this week? Might you share with us 1 or 2 gratitudes in the comments so we can rejoice with you?

Join Kimberlee and I as we give thanks together.

And the inspiration for counting gratitudes:

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  • Jennifer Dougan


    Nice to meet you. I’m popping over from Ann’s blog link up. Thank you for letting me join you as you count 1000 gifts, enhanced with photos and commentary. I enjoyed peeking into your hike, special times with friends, rainy day coffees, and more.

    You mentioned intentional community? Tell me more about that for you?

    A have a gifts notebook I keep too. Thankful with you this morning from my misty rainy morning,
    Jennifer Dougan

  • susan

    Thank you for visiting Jennifer!

    I lived in intentional community from 96-2000, then again in 2003 and 2005. I also directed an intentional community program here in Seattle through a local church. It was both a wonderful experience and a growing one! And as I get older, I’ve realized that I’m happiest living in community.

    One of the joys, too, working in the world of intentional community, was visiting other communities–namely in Chicago, JPUSA and Reba Place, as well as lots of monastic versions of community. I have plenty of stories, so let me know if you are interested :-)

    Is this something you’re doing or are interested in doing?

    grace and peace,