For Bus Drivers & Victorian Detectives: Seven Gratitudes, vol. 3

Every Friday you will find me and my friends--oh yes, see below!--counting our blessings, seven quick thanksgivings at a time.

This week I am grateful...


For my bus driver, Frank.


When Aaron and I moved from Greensboro to Winston-Salem a few months ago, I traded a 50-minute commute for a 10-minute bus ride. The difference this one shift made in my life is amazing. I effectively gained two hours back into each of my weekdays. 

I anticipated reasonable benefits from my shortened commute, but I did not expect Frank. At first he was wary of me; "You new here?" Within a week, though, Frank knew my schedule better than I did. And where I come from. And where I stand with God. 

Frank tells the best stories. And asks the best questions. 


For Murdoch Mysteries/good TV when I'm sick.

In the Coyle-Carr household, being sick equals a free pass for good TV. We love stories anyhow, but LAWDY, throw in the sniffles and we'll throw ourselves into some tall-tales.

Imagination and fancy may very well be the magic that fights off the viruses and the flu-y things around here. 

It was Murdoch Mysteries this time around. Ohemgee, it's on Netflix. You need to check it out.

Here are four reasons:

  1. Good storytelling (give it a second go after the pilot episode, trust me), clever mysteries, honorable--and adorable--characters.
  2. It's set in turn-of-the-century Canada, which is cool because I don't think I've ever spent time thinking about Canada...
  3. It's during the hay-day of liberal thought. Detective Murdoch employs cutting-edge forensics in conversation with his personal curiosity, his intellect, and the fortitude of his Catholic faith to solve crime after crime, all with the goal of making the world a better place. Want to see liberal thinking swat down racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism with grace, compassion, and justice? This is your show. 
  4. Zero-waste details! When the characters take their tea, unpack their lunch, or dry their hands--guess what--it's all done with real dishes, cloth wraps, and hand towels. It is crazy to realize how "dependent" North America has become upon disposables in a mere 100 years. And, yet, how easy (and pretty) it looks to jump back on the earth-respecting wagon of using real stuff!


For the opportunity to say no.

I was signed up and resolved to take a class on Jewish Spirituality & Ecology this weekend. Being sick threw about 15 wrenches into my study plan, so the start of the semester was beginning to feel out of control--

And then I remembered that I can say no. The weekend course, albeit beautiful and exciting, was not required of me. I could say no.

Which was harder than I thought it would be.

But I did it, and I fell right in step with this ramping semester. 

THAT is a good feeling.


For beauty in unexpected places.


Between class yesterday morning and catching my bus home, I decided to go for a walk around campus. The sky was so blue, the wind was just right, and my lungs were so light with the fresh, fresh air. 

I wound up in a part of campus that I rarely frequent. Found those bright and careful white flowers on the wall. They were so unexpected.

I like that.


For FitBit.

If you know me, you may know of my competitive streak. In my little lavender Fitbit, I now have a way to compete with myself for the sake of my own health. How cool is that?!

I MAY be convinced to compete with you, IF you're into that kind of thing. First one to 10,000 steps/day wins?

Truly, seeing the daily data--from resting heartbeat to steps taken--has helped me understand the ways in which my body needs love and attention.

I am thankful for the gifts of information and motivation.


For Dad & Carla.

January is sort of Dad and Carla's month. Both of their birthdays AND their wedding anniversary are all in January--they just celebrated their 7th this week. <3 

Here are two pictures of them being cute after helping us move last year.:

I am grateful for their presence in my life and for the joy they bring one another.


For prayers like this one on a day like today.

I am not ready to talk about what is happening today to the presidential office in America. What I am prepared to do is pray, with angry tears if necessary, in solidarity with so many of my sisters who have taken to the streets in witness and protest.

I am thankful for prayer--for daily prayers, for morning prayers. For prayers that become a part of who I am, a part of who my family is, and a part of what we resolve and hope to bring to the world... 

Christ, as a light
illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield
overshadow me.
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me,
lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.


Welcome to the Seven Gratitudes Link-Up!

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  1. Write a listicle about your seven gratitudes each week.
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What are you grateful for this week?

I'd love for you to share your seven quick thanksgivings in the comments below or over on Facebook.

Peace to you, beloveds. Thankful for you being here!