It’s long since time I returned to writing and sharing my own list of thankfuls, somehow the time always gets away from me and the momentum gets lost. But the being thankful part never does, there is not a day that I am not continually aware at how blessed I am, and how much I have in my life to be grateful for.
My first thankful today is for fellow bloggers who show up to participate in the TToT even when I don’t make it to my own blog hop. It reminds me that it really isn’t about me, it’s about having a place to connect and share and encourage each other, and it’s uplifting!
I am beyond grateful for one evening this week when we at long last had a beautiful rain and another later that night, finally lowering the risk of wildfires and giving Spring a fresh start here!
Another reason to be thankful this week is for another successful bartering transaction between my husband and our newly discovered local handyman which will result in us getting rid of a couple more good items that are no longer useful to us in exchange for getting the electrical wiring done to Papa Bear’s workshop, a project that was begun a couple years ago and has languished since. We are both delighted and the handyman is very pleased with his end of the deal. Win-win!
I am thankful for the birds, bunnies and ground squirrels which show up each day to enjoy the food and water I put out for them. They are beautiful and doing well. Needless to say, our cats love to sit on their window seat and watch the activity in the yard, it’s great entertainment. (Although I’m sure if I could read their minds, there would be some fantasizing about sneak attacks!)
I am grateful that we continue to be able to keep our bills paid and our heads above water and meet our obligations responsibly, along with providing food and care for our animals and the wild ones, and donating to good causes. It is a blessing to be able to share the gift of life.
I am thankful that my son and his girlfriend were able to get away for a few days and enjoy some time off together. They both work hard and mini-vacations are fun!
I am thankful that my daughter is doing good at her new job. She is learning quickly, and although home health care case management is very different from what she’s done before, she loves that her feet and back are not in pain at the end of the day, and that she works days instead of nights, and has weekends off to be with her husband. The job is less stressful too (other than rush hour traffic in Dallas). Blessings all around!
Often being thankful is just the smile that comes when some small thing turns out just right. My daughter’s birthday is next week and I had already ordered a gift for her online, but wanted something small to send for her to unwrap and enjoy too. As I was doing some grocery shopping yesterday I spied the perfect gift… a ceramic Post-It Note dispenser in the shape of a playful kitty. She loves cats like her mother does, and has three of her own. She will think this is a great addition to her desk at home where she now spends her evenings typing chart notes on patients she’s seen that day. Then when I got home with the gift which needed to go out in the afternoon mail, I walked into my storage room and found a small box that was the perfect size to send it in with a little room for padding. It was so exact that I had to smile. I was also able to peel some “Priority Mail” stickers off a package I’d received and reuse them on this one. Now all that is a very small example of the little good things in life that brighten our days. I found the right gift, the right mailing box, and it got sent out on time – I was relieved! 🙂
I am thankful for friends who value my friendship, put up with my quirks, make me feel appreciated, and make my days so much brighter by our interactions. I remember a time when I didn’t have any real friends in my life, and times when I’ve had people I thought were friends, but turned out not to be. I am blessed with great friends, and I am grateful!
I am thankful, as always, that Papa Bear is so easy to please. He enjoys new recipes that I try, notices and comments on any small changes or improvements I make in the house, appreciates the errands I run for him and ways I am able to help, and puts up with the kitty fur which is ever present. He is a wonderful, caring partner and best friend.
I am thankful for the sweet memories of Easter as a child, my Mom made them very special, as she did with all holidays and celebrations. Gathering with our relatives and spending time with our cousins was great fun too. Life was so simple back then!
Blessings to each of you this Passover/Easter weekend and in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!