Thankful Thoughts – 6/28/19


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Here we are in the final days of June, that means the year is already half over! I wonder why time feels like it goes so fast when you are older. More than ever it makes me aware of how I spend my time, what is really valuable and important to me. I know without a doubt that maintaining a focus on gratitude is not just important, it’s critical to my faith and future.  So without further ado, here’s ten of the many reasons I am grateful this week…

I am thankful for:

1) The wonderful assistance of Akismet tech support. (Akismet is the program that monitors WordPress blogs for spam.) Early in the week I experienced a few days when I could not get my comments to post on anyone’s blog, and even when it said they posted, I could not see them on my end. After much frustration and searching,  it turned out to be a combined issue of Akismet filtering settings and the browser cache on both my iPhone and netbook. Once they determined what the problem was, it was an easy fix, and I am so happy to be up and running smoothly again!

2) That my sister is healing so well from her surgery and has such a positive attitude about life. She was able to attend a small party with friends this week, and finally being allowed to go out did her a world of good.

3) Having a bit more patience than I once did. My first impulse with the commenting issues this week was to give up and stop blogging once again. If you can’t comment it’s not much fun. Thankfully, perseverance took over, and I kept working on finding out the answers until the problem was resolved. A good lesson for many of the little frustrations in life… don’t give up so easily!

4) All the times that I’ve survived the bad choices I’ve made in life. Now that I am older I have forgiven myself for them and can chalk them up to learning experiences. I tend to learn things the hard way, and often have to repeat lessons until the light finally dawns on me! 🙂

5) The beautiful month of green yards and range land we got to experience here due to the unusual amount of rainfall we had this Spring. That has pretty much come to an end now, and high temperatures are quickly returning our world to the familiar dry brown, but it was lovely while it lasted, and I appreciated the temporary reprieve, as did all the animals trying to survive.

6) The opportunity to provide bowls of water and supplemental food to some of the critters that make their homes around us. While I know most of them would probably survive without this, when you watch those little ground squirrels happily drinking water at the bowls and munching on black oil sunflower seeds, you know it’s making their lives easier. It also provide free “reality tv” for my furkids who love to watch them from the cat trees in the windows. 🙂

7) The blessing of having a dear friend that just “gets me” without the need for long explanations or justifications of my point of view. It is so freeing to be able to share anything and everything with someone who doesn’t view you as totally weird (or least not any more weird than she is).

8) The wonderful convenience of having an automatic clothes washer and dryer. It is so easy to pop a load in and go about other things while it is running thru it’s cycle. I recall my mother spending all day every Monday in the basement washing laundry for our family (initially with an old ringer washing machine) and then hanging it on clotheslines to dry. She then spent all day Tuesday standing at the ironing board and ironing everything, including bedsheets and pillow cases. And yet I don’t ever recall her complaining about spending her days this way, even when she wasn’t feeling good. I realize now how us kids took those clean, neatly pressed clothes for granted. I know I wouldn’t be as patient if I had to spend my days that way.

9) The opportunity to share some positive words of encouragement with a young man who doing his best on his first day as a new cashier, with a surly supervisor that wasn’t really cut out for teaching (and probably wasn’t happy with that assignment). He was so nervous about making mistakes, but was actually very polite and friendly, and I was glad I could leave him smiling even for a little while.  I remember how stressful it is to learn new jobs.

10) A husband that takes an interest in the things I do, and encourages me to be myself. I had a wonderful large purse that I love because it has several outside pockets that make it easy to keep frequently used items like my car keys and cellphone sorted and accessible. After years of daily use it finally wore out, and I was happy to find that I could order another one online. The old one was gray, so this time I was going to choose black to have something different. Papa Bear looked at the options and noted that there was a pretty purple one.  He knows how much I love purple.  I nodded and  said “yes, but it probably won’t look great with anything I wear.”  “Who cares,” he said, knowing that it was going to make me happy regardless. I followed his advice and we both agree that it is lovely; bright colors are so much more fun than subdued ones! Never underestimate the joys of small things! 🙂

As always, I am so very thankful for the life I’ve been given, for all that I have learned and continue to learn, and for all the amazing people I have come to know and love! Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

-JTS-

If you’ve never participated in the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out. Read what others are feeling grateful for this week, and maybe add a post of your own (it doesn’t have to be ten things, any expression of gratitude is welcome)!

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Thankful Thoughts – 6/22/19


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Happy Summer, now that it’s officially began and our West Texas weather decided to celebrate with triple-digit temperatures… a good reason to stay inside and do a little reading and writing! This week I worked harder at jotting down reasons to be thankful each day as they came to me, and before long I had more than enough to share. It’s funny how easy it becomes when you start looking for your blessings instead of grumbling your way through life. Thoughts are every bit as powerful as words, and I am slowly learning to choose them more wisely!

Some of the many ways I am blessed and thankful:

1) My sister’s cancer surgery went well, and she’s been released from the hospital to continue recovery at home.  Her pathology reports came back with no further evidence of cancer in her body, hallelujah! Her beloved senior dog Taffy was mighty glad to have her mama home again! 🙂

2) God giving me the strength and wisdom to stay out of personal conflicts that don’t involve me (most of the time), no matter how strong the urge is to add my two cents worth! I am not responsible for other people’s choices. (I have to keep reminding myself of that.)

3) Heart-warming communications with a couple of my beloved Rez kids (now grown-ups) who, much to my surprise, informed me that they still have the small stuffed animals I sent to them on their birthdays years ago. I am so thankful that we continue to be close after all these years, and I am able to watch them and pray for them as they navigate their adult lives. They are the grandchildren of my heart.

4) The amethyst pendant necklace Papa Bear bought for me when we went to a local farmers/vendors market last weekend. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love amethyst, it is not only my birthstone, it is the color my soul is drawn to.

5) That Papa Bear and I have very similar tastes and preferences in nearly everything (except politics 🙂 It makes it so easy to choose gifts for each other or items for the house, or even how we will spend our time together. Although our personalities are very different… he is social and outgoing and I am not, we both prefer a simple lifestyle and treasure our relationship. When I see couples that always seem to be unhappy with each other for one reason or another it makes me sad. Life is short, learn to respect each other and get along.

6) Finding a blank journal with a purple cover and a purple ink pen with purple ink that I had stashed away long ago. I am now able to bless the person who gave them to me and use them with pleasure instead of sadness over a friendship lost. Some people come into our lives for only a season, to teach us something important.

7) Positive interaction with a family member that has been absent in our lives for some time. It did all of our hearts good. Prayers being answered.

8) The Memories tab on Facebook that lets you look back at all the posts you’ve done on a specific day in years past. I’ve been sharing on Facebook for over ten years now, and it’s fun to go back and see what I was doing and what my thoughts were at the time. I love the vacation memories that pop up there too!

9) Books that speak to my heart and soul and lift me up to a higher level of understanding. I believe that books come into our lives and the right time much as people do, always a gift in some manner.

10) Returning to writing and the blogsphere, thanks to the TToT Anniversary Party. 🙂 It is easy to get out of the habit, but I always miss it when I am away. Now if someone could invent a streamlined process for commenting, I’d be delighted!

As always, I am so very thankful for the life I’ve been given, for all that I have learned along the way, and for all the amazing people I have come to know and love! Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

-JTS-

If you’ve never participated in the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out. Read what others are feeling grateful for this week, and maybe add a post of your own (it doesn’t have to be ten things, any expression of gratitude is welcome!

Truly Thankful

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Showing up to help celebrate this wonderful occasion… The Sixth Anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, is something I am excited to do! You see, learning to be thankful… to develop an attitude of gratitude, has changed my life entirely!

When I initially joined the TToT, I wrote a post each week as a mental exercise. I quickly discovered that making a list of ten things I was thankful for switched my focus from what had gone wrong to what had gone right.  I would start my list scratching my head and grumbling, but by the time I reached ten I was feeling much better about my life! The items I listed ranged from silly to serious, from struggles to celebrations. At the TToT we shared it all with our fellow bloggers and found comfort, encouragement, and lasting friendships!

Although I haven’t blogged much in the past year or so, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped writing or being thankful.  I’ve been journaling my thoughts and going through a life transformation that finds me in a much better place than I was when my job ended three years ago.  What I have learned is that being thankful is much more than a mental exercise or a way to refocus.  It is more than an attitude… it is a way of life.  More importantly, being grateful for everything in our lives is essential to our spiritual wellbeing and growth.  It is realizing that everything that happens is a blessing and something we can learn from.

I begin each morning and end each day expressing my gratitude for all the ways that God has blessed me and those around me, and all day long day I whisper prayers of thank you as I learn to live more in the moment and become aware of the many things I used to overlook or take for granted. God is good, my life is good, and I am more thankful for each and every day than I ever was before!

That being said,  I believe that talking about our blessings encourages others to find hope and things to be thankful for in their own lives.  Since the TToT blog hop is all about sharing, let me tell you about just a few of the things I have to be thankful for at the moment…

1) My older sister has completed her chemo for bladder cancer and received a wonderful CT Scan report today. She is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. God is walking this journey with her and we believe that she is going to have many more years of life to share with us!

2) My husband, my beloved Papa Bear, will be celebrating his 66th Birthday tomorrow, June 7th!  There has been more than one occasion in those sixty-six years that his life could have ended prematurely, but God has seen fit to bless him, and to bless me by having him in my life!

3) Last month we spent a week in Nashville with my son, his partner Krista, and her nine-year old son. It has been a long time since I got to celebrate Mother’s Day with him, and it was such a joy to my heart to see how well they are doing in their lives, and how much they care for each other.

4) My daughter and her husband are doing great in Dallas. She has settled into a job as a psych nurse there, and they are busy decorating and landscaping their new home. We got to see them in March!

5) All five of our feline furkids ranging in age from three to fifteen are doing great, and we are blessed to have Jennifer, a wonderful lady to care for them when we go away. She loves them as much as we do, and they love her!

6) God has blessed us financially and continues to make it possible for us to keep the bills paid and have everything we need.  Papa Bear will start drawing Social Security in July, while continuing to work. That will help too, as the cost of everything continues to rise.

7) I went without health insurance for two and a half years  – until I turned 65 in February, due to the exorbitant cost of coverage.  I am so thankful that I encountered no major medical problems during that gap, and I’ve now been able to update all the various exams etc., that old folks should have.  Medicare is a blessing, and Medicare supplements are moreso, despite the clumsy aspect of multiple insurance policies required.

8) It has rained here often during May and June. This is unusual for us, where it is not uncommon to have just a few total inches of rain all year, if any.  While there have been  many places with disastrous flooding,  West Texas is not one of them, and we are always thankful for the moisture, and cooler temperatures.  Our weeds are green and thriving, pollen allergies are off the charts, and we don’t care! We haven’t hit those triple-digit temps yet, AC bills are reasonable, and the risk of grassfires is low. We are thankful!

9) I am thankful for our peaceful little home in the country filled with love and laughter, quiet time for myself, rest when my body requires it, heat and cooling as needed, lots of sunlight streaming in, plants growing in all the windows, easily cleaned floors, and yard visitors in the form of birds, rabbits, ground squirrels, feral cats, tiny lizards, fuzzy tarantulas, and the occasional roaming farm dog. They all make me smile.

10) I am thankful for the many personal freedoms we have in this country that we all too often take for granted.  We can express our opinions on anything and everything, associate with whoever we desire to, choose our own education and career paths, profess and practice whatever religion suits us, and defend ourselves if necessary.

I am thankful for the life I’ve been given, for all that I have learned along the way, and for all the amazing people I have come to know and love through the magic of the Internet!

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

-JTS-

If you’ve never participated in the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out, Kristi is doing a great job as administrator! Here’s to another six years and more, gratitude never goes out of style!

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TToT Throwback

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Today friends and fellow bloggers are celebrating the Sixth Anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop started by Lizzi Lewis back in June of 2013. I haven’t written a TToT post in some time, but this is one party I don’t want to miss! As I was looking back through my TToT posts of years past, I came across this post from my previous blog and felt like it was worth resharing. It all still rings true…

December 12, 2013

This year Lizzi over at Considerings started a wonderful little weekly blog hop called Ten Things of Thankful that asked us to “focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for.” It wasn’t long before the little group began to grow by leaps and bounds as the word spread and folks came to share, find encouragement, and meet some awesome new friends!

I soon discovered that the weeks I struggled with doubt and felt least like I would be able to come up with ten things I was grateful for, were the weeks that I most needed to make the list to remind myself of all the blessings I have. Once I got started on a list the thoughts came easily, and by the time I was finished my whole attitude had changed for the better; it proved to be a wonderful way to begin the weekend!

I admit that it can be hard to find the time to compile a list and write my post, and I don’t get it done every week, although that is my goal. Sometimes I feel guilty about participating when I can’t make it around to all the other blogs to read and comment, but I try to randomly visit as many as I possible. I’ve also had to do some thinking about comments made to me by someone who felt that such lists can be a form of bragging and may make others feel bad for what they don’t have. I’ve decided that for me at least, the difference between bragging and recounting blessings is remembering where the credit goes. Very few of the good things in my life happen out of my own doing, they come to me purely by the grace of God, and my lists are a testimony to the truth that God is Good!

If we compare ourselves to others we will always find a reason to feel slighted, but if we adopt the attitude of celebrating the good things that happen to others, it uplifts us too. It helps us to reach outside of ourselves and see beyond our own little world, and to appreciate that others struggle just as much as we do. We can cry with them when life is hard, and we can rejoice with them when things are good… and at Ten Things of Thankful, we do. Sometimes the biggest blessing of a really difficult week has been having caring friends at TTOT to share with!

I think I can safely speak for most of us there when I say that Ten Things of Thankful is one of the very best things that’s happened this year, and I can’t thank Lizzi and her fabulous team of co-hosts enough for all the work they do to bring this blessing to our lives – the proof is in the enthusiastic response… drop by Lizzi’s place sometime and see for yourself!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this past year, it’s that there is ALWAYS something
in our lives to be thankful for; thru good times and bad the grace of God sustains us.

-JTS-

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Ten Things of Thankful – 5/29/18

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Wow, another month is wrapping up and we are headed into June this weekend. After enjoying a really nice extended weekend with Papa Bear we’ve been catapulted into Tuesday, and I’d better get some thankfuls noted before I run out of time to meet the deadline!

My first thankful is Papa Bear having a two-day weekend, with both Sunday and Monday off.  As you know, he typically works six days a week (although they close at 3 PM on Saturday which helps a little).  We totally enjoyed the extra time together to relax, run some errands, enjoy some good dining out, and complete a couple small house projects too.

On Saturday after work we went shopping for some new comfy summer sandals and were delighted to again  be able to take advantage of the Skechers Outlet store buy one pair – get one pair 1/2 off deal.  I am always thankful for good bargains. Even more fun, we both chose the same pair of walking sandals in our respective sizes. Apparently the thing about older couples dressing alike is true. 🙂 Zoe says that we need to buy matching Hawaiian shirts next! Papa Bear loves Hawaiian shirts, my daughter refers to them as “John shirts” in his honor. 🙂

Then we headed to the furniture store to look for new recliners for the living room as my gift to Papa Bear for his 65th Birthday coming up next week. After testing out several, we both really liked a model that has individual power adjustments for the back and foot rest so that you can sit in whatever position you want with your feet up, and the headrest also can be adjusted forward or back for optimum comfort. We brought his home with us and mine is on order to arrive soon.  I am thankful that we found great recliners on sale at a price I could afford and that are wonderfully comfortable! They are also easy to move around for floor dusting.

I am thankful that Papa Bear and I will make the same choices on almost everything. It’s funny how our personalities are somewhat different with him being far more outgoing than me, yet feel very similarly on the basics. It is extremely rare for us to disagree, and that makes our relationship so easy, he’s the best, best friend ever!

I am thankful for the storage bins I found at the Tractor Supply farm store on Sunday. Now I’ve got a way to safely store and easily access the 50 lb. bags of birdseed and 25 lb. bags of cat food I buy regularly, and the bins fit neatly underneath the clothes rod in the laundry room.

While on the subject of critter food, I have to say once again how blessed I feel to be able to enjoy the company of not only our five furkids indoors, but also the rabbits, ground squirrels and birds that come to enjoy the food and water I put out for them. I know they especially appreciate fresh water in these hot days, and I appreciate watching them! One of the little ground squirrels is clearly pregnant with her belly nearly dragging on the ground, it’s so cute!

I am trying really hard to find reasons to be thankful for what it appears is going to be at least a two-week run of triple digit weather temperatures. It is 106 outside again today. I honestly do not love it.  Being out in heat makes me sick, it is hard on the critters, and it increases the both the severity of our drought here and the risk of grassfires. There is currently a 90-day burning ban in effect in our county, but that doesn’t mean someone won’t be careless with a tossed cigarette.  So ok, I’m not a fan of summer here, but… I am still thankful for good AC in both our house and vehicles, so that I am able to stay  comfortable as much as possible, and I am thankful that I will likely survive it. It gives me something easy to complain about, and I don’t have to look for other reasons. 🙂

I am thankful that my two favorite (and only) nephews have decided to share apartment space on a trial basis.  It is so expensive for young working people to afford housing, pay off school loans, and still have money left for phones, foods, and dating. They are two years apart, and as I reminded them, survived living 16 years together at home.  My sister tells me that it’s somewhat like The Odd Couple, and yet they are enjoying each other’s company, so we’ll see how it goes. I am proud of them for giving it a try.

I am thankful that Papa Bear was able to give my older sister some good advice about a vehicle problem that saved her not only money but a lot of stress and worry over a holiday weekend.

I am thankful that both my son and his girlfriend, and my niece and her boyfriend were able to get out and do some fun things this weekend, all of them were due for some relaxation, and it made me smile to see their texts and photos popping in to share.  I envy my son and his visit to the much cooler mountains resort in Pidgeon Forge; my niece and her boyfriend spent most of the time on the lake not far from her home in Minnesota in his new-to-him boat, playing at fishing and having a great time.

I am ever thankful that Papa Bear is so easy to please, whether it comes to making lighter meals on hot summer nights, or changing our plans for his birthday since it will be far to hot to be out fishing. We’ve decided to spend a couple days in Lubbock instead, we always find something fun to do to pass the time and it’s nice to relax away from home. Hotel swimming pools are wonderful for cooling off too!

Last but not least this week, I am thankful every day for my quiet, peaceful life at home now, for reaching a place of contentment with myself and my life, and for having Papa Bear to share it with.  I am so very, very blessed! ❤

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


Ten Things of Thankful – 5/22/18

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I’ve been absent for the most part lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed that.  I’ve been in quiet mode.  I tend to retreat a bit when life feels overwhelming.  The older I get the more I feel like it’s impossible to keep up with the things I want and need to do.  When that happens I take a break for awhile to give myself some room to breathe.  I will always come back to writing though, because it is a place I love.

There has been so much going on lately in life, in the lives of people I care about, and in the world.  It sometimes feels like every day brings new sadness.  It takes a powerful lot of praying to keep it all from weighing us down.  And that is my first thankful for this week… I am thankful for the power to pray, and for the powerful connection it is!  Prayer comforts me, prayer calms me, prayer reassures me, and every time I see my prayers so clearly answered it uplifts me and recharges me… and reminds me of Who is in control.

In connection with that, I am thankful for the close relationships I have, for the sharing, and for the opportunity to support and encourage each other.  There was a time in my life when friends and family were pretty much nonexistent and I felt so very all alone. Now my world is filled with loving, caring people, and together we journey through life. Thinking of any one of you, and them, gives me reason to smile and to feel blessed!

I find myself so often thankful for those small nudges and reminders that come to me from within.  I was shopping recently and when I got to my car and began to put my bags inside, something said to check the contents and make sure everything was there.  I never do this routinely.  But sure enough, a package of batteries for my hearing aids was missing and they are expensive.  I was grateful that I was still there and was able to go back inside to the cashier with  my receipt showing I had paid for them.  Sure enough, they were on the counter… she had forgotten to put them in the bag.

Small things can make a big difference in our lives.  I am so thankful for my new glasses! I knew I was experiencing some eyestrain, but the change with the new lenses was amazing, everything is so much clearer now, and the frames are lighter too! My eyes thank me, and I am thankful that Papa Bear and I were able to cover this important expense.

I am thankful that my daughter and son-in-law are now in the process of having a new home built North of Dallas.  They’ve been living in an apartment and are so ready to get back to having their own home and more space again.  It should be ready for move-in before Christmas and it will be exciting to watch the work progress.

I am thankful for the fun of new recipes tried and shared between family and friends. Papa Bear is always willing and eager to try something new, and it’s fun when we hit a real winner that we both agree needs to be saved for future use.

As I look at the forecast for the coming ten days here and see most of them in the triple digits, I am once again thankful for our powerful new AC unit that cools us so much better than the old one, and more energy efficiently.  The house is far more comfortable than it was during summer last year.

In view of the heat, and continued drought, I am thankful that I am able to provide water and food for the birds, rabbits, and ground squirrels that inhabit our yard. Life is hard for critters in the summer here, and to see them playing in the water and enjoying the food set out for them each morning and evening is a pleasure. It is a small way of giving back.

I am thankful that Papa Bear had last Saturday off work and we were able to work on some projects together.  Time shared is always such a blessing and he had time for resting too.  He is looking forward to this coming Sunday-Monday off due to Memorial Day, and the following week we are taking three days to go to a nearby lake for a little fishing to celebrate his 65th Birthday.  He works hard, and comes home tired, days off are reason to celebrate!

I am thankful for the example of people in my life who deal with difficult issues and manage to pick themselves up and keep going with courage, determination, and humor. Their experiences quickly put my own small worries and struggles into perspective.

Last but not least, I am ever thankful for our five furkids. These furry little animal spirits, each with their own personality, bring so much and laughter into our lives! They are a very spoiled bunch, but they also know exactly when I could use an extra snuggle, and when it’s time to stop testing the limits.  Their gentle affection and acceptance of us, faults and all, is a good reminder of how we all should be.

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!


 

Ten Things of Thankful – 5/14/18

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Yesterday, being Mother’s Day here in the USA, was a time for sharing memories and reflecting on my relationship with my mother.  I thought I’d share some of the things I am thankful for in that role for this week’s TToT.

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This is a photo of my Mom when she was young.  She departed this world twenty three years ago, and in my mind I remember her as she was at that time, a silver-haired grandma of 67.  I sometimes forget how beautiful she was.

I am thankful that my mother put being a mom first in her life. Meeting our needs always came before anything else, and we were well cared for.

I am thankful that Mom infused a love of reading in my life by reading to us from the time we were old enough to sit in her lap and turn pages in a story book.

I am thankful that Mom taught us good manners, right from wrong, and how to keep spotlessly clean house – a lesson that I never really took to heart. 🙂

I am thankful that Mom taught us to take pride in our appearance, to always be clean and neat, and dress well.  I can remember admiring her as a child as I watched her do her hair, and put on make-up, nice clothes and jewelry for an evening out with Dad.

I am thankful that Mom was a good cook (much better than I am), and always had great meals on the table, even though she sometimes wasn’t feeling well.  I miss her Sunday dinners so much!

I am thankful that Mom taught us to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and that it didn’t require a lot of spending, just effort and love. We were always made to feel special on our birthdays and I was much older before i realized that not all children were that blessed.

I am thankful that I was usually the one being her helper where there were projects to be done.  She taught me to take on things, and since she was a perfectionist, to make an effort to do them well.

I am thankful for the memories of my mom’s beautiful handwriting and the long handwritten letters she sent when we were grown, even when her fingers were ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis. I often think of how she would have loved texting, instant photo sharing, and unlimited long-distance calls.  (My father limited her to seven minutes per daughter per week to keep the phone bill in line.)

I am thankful for Mom’s love of flowers, especially the moss roses that her mother also loved, and of all things pink.  Now when I see anything pink, I think of Mom. ❤

I am thankful for her pride in her daughters, her love for her grandchildren, her courage, determination, and her friendliness to everyone she met.

I am thankful that, although our relationship was sometimes rocky (I wasn’t an easy kid to raise or an easy adult for her to understand), I always knew beyond a doubt that I was loved.

My mother did not have an easy life as a child or in her role as a wife and mother. She dealt with many issues that I have only come to understand more fully as I’ve aged myself. I wish she could have stayed here longer, there are so many things I would like to be able talk with her about now.

I am so thankful for the mom God gave me; she wasn’t perfect, nor am I, but she was truly one of the best!

Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!

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If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out!  You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.

If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!