Ten Things of Thankful – 1/28/18

Last Sunday of the month, and what a month it’s been. We’ll just call it emotionally challenging and leave it at that.  I’d rather spend my time and my energies focusing on good stuff and gratitude today. 🙂

I am always and above all grateful for my husband, Papa Bear, grateful for his unfailing love, his patience, his caring heart, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his values, his hard work… and the list could go on and on.  I am blessed beyond measure to have him as the rock and the joy in my life!

I am grateful for the many nice comments I’ve received on recent blog posts and responses to my comments on other blogs.  These little exchanges means someone takes the time to reach out with friendly words, and it’s always a smile generator!  I just can’t stress the importance of caring, communication and feedback enough in life.  Just do it!

I am grateful for warmer days, longer hours of daylight, all the little birds that are loving the food and water we’ve got out for them, and the supermoon coming up this week. Full moons are one of my favorite things and this one is going to be so beautiful!

I am grateful for the handful of friends I keep in touch with each day, being at home most of the time, they are my connection to the outside world and our daily check-ins assure that each of us is coping with the ups and downs of life and doing well.

I am grateful for my furkids, each and every one of them.  Animal personalities are as varied as those of humans, and as empty-nesters Papa Bear and I spend a lot of time enjoying their affection, antics, and interactions.  I honestly believe that everyone should have at least one furkid of some sort in their lives, it softens us and there are so many in need.  If you can’t, or don’t have room, or whatever, then do what you can to support the efforts of local animal shelters and sanctuaries.  Mac’s Mission is one of my favorites.

I am grateful for the relationships I have with my children and my nieces and nephews, you couldn’t ask for a better bunch of young people (well, young as relative to my age). They are caring and kind and just make me mighty proud.

I am grateful for my many friends from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This began about sixteen years ago when I adopted a first grade class at Red Cloud Indian School there, and the friendships that developed with the children and their families is a precious part of my life and a big piece of my heart.  This first class of kids are now in their early twenties, many have gone on to college and some have already graduated, some of families of their own, and it’s fun to see them in these new adult roles.  Life there is not easy, poverty, hunger, alcoholism, gang activity, suicide, and violence are a part of the lives of so many.  So it takes courage, hope and determination to find your way through that and make something good of your life.  I’m even prouder of those who choose to return home after college and do things to improve their communities.  Facebook has proven to be a wonderful tool for helping me stay connected with my Rez kids. Yay for Facebook, which also gives me an opportunity to share support and encouragement.

I am thankful for the blessed quiet that most often fills my days. I have not forgotten what it’s like to work in an office with phones ringing non-stop for eight hours, and the endless jabber of chatty coworkers.  I don’t even have the tv on when I am home alone. All you can hear is purring cats, kitty toys being chased around the room, and the clicking of my keyboard.  Quiet is my refuge.  Loud noise, lots of people, and general commotion are hard for me to process. I am so grateful to be at home.

I am thankful for all the basic needs that God so generously provides for us… food, housing, clothing, clean water, heating, transportation, clean air, mail service, machines to do laundry, phone service,and last but not least, the Internet!  Yes, for me that is a basic necessity! 🙂

I am thankful for the gift of four free nights of hotel rooms that my son-in-law gave us for Christmas this year.  This means that we might be able to reschedule that missed mini-vacation to Galveston either late Spring or early Fall, God willing.  I love the ocean, it is my happy place, and that’s the closest spot to access it.  I love Galveston too, and especially the free ferry rides with all the dolphins playing in the water. Delightful!

I guess that’s about a wrap for this week, I could go on endlessly about the many little and big things I am thankful for, but most of all I am thankful that God helps me walk through each day, one at a time, and enables me to see the all the beauty and the good things around me.

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!

Ten Things of Thankful

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Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

20 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful – 1/28/18”

  1. Thank you for the reminder about the supermoon! I also hear there is a lunar eclipse that same night. Hopefully I will remember so I can practice taking photos!

    How did you come about the idea to adopt a 1st grade class? What a wonderful thing for you to do! I’m sure they appreciate your continued contact throughout the years.

    1. It should be an amazing photo opportunity, Kristi!

      A friend and I were doing some needlecraft and I decided to crochet winter hats and donate them. The cold winters of South Dakota where I grew up seemed the ideal place and I knew there was a need for warm outerwear on the Reservation. I contacted the school who put me in touch with the new first grade teacher there, and that relationship, and the ones she helped me develop with all the children, have blessed my life beyond measure! It’s a really good school opportunity and a fun place to visit!

  2. Bless you for your support of the people of Pine Ridge. The poverty there is staggering. Every time I travel through I feel such shame and sadness about the destruction we brought to that culture.
    Love your tribute to your husband. Totally relate to the gift of wonderful young people in family and life. Longer days make me smile, and the thought of this moon that is soon to beautify the night has me really excited.
    Fantastic list.

    1. The conditions on the Reservation there are truly heartbreaking, May. It seems impossible that so much suffering can exist in our country and yet go largely unnoticed. The policy of genocide that created this situation is unforgivable. But I can tell you that hope remains and good things are happening among the young people who want to work for change.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the rest of my list, all good stuff for sure! 🙂

    1. It’s such an fun and uplifting thing to do, Clark, and having a place where we can all show up to share our posts makes it simple. It’s a work in progress and hopefully it will continue to grow!

  3. A trip to the beach? Yay. Free hotel? Yay, yay. I know how you feel watching the students from your adopted class growing up. One of my favorite things as a preschool teacher was having the kids come back and visit. It is life affirming. As always, thank you for hosting this blog hop and for sharing your communication and feedback all over.

    1. Yes… the beach… and oh, how my soul needs that! 🙂

      You know exactly what it’s like to have very young students grow up before your eyes and come back to you as adults. It’s amazing and they are such a wonderful, resilient, loving group of young people. I love them each as if they were my own. I may not have blood-related grandchildren of my own, but in a way God has blessed me with many!

      Thank you for returning to TToT with me, we both know that it’s one of the more positive things we do for our lives each week… and the sharing is what makes it sweet! XOXO

    1. It is the closest beach for us to drive to, and I am in love with the community feeling there… and the long stretches of quiet beach to enjoy! We will get to go sometime this year, I’m sure! 🙂

  4. Yours is a wonderful expression of thankfulness. I love that you encourage the adoption of unwanted or lost animals and if not so inclined to donate to shelters and humane societies. “Furkids” do have their own distinct personalities and while not in our language, they communicate with us and love us unconditionally. They only add to our lives.
    While I second your thankful for longer days, it’s not quite warming up here yet. Little teases of springlike weather and then bam! a little bit of snow lol.
    What a lovely gift! It is such a wonderful treat to take a break from the “day to day” even when you’re retired 😀 And to the beach? No better place!
    Enjoy the supermoon and eclipse (there’s an eclipse with this as well, right?)
    Until next week Wendy 🙂

    1. Adopting shelter/rescue animals is something I feel so strongly about, Girlie! They desperately need us and our love, and we need them, sometimes more than we realize. Everyone can do something to help, even just a small donation!

      The gift of hotel nights is a true kindness, and a way to ensure we will get to do something fun this year! The beach is my place of peace, where my heart belongs.

      The supermoon was indeed awesome, lighting up the night sky brilliantly! I loved it!

  5. I’m envious of your future trip to Galveston. I love going there! And riding the ferry is my favorite thing to do! We park the car and ride across and back a couple of times. I’d do it all day, but my family always makes me stop at two. And the price is right, too! Oh, and the restaurants! Sigh.

    Fur babies are da bomb. They are always glad to see us. They don’t complain about what they get fed (usually, anyway; we had a cat when I was growing up who was an enormous pain about food).

    Your support of the classroom at the reservation in South Dakota reminds me of my great aunt Daisy, who for many years sent money to a school on a reservation. They used to send her a plastic Indian doll every year, sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl, and I kick myself that we didn’t keep them when we auctioned off her things after she died. You can’t keep everything, I know,

    1. You definitely understand what I love about Galveston, Dyanne. I so look forward to getting to be there again, it’s like living a fantasy life for a few days! We share the same love of furkids too, our lives would be so much less without them!

      Supporting that classroom was an amazing experience because the teacher involved me in everything they did, even lining up the kids to visit by phone with me! The friendships that have grown from that will last a lifetime, as much as blessings to me as I might be to them. ❤

  6. This was a wonderful TTOT.
    I’ve never been to Galveston, but one set of grandparents eloped and got married there over a century ago.
    To be able to have contact with those children all through their lives is a blessing. Some of the children and teens I taught at church are now grandparents. I’ve loved being able be in contact with them through FB.
    I really appreciate all you do to keep this blog hop going and for your kind remarks to each one.
    I hope you have a great week.

    1. How fun that you had grandparents who eloped to Galveston… it would make a wonderful honeymoon spot, so beautiful and romantic!

      The children from the reservation that I have had the privilege to know and love and watch grow up are so amazing and bring so much love and joy to my life!

      Coordinating the TToG blog is an easy job, and reading about everyone’s blessings each week is the gift that comes with that! ❤

  7. Your house sounds like a perfect haven for yourself and the furkids! I bet they’re very happy to be with you and your husband! And how wonderful about the free time in a hotel. I bet you can’t wait to get away. I love being near the ocean too, I find it “renews” me.

  8. We definitely live in a house ruled by cats, Jo, LOL. They are each so sweet and funny, and give us much to talk and laugh about. I am happy we can give them good lives.

    I am definitely excited about going to Galveston this year! We didn’t get to go last year and I missed it so much. The ocean renews me too, it washes away all the stress and leaves me feeling totally at peace.

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