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!