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!


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!

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.

11 thoughts on “Thankful Thoughts – 6/22/19”

  1. I was so happy to see you had joined us again this week! The TToT is always better with you!
    Your sister’s news is wonderful!
    You are not responsible for the choices of others. You are not responsible for the choices of others. You are not responsible for the choices of others. (It’s a good reminder for everyone, I think.)
    Simple acts often have a big impact, and I think you are seeing that with your Rez kids.
    You and Papa Bear get along so well; it is sad to see couples who don’t.
    #7 sounds very heartwarming. May it be a start to build on.
    Thanks again for joining the TToT again! (And I agree with your comment about commenting. Sometimes it takes me a while to comment on all the posts.)

  2. It’s always nice to read your TTOT’s. I agree, once you start you always find lots of things to be thankful for.
    We never know what other people will remember about us, and sometimes small things make a difference, like your presents you gave to these kids.

  3. You are back again! Yeah!
    I am so glad that your sister is recovering and that you have had contact with a family member that you haven’t been in contact with for a while.
    It would probably be pretty boring if couples were in complete agreement in all things. There is so much to be learned from and through our differences.
    I’ve have never even used the Memories tab on FB. I will have to try that sometime.
    Being lifted to a higher degree of understanding by written words of others is indeed a real blessing.
    Hope you have a good week.

  4. Wow, your list definitely makes me happy. I’m so glad your siste’rs surgery went well and there’s no further evidence of cancer.

    I also love love love amethyst.

  5. Very good to see you here, back on a regular basis.
    (Of course, thats in part because I love to hear about a place with triple digit temperatures… I would so enjoy such a climate.)
    Number 1 surely is huge… best to her.
    Number 2 I liked a lot…it’s such a tricky thing to develop within ourselfs…knowing when not to get involved (made all the more difficult for our genuine desire to help).
    Have a great week.

  6. I have just stumbled upon the TToT and then your blog and I’m so glad I did! Your list of 10 are so lovely, and had me doing some self reflection. So glad to have stopped by! 🙂

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