Ten Things of Thankful 10/02/20

1) There are so many blessings in my life these days, despite how crazy our world is. It’s impossible to stay sad or worried when God presents me with endless opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

2) One of the biggest blessings in my life is the many friends and acquaintances I have made in the past few years, mostly through the magic of the Internet. At many times in my life I really didn’t have any friends, and even 15 years ago I could’ve counted my friends on one hand. It wasn’t uncommon for me to go home to my apartment on Friday and not talk to anyone again until Monday. Now, I post an anniversary picture or a cute photo of one of my kitties, and so many sweet people drop by to like it. I tell Papa Bear who they are and how I know them, and it amazes him that I know people from all over.

3) I am thankful that Papa Bear has so many skills when it comes to building or repairing things. He has saved us countless dollars over the years. We recently purchased a small used camper, now named The Bear Cave, and he has put those skills to work upgrading it. He has replaced the refrigerator, installed a big pantry cabinet, removed the old built-in booth and replaced it with a nice table and chairs, replaced the brakes on all the wheels, caulked the exterior seams, and so much more! I’ve been busy stocking it with the necessary supplies, sewing window toppers, and decorating it, which is truly fun. We are making it our own!

4) We took The Bear Cave to a State Park on its maiden voyage last week as sort of a shakedown trip to determine what we needed to add, do differently, or fix before we head to Galveston Island later this month. I am so thankful we did that because we discovered the regulator on the propane tanks needed to be replaced, and we were able to find one at the RV store in a nearby town.

5) I am thankful that Papa Bear and I get along so well. We problem solve together, and when he is home from work we spend our time together. Not everyone can share a week or more with their spouse in very close quarters and have fun doing it! 😊

6) I’m thankful for our time at Lake Brownwood State Park. We were in a lovely spot at the edge of the camp, and I enjoyed the beautiful trees, grass, and lake so much. We even had a cat visit us! We were lucky to have some cooler, overcast days. It was medicine for my soul after so many searing triple-digit days here in West Texas.

7) I am thankful that about eighteen years ago I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with a class of first-graders at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I have been blessed to stay in touch with many of them as they have grown to be adults, pursue their dreams, and begin families of their own. The Rez is not an easy place to grow up, the struggles and hazards are many. I’ve been privileged to watch many of these adopted grandchildren persevere, rise and shine. My relationships with them are my greatest treasure! ♥️

8) I was blessed to experience a healing exchange of words with a former close friend this week. There is a spirit connection between us that always seems to draw us back together, and I am grateful for that.

9) I am thankful my son and daughter have grown up to be not only kind, caring and compassionate, but also independent, resilient and responsible; capable of making good lives for themselves. I couldn’t be prouder of them!

10) I am happy that I decided to take up a new hobby. I am teaching myself the art of quilting. I love working with fabrics, colors, and patterns to create something beautiful! We are never too old to learn something new!

I’ve rambled on way too long here, but as it often happens, when I start thinking of the reasons I have to be thankful it unlocks my heart and more and more come tumbling out!

Blessings to you in the coming week, and remember to be a blessing to each other!

I encourage you to check out the Ten Things of Thankful weekly blog hop. Read about what others are feeling grateful for this week and maybe it will inspire you to 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.

18 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful 10/02/20”

  1. “when I start thinking of the reasons I have to be thankful it unlocks my heart and more and more come tumbling out!”
    You’re beautiful, y’know that?

  2. I love this whole post, but #1 really captures what a wonderful person you are: ” It’s impossible to stay sad or worried when God presents me with endless opportunities to brighten someone’s day.” It is true that service helps not only the receiver, but also the giver, but it’s sometimes hard to remember when one is sad or worried. You have a knack of looking outward, and that’s a great example to the rest of us! Thank you!

    I imagine you and Papa Bear will have many great adventures together as you travel in your trailer. I know what a blessing it is to have a good husband. So happy for you both!

    1. Thank you, Kristi! When I catch myself feeling sad, or grumpy, or just plain scared these days, I work hard to redirect my thinking to being grateful and looking to see ways that I can serve. Inevitably that will help me turn my mindset around.

  3. I love this post. So many wonderful reasons to be thankful and what’s more realising that the Good Lord is part of it all. Yes, you have given me food for thought in my own search for reasons to be thankful . And I see that I have many. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  4. I love the meme at the top of your post!
    It is hard to imagine you not having friends at one point in your life. I am so glad that isn’t the case now, and I am thankful that you are such a good friend to some many of us via the blogging world and on FB. You brighten our lives almost on a daily basis.
    Beautiful list of thankfuls!

  5. Grat #2 totally
    one could write posts and posts* about the magic of the virtual world when it comes to encountering people who become friends; people who, from a statistical perspective, an interaction in the ‘real’ world simply would not have happened.
    looking forward to the photos from your trip to Galveston**

    * which, among many, I have, over the years of my residency in the blogosphere
    ** early on, when, for whatever reason, discussions online often centered on the nature/quality of virtual world relationships, usually starting with, ‘yeah, but those people online, its not like friends in the real world’….
    All distinction was eliminated when, in a comment on someone’s post, (I think it was Christine’s). in which she was describing something a child did in the week passed, I said/wrote, “Yeah, remember that time, when he was still in grade school…”
    that is surely the core element to friendships, continuity over time and the sharing of change

    1. What a great response, Clark! You hit the proverbial nail on the head, friendships involve both continuity and the sharing of change in our lives. I remember the days when Internet friends were scoffed at, but I truly believe that the relationships formed online can sometimes be deeper than the ones in real life Because we feel more free to share our thoughts and feelings. Josie is the real me that people who only know don’t get to meet. 😊

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