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!