Always More Things I'm Thankful For!
Not that many years ago in my life, weekends weren't usually so great. I would go through the work week eagerly counting down the days to Friday as most of us do, but inevitably the next two days would bring issues and conflict with my then-husband, and I'd return to work on Monday more exhausted and defeated than before. I was just sitting here in the heavenly quiet of this morning and reflecting on what a great life I have now, and how very much I am blessed! No matter how stressful the workweek might be, and how tired I am by Friday night, home is always a place of refuge and a very welcome sight. Papa Bear makes being married easy, he is so incredibly patient and kind. I never cease to be amazed of how many things we have in common, and how the same things make us happy. If I could choose between the wealthiest man in the world and Papa Bear, he would win hands down. He makes me happy in so very many ways, and I know how blessed I am!
Sitting here watching out the window, I see all kinds of small bird stopping by to enjoy a meal from the bird feeder or a cool drink of water from the bowl I've put out for them. One wouldn't think that many different kinds of birds would show up in a place so devoid of trees and water. I am grateful that I can do a small part by giving them a cool drink on a hot day. Needless to say, the cats enjoy watching "live bird tv" from their cat tree in the window too. :-)
Although coworker drama was in full swing at work this week, the majority of us (five out of six) managed to get along just fine, complete a ton of paperwork, and assist some folks who so badly need medical help and income. Nothing makes us all happier than when a disability case is won for someone who has been struggling and often waiting so long. I love the joy in their voices when I get the call that says "There was money from Social Security in my bank account this morning!) That's the way the cumbersome system is supposed to work... helping those who truly are in need.
Temps are rising into the summer stratosphere already, over 100 several days and of course many more to come. I do not like the heat, it does not like me, it makes me sick. Yet I sit here in my nicely air-conditioned house and drive around in my air-conditioned car and realize, again, how blessed I am. I'm still trying to figure out how we survived without both when I was growing up!
A wonderful blessing warmed my heart this week, as I wrote about here on Thursday - my daughter was able to purchase a home in Nashville. Her brother helped her move her furniture, and she is happily sleeping in the new place and working her way through the many boxes. How wonderful for her to be out of that dark little apartment with her belongings packed in storage! How proud I am that she has been able to make this happen in her life! I am equally proud that my son took a day off work to help her move. I have great kids! My strongest desire for their lives was that they would grow up to have good careers and be able to support themselves, so that they would never have to depend on someone else or find themselves trapped in a bad situation. As it is, both of them have chosen alternatives to long-term education, and yet are earning amazingly good income at jobs they enjoy. Every day that they continue to move forward with their lives and prosper I am blessed, I know how fragile life can be, and how many people are struggling just to survive.
I smiled when a photo arrived from my daughter with one of her beloved cats out on the upstairs deck in her new house on a closely held leash as she was helping it become familiar with the new surroundings. Some folks take their pets for granted. We don't! When I left the farm I had to leave my cats behind and it broke my heart. It was my greatest joy when Stormy came to live out his final years with us! We were talking last night about each of our cats, their unique personalities, how fun it is to watch them grow and change just as people do, and what good lives they have here. It is my privilege to have them in my life, and to have a husband who loves them as much as I do and doesn't fuss about the cat fur adrift. I never thought I'd be able to have a cat again, but God had a plan! One of my daughter's big considerations in choosing her new home and location was a place that her cats would have plenty of room and a safe place to be outdoors. Some people laugh to think that would be an important factor, but as a person living on her own, they are her furkids and she wants the best for them. I hope they live long and happy lives together with her in their new home!
Our Chloe first belonged to my daughter who rescued her as a kitten. When she moved to her last apartment in San Antonio, only two pets were permitted and the rules were strictly enforced. In tears, she asked if we could take Chloe, and I know how much it hurt her to have to say goodbye. Chloe has proven to be a wonderful addition to our family and we love her dearly, but we're now talking about a road trip to take her back to her mama at the new house this Fall... what a happy reunion that would be! Again, God has ways of working things out... in His time, and always with great love!
We also received great news yesterday from one of John's daughters about an upcoming move. I can't share much about it yet, but it will be a wonderful blessing for them; they've been waiting and praying for this a long time too!
Time for me to stop playing on the keyboard and head for the shower. Meeting Papa Bear in town after he gets off work for "date night"... dinner and a movie. :-) GOD is GREAT, and life is good here in West Texas, I hope you're all having a good weekend too!
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