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Thankful Thoughts - June 1st

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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I'm linking up with Cate at Six Word Saturday...  join us there!

20 comments:

  1. Yes, there are always things to be thankful for, and time to do it. Sometimes it is hard, when things get difficult, and there seems no end at the light of the tunnel. But, the little things help, and it always makes the big things even better when they come. Appreciation.

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    1. I agree, Annie, sometimes we get really weighed down by struggles we are going through and it's hard to see how much good we still have to be thankful for. Most struggles are short term, and longer ones we have to find a way to live with. If I make it a practice to list some of my blessings often it really helps to keep that attitude of gratitude present in my life. Grumbling is so easy to return to, and I'm working hard to do less of it!

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  2. You have been showered with blessings. May that continue.

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    1. Indeed I have Gail, there is not a day that I am not amazed by it! There have been many times in my life that were dark indeed, and in the lives of my children too. There is a time to rejoice, just as there will be times to mourn. All of this is life, and I know it.

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  3. Happy to read that you have so many blessings!
    And that you are able to see and appreciate them - that is truly special.
    :) Happy 6WS!
    AJ from Naturally Sweet

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    1. Thank you Ayjay! The secret is learning to really see the many small things around us that make us feel good... even birds at the bird feeder, or a movie we enjoyed. Always just a sweet smile from my Papa Bear. We don't need huge events to make our lives feel fulfilled, we just need to be mindful that we have it better than we sometimes realize.

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  4. I'm thankful that you share your blessings. As I've mentioned before, reading about them makes me see blessings in my own life that I had not recognized as such before.

    I hope you had a nice Saturday. ☺

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    1. Thank you Dana! I agree that a thankful attitude is very contagious, when we hear others noting good things in their lives we begin to realize that we share some of those blessings and have others of our own as well.

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  5. So much thankfulness! It makes me happy to read about siblings doing such nice things for each other. My brothers have helped me move more than once, and I was so grateful. My daughter, with 5 brothers, should never have to lift a finger when she moves house. :)

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    1. I agree Christine! My daughter and son don't spend a great deal of time together, but I'm happy to know that they are always there for each other if needed. I suspect your daughter will never have to worry about any boys with poor manners, her brothers will see to that! :-)

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  6. You are truly blessed. There was a time when I hated coming home - so much drama and stress with my ex-husband. I hope someday I find my papa bear too! Enjoy your date night. Lovely post and thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Nothing is sadder than when home is a stressful, unhappy situation Suzy. I've spent far more years that way, than like it is now, that's why I realize how blessed I am. Even living alone, though sometimes lonely, is a blessing compared to living in a home with someone where there is constant turmoil or where you feel even more alone. I believe there is a soul mate for anyone who would like one, and in time you will bump into yours, just as I did!

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  7. Nice to get an update so filled with good news and positive feelings. I'm happy for you.

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    1. Thank you Shimon! Just the process of writing such posts helps to put me in a positive frame of mind. The good overshadows the bad, and in that I am indeed very blessed!

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  8. I really enjoyed reading that Josie,it sounds like you got a good one with Papa Bear :-)

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    1. Oh I did indeed, Jess. Papa Bear is one of God's finest, he amazes me every single day! If I could clone him and sell the copies I'd be a very wealthy woman! :-)

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  9. Sounds like your life is full of joyous happenings. I like it when that happens. It also helps that you recognize those joyous happenings. Some people don't.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs from sunny California. :)

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    1. It does feel like some very good things have happened in my life recently and are also coming up in the future. I use those bright moments to recharge my batteries so that I will have energy to deal with the harder times, life has plenty of those too, but I know I'll survive.

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  10. I am so glad that your life is good now. I know what it is like to go through hard times...my first marriage held many trials. In this marriage with my wonderful husband John we will soon be celebrating 37 years together. I am so thankful that God helped me through...and you too, and now we both have so much to be thankful for! Praising God and counting my blessings too!

    Have a good week!
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

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    1. That is all so true, Linda, we love and appreciate the men and lives we have now because we know just how wonderful they truly are! God has blessed our lives amazingly, I am ever mindful of that! It is a great feeling to be able to say "My Life is Good!" :-)

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