I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today..."
1) I'm thankful that I am a morning person. Although I rise to the alarm clock less willingly these days, once I'm up and going, I am happy and my mind is re-energized, ready for whatever comes. I do not understand people who wake up grumpy, and stumble through the morning glowering as if they are mad at the whole world. For me, every day is a fresh start, a new page to write on. Whatever happened yesterday is in the past and I begin again. I am crazy hopeful that way! :-)
2) I am thankful that my coworkers and I volunteered to work last Saturday from 9-1, so that we could do a bit of catching up on the backlog of paperwork without the constant interruption of ringing phones and people showing up for appointments. I am thankful that my supervisor approved it, even coming in himself as a show of support and ordering us pizza for lunch. It is amazing how much can be accomplished when there is no distraction. While it is not my favorite way to spend a Saturday, and it meant I wouldn't have time for a TTOT post, it was good to know that Monday morning was going to feel a lot more doable because we were on top of the game. So often when we give a little extra of ourselves we end up with blessings in return.
3) I am thankful that the surgeon who will removing my gallbladder is friendly and well-respected, and will most certainly get the job done right this time! He surmises that my appendix was removed last time based on the location of the scar. I am thankful that he feels it's safe to wait until I return from vacation, since I've managed to live with it for this long. I didn't want to take any chances with infection or such, and then miss our long-planned vacation to see our kids! Out-patient surgery is now scheduled for Friday, October 4th and I will be even more thankful when it is over and done!
4) I am thankful that Chloe, our "grandcat" that we've been keeping for my daughter for the last three years, will be going home to her mama next week, as she joins us on our road trip to Nashville. My daughter finally has a home of her own again, a big house with a back yard full of green grass and trees, and Chloe will be so happy to roam freely through that cat door again with her two sisters that we hope she will remember. We love her dearly and will miss her, but her mama has missed her all along, and I remember well what it was like when Stormy was finally returned to me, it was like life coming full circle. I am grateful that God made it possible for us to care for Chloe in the interim.
5) I was very thankful to discover after a trip to the vet this morning that Chloe already has a microchip which was likely implanted by the shelter in San Antonio where my daughter originally adopted her. This saved us the expense of having one put in, and gives Chloe "magic" access to the cat door at my daughter's house which is programmed so that not all critters can follow them in. It also means that if she is ever lost and someone finds her, she can be traced back to my daughter.
6) I am thankful for one of the basic blessings so many of us take for granted every day... food, good food and plenty of it, as much as I want or need. When was the last time you went to bed hungry, or looked into a child's eyes and knew they needed more? Take a moment to think of how many are living homeless or in third-world conditions and don't have the luxury of a debit card and a grocery store. We are truly blessed by the bounty in our lives, let's never forget that, or forget to share!
7) I am thankful for privacy, how I love it! I am thankful for having time and a peaceful place to collect my thoughts and write. Every time I sit down to blog or email, I think about how blessed I am to be able to do this, to have the ability to string words together, and to share them all across the world!
8) I am thankful for the ever-growing response to Two Shoes Tuesday, my weekly creative writing prompt. It is truly fun to see how different people can take the same word or theme and use it in their own way to write something wonderful. I urge you to put your thinking cap on and come join us!
9) I am most thankful of all this week that a family member who lost her way and drifted into a lifestyle that was unhealthy, unholy, abusive and dangerous finally came home. She'd been living in very bad relationship for over two years, and the situation was escalating. Things finally reached a point of do or die, and she at last realized that it wasn't the life she wanted. Although it will take time for her to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually, she is incredibly blessed to have made home alive; it could have ended far more tragically. We are grateful to God, thankful beyond words.
10) The above situation has weighed heavily on my heart because her story is not that different from my own. What I have learned through my own experiences is that the wrong choices can bring us to the right places. Sometimes we are so willful or so lost and confused, that we make all the wrong choices for our lives and can find ourselves in some very dark places. Sometimes we have to be broken down in order to be made whole again. I am thankful that God helped me find my way out of the nightmare that was my life up until six years ago, and led me to the life and love I have now. I am eternally grateful. I am a poster child for God's unfailing love!
Have a wonderful week coming up, my friends, don't forget to count your blessings, and don't forget to share them with others! Your small gesture of kindness and caring can make all the difference. Who will be thankful to have you in their life today?
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