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Thankful Thoughts - September 14th


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?
 
 
~Share your blessings with us at Ten Things of Thankful~
 
If you enjoy writing... join us at Two Shoes Tuesday and Six Sentence Stories this week!

28 comments:

  1. I'm a night person and actually clean my house or do the ironing best if it's 8pm. Now I just have to start my days with a pleasant thought....that's hard for me. Must learn at your knee, dear friend.

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    1. My daughter is a night person too, Lotta Joy, she has a career where she works night shift and it suits her perfectly. Morning was not her forte, and neither one of my kids expressed too many thankful thoughts for their mother's early-morning uber-cheerfulness when they were growing up! :-) Seriously, I see sleep like a big eraser, clean away the chalk marks of the previous day, even if they happened to be outlining the bodies of casualties! ;-)

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  2. Given my blog name, you've guessed it, I'm definitely a night person, too, and do my best thinking in the wee small hours of the morning (now I've got that tune in my head!) :)

    I loved your list and, even though it'll be a wrench for you, I'm glad Chloe will be going home to her mamma - and siblings. She's going to have a fine time of it in your daughter's new home, I'm sure, as it sounds ideal :)

    By the way, I just love your furry babies - they are beautiful, aren't they? :)

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    1. I'd be happiest if I could be up late at night and into the morning, Katy, and sleep during the long hot day. That would be my idea life! I do a lot of deep thinking at night too.

      I am truly delighted that Chloe can go back to her mom, a promise made and kept, though she would understand if we reneged. We have a small home with four cats. Chloe is high energy, so it will be happier for her if she has room to run and a beautiful place to play outside! We will see her again when we go to visit. :-)

      I'm glad you like my furkids, they are a very precious part of our lives. Sophie and Chloe are shelter rescue cats, Tiggy and Gracie are the kittens from a mom who was rescued, so we feel good about them and we love them dearly.

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  3. I used to be more of an AM gal but like you have a more difficult time getting up...still happier in the am and more effective. Have a great vacation and great that you can postpone the surgical stuff... I love 2 shoes Tuesday... Lets hope the six sentence story grows as well... its tons of fun!

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    1. My mind is much brighter in the early AM and late PM, Zoe, middle of the day should be siesta time I think! :-)

      I am so glad to have you joining in on both Two Shoes Tuesday and Six Sentence Stories. The concept of that one tends to intimidate people, but I actually thing it's fun and easy to write something that short, it comes down to the very basics of plot, without a lot of time or effort needed for descrition or fleshing things out. I'm hoping that little by little folks will get braver and give it a try, as you know, we are a pretty comfortable group, no critics allowed! :-)

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  4. This is a gorgeous post Josie. Thank God that your family person came back to you in a healable state! I hope that the healing process begins quickly and progresses smoothly.

    So glad that your colleagues and you were able to work well together to accomplish what needed to be done - it's always so much nicer when a team pulls together.

    And YAY! you get to go on your vacation before the surgery. That's a really good thing :) Hope you love it.

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    1. Thank you Lizzi! Thank God, indeed... fervent prayers answered! Setting oneself free from that life is the first step to building a new one. God is there to help her, praying she'll follow through. At least she is safe now, there was not a day we didn't worry. That's what parents do best. :-)

      We actually had an enjoyable time working on a Saturday, parking curbside instead of in our assigned spaces in the lot, wearing our comfy Saturday clothes, and ignoring all calls as they went straight to the answering service. We all felt good about it, I have a wonderful team of coworkers now, we all pull together, and that is a huge blessing, it's also a new development, praise God!

      I am so looking forward to vacation, next week's TTOT will be coming to you live from the road! :-))

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    2. Ohhhhh I do love a good vacation version of this hop :)

      I shall hope and pray that the pendulum continues to swing back into the realms of the 'safe' and that plenty of healing and settling and re-establishing happens quickly and solidly. Well done you for being there for her.

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  5. I loved all your things you were thankful for today! You have a very positive outlook and I love that too.

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    1. Thank you, Sandie! I haven't always been that way, when one starts counting their blessings and realizing how many we truly have, from very small to very large, it would be hard to be negative. God's love surrounds us always!

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  6. Lovely things to be thankful for, and this is a really positive post, Josie!

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    1. Thank you Michelle, I often find that adding to the list is easy once I get started, and by the time I'm finished I am always smiling! :-)

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  7. That is a wonderful list of things. I enjoyed reading them. It is nice to reflect and to remember how important little things in life can be.

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    1. That is so true, Rae, we take so many things for granted, but if we suddenly didn't have that it would be sorely missed! When I find myself feeling down or defeated, I go back and start re-reading some of these and then I remember how very blessed I really am!

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  8. I'm a morning person too. Always have been. Hubby is a night person and that works for us. It allows each of us to enjoy some alone time.

    You and I have such similar backgrounds. Yes we do.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs. :)

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    1. We sure do seem to have a lot in common Sandee! I agree that it's important for everyone to have a little alone time, it's healthy! John and I spend nearly all our at home time together, but Saturdays while he is at work are all mine, and I enjoy that. I forget to put my hearing aids in, I love the muffled quiet! :-)

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  9. Such a great list...truly over-flowing with thankfulness. I truly enjoyed them all, but #10 is my favorite! :)

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    1. Thank you! #10 is clearly my favorite too, because without the blessing of great change in my life, none of the others would even have happened! Change is always a bit scary, but we need to learn to close doors so that God can open new ones... and He does! :-)

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  10. Keeping my fingers crossed that they actually get your gallbladder this time. :)

    It is fun to go around to the 2 shoes Tuesday posts and see the variety of ideas from the same word.

    Your story gives me hope for some of my relatives. Always praying for them.

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  11. I'm not exactly a morning person, but I figure that once I'm up, I might as well make the best of it, at which point I become annoyingly cheerful.

    I'm jealous of your trip to Nashville. Swing through here and pick me up on the way? I'll ride with the cat.

    Sure hoping your gall bladder finally makes it out. Okay, do you suppose, instead of growing a new one, that you actually had TWO gall bladders? Something to think about....

    #9 and #10 are completely cheer-worthy. Good for her and good for you!

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  12. I am totally a morning person. (Not surprisingly) you describe the whole thing about mornings... the potential, the promise the fact that there is one day, yet to unfold.

    nice

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  13. #9 and 10 are huge! I'm come to realize that Heavenly Father can use even our poor choices for good. He is so willing to bless us.

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  14. So many of us have much to be grateful for if we stopped and looked.

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  15. I am definitely not a morning person, but props to those of you who are.

    Glad to hear that your family member returned home safely. I hope she finds the closure and healing she needs in order to move on with her life.

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  16. What a beautiful list, Josie!

    I am so glad you will be getting your gallbladder surgery soon and that you have found a surgeon that you trust! What a relief.

    I rejoice with you about your family member being set free from that destructive relationship! I pray that healing can now begin in her heart and mind. What a blessing that you can support her, having been through a similar situation yourself.

    I too, am enjoying Two Shoes Tuesday. I love all the creative posts!

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  17. This was touching to read. I would like to be a morning person, but alas, insomnia has been with me since age 13. I had my gall bladder taken out when I was 22. Thoughts with you for your surgery. A good doctor makes a world of difference. I had a family doctor at the time, and I'm using "doctor" lightly. She kept insisting from November that year, until May that I was too young to need my gall bladder removed and that I had an ulcer, because I guess I wasn't too young to have that.?. I kept telling her my mom, her sister, ect had all had the surgery at my age. Anyway, I ended up in the E.R. in extreme pain, and after the ultra sound they done an outpatient surgery the next day. I had a stone that was huge and trying to drop. The surgery went by fine though. It was the first surgery I had ever had. Sorry to ramble on. #9 and #10 are wonderful!! I can relate to being in that place. Have a wonderful vacation and I feel blessed to have read this post. Mine are at my other blog, donettas.wordpress.com.

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  18. This was touching to read. I would like to be a morning person, but alas, insomnia has been with me since age 13. I had my gall bladder taken out when I was 22. Thoughts with you for your surgery. A good doctor makes a world of difference. I had a family doctor at the time, and I'm using "doctor" lightly. She kept insisting from November that year, until May that I was too young to need my gall bladder removed and that I had an ulcer, because I guess I wasn't too young to have that.?. I kept telling her my mom, her sister, ect had all had the surgery at my age. Anyway, I ended up in the E.R. in extreme pain, and after the ultra sound they done an outpatient surgery the next day. I had a stone that was huge and trying to drop. The surgery went by fine though. It was the first surgery I had ever had. Sorry to ramble on. #9 and #10 are wonderful!! I can relate to being in that place. Have a wonderful vacation and I feel blessed to have read this post. Mine are at my other blog, donettas.wordpress.com.

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