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Thankful Thoughts - Nov. 2nd

Today 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..." 

I am also participating in "Thirty Days of Thankful" during the month of November, both here and on Facebook.  It's a wonderful way to celebrate an entire month of Thanksgiving... join me!

I will be including my daily thankful notes here each weekend, so feel free to skip over the items you've already read in individual posts on my blog and look for the new ones I've added to this list...

1) I am thankful for blog friends who reach out to say "I miss you" when they haven't seen me around for awhile, who share encouraging thoughts when I am struggling or grumbling, and who post things that make me smile and sometimes even laugh out loud! :-)

2) I am thankful that my husband has a wonderful sense of humor and a playful heart; I am thankful for the ability to laugh with each other and at ourselves!  Read more about that and check out some wonderfully silly pictures of us here!

3) I am thankful that I have reached the age of being comfortable in my own skin and have no desire to try to be like someone else or meet other people's expectations of me.  What a wonderful sense of freedom that is!  I am far from perfect and don't expect to ever attain that, but I keep working on being the kind of person I want to be... more kind, more patient, more positive, more tolerant, more helpful, more loving, and above all, more grateful for all the blessings I have!

4) I am thankful for a wonderful morning spent texting with John's oldest daughter last Saturday.  It was a blessing to be able to share more of myself and our lives with her. Our relationship and level of understanding  has improved greatly in the past couple years, and that is a real blessing for us both.  

5) I am thankful for the beautiful Fall weather we've had this year, with warm days and cool nights. Although I dread the coming chill of winter, I have to keep in mind that I live in West Texas and cold here means thirties or low forties.  I was raised in South Dakota and cold there can mean sub-zero temperatures day after day, and long months of seeing snowbanks.  I miss it.. only at Christmas time, but I am thankful that God led me to a warmer place for my senior years, my old achy joints appreciate that so much!

6) I am thankful for my wonderful niece who is like another daughter to me. She has grown up to be an amazing woman, kind and caring, and a wonderful advocate and caretaker for God's critters.  She fosters puppies for a rescue organization in Minnesota and is also mom to three pitbulls and two kitties of her own.  It is because of her that I am a believer that pitties make wonderful family members if they are raised with love.  She is another survivor, having gone through some truly difficult experiences in her life but hasn't let that define her... she makes me very proud!

7) I am thankful that God sometimes uses me to share messages of compassion and encouragement with people who are struggling.  There is so much unnecessary drama in life, and sometimes a calming thought or a reminder to "pay no attention to the hecklers" can make a difference.

8) I am thankful that if I had to come down with a miserable cold, that it happened on Friday, so that I have the weekend to rest and hopefully will be feeling a bit better by Monday.  It is so hard to answer phones when your throat is sore and your voice is hoarse.  My temporary silence this weekend is no doubt a blessing for Papa Bear too! :-)

9) I am thankful that the attorneys/supervisors responded to our request and purchased a Keurig coffee maker for our office.  Although I don't drink coffee, I can now use it to quickly and easily make cups of tea, cider, and hot chocolate which will be so nice when the weather turns cold!
It is also a blessing that K-cups leave no mess for "someone" to clean up!

10) I am so very thankful that my daughter's lost kitty came home. Her furkids are her children and she was heartbroken until Cali returned.  You can read that story of those prayers answered here!
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28 comments:

  1. I hope you're feeling better, soon, Josie! Glad that the kitty came back, it's definitely a terrifying thing if a member of the family, two- or four-legged doesn't come home.

    Relax and try to enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, I appreciate your caring thoughts. You are so very right, having a missing family member is heartbreaking. I am so thankful that God answered my prayers.

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  2. What a wonderful story of Cali coming home! If she could talk, imagine what she would say about the whole thing! I would be beside myself if one of my kitties went missing like that! Glad all's well that ends well.

    And I'm glad to see you back here at TToT! Have missed you!

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    1. So true, Dyanne, I'm certain that Cali had much to say to them about what happened, and no doubt also told them how very relieved she was to be home again, where she knows she is loved and cared for.

      I'm glad that I could join in at TToT today too. It feels great to recount blessings, I always end up smiling by the time I'm through. :-)

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  3. OH CALI CAME HOME! How cool is that!? I will be around for the Tuesday and Thursday hops Im sure... I love doing those! Some days just cant get my act together fast enough... THanks for hosting those Josie...I really do love to participate in them.

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    1. It was such wonderful news that I cried, Zoe! I never stopped believing that it was possible, and then one morning, there she was. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes!

      I will be delighted to see you joining us again at TST and 6SS whenever you can, it is fun to see how people translate word prompts into their own ideas and stories! They are great fun for me too!

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  4. Welcome back, Josie!
    A husband who can make you laugh is a fabulous blessing.
    #3 just makes me smile. I'm happy for you. After all the trials you've been through, it is wonderful to hear you are comfortable being you and not trying to be what someone else wants you to be.

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    1. Yes, Christine, he certainly is! I can't tell you how many times he has done something fun like this, laughter is so good for the soul! I think that becoming comfortable in our own skin is for many of us something that we have to grow into in life. We grow up believing that we aren't good enough and that is reinforced as adults. Then finally one day we figure out that all those negative messages were wrong, we are just fine, perfectly imperfect and ok. I love my life and like myself 95% of the time now, and that's a very far cry from the girl I used to be! :-)

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  5. I hope you are feeling better soon! I guess this is a great weekend for you to gain an extra hour--more time to relax and get better.

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    1. Thank you Kristi! You are right, it was so nice to have that extra hour of sleep this morning without giving up a piece of my writing time! :-) I will appreciate it even more tomorrow, and for the next few work days until my internal clock adjusts to the change.

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    1. Thank you Abelle, they both make me happy too! :-)

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  7. Perfectly imperfect. That truly is where it's at.

    One day I might realise it.

    Your niece sounds like an incredible woman. I'm so glad you have her in your life, and that the two of you share such a great relationship.

    Your #7 is amazing. You're such an inspiring person.

    I hope you heal quickly, and have lots of chance to rest and relax and beat the bugs. I'm glad you're back in the hop - I did miss you :D

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    1. There will always be things we would like to change about ourselves, Lizzi, but if we can understand and accept that we are good enough right now, the way we are, then we can build on that to become even better, instead of feeling defeated and disliking ourselves so much. It's taken me a very long time to get to that place, but I can tell you that it feels good!

      My niece is amazing, I love her to pieces! We've always joked that there was a mixup in heaven and she was really supposed to be one of mine! :-)

      I don't see myself as inspiring, but I am always grateful when God can use any of the lessons I've learned to help me reach out to someone else that could use a bit of encouragement, that is what I live for, it is my "assignment" in life! :-)

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    2. That's an awesome assignment. And you're doing well at it :)

      I do love your attitude :)

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    3. Thank you, Lizzi! I don't know if I do it well, but I will always keep trying, when we do what we enjoy it comes easy!

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  8. I'm sorry your throat isn't up to snuff ...hope it feels better soon.

    I LOVE your #3 and I can't wait to be there for myself. I often feel like I have a long way to go in that, but when I look at where I've come from, I realize that I may be closer than I think. Glad to hear that you're there.

    And #7 is great as well...what a blessing you are to so many...both through your blog and outside it.

    Congrats on Cali!!! Wahoo!!!

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    1. Hi! I'm still feeling under the weather this morning, but a nice cup of hot tea with honey is helping! I'll be staying in to rest today and that will help. I'm not looking forward to answering phones at work tomorrow!

      You are right on point about looking at how far you've come when you measure where you are at in life, that is how it is for me too! Others might look at me and think how far I have yet to go, but I look back and think, "Wow... I survived all that, and have learned so very much in the process!" When we look at life in that perspective. we also learn to be more compassionate toward others who are trying to find their way.

      Thank you, re #7, any good I am able to share is not my doing, but a gift from The One who loves me and calls me His own! Nothing feels better than to give someone else a bit of encouragement or reason to smile. Just knowing that someone cares can make all the difference!

      Cali is one of those little miracles that makes your faith grow! :-)

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  9. I'm so glad to hear about Cali's homecoming—and what a sweet picture that is! I enjoy these posts so much. You remind that there are indeed so many things to be thankful for, and you inspire me to look for those things in my own life.

    Happy Sunday! I hope you're feeling better soon. ☺

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    1. I can't begin to describe how amazing and joyous it was to see those photos of her popping in that morning when she returned, Dana! I don't know why I procrastinate when it comes to writing thankful posts, it feels so very good when I take the time to do it. Once I get started I really could go on and on, and that's amazing to me in view of what my life used to be!

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  10. I do hope you'll be feeling better soon, Josie!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this list with us, and I second being thankful for being comfortable in your own skin. We need to appreciate ourselves a little more.

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    2. Thank you Michelle, I hope to kick this cold soon, I am impatient with being sick, it makes me grumpy! :-)

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    3. Amen on appreciating ourselves more, we are way too hard on ourselves, never stopping to celebrate what is good! If I ask someone to tell me what they don't like about themselves they can rattle off a dozen things, ask them what is good and they will struggle to come up with even one. We need to begin educating our children to believe in themselves!

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  11. but … but that means…. 30,000 things to be grateful for?!

    lol… no, my math *is* as bad as it sounds, and the fun and good thing (about this 'gratitude thing') is process not product!

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    1. Indeed, Clark, yes! It is not what we have, it's what we become!

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  12. So many blessings, and i hope you are feeling better by Monday!

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    1. Yes, all these and so many more, Mimi! I am still feeling very warm and congested this evening, will see how I feel in the morning before deciding about work.

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)