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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