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 just for this list...
1) I am thankful for being in a relationship with Papa Bear that has been based on total honesty and openness since day one. How freeing it is to know that we can and do share everything with each other. Papa Bear is my refuge, my strength, my sounding board, and the one place I am free to be totally myself without fear of misunderstanding or rejection. I am blessed to know this kind of love!
2) I am thankful for moonlight and beautiful full moons! Standing out on my deck at night and seeing everything illuminated in shades of gray, black and midnight blue, I become more aware of my connection to all who look upon the same moon, and to the vastness of creation in which we play but a tiny part. Gazing at the full moon helps me regain perspective and fills me with a sense of awe.
3) I am thankful beyond words for the young people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and their families, who have been my friends and family for over twelve years now, and who occupy a huge part of my heart. I have learned so much from them about love, life, giving, and perseverance. I am so very proud of all of them!
4) I am thankful for crab legs... my most favorite food! This week we went to Red Lobster for dinner and had the best food and service that we've had there in a long time. It was fun, relaxing, and delicious... and some much needed downtime together at the end of an emotionally exhausting day. It was also a really nice surprise to not have the usual long waiting line for a table. I've been craving crab legs lately, and it proved to be the perfect choice, along with Red Lobster's yummy Cheddar Bay Biscuits and their new crispy red potatoes and roasted corn. Mmmm! Sometimes a little indulgence is good for the soul. :-)
5) I am thankful that my life is relatively free from drama and "fires" to be put out. It is exhausting to live in an environment of constant games and drama, whether it be in the workplace or at home. I have lived that way in the past, always holding my breath to see what issues and problems the next day would be sure to bring. I don't allow people who like to create drama to have access to my life now, I live what some would call a "dull, boring life", and oh how I love it that way... another word for it would be peaceful. :-)
6) I am thankful for the incredibly beautiful day we had on Thursday! It reached 76 degrees that afternoon, sort of a last hurrah for warm fall weather... sandal toes, no jackets, toasty warm car after work. Then it dropped down to freezing that night and is supposed to stay there for the next three days, along with freezing rain. It was a very rude awakening in the morning, not to mention how much fun it is to drive on "frozen rain"! Still, during this season I am thankful that I live in Texas, where our winter is short compared to that of friends living further north. I know that this is just a temporary cold blast, and we'll be back to some warm afternoons off and on until Spring comes. I don't think I could do those October-April snowstorms like I grew up with in Dakota!
7) I am thankful for the little warning light that appears on the dashboard of my Escape from time to time. It's a low tire pressure warning. It popped on as I was driving into town this morning, alerting me to the need to head to the nearest tire store for an inspection. It turned out that my right front tire was low and needing air. They had just been checked when I had the oil changed this week, so apparently that one was a little bit low and the overnight drop to below freezing temperatures decreased the pressure enough to set off the sensor. Twice in the past this light has warned me of a nail in a tire which could have easily left me stranded out on the road somewhere with a flat. I readily admit that I am not the most observant person in the world, so I am very thankful for helpful gadgets like this!
8) I am so incredibly thankful for the gift of a second chance for those I love who have at some point in their lives strongly considered or attempted suicide and by the pure grace of God were prevented from dying. Sometimes God intervenes and says no, not yet, I have more planned for your life.
9) I am thankful for the very simple but necessary blessings of my eyeglasses and my hearing aids. Without them I would live in a fuzzy, muffled world where I could neither read books nor converse easily with others. I most certainly could not do my job! Eyeglasses, and contacts, are so common place that we take them for granted, but shouldn't. A hundred years ago the glasses that did exist were of nowhere near the quality and accuracy of what we have now. Hearing aids are common for older people, but also insanely expensive for good ones that function well in varying environments. In years gone by and often now, folks with hearing problems just go progressively deaf, which leads to a tremendous sense of isolation. I am blessed to have both of these necessities that I know others have to go without because they do not have access or cannot afford them.
10) This being Thanksgiving week in America, I am thankful for all the families that will have the opportunity to come together on Thursday and be blessed by a time of sharing, laughter, feasting and love! While our family is scattered, my love crosses the miles and I hold each one of them close in my heart. I am blessed to have good memories of Thanksgivings past!
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