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Thankful Thoughts - March 8th



Today I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a weekly blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for..." 
 
It's been awhile since I've done TToT, not that I haven't had plenty to be thankful for.  I haven't really been doing a lot of blogging lately, just a few posts and stories here and there, not a lot of commenting either.  I have been so very exhausted, and the wind kind of got knocked out of my sails awhile back, or maybe it's the dreariness of gray winter days, but it's high time I get back in the saddle and start gearing up for the April A-Z Challenge, so this is a great place to start!
 
1) If you read my last post you know that there are big changes going on where I work, and things are going to get very interesting/challenging in the next few weeks.  Waiting to see what transpires is stressful to say the least.  So this morning as I sit down to read, write and play games online for a bit, little Toby, now four months old, races to my lap, climbs up my shirt as he always does, rubs his head against mine over and over, nuzzles underneath my chin, and finally settles on my shoulder with his motor rumbling in my ear.  He shuts his eyes, and I shut mine, and I am transported to a place of total peace, where time doesn't matter, work doesn't matter, and a house full of chores clamoring for attention don't matter.  It's just us, cat and human, connected by our love for each other and for life itself.  What a blessing this little love bug is to me... and he has chosen me to me his human, which is amazing since the other three kitties are all Daddy's girls.  :-)  Toby can be such a little terror when he is in "fully-charged" kitten mode, but he makes us shake our heads and laugh, and I know God sent him to me.
 
2) I am delighted and so thankful for the eager responses to my last TToT post where I noted that I love to play Words With Friends.  A few wonderful folks reached out to connect with me and present new challenges.  When life is stressful, nothing is nicer than the quick mini-breaks to think up a new word to play!
 
3) Yesterday was my Mom's 87th Birthday.  How I wish she were still alive to celebrate it with us! But something very wonderful has transpired in the last month or so that I know is the best gift we could give her.  This year I made it my goal to put more energy into my relationships with my husband, my children, and my two sisters.  I've written much I the past about the challenge interacting with my sisters can present, but I was determined to make things better between us, to re-open the lines of communication and caring, and God has blessed that intention mightily.  First, I took the brave step of adding both sisters to my Facebook, something I'd said in the past I would never do.  It's a big leap of  faith and trust on my part, and so far it's working out ok. I found out that my younger sister likes to play WWF, so we started playing daily.  Then I encouraged my older sister, who is a bit hesitant about trying newfangled computer things, to get on her laptop and play WWF with me too. It didn't take long for her to get up to speed and start enjoying the challenge, and of course the small chit-chat that goes on with messaging while we play is perfect for sharing our days without the issues that can occur with longer emails or phone calls.  Then, last night, I finally managed to convince my two sisters to connect with each other on FB and start playing WWF with each other too!  I'm still totally amazed that we are all getting along, at last, and I'd say that at 56, 60 and 62 years of age, it's about time!  Proceeding carefully and trusting God to make this work! :-)
 
4) John's boss gave us prime-seat tickets to "The Hendrix Experience" at the performing arts center here for tomorrow night.  This will be our first visit to the new center, and we're both excited about enjoying an evening of good "flashback" music and entertainment!
 
5) I got a small pay increase for my 2nd anniversary on the job. In light of company finances, this was surprising and very welcome.  Every bit helps make ends meet, and is motivational too!
 
6) Tomorrow one of John's friends has invited us out for Sunday Dinner.  That doesn't happen often, and I'm not a very social person, but this is a small-group setting, just the three of us, and it will be fun.  He's a talker, yes - even more than me, so we can sit back and enjoy the company, no pressure.  What a nice thing for him to do!
 
7) My daughter's on-again off-again relationship is on again and they seem more determined to make it work.  She is happiest when they are together, so I am happy for her.  He loves her cats and they love him, so that's an added plus. :-)
 
8) Today when Papa Bear gets off work we are going to Midland for the Scottish-Irish Faire!  It's a small indoor affair with lots of  Celtic merchandise booths, music, good food, and outstanding beer. Maybe I can talk my Scottish-Irish husband into buying a kilt this year.  Probably not, but he would be so cute in it! :-) 
 
9) A friend of ours who recently went thru a very painful break-up and divorce after being married since their teens has found a new friend that is making him smile a lot these days... he is happier than we've seen him in years.  This is wonderful because just a few months back he was really struggling  to survive the break up and we were really worried about him.  Life goes on, it always does!
 
10) Today is International Women's Day.  I am thankful to be a woman in a country where I have the freedom to be all that I want to be and all that I can be. Equality? Maybe not, but so much better than it is for women in some countries.  I thank God for that, and hope we will all join together to promote the causes of women round the world!
 
"Here's to strong women... may we know them... may we be them... may we raise them!"
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16 comments:

  1. Oh Josie these are beautiful, and (to me) #3 most of all. HUGELY most of all, because sisters and reconnecting and healing those so painful breaks in relationship is just ENORMOUSLY wonderful.

    SO, so, so well done you, for taking those steps and making those first, brave moves to reconciliation.

    YES!

    And good for all the others, too. Especially your little raise at work. I hope the shift-around there goes well, and that you soon have mental space to regroup and feel a bit more energetic.

    Hey - spring is coming. I promise.

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    1. To have things going so well with my sisters amazes even me, Lizzi, it is more than I could have hoped for. Maybe we have all learned some lessons from the past.

      Pay increases are always a blessing, as expenses never cease to rise! The work situation will work out somehow, I just need to ride the waves and see what shore appears on the horizon.

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  2. Well, I'm inspired to post my own thankful thoughts. Yours sound great, even in the midst of exhaustion and work stresses, you found your way to thankful. I think I will do the same, and link mine back to yours, of course. I hope you are having a grand time this very minute with Papa Bear at the Faire!!!

    Hugs!

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    1. I'm delighted that you were inspired to go and do your own TToT list, Carrie. It is such a wonderful exercise in recounting the blessings of the week, and is a sure-fire attitude adjuster!

      Papa Bear and I did indeed have a lovely time, and found him a wonderful Irish cap, will post a photo of that in next week's edition!

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  3. It's wonderful that your sisters are coming around that way, and i'm glad for your daughter, too.

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    1. It is truly wonderful, Mimi, I'm glad I made the effort to initiate a reconciliation, I know we all feel good about it.

      I am glad for my daughter too, as the saying goes... a mother is only a happy as her saddest child!

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  4. Who knew the power of Words with Friends? I'm glad you and your sisters are finding a way to reconnect in positive ways.

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    1. So very true, Kristi! I'm finding it is just the right means to keep us connected daily without long email missives that can turn into sharp words, and without tying up my life in phone calls, which also tends to go bad with them. Little bits of news and love exchanged on FB and WWF is working great for us, and it's good exercise for our old, dusty brains too! :-)

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  5. I have missed you here so It IS nice to see you back! Love the wwf! Been busy the past few days but gotta get back! What a nice gift to your entire family to reconcile with sisters... my mom is 84 this week and we are blessed to still have her around... Icomplain a lot but really would miss her if she were not here! I totally realize the truth of that!

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    1. I love participating in TToT, Zoe, like everything else I procrastinate on in life, I just need to "do it"! :-)

      I truly did miss having my sisters in my life, I just needed some healing time to put the past in perspective and to find ways for us to interact in a more healthy manner. Reconnecting has been a real blessing for all of us this month, actually acting like caring sisters!

      I miss both my Mom and my Dad so much, this being an "orphan" thing is no fun. :-/ Treasure your Mom while you have her, and store up lots of good memories for later on.

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  6. Woo hoo for Words with Friends! :) Hooray for snuggly kitties that make us feel loved and appreciated when we need it. That Scottish-Irish Faire sounds great - that would be such fun! I know all too well what turmoil and change and nonsense at work feel like. I hope things work out well for you.
    Glad to see you here.
    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, Ma'am, lots of little good things going on this week! They act as a great counterbalance to the pressures at work and concerns about what will happen there. It will all work out though, life always does. Thank you!

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  7. Josie, I am so happy to see you back here! I missed you! You have come back to us with a wondrous list and I am personally thrilled with the reconciling with your sisters. That is huge and I'm happy you made the decision to make things better. I had a difficult relationship with my mother and we are finally, thankfully in a very good place and I know how good that can feel even if it's hard sometimes. As for the pay raise, that is fantastic ! Yes it its!
    I mean it sincerely when I tell you I am happy to have you back. You shine such a light, Josie and reading your lists always make me smile. This is a perfect post to start my Sunday morning!

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    1. Thank you so much Sandy, it's always nice to be missed! :-) The reconciliation with my sisters... all three of us, is HUGE. We have spent so many years in turmoil and I can feel Mom and Dad smiling that we are finally working out a better way to be a part of each other's lives. Older and a bit wiser, hopefully!

      I think the whole TToT experience is a great way to end/begin our weeks, Sandy... how can one feel bad about life after reading so many wonderful ways to count our blessings?!

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  8. Oh, Josie, I am so glad you are reconnecting with your sisters. I remember you writing that you were going to make the effort. Good for all of you for making it happen! I'm sure your mom is happy to see it.
    Shoot, you are almost convincing me to play WWF!
    Congrats on the pay raise!
    Hope you had fun at the Hendrix Experience and dinner with your friend.

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    1. I can only take 1/3 of the credit for things going better with my sisters, Christine, but clearly someone had to be the first to make a move in the right direction. It's been weighing so heavily on my heart. Mother Teresa spoke about how much easier it was to love people at a distance and to neglect our families and those closest to us. I didn't want that to be my story. I can feel God blessing my efforts mightily, as is always the case when we are moving in the right direction, isn't it?! :-)

      I would love to have you showing up on my WWF list, one can never have too many Word games in the works! I like the ability to take a turn whenever the moment is available without sitting down to play an entire game with someone.

      The Hendrix Experience was great "flashback" fun, and dinner with conversation was great, thank you!

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