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!
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