Thankful Thoughts - June 28th

It's Saturday and I woke of feeling grateful this morning.  There are many reasons for that, here are some of them...

1.  I woke up with Papa Bear beside me, knowing that we have the weekend to spend together.  He only gets one Saturday off work each month, and it's such a blessing to have more time together, and for him to have some time to rest and relax.  Working on your feet six days a week when you are sixty-one is hard.  I am grateful he will have the next three days off, and then another three day weekend next week due to Independence Day! 

2.  Before the days of the Internet I didn't have very many people in my life outside of coworkers and a husband that wasn't very kind or loving.  Through the miracle of blogging I've met so many amazing people. It has changed my life entirely!  Just as the quote says up there, I am so thankful for all the people in my life who are loving and kind, and who inspire me to be more like them.

3. I am so very thankful that the surgery to repair the detached retina on my niece's eye went very well, stopping the hemorrhage and swelling.  It will be a period of weeks and months before we know the final result of restoring her vision, but I am trusting God will return her ability to see clearly.

4.  I am thankful for a fun lunch with one of my former supervisor's yesterday.  We had a lot of catching up to do and the time went by so fast.  I really like her.  I felt blessed that being twenty-five years younger than me, she still enjoys my company enough to invite me out to lunch.  I am also thankful for some really good things that are happening in her life.

5.  I am thankful for a work week that ended with me closer to being caught up with paperwork than usual.  The last couple days were not as fully booked with appointments and it gave us all a chance to breathe.  We are gratefully looking forward to the short workweek next week too!  How nice that Independence Day falls on a Friday, giving everyone a long weekend. 

6.  I was so thankful for our weather on Wednesday this week, it was cooler (in the low 80's) and overcast all day with a light breeze.  It was so much nicer than the usual sweltering sun, a perfect day to be outside!  It made me remember how nice summer can be, and I have to admit that it made it hard for me to return to the office after enjoying my lunch at the nearby park. :-)

7.  I am thankful for the automatic icemaker in  my fridge. I laugh at how spoiled our lives truly are, remembering the days of filling metal trays with water, then carrying them carefully  across the floor to the freezer, trying not to let them slosh.  We had several, but in the summertime they were used sparingly, because it took time to make more.  I don't remember us ever buying bags of ice except for picnics or large gatherings.  Now we just open up the freezer door and there it is, always plentiful.  I am thankful for life's little luxuries.  I know that there are people everywhere in our world who would be grateful for just having clean, safe water to drink, that humbles me. 

8.  I am thankful for what I don't have anymore... a controlling relationship!  I watched a coworker struggle this week with a partner that controls her life in every way, in effect giving her no real life of her own.  She knows it, and it makes her very sad, but she is not yet ready to break free of it.  I remember living that way, and my heart goes out to her.  We talk a lot and I am hopeful that one day she will see that her life doesn't have to be like that.  I am thankful beyond words that my new life with Papa Bear has set me free from that kind of  tyranny.

9.  I am thankful for the Visa gift cards John won in a sales promotion at work.  They will enable us to have needed brake work done in my Escape.  I smile in the knowledge that although we don't have a great deal of money, we do our best and God provides a little extra help now and then.
10.  I am thankful for the amazing blessings of hope for tomorrow and each day after!  Even on days that are not so great, or times in my life where it seems that everything is going wrong (and we all have those times), I have a sold faith that tells me it is going to be okay.  Given time and prayers, life will right itself again and there will be a new day bringing reasons to smile again.  Hope is essential to life, we need it to find the strength to go on.  Hope is wonderful, and it's something we can share!
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  1. Aw! Such a lovely list of thankfuls!!! I am so glad that you are 'liberated' from the oppressive existence you must have experienced and that Papa Bear is loving and kind right a long with the rest of the people that you know and love!!

    I think it's just beautiful that the blogging community has inspired you and touched you so deeply! The connections are real and truly valuable!

  2. I am happy that you have your beloved Papa Bear...
    I loved your list of thankful praises!
    I like that you will have a long weekend to enjoy together.
    You have a kind heart and so much love to share with others.
    I am glad to have met you in blog-land Josie
    You are a treasure! I appreciate your comments on my posts.

    Happy Saturday!
    Love, Linda

  3. It makes me smile every time i think of how things are for you now.

  4. Hooray for all of these, really, but #1 and #2 are just so great. I am happy that you are so happy! And I'm glad I've met you through this blogging thing. I am quite a bit of a loner and I've connected with some wonderful people through this thing the last two years. I'm far from one of the "big" or "cool" kids, but I'm so glad for the little group I've found!
    And #7? When I was a kid I thought ice makers in the fridge were for rich people. How funny? But dripping the trays across the kitchen and hauling bags of ice sure does touch on some great summer memories...

  5. What a lovely tribute to your week! I had to laugh at #7. We had those metal ice cube trays, too, with the arm that you raised to loosen the cubes. I HATED the sound of the metal against the ice; it sets my teeth off to remember it to this day! Those trays made HUGE ice cubes. My mom used to make Kool-aid ice cubes for us in the summer. I tried making them in today's plastic trays, and they just didn't work the same.

  6. Your posts are such a blessing to me! Your reflections make me look back at my own week and realize just how much I have to be thankful for. I hope you're having a lovely weekend with your husband.

  7. I love the ice comment... I still have trays and cant tell you how often I also have wet feet!
    I always love reading your lists Josie... yours often remind me of things I havent remembered to be thankful for...

  8. Josie, I always miss your posts when I don't get to see you for a while. They are always so lovely and full of 'just life'. I read these words and find you to be the epitome of thankful - "I am thankful for the amazing blessings of hope for tomorrow and each day after!" It makes my heart so happy. I hope you and Papa Bear have had a lovely weekend together.

  9. such a great list!
    I am thankful for hot weather (it's Canada - we only get it for 3 months at most, so I won't complain!), inflatable pools, freezies, and a hubby that started 2 weeks of holidays!
    And since tomorrow is Canada Day - my beautiful country.


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