1) That handsome guy up there is my number one reason for being thankful this week - he's my son, Ian, and he's celebrating his 35th Birthday today! The years have flown by so fast! I was twenty-five years old when he was born in Augsburg, Germany. We used to push his baby stroller on the bank of the Danube River near the town where we lived. He has always been a child of sweet, loving ways, and that hasn't changed as he has grown up. He's also intelligent, responsible, successful, and funny! I can't begin to count the times he's made me laugh! He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee now, owns a beautiful home there. He's an air-traffic controller for the Dept. of Defense at Ft. Campbell, KY. When we visited this morning he told me that he had the best seat ever for the 4th of July fireworks show there... he was working up in the tower that night! He was so pleased with the presents we sent, he is always, always grateful. And I am a little blue... I wish that he and my daughter lived much closer... or we lived closer to them. It is hard to have so little time to spend together as the years pass. I know my mother felt the same way when I moved 1000 miles away from home. Thank God for unlimited texting and phone calls... my mother would have loved that!
2) I am thankful for a husband that listens when I talk, and cares about my feelings. We had a good conversation last night about watching movies that are somber and depressing, likewise movies that are filled with violence and negativity. I think we've become so hardened to such things that we think nothing of viewing it endlessly as "entertainment". Well, to me it isn't...entertaining. It is harmful, and weighs heavily on my heart. I want to watch things that uplift and inspire me, or things that make me laugh. I want to end a movie feeling good about life. I am already far too much aware of how much darkness there is. I won't be forgetting, and I don't need reminders. Papa Bear has agreed that we will focus on choosing lighter things to watch.
3) I am thankful for good results on the echocardiogram I had done yesterday as a repeat to one done a few years back to make sure there were no concerning changes, and there weren't. I absolutely love doing these, because it is amazing to watch your own heart in action, from the inside on the monitor screen! I was blessed with a wonderful technician that had extra time and took note of my fascination. She took me "on a tour" of my heart, explaining everything in detail. What fun! To me, the heart is the most amazing creation of all, since it starts beating so very early after conception, and then, God willing, doesn't stop even for one moment until the end of our lives. Science has yet to create anything nearly that enduring!
4) I am thankful for the kitty play dome I purchased, that allows us to sit out on the deck in the evenings with our furkids safely enclosed, but able to enjoy the cooler evening weather, sights, and smells that they so love. It's about 4 ft x 6 ft, and I've just ordered a 5 ft. tunnel run that attaches to it, for more room to run. We live in the land of coyotes, foxes and such. So it isn't safe to let them run freely outside at night.
5) I am thankful that I am making good progress on my goal to release my expectations of some of the people and relationships in my life. Expectations tend to be one-sided and often lead to disappointment. Things work much better if just let life play out as intended and enjoy the good moments that come our way. Stressing over what wasn't happening was wasting too much of my time and energy that could well be better spent on people who are reaching out to me!
6) I am thankful for discovering Bloglovin' this week. It's a blog reader app that does a wonderful job of keeping track of the blogs you want to follow and updating immediately with new posts in user-friendly format. I had grown so frustrated with the reading list on my Blogger dashboard which often fails to show me new posts, or won't even bring up a reading list at all. Bloglovin' has a phone app too, and I'm loving the convenience of being able to do a quick check for new good things to read!
7) I am thankful for the wonderful new memoryfoam chair cushion I bought on Amazon for my office chair at work. Our chairs there are inexpensive and sitting in the same spot for eight hours a day puts a lot of pressure and pain on my old achy body. This nice soft, supportive cushion is such a blessing, and gives me a little more room to stretch my legs down properly and sit up straighter too, instead of slumped into the saggy seat of my chair. Little things can make such a big difference!
8) I am thankful that folks have been kind enough not to offer negative comments about me growing my bangs out. I have a high forehead, so it's probably not the best style for me, but I've grown weary of bangs that are always messy or droopy or needing a trim. I had it all grown out about ten years ago, and I shall do that again. For now, it's pin the bangs back 'til they grow, and ok - it's not stunning, but I like it, so good for me! Papa Bear likes it too, and that's all that matters! My hair is down to my waist now, the longest it's ever been. Six years ago it was only shoulder length. It will never be cut again, except to trim off a few inches now and then to remove dry ends. It can be a pain to deal with in windy weather, etc., but the reality is that I am meant to be a girl with long, wild hair - it just feels right!
9) I am thankful for simple summer suppers. No one feels like cooking after a long day of work, when it's still 95 degrees out and the house is hot enough without warming up the oven. Papa Bear makes the world's best omelets, or we have tuna sandwiches, or some such simple fare. Thank God he doesn't require or desire big heavy meals at night, which neither of us needs anyway!
10) I am thankful for the beautiful canopy of stars and clouds overhead at night when we sit out on the deck or soak in our hot tub. It is incredibly magical and peaceful to watch. I wish we had a "moon roof" in our bedroom that we could open up sleep underneath! Papa Bear has fond memories of sleeping on bed in a screened in porch with his Grandfather on the farm in Missouri when he was a young boy. I think I would be afraid of creepy crawlies and slithery things coming to visit! :-)
And on that note, I'm off to get showered and dressed and ready for my Saturday date with Papa Bear, who will soon be off work. I hope you're all having a good weekend, and that you will continue to count your blessings every day for the rest of your life!
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