I started working on this post yesterday about three times, and each time got pulled away to do something else. I finally took that as a sign that it wasn't a blogging day, and that turned out to be a good thing, as I now have a couple really nice things to add to the list.
1. Let's start with this. Last night (early morning) I found myself unable to sleep, and eventually got up after an period of tossing and turning. I was up from 4:30 until 7:30 AM... and had the rare opportunity to enjoy the silence of dawn and subsequent sunrise before returning to bed. Not only am I thankful for such a beautiful way to start a new week, but I am also mighty thankful that it wasn't a work night, as my tail will surely be dragging by mid-afternoon, but I'll be able to sneak in a nap.
2. High on the list for this week is learning that our new great-grandchild due to enter the world in early December will be a girl! Her mommy and daddy live in Arkansas. She will be our third, as we have two awesome little great-grandsons who live in Ohio. She will be a welcome and much-spoiled addition to the family. How I wish we lived closer so we could help with that!
3. One of the beautiful blessings of this week was being reminded of all the caring online friends I have in my life. When I put out a prayer request on Facebook for my niece, whose eye issues have become more serious and scary, the many acknowledgements and responses warmed not only my heart, but hers and her mother's as well. One awesome friend even shared the request with her mother who took it to her prayer group. That's love, and it flies in the face of anyone who says that online friends aren't "real friends"!
4. I am thankful for the courage to initiate some honest communication with a real-life connection regarding something that was promised to me but never happened. It was one of those little things that just bugs you like a pebble in the shoe, and I had kept quiet for too long. We exchanged a few messages on it and I think that we can move forward from there, and said promise will be kept.
5. In connection with the above #4, I am thankful that I am slowly developing a bit more tact and patience in the way I respond to people and situations. I am impulsive by nature and don't always exercise sufficient filters when expressing myself. The reality is that when one tempers what they say with a bit of grace, it works out better all around.
6. I am so thankful for the day that my daughter and son spent together this past Wednesday, him coming to her house to help her with task of trimming branches off the huge oak tree in her front yard. It turned out to a job taking several hours, her up on a 20-foot ladder wielding a chain saw, and him on a shorter ladder below, catching limbs as she cut them. He noted that a few landed on his head, and he wasn't totally convinced it was accidental. :-) They accumulated a huge pile of tree limbs; the tree looks great now, and the front her beautiful home is finally visible. Not only that, but they had a great time working together, and were laughing about it despite being sore, tired, and dirty at the end of day. When I leave this world someday, they will only have each other, so it's important to me that they remain close, and it warms my heart when they are together.
7. I am thankful for the wonderful way the Universe sometimes plays things out, and how it makes me smile. I had told my daughter that her neighbors were most assuredly watching from windows as this tree branch demolition took place. Sure enough, the next afternoon there was a knock at her door, with a guy from the neighborhood asking if he might cart way some of the cut branches. In response to her inquiring why he would want them, he said that oak branches make perfect deer blinds, because the leaves don't fall off when they have dried. He then bundled and removed about a third of the massive pile, leaving her less to haul to the curb for the scheduled pick up in September. I love it when life works out win-win, and good things trickle down.
8. I am so very thankful that my nephew with his new Master's Degree, many job resumes submitted and interviews attended, has secured a wonderful job in the city he wanted to live in, and began work this week. A friend of his works there too, and there are a lot of young people, so it will be a fun place to be, with great career potential. I know how glad he is to finally be able to put all that hard-earned education to work. His Mom and Dad are much relieved to see him land a good spot too! This is also a good reminder to my sister that all things work out in God's time.
9. I am thankful for the laughter of my daughter, it tends to happen not so often in her life. She sent me a short video last night of her and her boyfriend, who had driven up from Florida just to spend the weekend with her. That made her smile too! A movie theater they attended had a promotion with one of those photo-booths out front. So they decided to take the four photos just for fun, not realizing that it was also recording a short video of the process, with them laughing and clowning and playful. It was offered for purchase for $2.50 at the end of the photo session, and it was truly delightful. A fun keepsake for both of them, and a reason to smile when they are far apart. I am thankful that she shared it with me... with the stern warning "Don't you dare post this anywhere!" How well she knows her mother! :-)
10. My final note of thankfulness for this week is a small one, but a fun one. As I was sitting here yesterday, I looked up to see this fellow peeking in the window. He visits our yard often, and it is so cute to see him running across the ground. Only in this part of the country do we have roadrunners dropping by to visit. Needless to say, the furkids were intrigued too :-) I urge you to look for little things that make you smile this week, they are the frosting on the cake of life!
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