If you’re one of those people who just hates it when someone says, “At least it’s not worse,” I apologize. But in my own life, there are days where I’m struggling, and the thankfulness airplane just can’t seem to make it off the ground. That’s when I resort to this saying for myself. Last night… Read More Day 95 – Thankful things aren’t worse than they are
Life is not perfect on this Earth. In fact my life has had plenty of difficulties. I’ve had sicknesses but was healed each time, chronic illness which doesn’t go away, pain, heartache, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and more. There were certainly times during all of that where I was not so thankful to be alive.… Read More Day 94 – Thankful to be alive
When my granddaughter was here last weekend, we played hide and seek. She is 5 and little. I’m, um, not 5 and big. 😁 My daughter-in-love was helping her hide, but with all my years of experience, I still managed to find her every time. At one point I hid by the side of my… Read More Day 87 – Lessons from Hide and seek – God wants us to find Him!!
This evening my husband and youngest son decided to play Minecraft together, so I asked my daughter if she wanted to watch a movie. We didn’t want to watch one that we’ve already seen, so I looked at the selection to rent at Redbox. It’s really hard to find movies that don’t somehow make me… Read More Day 83 – Thankful for wholesome movies to watch with children
On New Year’s Eve morning I dropped off my two teens at the theater to watch Frozen 2 with a couple of friends. When I got home, I set an alarm so I would go pick them up at the right time. When the alarm went off, I put on my coat, picked up my… Read More Day 79 – Thankful for the heroes in my life
I’m a little bit behind on these posts, but perhaps you all have been as busy as I have and haven’t missed them too much. This one is from Christmas day. Our core family of four got up, had breakfast and opened a few gifts. Then, my son went into the kitchen and started cooking… Read More Day 76 – Thankful for the joy of giving gifts, family time, good movies, and beautiful, unseasonal weather
At this time of year, many of us become acutely aware of the lack of peace, especially in the family front. Sometimes it’s because of a broken family or a blended family or rejection by a parent. Sometimes it may be that mean family member that just can’t let a year go by without making… Read More Day 75 – Thankful for forgiveness and the strength to forgive
Three days ago my husband made a bonfire, since the weather was warm enough, and we have some wood that really needs to be burned. We spent a little time together just sitting by the fire, enjoying the time together. After awhile, he decided that it was time to let the fire just burn down,… Read More Days 74 – Thankful for humor
This morning my son and daughter and I left the house at 7:40 a.m. to do a little last minute Christmas shopping before the crowds. We arrived at Walmart around 8 a.m., and the store was already starting to get somewhat crowded before we left an hour later. I don’t like crowds or traffic, and… Read More Day 72 – Thankful for green lights and smooth sailing
I love all of my children. The youngest is 16, and none of them are really “children” anymore. I’ve invested a lot of time in their lives, but all but the youngest two have moved on with their own lives; that’s the way it should be. I’ve spent a lot of time with my youngest… Read More Day 71 – Thankful to be able to spend time with my children and cook with my son
This morning my daughter and I met my new friend from last week at the gym. We had a good time talking and working out together! After telling my friend goodbye, my daughter and I went to Spanish class. I’m teaching as a volunteer, and she is one of the students. About two hours after… Read More Day 70 – Thankful to see loved ones again
Being a caretaker is hard. I discovered that during the four years that I checked in on my parents while they still lived in their own home. It takes time and zaps energy. Someone has to accompany them to doctors visits or no one will know what the doctor said. I’ll let you figure that… Read More Day 53 – Thankful for my sister and her family welcoming our parents into their home
I hope that you have all had a Happy Thanksgiving and that your weekend will go well! We had a very restful Thanksgiving day with six extra members of the family at our house. Two grandsons played video games most of the day, and the five-year-old granddaughter was as funny and giggly as ever! I… Read More Day 50 – Thankful for you!
For years I did not see the purpose of weight lifting for myself. I did the weight machines for a short class in college, but it did not interest me enough to continue on. Then I started having pain that landed me in physical therapy, and I started to understand a bit more. Recently, my… Read More Day 48 – Thankful for the benefits of physical and spiritual exercise
Hot water in a steaming kettle on the stove holds a bit of nostalgia for me. I still remember the old kettle that my mom used to heat water for her cup of instant coffee and for Dad’s hot tea before I was old enough to be drinking either one. She used that kettle for… Read More Day 47 – Thankful for Kettles and Aloe Vera!
The last couple of days my husband, our daughter, and I have been doing a lot of leaf cleanup. It’s another one of those jobs, like I mentioned a few days ago, where it looks so nice when it’s all done! It can be a very tiring job if one has lots of trees, and… Read More Day 46 – Thankful for leaves
More friends are dying, And we’re why-oh-whying, In Heaven they’re HI!-ing, So glad to see each other again! Why are we crying, Continually trying To keep them from flying To more beauty than we’ve ever seen? Up there no more sighing, No more aye-aye-aying, No more me-oh-mying, Reuniting with gone-before kin! No more they’re good-bying,… Read More Heaven Poem – Day 45
As those of you who have been following for a while may know, my husband and I recently took our son a few states away to start his freshman year at college. We said our goodbyes in front of the guys’ dorm at the beginning of September and began the drive back home without him.… Read More Day 38 – Thankful for Good News from afar!
Yesterday I put on an old Praise CD and started doing stretches. A few bars of familiar melody started playing followed by beautiful harmony. Next, the drums were added in, beating out the rhythm. It was so beautiful as the music built and swelled! I know everyone has their own preferences when it comes to… Read More Day 34 – Thankful for Music
It’s good to be reminded to love and appreciate our dear ones while we have them with us because we never know what a day may bring. I have experienced a lot of separations. Have you? I chose to go overseas for a few years when I was younger. It was a good experience, but… Read More Day 31 – Thankful for my loved ones
Yesterday morning I woke up with the knowledge that it was going to be a big day! I sat before the Lord and asked Him in faith to go before us, to prepare the way, and to show us every step we should take and in what order we should take it. When my daughter… Read More Day 23 – Thankful God Smooths our Path
When I was a kid, I loved to eat bread. Biscuits with butter and jam were among my favorites to eat! And, I remember when I was probably a teenager, that we would eat cinnamon toast with fruit cocktail for supper every single Sunday evening. I loved it! We had it down to assembly line… Read More Day 22 – Thankful for Bread
As I mentioned this summer in this post, my youngest daughter and I have been going through the process of trying to get a diagnosis for the conglomerate of unpleasant symptoms that she has been suffering. This Thursday we get to go see a geneticist. In filling out the forms, I’ve had to contact family… Read More Day 20 – Thankful for deeper bonding in trying times
This morning my alarm went off at 10:30. a.m. I have it set for 10:30 every Saturday just in case I sleep too late even though I have important things to do. I got up, turned off the alarm, and upon learning that my husband had only been up for 10 minutes and my daughter… Read More Day 18 – Sleeping in
Today, I had the opportunity to decide what I would do with the few minutes I had free between tasks. I decided to go visit with a good acquaintance of mine who works across the street from where I did my shopping. It was so good to see her again, and we enjoyed catching up… Read More Day 10 – Cheerful interactions