Monday, December 10, 2012


Yes, it's true, Thanksgiving is past.  But I find that every day I'm a little more thankful for all of my blessings.  Life gets really, really hard...actually terrible at times.  But I have found, that no matter how hard life gets, if we look for it, there are always blessings too.  Here are a few of the things that I am grateful for:

Color.  What would life be like if everything was just different shades of black and white?

Air.  If the air was suddenly gone...how would we breath...or live?

Seasons.  I'm not a real fan of snow and cold.  But my husband loves to ski!  And I love water!  So snow is a good thing!  I love looking out at the snow covered trees and ground and feeling like I'm in the middle of a Christmas card!  I used to hate the fall, because it always led to winter.  But the last few years, I have learned to enjoy Fall very much.  The beautiful colors are invigorating!  It is amazing to me, that during the changing seasons, you can stand in the same spot, and everything looks totally different!  Many people love summer and the fun outdoor activities.  Summer is a challenge for me, because I am allergic to the sun, and the heat makes my lose all my strength.  But oh, how I love the beauty of summer!  And then....there's my favorite!  Spring!  I'm strengthened and filled with joy when I see all that seemed dead, revived and living again!  Just thinking about it gets me excited! 

Life.  Everyone has to die at some point.  But I'm so thankful to know that life goes on.  I can't wait to see my Daddy, and friends who have passed, again.

Running water...indoor plumbing.  Every day when I shower, I realize how awesome it is to have indoor plumbing, and clean running water.  We often take such a gift for granted.  I can't imagine having to get up in the middle of the night, and run out back to the outhouse.  Then there's the smell...and cleaning of it.  Uggh!  So glad we can just flush a toilet!  And when we are thirsty, all we have to do is to turn on the fosset.  Amazing!

Music.  Wouldn't the world be dull if we didn't have any music?  And there are so many varieties of music.  Something to match every mood.

Photography.  Wow!  I'm sure that I will never travel the world, but I can travel there through pictures!  And how amazing is it to see a gorgeous landscape or sunset that has been captured by someone's lense? 

Literature.  How incredible to be able to travel, and live another life temporarily as we read!  It's better than the movies, as our creative minds see everything around us in the story.

Art.  I love the fact that there are so many ways to express ourselves through art! 

Talents.  I have several talents, but there are many things that I cannot do.  What a thrill it is, that someone else has those talents that I don't!  How blessed we are to be able to enjoy the talents of others!

Variety.  I thrive on variety!  Life would be mundane if we all wore the same clothes, all the trees were the same, if we all liked the same things!  Thank heaven for variety!

Words.  How on earth would we express ourselves, if we didn't have words?

Shelter.  Hopefully, we don't have to know what it is like to not have a home or shelter.  Especially in the very cold or very hot seasons.  Do we take for granted the fact that we have a bed to sleep in, water to drink, food to eat?

Children.  What a joy!  Yes, I raised 8 children.  I'm not naive enough to think that children are a constant joy.  Yes, they bring heartache, worry, and sorrow too.  But what a joy! There's nothing like hearing your child say, "I love you, Mommy!"

Friends.  How lonely life could be without friends.  Everyone feels at some point in their lives, that they don't have a friend.  So reach out and give a kind smile to others.  You never know when it might brighten their day.  You also never know when you might gain a lifetime friend because of your kindness!

Light.  Oh my goodness!  I'd hate to imagine life without light!

You!  I'm thankful for you!

These are only a few of the things I am grateful for.  I'm so sleepy and need to go to bed.  But take a few minutes, and think of all the little things that you have to be thankful for.  If you look for it, there is always something good. 

As I always like to say....."Make it a great day!"

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