What’s that? It’s a blog party with the theme of gratitude. My friend Jo-Ann Carson came up with the idea of many bloggers posting about gratitude. On Monday, January 30, Jo-Ann will post the list of participating blogs on her blog. Sometimes all it takes is someone reminding us of how many things we should be grateful for to pull us out of the doldrums. So here are my three things—or more. LOL I’m very blessed.
#1 My husband. Robert (Bob) West
. I take him for granted way too much. Pretty much everything I’ve accomplished in my life is because of his support and belief in me. He loves me unconditionally, whether I’m fat or thin, whether I’m cranky or smiling, whether I’m ordering or listening. He works long hours to give our family what we’ve gotten used to because of his hard work. He’s a very good lawyer. He’s smart, ethical, and caring. And did I mention the beautiful daughters we created together? He’s a good father, even now when they’re grown with kids of their own. The stairs of our old house.
#2 My parents.
They brought me up in a home of faith and made sure I got a good education. A good education prepares you to do anything—be anything. My mom especially was such a good role model. (Oh yes, she was a perfectionist as I am LOL which is not a particularly good thing to be.) But that drive kept her young way longer than others her age. She believed we can always be better if we work hard enough. Not a natural positive thinker because of her upbringing, she read all kinds of spiritual self-help type books and tapes. One of her favorites was:Psychology of Winning By Dennis Waits. (I need to do some posts on this.) She believed in the power of your mind and was ahead of her time with vitamins and eating healthy. She took care of her skin even when she was in an assisted living situation with broken bones. I picture her in her wheelchair at night rubbing the moisturizer up her face to counteract the force of gravity. I thought, wow, I hope I can take that much care when I’m old. Apologies for thinking the “old” word in conjunction with you, Mom. You were never “old,” even in your last weeks.
#3 I’m grateful to live on a beautiful lake.
We were blessed to spend 10 years in a house that overlooked a small man-made lake. I think that must’ve been when we were bitten by that need for a water view. It’s the kind of thing that until you don’t have it anymore, you don’t realize how much it meant to you. With most of our vacations we sought places to stay with a water view. Two years ago, next May, our daughter Kathryn sent us an email with the words: “Water View?” in the subject. Within two weeks we bought this property. We moved in full time, the end of last May. Every morning we get up and say, “Thank you, God, for this amazing lake.”
#4. (You know I couldn’t just limit it to 3 things. LOL) I’m grateful I get to write.
The Windows 10, which at first I didn’t want to install, has a great spell and grammar check. I’m amazed at how quickly the program picks up issues. I’m having such fun writing Book 3 in the Second Chances Series. The words just flow out of my fingertips. A friend suggested perhaps it was the influence of living on the lake. Maybe so, the words have never flowed so easily, and this is a book I struggled with when I began. I’m about one third through. Will keep you updated on the progress.
I’ve cut several things I’m grateful for, so I’ll have to do this post again. 🙂
I hope you will share several things you’ve grateful for and that on Monday, you’ll go to the other blogs to read more gratitude posts.
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