I don’t write down daily on FB or Twitter a Gratitude post like my author friend Kathryn Jane does. Oh, I have good intentions and write for a couple of weeks, then I fall away. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not grateful daily for all my amazing blessings. Tuesday’s celebration of the US Independence Day brought home the need to express that gratitude and to offer you an opportunity to express your gratitude.
Last Thursday, I shared parts of the Declaration of Independence. After writing that post, I decided it would be a good idea to read parts to the gathering of family friends who came to our Lakehouse. I told my husband about the idea and he emailed me an article about a lawyer who read every year the whole document including the names of the signers on the courthouse steps every year. I took Bob’s email to mean he thought we should read the whole thing. And so we did. I cut apart a print out and gave everyone (except the kids) a section of this great document to read.
All of this is to say how grateful I am to live in this great, though flawed, country. And grateful for the brilliant men who dreamed it all up and set it in motion in such a thrilling way. If you haven’t read the whole Declaration of Independence in a while. I encourage you to do so.
Our Lakehouse. Okay it’s the dead of summer in Texas and I try to spend as little time outside as possible because I have a gene from my father that causes my head to sweat profusely. It’s just not fun to have my hair get sopping wet with the heat. So I’m grateful for our air conditioning that allows me to enjoy our Lakehouse at all times of the year. Many people went outside during out gathering on the 4th. I had been outside earlier in the day getting ready, so I didn’t go out. But it was nice to see others enjoying our space.
Our two daughters are awesome women with gifts, talents and skills they generously share with others. They’ve brought wonderful men into our lives and together they’ve produced incredible children. (I know. I know. What else would you expect to hear from a “Mimi.”) However, they are a constant delight.
My parents who sent me to college. Everyone doesn’t need to go to college, but everyone needs some education after high school. I’d argue that education is the main key to unlock the door to all kinds of opportunities and a better life.
My contractor James McDaniel and the awesome work he and his team have done on our Lakehouse and are doing on the garage and our retaining wall, which will be the subject of its own blog post.
Like my parents sending me to college, marrying Bob 40 some years ago was life changing, and I’m grateful for his constant love and support which allows me today to be a writer. Camden Maine on our 40th Anniversary.
And my health. At this time last year I got around in a wheel chair, still putting no pressure on my right foot and not driving. Thank you, God, that today I walk on two feet.
Friends. When you have your health, your fmily, and good friends, and a purpose in life, you have everything.
What about you. What are you grateful for? Did you have a wonderful 4th of July celebration?
*You may have seen my FB post stating I’d sent off ACT OF BETRAYAL to my editor. Hoping for a September release.
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