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Thursday, September 3, 2009

All Right, Laura, I Give!

It's time for Thankful Thursday. I've neglected this for a while, mainly because I wondered if anyone was interested. Then I decided I need to express my gratitude for all the blessings in my life--regardless of whether or not it makes for good reading material. Thanks, Laura, for hounding me!

I am extremely grateful for good friends--some I didn't even know I had. The outpouring of love and support I felt yesterday has almost overwhelmed me. I've read your comments here and on Facebook over and over again. If words can hug, you all succeeded! I went to the cemetery yesterday and sat for about half an hour. I cleaned the stone and left her some balloons and a small gift. I've never felt such peace being there. A lot of that had to do with your kind words and the strength they gave me.

I'm thankful for the rain we had last night. My poor flowers were looking peaked (as my grandmother would say). They're much happier today.

I am more than grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. It's because of his example that you all reached out to me yesterday. It's because of his willingness to give his life that I am certain I will be with Shana again. The knowledge that I can live with my Heavenly Father forever, as well as my dear sweet husband and our precious children and grandchildren, gives me power to overcome the aggravations and anxieties of life. It's that knowledge that keeps me going each day--and in the right direction!

This next thing is hard to put into words. I've actually started this paragraph three times and erased it each time. I'm not thankful that all my children and grandchildren now live so far away and can't visit very often. But I am thankful that I don't have to clean house every day. Since it's just me and Darrell, the house stays fairly clean. Other than laundry and dishes, my time is my own--to read, watch old movies, spend way too much time on the computer, or work on some of my DIY projects. Do I miss having to sweep the kitchen floor two or three times a day? Do I miss fingerprints on the french doors? Do I miss toys everywhere? YES! Just not all the time. ;-)

Are you thankful today? Think about it, then tell me here.


Shady Creek Lane said...

I am thankful that you put into words how I feel. You were spot on about having the house stay clean but then again fingerprints and toys seem to bring such warm feelings of being surrounded by loved ones too.
I am sorry that your children don't live closer. I am fortunate and thankful to have all four of my children within 1 hours drive from me. (A couple live just 10 minutes away)
I am thankful for the opportunity to meet such wonderful bloggers as you,who inspire me.
I am thankful for a Heavenly Father who has blessed me so much with a righteous husband and great children and even greater grandchildren. I AM SO BLESSED.

lagirl/sweet tea said...

Very nicely said.
So glad you have found peace in the aftermath of such great loss. Healing is such a blessing.

I'm thankful for a roof over my head and family who love me. It's the simple things that mean the most.

5L's said...

Awwww, you did it---GO YOU!!! :) i am thankful my family and i are all doing as well as we are after being hit by a wreckless, DRUNK driver. My dad found a write up in the paper the other day about the guy and he didn't even know he had been in an scary!! thankful to have new carseats to make my kiddies feel safe again. thankful my baby got past a rough day of a new kindergarten teacher yesterday. alot of tears were shed but some heart to heart time w/mommy was all he needed to go to sleep smiling. i can go on and on...if i get time before the days end i will do my own TT post. love you! BIG HUGS for you!! :)

Sharon said...

I loved your blog! I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my job even though I hate getting up at 5am to get to my job. I am very thankful for the relationship I have with my sister. We may not have grown up together but I love her as if we did. I am thankful for the love she has shown me and for showing me how to be a strong person. Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for all of God's blessings.

Lori E said...

Hi there. Thanks for coming by my site. I am thankful for you encouragement on my crappy day. I am thankful that although all the same stuff is wrong today I was not as overwhelmed by it.
I made up all my little tags and labels and didn't notice the letter m looked like w . I don't have the ooomph to go back and redo them all in a different font because I use Picnik and it is so slow.

♥georgie♥ said...

what a lovely thankful thursday post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend

Sue said...

I'm glad that you found peace and some contentment yesterday. Knowing that you and Shana will be together again one day with God is a realization that proves your faith. You have more strength than you knew to get you through your sadness. We are all blessed in one way or the other, even though we may not always believe so. We just have to see our way through the darkness when we are feeling the most lost.
All the best, Sue

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