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Today I am GRATEFUL for:

IMG_0001My Brothers: I was watching a commercial a few nights ago, with two kids looking at the ornaments on a Christmas tree and became very nostalgic – filled with memories of Christmas in the 1950’s. I am the middle child and the only girl. My big brother, Michael, passed away a few years ago. Even though we were not very close as adults, I miss him and think about him often.

My baby brother, David, only lives about two miles from me, but life can be so hectic that we rarely get to see each other. He has a great job, but it requires a lot of travel.  He and his wife just bought property about thirty-five miles from here and are planning to move after the first of the year.  With as little as I get to see him now, I fear it will be even less in the future.

Holidays just aren’t the same any more.

This doesn’t sound grateful, I know. I am missing holidays past with the whole family together, opening presents, cooking and eating together.  But gratitude is what I feel. I thank God for the family he gave me.  For all the joys and sharing that we had when we were all together.  Those memories are precious to me. The best part is knowing that in the end, we will all be together again. Thank you Jesus!

Cinnamon toast: haven’t eaten homemade cinnamon toast in years. Man, that was delicious.

Getting Stronger: November was a bear of a month.  First the food poisoning which kept me sick and weak for almost two weeks.  Then a couple of good days, feeling better followed by two weeks + of the winter crud. I am still taking antibiotics, but I am starting to think maybe I have got this one beat!  Please keep me on your prayer lists that the worst is past and that Christmas break will be filled with fun and friends – no sick bed.


Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the family you gave me.  My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. brothers and cousins, all showed me what love is, and shared Your love with me to be sure I knew who You are. I will always be truly grateful for all You have given me.

Bless my sweet baby girl and her fiance’ as they build a life together. May they know to always keep You at the center of their lives.

Today, as every day, I ask that You place Your healing hands on so many of my friends that are hurting.  There is loss and illnesses and hardships throughout my circle of friends and I pray peace and comfort for all of them.  

Father God, I especially ask again for you to touch D&D with healing and peace that they will know that You are in control of it all.  I love D so much and my heart breaks for what they are going through, but I know that You are there with them through it all.


Today I am GRATEFUL for:


IMG_2991Newest member of my family: I have a new cousin. Her name is Elsie and she is a beauty. Actually, she is my third cousin. New life is a wonderful thing. I wish they didn’t live so far away so I could actually hold her.  Her Grandmother and I are the best of friends. If I had a sister I couldn’t love her more. Wish she lived closer so I could hug her.

This is a picture of a small gift I made for her. She looks so cute wearing it.

Safety of students, faculty and staff at Florida State University. What happened in Tallahassee last night could have been so much worse.  I woke up at 4:30 this morning and turned on the local news as I do every morning. I immediately was concerned for all the students there, but especially for the daughter of one of my dearest friends who is a senior at FSU.  I didn’t want to call her that early, but was so relieved when I texted her at 8:00 and she texted back that her daughter was safe.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the motive or cause of this senseless violent act, but I am just so thankful that it wasn’t any worse.  Please remember the FSU family in your prayers, especially the one student that is still in critical condition.

Chappells Heating and Air:  They replaced the thermostat on my central heat and air yesterday and now the unit will turn off when it reaches the temperature set.  Yay! My electric bill should reflect that next month.


Father, God, tonight I lift up to you all the families affected by the shooting at FSU.  Please place your healing hand on the student that is still in critical condition.  Be with all the students as they work through this.  Bless sweet Elsie and her entire family.  Thank you for service companies that I can always count on to treat me fairly, like Chappells.  

As always, I love you and praise your name, and thank you for all the blessings in my life.  


Today I am GRATEFUL for:

Praise G!ratitude and Joy

My sweet Mamma

Today’s rain.  Cooled things down a little and the grass really needed it.

Our walk this morning.  I haven’t walked for days due to the migraine I have had, but I forced myself to go anyway.  Didn’t even make a mile.  Oh well, I did start very late and the heat was already pretty unbearable.  I’ll have to try to make it earlier tomorrow.  I worry about Molly’s paws on hot concrete.

Progress on my organizing project.  Today I took several boxes and a few bags of clothes and stuff to the thrift store.

I’m probably about half way through things now.  Tons taken to Heather’s house last week.  Feels good to be accomplishing this.  I’ve thought a lot about how it got so overwhelming, then I realized that as the only girl I inherited all my mothers stuff, and all my daddy’s mothers stuff and even some of my mother’s mother’s stuff.  Add to that 50+ years of my stuff and you got a lot of “stuff”.

Just going through the kitchen I realized I had at least duplicates, if not triplicates of everything.  Some things even more.  It’s hard when someone you love dies and you have to go through and part with things that belonged to them.  However, if you don’t get to the point of being able to let go of these things, you can stay buried in the past and under a cloud for the rest of your life.  The chaos and confusion of so much stuff can also affect your relationships with others and with God.

Even though I am not finished, just making progress is up lifting, and I don’t think Mom or my Grandmothers would mind.  Later today or tomorrow I will try to write a blurb about the app that is helping me to accomplish all this organization.

Wish me luck as I continue on this journey to a simpler, clutter free existence.  Thank you God for helping me see my way past the chaos to what can be.  Without you I would not be able to do any of this.