Choosing Gratitude

I had a very nice week.  I got to spend several days with Lauren, Leah and the new baby.  I LOVE spending time with my children and their children.  There isn’t any experience that is much better in this whole world.  We played at the park, enjoyed good conversation, hugged the littles…a lot…and just loved on the part of the family that was present (missed the part that wasn’t).

This weekend has been a slightly different story.  Saturday was 18 weeks; four and half months, since Steve died and for the past two days I’ve missed my Steve…badly.  Parts of each day have been good, productive and comfortable.  But, just when I think, “I can do this! Yes, I can!” an overwhelming sense of loss just comes in waves threatening to drown me in its sadness. 

So, to follow my own advice, I’m going to find joy by listing those things for which I was thankful for this week:

    • Rain!  It rained hard and long Friday night, twice on Saturday and a little bit today.  We have needed the rain badly in this area and our crunchy grass, hard soil and our wilting oaks appreciated the wet stuff.
    • Naps. I don’t often nap but I took a couple of short ones!  Niiiicccceeee.
    • Cooler weather.
    • My children, their spouses and their children.
    • Lovely breezes.
    • Antelope grazing and lingering in the back yard.
    • Dishes done.
    • Goats bleating on the hill behind the house.
    • Quail flying up out of the prairie grass and across the road.
    • Laundry done.
    • Sewing machine fixed. By ME!
    • Good wine.
    • Better bourbon.
    • Starting a new book.
    • Finding my mother okay in her home after NOT answering her phone for over six hours!  
    • Planning and scheduling two new adventures.
    • Nutritious, tasty meals.
    • Morning coffee, afternoon popsicles and evening wine all on the back porch.
    • Kisses from my pups.
    • The scent of rosemary and lavender hovering in the air after the rain.
    • Hummingbirds.
    • Butterflies.
    • Memories.
    • Texts from friends.
    • Scheduling time with those friends.

Although it is sometimes difficult….Today, I Choose Joy!

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What are you thankful for this evening?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13. 

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