Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gratitude for Contrasts in our Lives

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I always love spending time at my cabin, as it is such a wonderful place for reflecting, and it seems I always have a little time to meditate and learn new lessons. This long weekend after Thanksgiving was a great time.   I was actually working pretty hard while I was there, as we are going to have a large group in less than two weeks for a 'CABIN CHRISTMAS WEEKEND". So looking forward to that but had lots and lots of work to do in preparation for this event.  The weather was pretty chilly, and the barrenness of winter had definitely set in  there. Great fireplace weather. As I began decorating, I loved the addition of colors and beauty in a dismal day. The dreariness made me so much more aware of the Christmas colors.  The fog and cold made me more aware of all of the beauty of the inside, the warmth, the coziness.... things I might not have even noticed if it had been beautiful outside.  It made me reflect how very much life is like this.  When we go through a time of "darkness" in our lives, the times of beauty become so much more rich.  I think it  would be hard to really appreciate one season of life without having the other.... barrenness, or fullness, darkness or color .
So hope that all of you had a good weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday..., and before you know it, the Christmas holiday will be upon us. I am really appreciating this season as I am going to have my children, my grandchildren, and my two great grandchildren all together for our Cabin Celebration.  And to top it off, two of these little girls are brand new to the world, only a few months apart, so it will be the beginning of their time in getting to know each other.  How fun to be in the middle of this. Also have a great big surprise coming up for my dear grandson.... not giving him too many clues on this though. Surprises are something that I love about the Christmas holiday, although I am not always very good at  keeping those secrets!

So as t he season approaches, take some time out to appreciate the areas of beauty and comfort that you have in your life and reflect on all that is lovely in this season.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Giving thanks for this beautiful day of family and friends. Truly, my family is my greatest gratitude! For this month and for every month!  Wishing peace and joy for every one of you on this Thanksgiving day, 2014!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I am wanting to share with you something that I am very grateful for today! There are no fancy photos here, but wanted to say that I got a letter today from a very special little girl in my life. Her name is EMELIA ANOH, and she lives in Ghuana Africa. Six years ago, I decided to sponsor a child from Compassion international, and on reviewing photos of the many children that are up for sponsorship, in the many countries that Compassion has a presence in, I chose the face of a little girl who was 3 years old and had a very solemn look on her little face. Somehow, that little face reached out to my heart, and I knew that she was the child I was meant to sponsor.
     I have loved being her sponsor, and it is such a small cost for all that she gets from the small amount of money that I send.   It is incredible how much $38.00 a month buys in these poverty ridden countries.  At Christmas, and for her birthday each year, I have the chance to send an extra $25.00, and always receive a photo of Emelia with all of the t hings that this tiny amount of money buys.
Seeing children like this, and seeing the poverty that they live in humbles my heart, and makes me so grateful that I have had this tiny opportunity  to perhaps change the course of this one childs life.  If you have ever thought of this for yourself, or for your family, be sure to check out the web site and the blog site of this amazing organization.  This is the link to a blog post that I saw today while I was writing to Emelia that really touched my heart. Definitely worth your time to look at this. The link is COMPASSION

Be sure to take a couple of minutes to watch the rewarding video on this post. The hearts of these mothers called out to me, and will to you too.




I have been a little remiss in my daily gratitude posts, but wanted to update and say that I have had a fun weekend and had the chance to go over to Fort Worth yesterday with a friend for lunch. Am so grateful for this friend who I have known for 40 years. Have survived together through thick and thin. and there has been alot of both through the years.
     I am really grateful for this season which is rapidly approaching.  I have to say that I really do enjoy this season with all of it's events, colors, and good will in so many places that it is not always found.
     I do enjoy when the metroplex area that I live in opens its gates and lets in the Season!  yesterday was not a pretty day, but still able to find lots of Christmas in the Fort Worth Stockyard area, including watching the longhorn herd mosey down the street in the rain. This herd of longhorns live at the stockyards, and participate in lots of events. Was fun watching the cowboys "call out the herd" and then seeing them pass by on the street. Even the restaurant buffalo has dressed up for the season. Although the christmas season can be hard for those of us without family, there still are plenty of opportunities to give back some to the community, and if a person makes the effort to do this, it does add joy where there might be none. Blessings to all of you as this season rapidly approaches!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I was thinking today about how very grateful I am in my life for the opportunity to meet so many women who have a positive attitude in life, who really want to make the best of what they have, to reach beyond the farthest that they felt they ever could have reached.  Life can send us many unexpected difficulties, and what we chose to make of those things, makes us who we are.  In the work I do as a  nurse practitioner, I see many older women who have health problems, financial problems, and  many losses. I just love when I have the privilege of seeing some of these women who truly have a face of joy, even though they have many problems. Spending their time reaching out to others to help. Still trying to grow and become even more than they are. Such a wonderful example these women are, and truly an inspiration to me as I age.  

Monday, November 17, 2014


As I saw this photo this morning  I thought of all of the gratitude that I have in my life for MEMORIES.  When my girls were little, my mother and father lived in Missouri, and we had many fun trips there to visit them. Times that were so precious, and are now gone.  We used to sing on our way to grandma and grandpa's house.  OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS  TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO.  These times were so precious, and have become a big part of the Warp and Woof of who i am as a person, and also, had a wonderfully positive effect on my daughters lives. This photo, although taken in the Texas Hill country, reminded me of Missouri, and those wonderful memories in the past. Can hear us all singing loudly in the car as we drove down the hilly roads.
      All of us have memories, some of them good, and some of them bad, but as the Holiday season approaches, most of us are reminded of these memories, and I am so so  grateful for the good memories in my life! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Just a very brief note to say I am so so so happy to have had the wonderful privelege of being at the birth today of my precious new little grandaughter, GENEVIEVE GRACE.  She is 7# and 3 oz, and is just beautiful!   I am so joyful to get to finally meet her and know that all is well.