Being grateful and thankful

I don’t have any pictures to share today. This is only about words and feelings and the place I find myself in my life.

Last year my mother passed away so there has been much time spent with my father being his sounding board for where he finds himself in his life. I am thankful that I have been able to be there for him, even though most of the time it is long distance. I am grateful that he was well enough to travel to Denver with Ron and I last summer to visit my oldest son’s family and our newest [at the time] grandson. I am thankful that he was able to spend a few weeks with us in Arkansas over Christmas and New Years. His health has taken a decided down turn so I don’t see any more trips together in our future.

I had the chance to spend a few days with all of my children, their spouses and all the grandchildren this past summer. We got to see the newest grandson then.  That may not seem like much to people who’s families live close, but mine are scattered to the corners of the USA and sometimes corners of the world. I am thankful we all were able to be together at my dad’s. It is a rare occurrence to find us all under one roof.

It am thankful and grateful for a husband who is just as likely as me to throw caution to the wind and take on new ventures. And I am blessed that there always seems to be enough to eat on the table, health care expenses are paid and there is enough money in the bank to care for all our basic needs…and a little left over for those spur of the moment things that make life so interesting.

I am thankful for 3 small fur babies who wake me every morning with slobbery kisses and then cuddles on my lap after their morning constitutional.

And most of all, I am thankful and grateful for all the friends and acquaintances I have met online through groups that I belong to. Like pen pals of old from grade school, these people play an important part in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you as you count your own blessings.