52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 48

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Last week my son, Steve, came to visit.  Life hasn’t been easy for Steve.  He has had to wrestle with many demons and live with the consequences of losing many of those wrestling matches.  But through it all he has somehow managed to keep his magical sweet personality and loving attitude toward his family and life in general.  I am thankful that Steve keeps on fighting the good fight and I am thankful that Steve is my son.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 47

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Mother’s Day is a holiday I usually like to have over as soon as possible.  It has seemed to me for many years that the day was too emotionally charged.  But this Mother’s day I just enjoyed.  It was calm and filled with small and beautiful surprises.  I had time to enjoy my family and also to do one of my favorite things to do this time of the year – make strawberry jam.

I did my Snoopy dance of celebration and I was thankful for everything that goes into a PERFECT ordinary day.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 46

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

On May 6 of this year Dom and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary.  I am thankful for very many things in my life but the one thing I am most thankful for is having shared so much of my life with Dom.

What follows is a post I wrote two years ago about Dom and the words are as true today as they have ever been.

On May 6 of this year Dom and I celebrated 43 years of marriage with no time off for bad behavior.

Like most long term relationships, our marriage has grown like an epic novel with many chapters that have chronicled happiness and heartbreak. Somehow, at the conclusion of every chapter, we have always been able to come together and stay together.  And, gentle reader, I don’t know how we have done it.  So, don’t ask for the secret of how we arrived at this huge number of years still together.

Sometimes Dom will ask why I married him.  This usually occurs when I am finding fault with something.  And the answer is, besides his many, many, wonderful characteristics, he makes me laugh.

Well, maybe I do have a piece of advise.  Marry a man who makes you laugh so hard that you are afraid that you will….( I will let you fill in the blank).

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 45

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

It is the simple things in my life that sometimes get overlooked when reviewing the week and deciding what I am going to write about.  One of the simplest things, and yet at the same time, one of the most important things to be thankful for is good health.

I am at an age where I am constantly receiving bad news about a friend’s health problems.  Fortunately for me I don’t have a health issue that would be considered life threatening.  I went to my grandson’s soccer game Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful spring morning and it occurred to me how thankful I should be to be able to attend his game.  I give thanks this week for the simple ability to get in the car and drive to the field.  The strength to walk to the field he was playing on and to be able to stand and watch the game. 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 44 – CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Welcome to 52 Weeks of Thankfulness a day earlier.  But today World Book Day is being celebrated in the U.S.  Books have been such an enormously important part of my life that I had to combine my thankfulness for the gifts of writers with celebrating the years of joy reading has brought to me.  Books have been my constant companion on this whirlwind we call life.  Books have made me happy, brought me to tears, taught me life lessons and opened vistas of the world that I will probably never visit.  Books have been the boon companion of my life and I am hugely thankful for whoever it was that put the first book in my hands and set me off on this lifelong love affair.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 43

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Dom and I went to New York City this past weekend.  We went to celebrate his birthday.  As I have written about in the past, Dom has a great love for music, particularly the opera.  So I bought us tickets to see Aida which was performed at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoon.  New York City has been the stage for some of the happiest and proudest moments of my life and the saddest and most heartbreaking moments of my life.  I am thankful that the heartbreak has not broken our spirits.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 42

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Dom and I have lived in our small town for 38 years.  During that time we have had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people.  Some of the people have made a place in our hearts and became loved ones.  Other people have touched our lives and changed our lives and then moved on to different places.  Saturday night we had the rare opportunity of reconnecting with a couple who touched our family’s life and improved it.  When my oldest sons were little boys they went through a bad patch of seemingly not knowing how to go about making friends.  The couple we reconnected with had two children who went out of their way to befriend David and Andrew.  I don’t think Nancy and Dave probably even realize what a difference they made in my early days of mothering.  I am so thankful that the circle of life brought them back to me.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 41

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

To see the world through a child’s eyes once again is one of the joys of becoming a grandmother.  A grandchild is one of the best gifts the Creator can give to you in your old age.  Yesterday our family celebrated the 8th birthday of my grandson, Lucas.  I am thankful to have been given such a wondrous gift as this little boy.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 40

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

The past week found me down for the count.  My emotions were thrown into a maelstrom and I was physically brought to my knees by an infection.  I give thanks for the life I have experienced because it has taught me that “this too shall pass”.

 

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 39

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

This week my son, Andrew, will turn 41.  Andrew has lived in a health care facility for the better part of the last 15 years.  He is a quadriplegic and has a major brain injury that causes him to be unable to communicate his needs or desires.

For the last 15 years Dom and I have visited Andrew weekly bringing him a nonnutrious lunch filled with all the junk food you do not get a health care facility.

When I went to see Andrew on Saturday I found him unable to eat or drink and mostly unresponsive to stimulus.  This week is always difficult for our family because his birthday.  To find Andrew in such condition, I am afraid, pushed me over the edge to grief and tears.

I am thankful for the loving health care workers who recognized my pain and did everything in their power to try to alleviate it.  I am thankful for their concern and care for not only Andrew but our family.

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