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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Giving Thanks

Each day this month, a few friends have been using their Facebook status to post one thing for which they are thankful. I haven't been doing that, but I like that concept.

I'm usually the first one up in my house every day. As I slowly stretch out the stiffness that's becoming more prevalent and ease into my day, I try to take time to be thankful. Sometimes, it's just simply the aches and pains and being able to get up for another day of life. I use my morning shower to pray and "talk to God" and I end by singing a song I taught my children when they were little, "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it," (Psalms 118:24)

Often the rest of my family, who are not "morning people" ask me why I'm always such a good mood in the mornings. Well, why not?

My husband and I are blessed. We have a home, we have our health, we have wonderful children and grandchildren, friends, jobs and one another.

A couple of years ago when neither one of us had full time jobs, we "visited" our daughter's and then our son's homes, and we house sat -- because we did not have a house of our own. That was rough, but we made it through. And, it made us appreciate wherever we call home even more.

We might not be in the so-called "1 percent", but we are thankful for where we are in life.

My friends have mentioned other things in their daily status posts, such as rain, football games and snow. I concur and add, baseball season, newborn babies, technology, sunsets, sunrises, my pets, my vision...the list goes on.

Make your own list. Think about everything - even the simpliest things that make you smile, that make your life easier, that take your breath away - and be thankful not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday.