Nov 9, 2009

A Time for Gratitude


My family took a beautiful drive this weekend through rural southwest Virginia. I had a lot of time to think (and nap, but that is not my point!) I kept coming back to how grateful I am for so many things, especially this time of year.

First, Veteran's Day is this week, and I am grateful to all of the veterans and the current active duty service members for the sacrifices they have made to try to keep us all safe.

Second, I am thankful for my family. This weekend was a nice opportunity to spend some time together, as we went down to hear my older son sing in a concert. When he comes home, he has so many people to see, our time together is so limited. I was reminding my husband how it seems so long ago when we used to dream about when the boys would be 15 and 20, like it was so far off, and now it is only months away.

I am very thankful for my husband- in a few weeks, we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. It seems like just yesterday we were dating. He really is my best friend. He is so supportive of me in everything I do.

I am thankful we have resources. Today, I guess because of the sudden warm weather, there were a lot of people begging at intersections. That got me thinking about our financial life. We might not be rolling in the dough- our home is modest and our car has nearly 150,000 miles on it, but we don't want for anything and I am quite thankful for that.

Any of you who know me in person, know that I am often anxious. I am thankful that we live a sort of low key life, so that I can try to keep myself from getting totally frazzled. Don't get me wrong, we are often busy, but I think because my guys all seem to have an easygoing attitude, that keeps me grounded. Today I stopped in to check out a thrift shop near my younger son's school. It was a huge place, and evidently Monday is some sort of sale day, so it was packed. When I got to the register, two women were there screaming obscenities at each other. It seemed that one of them had interfered with the other's turn to get waited on. I just can't imagine what slight would be worth treating another person so harshly.

I am thankful that my younger son is getting baptized in a few weeks, that is the answer to many prayers I whispered.

What are you thankful for today?

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