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Today I am thankful that I was blessed to attend the wedding of my beautiful niece Jessica and her adoring Derek.  If ever there was a match made in heaven, this is it.  And it is a marriage with Jesus as the center and foundation.  What joy to witness!  My heartfelt congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Derek Rogers.  May Jesus continue to be the center of your relationship, and your anchor in every storm!  Much love.

What are you thankful for today?

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Today I am thankful for drains that actually, well, drain.  That’s not something I think about much really.  I just run water down the drain and assume it’s going to go where it’s supposed to.   Over the weekend we had a cold snap with a few inches of snow and everything.  So much for it being mild the rest of the winter.  🙂  Anyway, whether it was frozen or just blocked I don’t know, but last Friday night the large drain out to the sewer stopped draining.  Water backed up into the bathtub, flooded the garage, the whole thing.  Not a lot of fun.  Which left us with 3 stinky people, lots of dirty dishes, and no clean laundry.  And the potty situation was just, well, eeewwwww!

Monday evening the Roto Rooter guys were finally able to get to my house.  Bless them, they apparently had a very busy weekend.  And in a matter of 20 minutes from the time they got there to the time they left, they had cleaned out the pipe so everything could flow smoothly the way it was designed.  A. Maz. Ing.  The thing that was causing such a huge mess in my life was taken care of just like that *Insert finger snap here* by someone who knew what they were doing.  Pretty sure there’s a spiritual application somewhere in this little adventure of mine.  🙂

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I know, I know, it’s Friday all ready.  I had some technical difficulties yesterday, so this didn’t get posted.  But it’s here now!  Yeah!

Today I am thankful for my parents.  I have had the great privilege of having lunch with my parents every Tuesday for the past several years.  After lunch Dad goes home and Mom and I spend the rest of the day running errands and shopping.  I am so very fortunate to live in the same town with them.  Our lunches have deepened our friendship and my appreciation for their wit and wisdom.  We have a lot of fun together and these times are very precious to me.  Occasionally one of my kids or another family member will join us when they are in town.  But as much as I love them, I have to confess that I truly treasure most those days when it’s just the three of us.

The older I get the more I understand what life is really about.  Life is about relationships.  Real, heart-to-heart relationships.  And as it is with so many other things, quantity is no match for quality.  I have determined to be more deliberate with the relationships in my life.  They are gifts from Father to be nurtured and cherished and celebrated.

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Oh what a glorious day it was yesterday!  Sunny and warm with just a bit of a breeze.  What an amazing gift!  Even though it’s a few weeks early to be planting, I just couldn’t resist.  It’s supposed to stay pretty mild until spring anyway.  Or so say they who know.

I always end up with more seeds than I have room to plant, but I got most of them in the ground.  I planted my lettuce mix and green onions and spinach.  I also got my snowpeas, green beans, and sugar snap peas in along the fence.   I also got some herbs going in pots in the house.  Then I just sat and soaked up some sunshine.  My, but it felt good.   Course, now I’ll be checking every day until I see the first green shoots poking up out of the ground.  I love watching things grow.  And I love harvesting veggies.  Not too crazy about the weeding part, I’ll have to admit.  But home grown veggies are worth it!  I’ll be sure to let you all know when stuff starts coming up.  🙂

What are you thankful for today?

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Today I am thankful for the rain we’ve had this week.  One whole night we had a steady soaking rain, and rain showers at other times.  After the hottest summer on record and drought conditions I am so grateful for every drop we get.  I am continuing to ask Father to restore the water levels in the region.  Our farmers and ranchers were hit particularly hard, with some having to sell parts of their herds for lack of water.  So thank You, Father for the rain!  May it continue.  And I promise to not make any jokes about growing webbed feet… 🙂

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Today I am thankful for cars.  I know that sounds a little silly.  It’s something that most of us probably take for granted.

At the beginning of last summer, my old white van had to be put out to pasture.  Literally.  (Well, ok, not a pasture exactly, but salvage yard isn’t as poetic.)  She had 263,000+ miles on her and had served the family well for many years.  At the time my father was not doing much driving while recovering from an illness, so my parents blessed me by giving me the use of his car.

Monday morning it was acting kinda funny when I took my daughter to work.  I was concerned it wasn’t going to make it home.  It did, barely, at 20 miles per hour and I heaved a sigh of relief as I closed the garage door.  I went back out to the garage a few minutes later and it was full of smoke!  I ran back in the house, got a big boc of baking soda, ran back to the garage, and popped the hood.  Thankfully there were no flames, but more smoke and that yucky “burning the insulation off of wires” smell.

Our mechanic’s lot was full-some kind of car epidemic-so it didn’t get towed until Tuesday morning.  Got it back late yesterday afternoon.  Thankfully it was a quick, relatively inexpensive (in mechanic dollars) fix.  Ignition coil and module were burned up, and I now fully understand the phrase “not running on all cylinders”, since only 2 were working.  I think that’s happened to me before! 🙂  As an added bonus, now that all 4 cylinders are working, I’m thinking that my mileage will probably improve.

While I have to admit I really enjoyed those few days at home where I didn’t have to take anyone anywhere or go pick anyone up, I’m not sure I want to try it long-term.  Three (semi)adults with one vehicle can get frustrating and even down right annoying at times, but I think I prefer one to zero.  So today, I am deeply thankful and greatly blessed that I have a car to drive.  What are you thankful for today?  If you have a blog post you’d like to share for Thankful Thursday, click below.  If you don’t have a blog, just share with us in the comment box.

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Inspiration


Ok, I realize that today is Monday and not Thursday.  Just consider this a “Special Addition” Thankful Thursday. 

Today, I am thankful for people who inspire me.  We all need people in our lives that cheer us on and celebrate our victories with us.  I am blessed to have those people on my life.  We also need to have those people in our lives that let go, jump in, and follow their dreams.  I also am blessed that I have those people in my life.  Today, I would like to tell you a little bit about two of them.

My little sister, Debbie, has a very strong sense of who she is and just as important, who she is not.  She lives in a small town in Texas close to Dallas.  She raises chickens, repairs antique quilts, restores antique sewing machines, gardens organically, has a grey water system to water her garden, and uses a solar oven to cook in during the summer.  She absolutely refuses to be put into any kind of box, and if you ask her about herself, she’ll tell you she’s “living hippie proud”.

 In my former life, when I was a staunch adherent of rigid box living, I never really understood her much.  How could anyone possibly be happy without a box to live in?  She confused me.  She sometimes embarrassed me.  And she provoked me to jealousy.  I didn’t understand how, but I knew she was way happier than I was.

 As I began to emerge from my box (or at least poke my head out the top), she began to inspire me.  To try things like making homemade soap, which was kind of fun, and homemade cheese, which was so awesome that I have a friend making me a cheese press so I can start making cheddar cheese which is my all time favorite.  She helped to jumpstart my journey to a simpler lifestyle, and introduced me to the road less traveled.

 Several years ago, she quit her “real job” to stay home and raise her kids.  She home schooled and made quilts and took on sewing projects to make some extra money.  She and her husband Chris taught the kids to live outside the box and follow their hearts.  Their son is now working his dream job at a gaming company inSeattleand his wife just finished culinary school.  Their daughter is studying marine biology at A&M Galveston and loving life.

Now with the kids well on their way, Chris has decided it’s time to follow his dream.  He has always loved skateboarding.  Probably since before it was cool.  Any spare time he has, he’s at the skate park.  So he and Debbie have decided to open their own skate board shop.  Flatspot Boardshop, 8901 Virginia Pkwy, Suite 500, McKinney, Texas.  Their Grand Opening is today.  There will be give-aways, awesome deals, and a fun time will be had by all.  So, to Deb and Chris:  You are both an inspiration to me, and I am proud to call you family!

So, if any of you happen to be in the Dallas area today, even if it’s out of your way, why not swing by and support the dream and the dreamers.  You’ll be happy you did.  And tell them Cery sent you.

Peace out.

 

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