Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grateful Times - Things I Am Thankful for Right Now

I work hard to practice gratitude every single day. Life is such a gift, even in the darkest days, and I am incredibly thankful for so many things! The following list is just a tip of the iceberg, really... 

The very fact that I get to be their mother, being with them, watching them do their activities, listening to them talk to each other, the stories they tell, their laughter, all the skits, plays and WWE moves they perform, the kind and generous hearts they have for other people, the compassion they possess, the ability to laugh at themselves and to be quick and witty, their try, their blue, blue eyes, their long, long legs, the pride they have in behaving for their teachers and coaches, the respect they show to others, the unconditional love they still have for me even when I mess up.

Husband/Best Friend
The love and support he gives, his voice, his blue, blue eyes, his long, long legs, his ability to always be positive no matter how tough times may be, the kindness of his heart, the way he calls throughout the day, the amazing strength he has to push through when he is in pain, his deep and abiding knowledge that he must live a clean and sober life for us, the way he can dream so big and then make it happen, the special inborn quality he has to sell anything, his lasting and true friendship, the way he is my rock, heart and soul.

My fabulous childhood and the way they spoiled me but still taught me gratitude and appreciation and how to work hard, the western heritage and lifestyle they gifted into my life, their ability to always do the right thing even when it's hard, their faith in me when I don't have it in myself, the long phone calls in between visits, the teasing, the knowledge, camping with my little B's, all the stories, the Catholicism they introduced into my life, the faith they have, the unconditional love they have for everyone, the comfort of knowing they are always there for us, their ability to bounce back from adversity, the love and care they show to us all. 

The introduction of "beloved" into my life, the way she thinks we are perfect even though we aren't, her pride and joy in our lives, the stories that are told with such flair and drama to hold our interest time after time, her devotion to her faith and church even though it isn't the same as ours, the way she can find the most quality item hidden in any thrift store in existence, her excellent taste in clothing and home decor, the star quality she passed onto my daughter, her beautiful face and sweet heart.

Friends new and old, the ones who care and who make time and show us we matter to them, coaches who give so much time, encouragement and life skills to my children, preparing them for the twisted road of life, teachers who care so very much and give more than they should have to give because they know it is the best and right thing for their students, priests who live the amazing life of faith and service, giving endlessly, doctors who go the extra mile and care more about their patient than the broken system, family members who love us and think we are special in spite of what others think, our equine vet who is so kind and knowledgeable and about more than the bottom line, Veterans and all the military who protect us every day, strangers, athletes, singers, actors/actresses, celebrities who share their gifts and are generous with their abundance. The lesson givers, for they help us grow. People.

In pastures, alive and healthy, slick in the spring, furry in winter, their sweet breath and all-knowing eyes, a head on my shoulder when I need it most, a nudge in the back if they need more attention, a nicker to say they are hungry, their willingness to give their all, the comfort and friendship they offer just being there.

The very fact that I am so very lucky to have all of them, the freedom they afford to accommodate the little B's schedules, being able to use my college degree, the total love, admiration and respect I feel for my bosses (so glad I don't have to work for a mean person!), the amazing opportunities I have to learn and grow in all aspects of working. 

The incredible freedom we all take for granted, the ability to choose the life we are living, choices, excitement, clean water, healthy food, good roads, nice vehicles, the million things Americans take for granted every single day, the heroes who ensure our freedom, the patriotic spirit we are born with - God bless America!

The pride and deep-seated knowledge in my soul that it is the religion of my heart and the first church started by Jesus, the comfort and compassion that comes from ritual, expectations and prayer, the incredible freedom to believe, forgiveness, like-minded people, the bonding nature Catholics feel, Hail Marys and the protection I feel from The Mother of God, rosaries prayed in times of desperation or celebration, novenas, all the overwhelming signs we see everyday that God does exist.

1 comment:

  1. You are awesome Bobbi Jo love your sister in law. Suezy


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