Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TF #15

15. I am thankful for the chance to again appreciate what I have cause I don't have it. We are temporarily without home phone, tv, and internet (which explains my lack of TF posts). It has been nice to get the family to do other things and to enjoy our large collection of movies again. But I do miss my internet! Hopefully will have all back up and going right after the holiday. For now I will post from the library when I have a chance to swing in.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food, fun, time with those you love, and with lots of time to remember what you are truly thankful for!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

TK #13 &14!

13. I am thankful for the ability to be ok with not reaching my goal of blogging every day on my thankful quest. Before work yesterday morning one of my closest friends called to tell me what all was going on in her life at the moment that had put her in the hospital. She needed company to help make it through the day and so her husband could get a little break to relax and not worry about is wife and her comfort. He needed some rest. So I was able to get off work about noon, come home to get my own sick husband comfortable, run a couple errands and head off to spend the rest of the day just getting some good visiting time in with a very special couple working hard to keep a very persistent baby in his little oven a little longer.
I stayed till 9pm and then made it home about 10 and just crashed. Hubby had to wake me to eat my dinner.
So I am going to get back on track with my thankful posting and be thankful for it! hehe.
14. I am thankful to be able to FINALLY enjoy the colors of fall. Yes, the trees have officially taken on a majority of fall coloring. I love driving now and just absorbing the beautiful colors all around me. I am even thankful to enjoy the colors of the Christmas lights that are already starting to show up at night around the neighborhoods!

Friday, November 12, 2010

TF #12

12. I am thankful for poems that stop to make you think and appreciate:

Her hair was up in a pony tail, Her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy's Day at school, And she couldn't wait to go.. But her mommy tried to tell her, That she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, If she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; She knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates Of why he wasn't there today. But still her mother worried, For her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, She tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school Eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back, For everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, Anxious in their seats One by one the teacher called A student from the class. To introduce their daddy, As seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, Every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, A man who wasn't there. 'Where's her daddy at?' She heard a boy call out. 'She probably doesn't have one,' Another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, She heard a daddy say, 'Looks like another deadbeat dad, Too busy to waste his day.' The words did not offend her, As she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back, Slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, Came words incredibly unique. 'My Daddy couldn't be here, Because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, Since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, And how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories He taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses, And taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, And ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I'm not standing here alone. 'Cause my daddy's always with me, Even though we are apart I know because he told me, He'll forever be in my heart'
With that, her little hand reached up, And lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads, Her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, Who was wise beyond her years. For she stood up for the love Of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, Doing what was right. And when she dropped her hand back down, Staring straight into the crowd. She finished with a voice so soft, But its message clear and loud. 'I love my daddy very much, he's my shining star. And if he could, he'd be here, But heaven's just too far. You see he is an American soldier And died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy And taught Americans to fear. But sometimes when I close my eyes, it's like he never went away.' And then she closed her eyes, And saw him there that day. And to her mothers amazement, She witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, All starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, Who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, They saw him at her side. 'I know you're with me Daddy,' To the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, Of those once filled with doubt. Not one in that room could explain it, For each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, Was a fragrant long-stemmed rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, By the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, That heaven is never too far.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

TF #11

11. I am thankful for our men and women who serve in our armed forces. I have many family members including my dad who have or do serve in our military. Thank you all for what you do and give to keep me and my family safe and free! And thank you so much to the families of those who serve. I am so thankful to each of you too!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TF #10

10. I am thankful for slow cookers. It's so nice to do a little work in the morning, go run errands and/or go to work and then come home to a house that smells wonderful and has dinner ready and waiting for you without having to rely on someone else to remember to get it done. Tonight I tried a new pot roast recipe. Simple, few ingredients, and turned out great!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TF #9

9. I am thankful for cold medicine. Both of the girls are sick today. One stayed home so I called in absent to work, and the other had to be picked up from school. Medicine has helped them sleep and feel better. I am looking forward to giving them more so Larry and I can sleep tonight since we were up all night last night with one child.

Monday, November 8, 2010

TF #8

8. I am thankful for my cat Matty. He is the one animal in the house who actually prefers me. I will get into each of my others another day. Matty has been with us for 6 years now. He was abandoned at one of the properties Larry worked at and we lived at. Larry saw him and told me where he was. Larry said if I could catch him I could have him. I remember I was in the middle of making dinner, dropped what I was doing and caught me a young cat. I tried to get his sister too. She looked just like him but the tips of her fur were burnt orange (HOOK 'EM!). She was too skittish. She did come stay outside our door though and eat the food I left for her. But since that day, Matty has been my shadow. He wants affection so bad at times I have to hide my hands under me so he will lay down and quit pushing me. He is a girl's best friend and a real Mama's Boy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

TF #7

7. I am thankful for memories. Good and bad. They go hand in hand. It will be 2 years tomorrow since I found out my friend Blake had passed away. I think of him often and hurt. But thankfully the hurt subsides and turns me to smiles as I think of all the many good times we had. I love you dearly, Blake, and miss you so very much. So much I still was meant to share with you. I know you are with me always though and for that I am TRULY THANKFUL.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

TF #6

6. I am thankful for Saturdays spent with family. Today I had only a half day of work. After I got off I went over to some of the family from Larry's side and enjoyed time hanging out with them at a family cookout. I love that I am so close with them that even though Larry and the girls are out of town I can go and visit and enjoy time with them. I don't feel the need to have Larry along to feel like I am welcome. I am thankful for that and for memories made with them each time.

Friday, November 5, 2010

TF #5

5. I am thankful for books. You can learn from them, escape with them, find new friends with them, write your own thoughts and stories with them. And most importantly they help to carry who we are on long after we are gone by sharing our favorite books with our children who then share them with theirs and so on!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TF #4

4. I am thankful for being crafty. I may not always have the time and definitely don't have the talent that so many out there have. But I do enjoy and love having a creative outlet. And I am so thankful to have a mom, dad, and husband who have always encouraged, supported, and bragged on it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


3. I am thankful for good chili on cool days. Today was day two of wet and cool weather. I was thankful to have a later day for going in to work so I got to get chores done and made dinner before I headed in. I was welcomed home after a short day at work to the smell still hanging in the air from cooking it that morning/afternoon. AHHHH!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

TF #2

2. My home. After being at work for almost 12 hours (hubby's truck is being repaired, and it definately wasn't motorcycle weather so I arrived 3 and half hours before scheduled to clock in) I was very happy to get home. Long day at work and icky weather make you very thankful for a warm, comfy home to return to. Even if it's not as clean as you may hope. :)

Monday, November 1, 2010


It is November already!!! And I have barely blogged this year. So here is something to get me going. Something that doesn't put a lot of pressure and hopefully I can keep up with.
30 days of being thankful.
1. For having an October birthday. I am thankful to be surrounded by Halloween for celebrating. I am thankful for the cooler temperatures we have (most years) around my birthday. I love that is at a time when families are spending time together.