I am thinking...I am blessed.
I am thankful for...for Amanda & David making it safely here . . . arrived about 1 AM.
From the kitchen...Poppyseed kolaches; turkey; ham (will carmelize it this year - what fun it will be, taking a torch to it!); Dressing needs to have broth added to it & then popped into oven about an hour before serving; garlic mashed potatoes; Broccoli/Rice casserole; Gravy waiting to be made; Green Beans (just beans - no casserole - shocking!); Deviled eggs (jalepeno & regular); Corn; Croisssants; Veggie Tray: Cranberries; Pecan Tarts & Mini-tarts: Poppyseed Kolaches; Banana Bread & Sugar Cookies in the making; tea is made; & of course there's coffee!
I am going... to take a quick shower.
I am hoping...to enjoy the day.
I am hearing...Birds. Just birds. They drown out everything else.
One of my favorite things…having my family & friends with/around me.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week....Go walking after the big meal; take Kevin back to TRF; then drive back home. It's about 6 hours round trip. Tomorrow sleep in late. Can such a thing be done?
Amanda & our friendship; Abigail; Autumn; Antique tablecloth coming clean after Shiloh made a mess of it with blueberry pie; Another day to grieve the change that's taking place in my parents' lives
Bible; Blooming flowers & Bouquets in the house; Black cardigan; Backyard Birds chiriping
Children who trust the Lord; Chloe; Charlotte & all she does for my parents; Cute flannel pajamas I bought on sale; Central heat & air; Chinaberry trees
David; Debby; Decluttering
Ericka; Eyes to oftentimes see God in the most trying of circumstances; Eight-seven year old mom going to Dallas with me to visit grand & great grandchildren.
Family; Fluffy towels; Five years of weight-loss maintenance; Florida; Fresh eggs from Murray's happy hens
God knowing the ending from the very beginning...of my life...of my nation's life...of everything; Good man; Good friends; Good coffee; Generator; Get well card from Murray
Home; Husband who is faithful, hardworking & thinks I'm beautiful when I know I'm not; House filled with people we love
Insight into the many levels of my stress
Jesse; Job; Judy; Job (not to be confused with my grandson)
Kevin; Kwabena, from Ghana – he calls us Mom & Dad. He makes me smile
Lots of travel mercies for Murray & me & David & Amanda; "Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain."
Murray; Mercy; Magnesium; Manners
New tires; Neatness
Oil change; Orderliness
Paul; Photography; Poetry; Pleasant people with pleasant faces
Quilt made just for me by friend Debby; Quote from William Henry Channing , "To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony." I have high & lofty aspirations indeed. I have far to go. . .
Rain; Relying on gut feelings, instincts, still small voice from God Himself. Whatever you call it - I've learned through the years and some heartache to trust & rely on it. I will never doubt it again.
Simon; Simon's job; Strength to endure & at times rejoice in hectic, busy weeks; Simplicity; Shutters back on house; Shopping with Amanda; Scrapbooking
Today; Tomatoes & basil from garden; Thanksgiving – I'm thankful for a holiday that focuses on gratitude. Of course it's just one day. The next day people get up early to go shopping. I guess for more things to be grateful for.
Understanding & Undemanding husband; Unscheduled days
Vitamins laid for me
Warming weather; Workers' Compensation; Washer & Dryer
Yardwork done by David, Jeremy & Juan when Murray's back was out.
Zzzzs – I do not sleep well at all. I get only 4 – 5 hours