Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I have much to be grateful for today. 

Good friends.  I've said it before and I'll say again, probably until the day I die, but good friends are absolutely invaluable!  FB messages, texts, phone calls. emails......some just to keep in touch, some with words of encouragement, and some with just an "I love you" - all bring me such happiness and fill me with such thankfulness for a life blessed with good people.  I am surrounded by them. I am blessed to have them in my life.  My in real life friends, my virtual friends, my family who are also my friends, every last one of you are important and appreciated.  

My family.  I have the best.  Splenda Daddy is a saint.  My sons are supportive and loving.  Despite a fabrication that has been circulated out there, I did NOT kick Luke out of the house. He moved closer to school and to his job.  I get so frustrated by people who make stuff up.  Who lie about me and my family.  For the record.  He moved because he wanted to and needed to be closer to the things he does.  

My sweet doggies.  Sure Jordan barks a shrill, annoying, want to rip your ears off bark, but she is sweet, obedient and loving.  Jack is a cuddler, smart and loves Chloee.  They are important in our family.  Our litter.  And I love the happiness that they bring all of us.

My son's significant others.  Right now, 'antana is girlfriend status and Karalee is fiancee status, but I love them just the same.  I see how happy they make my boys.  How much they love them.  As a mother, you love anyone who loves your kids.  Both of those girls have a special place in my heart.  And when Luke finds his perfect one - she will nestle right in on in there as well.

My health. Right now I'm injury free.  As I ran a little this morning, I found a good pace that I think I will go for on Saturday for the first race of the season.  My legs feel good.  My cardiovascular is strong and besides some occasional gallbladder pain and a sore neck from a bad pillow last night, I am feeling great.  Strong and ready for the season.  Fingers crossed it lasts this way!

A great attorney.  I can't even believe we have had to retain one (and again - to clear up a fabrication out there, he is NOT charging us 12,000 a month - my goodness!).  He is a good person, who believes in doing the right thing and is doing all in his power to make sure that little people who can't decide things for themselves are protected.  He has made sure that he uses our funds wisely but also does not take shortcuts.  We are blessed to have his counsel, experience and wisdom.

And finally, Chloee.  A Thankful Thursday wouldn't be complete without expressing gratitude for her.  She is an amazing little one who brings happiness to our family and to our home.  I expressed concern a post or two ago about her not wanting to look at pictures of her Mommy.  She has since changed her approach.  On the advice of a professional, we took the framed collage down but left it in her room where she could get it if she wanted to.  Then on her nightstand left a stack of prints without making a big deal about them.  She now looks at the prints, carries them around, asks questions, talks about them and even has slept with them the past two nights.  I take that as a good sign.  I think giving her the control over when she wants to look at them and how, is good for her.   I will be glad to meet with her therapist tonight and get started on things we need to do to to continue to help her, and to work on transitioning her to a life with her Daddy and his new wife Karalee.    We know that it's gonna take time, and I certainly hope that Corb and Kar will take time to be newlyweds and enjoy being together without having a child to care for, so everyone understands that it's not going to be immediate, but there is a great long-term plan in place and I am so grateful for all the wisdom and counsel we have received from so many professionals regarding her and her best interests. 

Wow - what a blessed woman I am.  In spite of all the tough times over the past several weeks.  The frustration, the fear, the anxiety of the unknown, the unfairness of other's actions - it is refreshing to put down all the things that I am feeling thankful for and be reminded of how blessed I am.

So what are you thankful for today?


Scrappy Girl said...

My current frame of mind is unable to think of much. I hate feeling like this. Argh. It is so much more fun to be Soon.

Pedaling said...

I'm thankful for people who remind me of the little things to be thankful for--
like you.

I really don't get why you are picked on so....I don't get it. These things you post about, things others find fault with, never even entered my mind.
seriously people--Get A Life!

Anyway, I loved this post. I am also thankful for people who blog, cuz I like reading them!

Sue said...

Don't you feel like we are all on this roller coaster of learning, trials and blessings?

Everyone I know is dealing with something "hard" and yet remain faithful and cheerful and acknowledge their blessings..

I love that about you too. You have a strong spirit, and your influence for good is felt by all of us.

Today I'm thankful that nothing is troubling me, though it could if I let it.

Cheeseboy said...

Time to get that gallbladder out. I had mine out and it was a good choice.

Cool that you like your son's girlfriends so much. I'm sure they appreciate it too.

tammy said...

People that gossip and make up crap are just stupid!! I don't get people who choose to waste all of their energy on hurting others. What sad pathetic lives they must lead.

I am thankful for the internet. Otherwise I may never have met you and the many people who have enriched my life.

I'm also thankful for chocolate cake.

" Hit It......." said...

I love this post. Keep writing what is in your heart. Who the heck cares what anyone but your "true friends" think.

I hope everything went well.


Mamafamilias said...

My Love Potions are seriously my reasons for getting up and putting one foot in front of the other in the mornings. Even though I don't see them every day.

And I truly don't know how I would make it through life without the gospel. I really, truly don't.

Ann Marie said...

I agree with Pedaling!

I LOVE reading gratitude posts...
It's so easy to have pity parties... and forget the blessings that surround us daily. I had a long pity-party and the hangover wasn't fun either.
Counting my blessings and being grateful is MUCH funner.

Today I am grateful that Sun is in the forecast for the next few days. BRING IT!

PS: Are you having Gallbladder probs?
Sorry.. cuz I remember that pain.. and it's not so fun.

Wonder Woman said...

I'm so glad that things are smoothing out a bit for you. I'm thankful for dandelion bouquets, pigtails in my baby's hair, and my crock pot.

Kristin said...

Ah yes . . . Sooooo much to be thankful for. I love your thought provoking post . . .


Garden of Egan said...

You are an amazing woman.
It sounds like Chloee is the benificiary of your awesomeness.

Is Corbin married then? That is so exciting. There is nothing more wonderful that my daughter in law....soon to be two.

You are inspiring me to pick up running again. It's not pretty but it's getting easier.
Glad you're injury free at the moment.

Thinking of you and hoping you are feeling peace and love!

Omgirl said...

I am so happy to hear about all the good things in your life. YOu've had a tough run, girl! But you are a strong, good woman and I know you will come out on top.

tiburon said...

I am thankful for you. And also thankful that I can control my anger enough to not punch certain people in the face.