Friday, June 29, 2018

A Grateful Heart


Happy Friday to you, dear friends. It was rainy earlier today, but it has now cleared off and the sun is shining. It was rather sunshiney for a good part of this week and we were able to get out and enjoy it which was really nice.

I am the type of person that *needs* to spend time in the sunshine, I have discovered. It is such a blessing to me to be able to abide in wide open spaces surrounded by wildflowers and breathe deeply of the abundant fresh air. Something within me just goes... "ahhhh" in that setting.

During those recent moments spent in nature we have seen birds of prey and a blue heron and foxes and deer. And the pheasant we hear so regularly even made an appearance just outside our fenced yard this week...


Isn't he magnificent!

Here are a few things from my ongoing gratitude list this week...


:: Tackling the transcript. Our just-graduated daughter and I have been working on her high school transcript this week. It has been fun as we reminisce about the classes she took and the projects we did together. It's bittersweet... those years they did zoom by in a flash... but the memories of those days will always bring a smile to this mama/teacher's face.

:: Finishing projects. We finished a painting project and started another. And earlier today I put the final stitches on the knitting project I have been working on. I plan to show-and-tell them to you very soon, Lord willing. {smile}

:: Jack. I just love my dog. He turned eight months old this week!

:: A slower pace. I used to be such a task-master toward myself... a total perfectionist and over-achiever. I still have lots of interests and way-too-many hobbies, but I don't really set goals or push myself anymore. I don't get to indulge in everything I love to do every day, or even every week, but they are still there when I get back to them. And if I don't get back to them or they no longer seem fun... well, I guess it was time to let those things go. It is a much nicer way to be, for me.

:: Summer. I tend to enjoy whatever season we are in (though fall may be my *very* favorite) but I am just loving this summer these days. Perhaps a blessing of getting older is learning to savor the very moment at hand and to really be in that moment. I'm racing toward 50 years old and I must say that almost-50 is a lovely, lovely age that I am enjoying immensely.


Thank you for coming by my blog today, friends. I appreciate all who read here (and here and here) and I wish you a cup brimful of gratitude wherever you are.

Love,