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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Things to be thankful for

Well, it's almost Thanksgiving here in the States.

A day of feasting on turkey or ham, usually involving the female...or the male...whoever does the cooking, getting up at the crack of dawn to slave over the food. Usually involves lots of leftovers that get munched on for a few days after. Makes sense, because after slaving four hours over that one meal, who wants to spend much time cooking afterwards?

So it's just a few weeks away~and after that, the mad rush of the Christmas holiday. I love Christmas, but I don't always put much stock in Thanksgiving.

If there's something to be thankful for, I try to remember to thank God for it regularly, not just on a holiday. However, I probably am not as thankful for things as I should be.

So what am I thankful for...

10) my health~okay, I've had some medical problems and I get sick a couple times a year. But be that as it may, it could be worse. Instead of asthma and carpal tunnel, I could be have really serious things. So even though I'm dealing with the mother of all chest colds right now, I'm basically thankful that I can walk, that I can see, that I don't have to spend the majority of my time at medical facilities or getting gillions of tests run, etc etc etc

9) Nice house, decent cars. Even if we're still paying on them, it's more than some people have.

8) Friends~I don't know if I appreciate all of my friends the way I should. The really good friends that I have are always there and it seems like when something is always there, you start to take it for granted. Friends shouldn't ever been taken for granted.

7) My parents~while we don't always see eye to eye, I know that there are things about me that came from them. My imagination came from my dad, my love of romance and a good story came from my mom, stubborness came from both of them. I am who I am today because of my childhood and while it wasn't always rosy, I like who I am, so I'm thankful for that.

And they've always known I'd become a writer, even when I didn't focus on it so much. My mom, especially. She's always had that faith in me.

6) Nana & inlaws~Nana is the woman who watches my kids four days a week so I can write. This woman is more than a babysitter, she's part of the family. She puts so much into taking care of my kids and I'm thankful for that. My in laws~well, they spoil the kids rotten, and they are almost always there to watch them when a booksigning comes up or something else that I have to do and the kids can't come.

5) My writing~while I do put a lot of work into writing, the ability to write isn't something that I can take much credit for. I've always done it, it's always come naturally. So that's a gift that I was born with, and one I hope I haven't taken for granted much.

4) My editor Pam. She's a doll and she's always been my cheerleader from day one. She slaved with me while I was trying to nail down POV ~point of view~ and she knew when it was essential to the story to get the POV right, and she knew when it wasn't quite so important. My writing wouldn't be what it is today if she hadn't spent so much time with me.

3) the online community of readers and writers that I've gotten in touch with over the past few years. I've made some really excellent friends, people like Mary Wine, Renee, Anni, Vikky, Lora Leigh, Jaci Burton and Dianne Castell, just to name a few. I love being able to talk about books~when you talk about a book to somebody who isn't a booklover, it's just not very fulfilling. Sharing that love of reading with these people, and my love of writing with the writers, it's just wonderful to be able to do that.

2) Faith~ it's gotten me through a lot. Knowing that I'm not alone in life, no matter what, brings a comfort that nothing else can.

1) My family~my kids and my husband. That's the DH with the birds. We took that picture at the zoo and it's one of my favorites. I'm so thankful for him and for our babies. Our kids are the light of my life-they make me laugh, make me want to pound my head, and sometimes, they make me want to cry just by hugging me. My husband, he's my rock, the one person in life that I know will hold steady for me no matter what. He's my lover, my friend, my heart and soul. I thank God for him and for our babies~as long as I have them, I can handle anything.

So there's my list. I could probably list more~I'm especially thankful for Godiva chocolate, Tim Tams, a good book and a glass of wine, but those essentially are little things. I was trying to stick with the big ones.

Want to share your list?


Cindy said...

I'm thankful for...

1. My beautiful kids. They are my world.

2. My husband. He's my partner in life and my rock to lean on.

3. My mother. She's my role model. I can only hope to be half the woman she is.

4. My brother and sister and their families. I can't imagine not having them in my life.

5. My health. I have a few minor problems, but like Shi could be worse and I'm so thankful that it's not.

I could list WAY more, but will stop there. :)


Janice Maynard said...

I am so thakful for friends, family, and health. Right now the trees are amazing here... a very late fall. I was a joy to go out and run errands... blue sky, warm breeze, and all the reds, golds, and oranges... lots to be thankful for!


Lucy Monroe said...

Shi...this is so cool, I almost don't want to post a new blog this weekend to replace it. I love taking time to list some of the things we are grateful for.

1) Life...every day we grow older is such a gift and I am so grateful to be breathing and able to see out my office window and experience everything else I'm thankful for.

2) God's faith...the things that hold it all together for me.

3) My husband and kids. Every day brings new joys because they are in my life and I am in awe sometimes when I look at each one of them and think that they belong to me as my family. So good!

4) My mom and sisters. They are my best friends and make my life so much richer by being in it.

5) My writing. I love telling my stories...I love letting characters live on paper who are so very real to me inside my head.

6) My aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. They are so supportive of me and my writing that I can't help thanking God for having them in my life.

7) The slow cooker...makes life so much easier for hubby and me.

8) People who make a difference and make me want to to like World Vision,, Lori Foster and every teacher I've ever met.

9) The rain and a warm cozy place to watch it fall.

10) Life...did I mention that one? I really like life!


Jamie Kersten said...

I'm very thankful for...

1. My husband, who supports me in anything I want to do, and loves me no matter what.

2. My children - not only my two boys, who are my biggest blessings, but also for the twins I had that were stillborn and the miscarriage I had before my oldest son was born. Those experiences made me the person I am today and made me realize how precious children are.

3. My mother- for being my very best friend.

4. My grandmother - for being an incredibly strong woman, who has endured unbelievable things in her life.

5. Our health. Thank God for the miracles of modern science.

6. Our home, and the fact that we were not in one of the areas that suffered so much devastation this year.

7. Our faith, that we have a strong Christian church and strong Christian school that are a major part of our lives.

8. Our freedom, provided to us by so many incredible men and women who are willing to risk their lives to protect ours.

9. My job - I love being a stay-at-home mom / aspiring writer. It gives me a chance to enjoy the blessings I've been given and to spend time doing something I really love.

10. Fabulous books. I've met so many incredible characters and by extension, incredible authors who have truly touched my life. They have inspired me to pursue my own dream, travel more than I ever have before, meet so many amazing people who are a treasure in my life and wonderful little stretches of time where I can get caught up in someone else's world.

Thanks for the reminder that I have so much to be thankful for. I'm going to print my list now so I can remind myself of my blessings more often.


Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for:

* God. I think that my faith in god is what has kept me going through the rough times.
* Love... without it life will be really sad and empty.
* My DH! He is the best thing that God had sent me.
*My family and friends. They are my support and help lift me up when I'm down.
* My books! Life will be so dull, without them! And that makes me realize that I should be thankful for the Authors! After all we wouldnt have books if it wasnt for you guys! You keep life interesting!
* I'm also thankful that I live in the USA. Thanks for the troops that sacrifice so much to fight for our freedom! God Bless America!
* I'm thankful for having something to eat every day and all the blessings that surrounds me.

Okay, I know I have a lot more things to be thankful for but I'm getting too emotional here.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!