Another year for thankfulness! Happy 2008!
I am thankful for the wonderful Christmas Celebrations that included babies with beautiful smiles! We were able to gather together with both Grandma's this Christmas--blessings abounded as we celebrated with them in spite of a year filled with heart problems. My mother remains in Atrial Fibrillation and is scheduled to have a Cardio Version sometime in January. My mother-in-law continues to learn how to live with less than 40% of her heart functioning. They are both such troopers and we were blessed to share another Christmas with them.
My MIP was able to join us for the Johnson Family Christmas. He has been very busy at his job (PTL!); a Valet is kept very busy during the Holiday Season in sub-zero weather! It was so nice to have both Curt and his girlfriend with us for our family celebration the Sunday before Christmas.
I am thankful for another Christmas Eve spent with my mother-in-law. It has long been our tradition to bundle the kids up and travel to the small town my in-laws lived in and attend midnight mass with them, followed by the traditional "Sausage Christmas Eve Dinner." In years past, this meant we went to Church at Midnight and ate around 1:30 a.m. Yes, that's A.M! This year, because of my mother-in-laws health, we arrived early afternoon and had a wonderful day reminiscing and rejoicing!
I am thankful for the quiet cold of January. After what seems like months of frenzy getting ready for Christmas and all that entails, I so enjoy sitting quietly in my kitchen, taking the time to think, once again, all that I have to be thankful for. Yes, there are those moments where it is so difficult to find a grain of gratitude; there are those situations that remain unresolved and no doubt, circumstances that are brewing unawares. Still, when we are sheltered in God's will, we are able to give thanks in every situation, in any circumstance, in everything!
I think even my daughter's new horse, Raoul understands thankfulness as he acclamates to the double digit, below zero weather of Minnesota. Born in Holland and spending the next six years in Southern California, he is doing amazingly well in his new home. A horse is a horse of course (of course), and not much more is needed than a bundle of hay and a warm winter blanket....but seriously, he has not colicked, he has not slipped on this new icy footing--he is doing so well. I am so thankful for the joy our daughter is experiencing as she rides and cares for her new baby! Diane--I can only imagine the joy you truly feel as your daughter cares for her real baby!
So as I bundle up (the cold may be quiet...but the windchill roars!!!) to take my Mom to the Cardiologist, I hope you, too, find just a few things in your day to be thankful for!
Don't 'cha just love Thankful Thursdays? Thanks to Lynn for hosting this week; stop by her blog for others who are participating in this first TT of 2008.