Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

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Friday, November 28, 2014


This year we had Thanksgiving at my house as usual. Not so much like other years in as much as Jason didn't come home. We didn't know what the weather was going to be like. Jason also has 3 cats now and that makes it difficult for him to leave for any length of time. So he doesn't want to risk being stuck here. Gabby had to work so we made her a plate and Tony took it to her at work. Tony, Cooper and her stayed the night. Laura, Robert and Reina came. It was Laura's birthday. So we had cake and icecream as well.
I always enjoy family get togethers. They may not be exciting or anything spectacular, but really dinner is about all I can handle anymore. Then all the clean up after. Thank goodness Gerry does a lot of that part.
Well, I am making the supreme effort this weekend and we will be decorating for Christmas.
So before Thanksgiving is over, I want to think about the meaning of it all.
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I love my family. I love my friends......but most of all I love God. I love what God has done for me. I have had some very rough times in my life but through it all He has been there for me. I rely on Him. He guides me. He teaches me. I see him work in my life.
I can not explain this, I can not say how I know He is here with me. I just know. It is a feeling of letting go.........yes, let go, and let God. Some descisions just pop into my head and we take that direction, its not until later that I see why. For this relationship I am Thankful.
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I am Thankful for so many things in my life. I am so glad I was raised in England. The longer I am here the more I miss home. Still, if I have to live in America I am thankful that I live in Michigan. I do love it here. This year we have had a lot of fun exploring and doing things we have not done before.
I am thankful for Tristen in my life. Because I have him with me,and we are raising him, I wanted to show him as much as I can of the natural things around us, spend as much time with him as I can. I can never replace his Mother, but I can do the best I can for him for as long as I can. I want him to appreciate nature.
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I am thankful that my husband takes a great part of the upbringing of Tristen. He helps me a lot, actually he helps me a great deal in many ways.
I am thankful that we have a home that I love, and that we have a house that Laura can raise her family in even though times are tough for her right now. I am thankful that I can help them.
I am thankful that my boys have good jobs. I am also happy that they have become good men.
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I am thankful for the small things. I love my dogs, my poodle girls, I have always had poodles and pets and have loved them all and I am so very thankful for that. My life has always been full of animals. I adore them. I love wildlife and I am so glad I can get out and watch them, the birds, the deer and all of that, and so I am thankful for sight. I have lost the sight in one eye but that has made me grateful for what I once had. I had perfect vision all my life and so now I appreciate that. I am thankful that I can see the beauty all around me.
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Attitude is everything and I am thankful that the Lord holds my hand in this...........I am a positive person but it is sometimes difficult. I have a lot of things I need to work on but I am glad the Lord points them out to me. Frequently.
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I am thankful for a daughter who is there for me, who helps me when I need it. It has been a journey to get to this point. SHe has not had an easy life either.
I am thankful for my granddaughters who I love. Those who are here and Alexandra who is not. I thank God for getting us through that. I am happy we have a lot in common. Its not so easy being close with my sons who do not enjoy the same things. Although Jason seems to think we should do more together. I will work on that.
Well I could write a whole list and it is a great idea to do that periodically. Especially when things do not go so well.........there is always, always something to be thankful for. Life itself. Health and well, even not having wealth because there is even things to be thanful for in that. One appreciates the small things.


Noelle the dreamer said...

Dear Janice,
You have embraced your blessings despite the hardships, what an inspiration to others!
Leaving for the continent and wishing you a Happy Christmas!
God bless always and 'see'you in the New Year,

Kay G. said...

Dear Janice,
What a thoughtful post about all that you are thankful for!
I love your photos and that sweet photo of Tristan is precious. xx

Magic Love Crow said...

A very touching post! Very beautiful! Many blessings my friend ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

Janice, I have been going through, trying to catch up. I might not have commented on all your posts, but I have been there ;o) Can you tell me where the crow post is? I can't find it. Hugs ;o)