Yes, I know I've been missing for a few days, but life happens & I just didn't get to my daily blogging.
So let's spend some time together this morning & catch up.
My journey of thanks continues each & every day. I've done so much reflecting & really tried to be more aware of my life & all that is in it. I realize that I just take so much for granted and this journey of looking for the little things has helped give me a new respect for my life. It has refreshed me & helped me to take a really close look at all I am blessed with.
Like ~~~~ friends. Wow. I am uber blessed in this area. You know, the people who you may not see for months & months, but when you do, you just pick right up where you left off - and the time that lapsed between your last get together, just disappears.
I had that time on Friday after school with a good friend. She was my music director at our former church. Life happened, for her & for me. But through it all, I have always loved her gentle ways & spirit and we both have a deep love for music. She has a beautiful voice & the ability to play the piano & take music to a realm I only wish I could reach. She inspires me. But we have the common bond of worship through music.
I'm struggling right now with not having the outlet I need and/or want to worship through music. We met and talked and she is in a holding pattern right now as well. It was a good outlet. She gets it - she understands where I am coming from. I am blessed to call her my friend.
We had a snow day this past Tuesday. This rarely happens this early in the year. But the lake affect snow machine kicked in high gear and dumped on us. Thankfully it was nothing close to what the Lake Erie snow machine dumped on New York!
My word! We are now in a warming pattern, with a non-stop rain falling. Our snow is all gone. This is heading towards New York. I pray for all those in that region as it could be an even bigger problem for so many of them.
But the snow brought a special magic to everyone at school. It brought the spirit of Christmas into my classroom that much earlier. Yes, the kids were a lot more squirrely than normal, the concentration level was at a maximum low because of the snow, but it also brought a "happiness" to a lot of them as they anticipate the upcoming holiday season.
Even though they are high school aged, they still act like little kids this time of year.
We spent the day at church on Saturday, organizing & packing 50 baskets to be delivered to families within our community and church neighborhood for Thanksgiving.
They all received a bag of potatoes, apples, cranberry sauce, corn, beans, gravy, stuffing mix, a frozen pie, jello, butter, dinner rolls and a turkey.
Every year the need seems to grow, in spite of the economy getting better. But as several of us were talking about this we all agreed that with the better economy - it seems as though the poor are getting poorer & the rich are getting richer.
My heart was full as I watched the baskets leave the church to be delivered. It felt good to be able to help some out, but yet also wishing we could have done more.
We had some friends over for dinner Saturday night (hi Bruce). Bruce admitted to me that he reads my blog, but doesn't comment on it because he doesn't want people to know he reads it. His wife labeled him a "stalker". Well, Bruce. They all know now.
One of the other things this past week that I have been thinking of reminded of how blessed I truly am, is that 6 years ago at this time, I was facing a 2nd surgery in as many weeks, to remove the remainder of my thyroid.
I had half of it removed due to a large cyst on the left side in mid-November, 2008. A week later I was told they found cancer and Dream Boy & I made the decision to have surgery immediately to remove the rest of my thyroid. I had that surgery the day after Thanksgiving.
My cancer was totally removed & I had a radiation treatment 5 months later. I have since then had follow up appointments/test & scans & was told last year that being 5 years out with no sign of any more cancer that I am cured.
I know that I could have gone through a lot more in the way of treatment & my heart breaks to watch my daughter-in-law's mom fight her battle. She has a tremendous spirit & positive attitude, but I know my suffering pales in comparison.
But I am thankful that I was given that path in my life's journey - it makes me forever grateful for what I have in my life.
So as you head into this week with all your preparations for your Thanksgiving feast and your gathering with friends & family. As you figure out your plan of attack for Black Friday shopping, and you fill your bellies with your leftovers, remember one thing.Remember to give thanks for all of it.
I wish all of you a very blessed Thanksgiving and prayer that you enjoy it to it's fullest with your family & friends.
Until next time......