Today I am thankful for my sons.
One is 25 and lives near me with his wonderful partner. The hubby and I went to dinner and a movie with them on Saturday. I love that he lives near me and that we get to do stuff together.
The other son is in his first year of college at The University of Alabama. I don’t like that he is so far away but these days there are so many ways to connect that it’s not too bad. He was home in October and will be back for Thanksgiving and Christmas so at least I don’t have to wait too long to see him in between visits.
I am proud of both of my sons. They are different in many ways but are also the same in a lot of ways. They both work hard, both have a great sense of humor, both value family and friendships and imo both are good looking! Not only do I love them and am proud of them but I LIKE them!
I’m a lucky woman!
Today I am thankful for friends that I have met through social networking. Between blogging, Facebook and Twitter I have made a lot of friends through social networking over the last few years. Some people think that you can’t make friends through Facebook or Twitter but my experience says that you can.
AND sometimes I am lucky enough to get to see some of them face to face and that is what happened today.
I love it when that happens!
Today I am thankful for Texas weather. I know, I know – I probably wouldn’t be saying that in July or August … but it’s November. And November in Texas is pretty nice. The low today was 62 and the high was 82. The sun was shining and there was a gentle breeze.
Today I am thankful for my hubby. He is a great husband and a great father.
We have an interesting story. We married in 1984, divorced in ’93 and remarried in 2000. So, we were apart for 7 years. We weren’t on great terms when we first divorced (duh) – but after a couple of years we ended up having a good co-parenting relationship and eventually we remarried.
This time around has been great because we both took our experience and used it to be better people and better spouses.
We have both been more aware of our marriage this time around. We are both better about trying to recognize what is important to the other person and making that a priority. We take more time to have fun with each other. We consciously try to put our best foot forward for each other.
This time around we don’t look at marriage as being so much about what makes “me” happy – we look at it more from the point of “what can I do to make my spouse happy” … and when we mess up we offer each other grace and forgiveness.
I heard something about a “30 days of gratitude” project on Facebook about a week ago but there was no mention of any details. So I Googled. Turns out there are several similar projects. Some invite people to list five things they are thankful for every day for 30 days, some invite people to take a photo of something they are grateful for 30 days in a row, some invite people to use a specific app to journal their gratitude. Some have happened in the past and some are going on right now. In other words – this isn’t an original idea by yours truly. However, I love the idea, especially in light of this month’s synchroblog theme “The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude” and so, I thought I would participate in my own way … which will be to blog about “one” thing I am grateful for every day for thirty days in a row.
Some of the posts will be very short and to the point and some will be longer with more detail. Like I said, it’s not my idea but I’m doing it my own way.
I will jot down something I’m grateful for every morning but I may not always get a chance to post every day, therefore, some days I will publish more than one “30 Days of Gratitude” post.
Here’s Day One:
Today I am thankful for my job. I’ve been at my present job for about 6 years now. I was out of the work place for about 5 years and was fortunate to find my present position (through a friend who worked for the company) when I was ready to go back to work. This position was the first and only interview I went on back in 2006.
I work with and for some great people. Things have changed quite a bit in the last several years but I still report to the same people and they are wonderful to work for. They are the kind of bosses that often work harder and longer than their employees – which is inspiring and motivating.
AND on top of that I have a four day a week work schedule which gives me every Friday, Saturday and Sunday off!!
Having the extra day off every week is a real luxury. There may come a day when I have to once again work on Fridays but until then I will enjoy my three day weekends!