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Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm grateful

For the most part, I am conscious of feeling grateful for all that I have and all the people in my life, but today, I woke up feeling especially grateful...for the people in my life. I feel grateful for all of you, that share your lives with me, by inviting me into your worlds, through your blogs and for taking the time to stop by here. Each of you have brightened my world, challenged me and given me insight into lives outside my own. Plus you make me smile and laugh just about every day. Thank you.

I am grateful for my family and friends…for the people I work with…for the young people that I come into contact with daily and all the little people that I get to care for. I am eternally grateful for my incredible children and my equally incredible grandchildren that never cease to amaze me.

Most of all, I am grateful for my husband, who’s love for me, is ever constant…he loves me where I’m at in each given moment…meaning, even when I am not performing at my best. If you knew all of my life…all that I have been through, then you would know what a priceless gift this is to me. I waited 43 years for him…actually, it took me that long to be ready for something so good to come into my life. (I am a slow learner.) My husband is an amazing man…he is gentle, hardworking, loyal, wise, kind, faithful, patient, unselfish, a man of good character. To top it off, I think he is really hot! I never imagined someone this good could be mine…that someone like him could want someone like me. But he did, and he still does and I hope I never take this for granted.

My husband does not shower me with gifts of flowers or jewelry, instead his daily gifts to me are his unending acceptance of me, his uttermost respect for me that shows in everything he does, and his amazing love for me, that transforms even the most mundane day into something beautiful. Words cannot describe the way he looks at me and the way it makes me feel. I catch him staring at me and I will ask him why he is looking at me like that and his most common response to me is, “It’s because I still can’t believe I get to be married to you.” He thinks I am the prize…that he won the lottery with me and honestly sometimes I don’t know how to handle all this adoration…because even on my worst days he still think I’m the prize. He thinks, he is the one that got the good end of the stick, but, I know better.

Tell me, who are you grateful for today?


Tricia said...

This is a lovely post. I'm overwhelmingly grateful for my family.

Claire Marie said...

I love reading your posts because they always cause me to reflect on life.

Today I am especially grateful for my girlfriends. Each of them astounds me in their strength and beauty.

When I was growing up I only had a few girls to do things with and with whom I found friendship. As I have aged it has become easier for me to find friendship in others and I suppose this is because while I was weird as a child, everyone is weird as an adult and that means everyone joined me in weirdness.

Many, many times in the most recent years I have relished my girlfriends and found such a love for having girlfriends.

I am grateful for the community I find in having friendships with other women.

my name is gramma said...

I'm greatful for my family and tomorrow I will be going home once again and will see them in a couple days.another job done.great both are so lucky to have one another.have a nice weekend my friend!!

Midlife Mama said...

It is so important to remember to be grateful. To count one's blessings.

I am grateful for bloggers such as yourselves, who provide hours of endless entertainment and thought-provoking posts.

Btw, I gave you an award on my blog. Check it out!! :)

Jason said...

I am grateful for friends who love me and accept me and passionately defend me.

That's something really exceptional.

Laura said...

I am grateful that other people have loving husbands who respect their wives for who they are because it gives me hope that someday, maybe, in the future I, too, will be grateful for the love of a man.

Midlife Slices said...

I'm grateful to live in America and all the opportunities and freedom that comes with the privilege. I'm grateful for my family and for all my new friends I've "met" through my blog. I'm grateful to read posts like yours. :)

Smart Mouth Broad said...

You are the prize! Your heart shows in every post your write. Today I am grateful for the great trip we just took with family and grateful to be home safe tonite in my own bed.

SSG said...

it is really great that you, and others, can realise how lucky we are. How lucky you are- your husband sounds great! I am grateful for so many things, I am healthy, I have people I love around me, and they are healthy too. I have running water, I have electricity, I have a bed to sleep in, I can live my life without fear... so many things I am grateful for... great post

D'Arcy said...

Gratitude is perhaps one of the most important things in life, and yet how many things are there that keep us from fully feeling grateful?

Those feelings of being grateful and letting those in your life know about it are strong and powerful. They make people rise higher than they have been. They help people lift themselves from dark places. They let light and similar feelings of joy, peace, happiness and yes, gratitude.

From what I can see about you and your husband, you are both "the prize" and i am grateful that you found each other.

I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for my friends who read my blog and share parts of themselves with me every day. I am so grateful for my ancestors who worked and became who they were so I could be who I am. I am grateful for my exciting future and the people that will come into my life. I am grateful. Grateful. Yes, gratitude, when we acknowledge it and truly feel it, is one of the most powerful forces on earth!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Gratitude attitude. Always the best. I am grateful for my good health and the good health and safety of my family.