On Grief and Gratitude

“Ye have lost a child—nay, she is not lost to you, who is found to Christ; she is not sent away, but only sent before; like unto a star, which going out of our sight, doth not die and vanish, but shineth in another hemisphere.” ~ Samuel Rutherford   This October, as in years past,Continue reading “On Grief and Gratitude”

Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine

“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence. ~ St. John Paul II   At the end of a full and lively week, I am simply grateful for being given the chance to live out this blessed life of mine. Despite the difficult trials I faceContinue reading “Being Thankful for this Blessed Life of Mine”

Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward   The thanks I give today is for the wood floors found throughout the first floor of the home I share with my husband and children. Yes. Wood floors. These Brazilian-red, wide-set planksContinue reading “Thankful for the Practical Things, for Wood Floors and Simple Living”

Expressing Gratitude for Unfailing Friendship

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. ~William Blake   Spending time on the couch this afternoon confiding in a dear friend about the woes and triumphs we face was time well spent. Wise beyond her years, my friend seems to always know what to say in a thoughtful and confident manner.Continue reading “Expressing Gratitude for Unfailing Friendship”

Thankful for the Promise of Tomorrow

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha   My morning startedContinue reading “Thankful for the Promise of Tomorrow”