On Fridays we stop to recount a few blessings from the week. I have found it to be a wonderful exercise in gratitude, and it forces me to think grateful thoughts, even if it’s been a discouraging week. Thanks to Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story for hosting this!
1. Encouraging kids Is it ok to brag a little about your kids? I say yes, when they have accomplished some impressive feats.
Our family members have always had weight issues, and our oldest daughter recently underwent bariatric surgery, a procedure called sleeve surgery. She followed pre-op instructions carefully, had the surgery, and has stayed within her post-surgical restrictions. As of today she has lost 110 pounds. Our second daughter has combined an Atkins and exercise approach and has lost over 50 pounds. Our third daughter, who has type 1 insulin dependent diabetes, has been using the exercise room at her work as well as watching what she eats and has lost over 20 pounds. After sorting out my low thyroid issues I am now down 27 pounds. My daughters have inspired me and help me stay on track. And that is a huge, huge blessing!
2. My crazy raised garden I’m not sure why I find this so humorous, but one side of the bottom of my raised bed herb garden gave way after a few days of torrential rain last week. I currently have the sinking garden of Beaumont on one end of the planter and a giant corporate zucchini take-over of the planter on the other. Every time I look at it, I laugh. My husband and son are kindly planning to rebuild it on Monday and all of the plants will have to be moved. I am hopeful that they will all survive the transplanting.
3. Home for the summer I cannot completely express how wonderful it is to have most of my family here near us this summer. The noise and fun factors both will increase when our daughter-in-law and grandchildren arrive at the end of the month (they are enjoying sibling and cousin time with my daughter-in-law’s side of the family for the next couple of weeks!)
4. Powerful thunderstorms We had some doozy thunderstorms overnight a couple of times this past week. I am always amazed at the majesty and raw power of these displays. It reminds me of our days in South Carolina when we would gather on the front porch and watch thunderstorms. My husband used to tell the children it was God talking. (There are quite a few biblical references to God’s voice thundering. A few of these are in Job 37 and 40, Psalm 18 and 29, and Revelation 19.)
5. Yummy quiche My youngest daughter made me a crustless quiche for dinner. It was delicious! It’s always satisfying to try new foods (or re-introduce foods into my diet) that don’t make me sick.
Have a blessed week!