Thursday, August 14

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday. It is a day when we list the things we are thankful for. If you would like to participate, be sure to stop by Sting My Heart and pay Iris a visit. You can find all the information there.

There's always lots to be thankful for. We in North America are very lucky. We have basic needs such as water and shelter that people in other areas of the world go without. Of course there are some unfortunate people in the US and Canada also, but nothing compared to those in third world countries.

This week I'm thankful for:

1. My mother. Mom is 80 years old. She lives in her own house, drives her car and generally is very independent. She is always there if I feel I need to ask advice of a more experienced person. Mom loves her family dearly and never hesitates to lend a helping hand if she can.

2. For my husband. We've been married for over 19 years and though we have had our ups and downs, just like all couples, we always seem to weather the storms.

3. My grandsons, who call often and like to come over for a visit. On Wednesday we took a couple of hours and went to the driving range where they drove a bucket of balls. Then we had lunch and I took them home. They were well behaved and we had fun.

4. For plumbers who can find hairline cracks in plumbing. This could have spelled disaster in the future.

5. Hot water. For 24 hours this week, I didn't have any. Our hot water tank sprung a leak and had to be replaced. This made me realize that there are some things we take for granted. We turn on the hot water tap and expect there to be hot water. Usually there is, but sometimes there's none and then we know how lucky we are to have so many modern conveniences at our disposal. When I was a child there was no indoor plumbing or taps to turn on. I guess I'd forgotten what it was like to heat water on the stove.

6. Aunt May. She called me last night and we visited for about a half hour. She isn't well and I've noticed lately that she is getting a little confused and forgetful. She has two spots of cancer in her head and I believe the cancer is growing. She will know more when she goes for her checkup this coming Friday. Please pray for her.

7. For renovations getting done slowly but surely. Our helper could only come two days last week but this Tuesday and Wednesday he did a super job of getting things done upstairs.

8. Meeko. He gets me out in all kinds of weather and is a loyal and faithful companion. He gives love unconditionally. He is comical and makes me smile even when things are chaotic.

9. For family, neighbors and friends, both online and in the real world. Friends are precious. Nuture your friendships and remember that a good friend is more precious than all the gold on earth.

10. That I have been truly blessed in many different ways. I often take a few moments to count those blessings. Others aren't as fortunate as I am and but for the grace of God go I.

What are you thankful for today? I would enjoy hearing how you have been blessed in the comments.

Have a great Thursday. Take a moment to do a kindness for someone. You never know what they are going through. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Great list there of things for which you are thankful -and rightly so. Here's my response to your e-mail -which won't go through for some. For some reason or other, I often have problems e-mailing people with yahoo addresses.

    Yeah - it is all pretty much a guessing game, much of the time, with
    the vocabulary and autistic kids When she stays with Mandy's friend
    and her family, there are three kids there -all much older than Maya
    (like 11-13 and 16 or something in that neighborhood) and they live
    in a trailer so not much room at all. We, on the other hand, live in
    a large, two-story frame house and Maya has her own room here, her
    own single bed, etc. so one would think if anything, she would prefer
    to come home to her own room. What cracks us up about the "broken"
    deal is that the friend's trailer always has some kind of thing or
    other wrong, ya know. Not that we don't have our fair share at times
    of things "breaking down" but - well, it's just another of those "who
    knows" I guess.

    My e-mail address is

    Write, whenever you can. I'm almost always here. Usually, online
    too. Imagine that, huh? LOL

  2. Beautiful list girl friend.. I wondered about Aunt May..... I will pray still........ I am thankful for you........ ! I have met a friend here on the blog and you are precious to me...... Please forgive me for not being around much.. Lots going on..... You are loved !

  3. Beautiful Things to be Thankful For. You are truly a blessed woman. Even dealing with the redo on the house, things are working out to your advantage. Everything that really needs fixing is beeing seen. God Is Good!!

  4. Hi Mary, this is a lovely list! Keeping your Aunt May in my prayers.

    Remain blessed!

    P/s: A cuddle for your Meeko.

  5. Thanks for sharing your blessings.

  6. What a sweet list of gratitude you have here today. I must say, your mom sounds like a rock! The sense of accomplishment that will come when the renovations are complete will be well worth the time and effort. Out of curiosity, are you planning on renting that area out again?

  7. We do take our hot water and electricity for granted. I believe the anniversary of the 2003 blackout is this week. How inconvenienced we were! and how quickly we forget.

  8. Mary
    Your list is wonderful.
    Since I have been away from blogland, I see you have been a very busy lady. I love the pictures of Meeko. Such a handsome boy.
    Glad to hear the renovations are coming along and that you were spared the surprise of those bad pipes.

  9. I love your thankful list today. There are so many things on it which are easy for us to take for granted . I'm thankful for my blogging friends - like you!

  10. Wonderful list! I will pray for your Aunt May. I just saw the pictures of Meeko and He is so beautiful! I am so thankful that Nancy is feeling better. Blessings, Grams

  11. Dear have such a sweet spirit and I always feel good after reading your postings.
    I have so much to be thankful for, too....
    love, bj

  12. Mary,

    This is a wonderful list. I keep Aunt May in my thoughts and prayers.

    I bet the boys had a blast at the driving range!