Joining my sweet friend Rebecca Jo at Knit By God’s Hand for Thankful Thursday, 06.2019. Looking back, I realized I am writing these Thankful Thursday posts every other month. Should probably try to up that number a bit. Because I have so much to be thankful for. Should be singing praise and gratitude here at least once a month!!
Want to also write a quick update on my progress to find and enjoy some moments of peace. You might remember that peace is my word of the year. I have written about it here, here and over here. Have finally, FINALLY come to understand that peace isn’t going to find me. I am going to have to search it out and intentionally add it to my day, my week, my life.
One of my wellness goals is to write in my gratitude journal, filling it in with 3-4 thankfuls every night before bed. Which makes writing these Thankful Thursday posts a breeze. Some nights, before lights out, I will ask PC to think on what he’s thankful for, too. Would like to believe that doing so helps us both to sleep better.
Thankful Thursday, 06.2019
- The smells of the southern United States, the smells of my childhood. While walking in a Lexington, Kentucky neighborhood near my mom’s apartment one morning, my senses were delighted in the sights and smells and sounds of the south. Those of my childhood in Tennessee. Dew on the lawns (we don’t have that in El Paso…dew or lawns!), cardinals and blue birds, tulips, pansies, petunias. Freshly mowed grass.
- Ability to run a 5K. Not much elaboration needed. Just glad this 61 year-old body still allows me to run (jog?) a 5K.
- Paul’s 2nd ablation went well. Although, it hasn’t provided him a whole lot of relief. We have another appointment at the pain management center in 2 weeks. Hoping there is something more that can be done.
- We enjoyed cool nights while our AC was not working. It could have been miserable…triple digits are not uncommon in May. But we were blessed with lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s while our air conditioner was out.
- Being a mom. To my precious daughters Brennyn Alexis and Lauren Allegra.
- Being a mimi and a gabba. To my grandbabies Cadence Ellie and Lucia Carolina.
- Finding 2 pennies and a dime. When I find coins, I always feel that God is reaching out to me, reminding me that He is there. My sister shared this little graphic on Facebook a few weeks ago, the same day I found my pennies and dime.
- Our bedtime walks. At dusk, a little over a mile each night.
- A mountain hike, wildflowers and picnic sandwiches.
- Laughing with my mom. She has rallied again since her last hospital stay and my last visit. We laugh every phone conversation and I continue to marvel at my wonderful mother’s strength.
- Our soldiers and our country.
- PC and his brother JC (John Clingan) banished the red, security warning on my blog. And finally, all’s right in my blogging world.
- Francisco interviewed for and was offered 2 jobs in El Paso. He accepted one and the kids are moving here late this summer!
- The kids have had a lot of interest on their home for sale in Albuquerque.
My Word of the Year, Peace
As I mentioned above, I’ve decided that rather than waiting for peace to find me, I am taking the upper hand and finding a little peace in every day.
- Snuggling with my kitties each morning. Purrsnickitty and Purrsimmony enjoy our morning quiet time as much as I do.
- Working on creative projects like my scrapbooking and mosaic. Crafting and photography are just hobbies but they bring me moments of peace and feelings of accomplishment.
- Enjoying a fragrant shower with our homemade soaps from All Lathered Up in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Using this soap is like a mini-vacation. It comes in several dozen fragrances, bear country, being one of our favs. You can see the previous bar of soap lasted all the way down to a sliver of bear and pine tree and still smelled like a hike in the woods.
Finally, I think I am understanding that peace isn’t a way of life. At least it isn’t for me. While I can’t experience peace on a full-time basis, I can balance the chaos of LIFE with moments where I intentionally seek and find peace. And then sometimes, I get these crazy surprise moments of peace that are especially welcome.
What are you particularly grateful for over the past few weeks? How would your Thankful Thursday, 06.2019 post read? How do you find peace in the midst of your own busy life? Please share in a comment below. And then, please take a moment to visit Rebecca Jo. You will be inspired and uplifted by her posts.
Off to bed. Wishing you a happy Fri-YAY!
Hugs and kisses,