Looking Back – Thankful Thursday

Today is the week after Christmas, but like most of my posts was written long before this day actually arrived. I have found, though, that things I am grateful for one day I am still thankful for on another even if it’s not the thing that’s at the forefront of my mind.

I’m still thankful for my family (each of the, even the annoying ones) right now just as much as I have been on specific days that I’ve mentioned them.

I’m still grateful for the animals that make up the farm now that it’s winter and the garden’s not growing. (Even if it’s pitch black outside when we go out to milk the goats and feed everyone.)

I’m still grateful for the rain that we have received off and on this year. (And the snow, we really need water stored underground and it’ll soak down into the aquifer once spring arrives.)

I’m still grateful for the wonderful homemade food that’s here. (Even if I’m once again banned from using the oven.)

I’m still grateful for the canning that going on. (Likely even still the week this is going up. You can year-long if that’s a major source of food and you’re able to get the produce necessary.)

I’m still grateful for everything that I have mentioned in previous posts for Thankful Thursday even if I haven’t mentioned them specifically already. (Because there’s only so much time to mention things when I’m on a time limit for how much internet access I have.)

That doesn’t mean that I’m not grateful for this entire year that has come and gone. (Even if this is the very last Thursday of 2015.)

Most of all, I’m grateful for the day I stumbled upon my first Thankful Thursday post. It has changed my life. So thank you, my friend, thank you for starting this thing that has brought me so much joy. I can only hope it has done so for others as it has done so for me and if you haven’t already been there, (smiles) make sure to check out this week’s Thankful Thursday. (And yes, someday, when I have time and home internet, I will go back and update all of my links to the correct ones.)

Bringer of Joy – Thankful Thursday

How often have you been there for me?

And dried up my tears no matter how bitter they be

Perhaps someday I can be like you

Picking children who’ve fallen because that’s what you’d do

Inching closer during times of prayer

Not stopping until your love was felt through the clothing layer

Especially when fears are whispered into the night

Searching for reassurance that everything will be alright

So I hope that I can spread the joy that you did even when confined to bed.

 

Today I am thankful for my mother and for all that she has done, does and likely will do throughout my life. She is an awesome woman.

image: my mom in California, from my sister's old phone

image: my mom in California, from my sister’s old phone

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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Drum Roll, Please – Thankful Thursday

Last weekend we were at the local D.I. (Deseret Industries, it’s a thrift store for those that don’t know) when my nephew saw the most glorious creation. An air-pop popcorn popper. The kids are VERY good at popping popcorn on the stove. I am not so good at this and so much ask (very nicely, with maybe some bribes-er-REWARDS now and then) to have some.

We now have a popcorn popper.

And the people REJOICED! (cheers)

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Sissy Resting – Thankful Thursday

image: martha0stout's phone, Sissy sleeping
image: martha0stout’s phone, Sissy sleeping

Today I am thankful for Sissy and her naps. She likes to snuggle up against you sometimes when she sleeps and she’s warm and soft.

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Sorry this is so short, but I wanted to get it in because I love doing this every Thursday.

Challenges – Thankful Thursday

Sometimes, God puts you on your back so the only place you can look is up. –Skye Alexander, What happens when the fearful finally listen? Peace.

image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone

Today I am grateful for the challenges in my life, without them I wouldn’t be who I am.

For my constant headaches which have taught me tolerance and empathy.

For my constant dizziness and vertigo, for letting me dance without moving.

For my early morning waking up to walk Sissy because I can watch the sunrise with a good friend.

For my constant spraining of my ankles as a child because now when my nieces and nephews do so, I know what to do and have wraps and splints saved in good condition.

For my funny reaction to sugar, because it can make my niece laugh even when she’s been bullied horribly at school. (Note: this happened several years ago, she’s doing much better now.)

For my being unable to drive, because it means I appreciate my family all the more when we run errands together.

For the nights spent trying to get baby nieces and nephews to go to sleep because now I appreciate all the better the hours that I get to sleep when they’re older.

For the loss of a my cat after moving because if I had not had recent experience, I would not have payed as much attention to missing pet posters.

For all the years with clothing not fitting properly, because it made me more eager to learn how to sew from my mother to fix them.

For all the sorrows in my life, because they have made more willing to give someone who is late or doesn’t even show up the benefit of the doubt when life happens to them too.

I am grateful for my life trials because without them, I would be a very different person than I am now and I like who I am.

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Gold Inside

She watched them as they broke down together, tears running down their faces and their noses turning red.

Some people can cry and still look quote beautiful, others can get away with looking ‘ok’ while their composure is lost. Others look like a complete wreck.

This couple was one of those last, but it didn’t matter, not to them.

Their twins would survive being two months early. They could look like crap all they wanted because inside they were filled with pure gold.


Little ditty inspired by my sister and her husband when their little boys came out of the ICU.

This Summer’s Past – Thankful Thursday

It’s been an interesting summer, one that is both similar to ones in the past and yet very different as well. Am I sad to see it go? Not really. It was a beautiful time and it brought with it many new challenges as well as times of rest that were sorely needed, but it is time to move forward once more.

So this week, I am grateful for both the things that have happened through this last summer as well as the things that only started happening once the summer break was over, which include the following:

Summer school with my niece is over, just in time for regular school.

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image: niece working on a worksheet I put together

Seeing the sky after a furious summer storm that included a huge amount of hale.

image: outside the front door and straight up
image: outside the front door and straight up

Learning how to squeeze on a twin mattress with a large dog during thunder storms.

image: Sissy on my bed
image: Sissy on my bed

Eagerly waiting for the kids to get home from school.

image: Sissy at the backdoor
image: Sissy at the backdoor

These are only a few things that have gone by and I’m sure you’ve noticed a large amount of them have our new dog Sissy in them. We only got her this last summer as well even though we’ve known her for a long time. She and the cats have slowly been learning to get along, another thing I’m grateful for.

I hope that this next year is as wonderful as the last one has been.

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Remember… – Thankful Thursday

Have you ever sat and wondered at all the things people take for granted?

Have you ever thought of the things you, yourself, take for granted? The people?

I have. I’ve found myself sitting sometimes thinking, “Why did I do that? What was wrong with me?”

So just, for a moment, remember.

Remember that dog that slept nearby so you wouldn’t feel alone.

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image: Sissy and my eldest nephews

Remember that animals want some cuddling on the couch too.

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image: Cotton and Granny

Remember that cat that wanted to share the massage roll.

image: Cotton and Granny
image: Cotton and Granny

Remember the first time the cat and the dog got along.

image: Sissy and Usako
image: Sissy and Usako

Don’t forget the little moments that made the big moments possible.

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(All pictures from martha0stout’s phone.)

Time – Thankful Thursday

I am grateful for time today.

To take a moment and
I know I’ll need more.
Maybe to sit quietly and store
Every thing for which I stand.
 
A moment in time
Given half of what you have
Will lead you along
And remind you as well
That there is always more to find.
 
So keep in mind
That this is not the time
For never is there a perfect one
To make your decision
Or choose the destination
That you will end up in.
 
For life is not so easy
Nor are times predicted
For those who See
But do not Learn
Will have nothing in the end.
 
So never forget
That what you have
Is only as important
As you let it be
For you will always run out of time.
 

I am grateful for time whether it be time for a moment of quiet or time with my very large (and very loud) family.

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Little Dandelion – Traces Prompt #9, Light and Shade

He offered her a dandelion plant in a small pot. He was aware that she studied the language of flowers greatly and her eyes were slightly angry when they met his. He smiled and handed her a small envelope along with the pot before he hugged her, kissed her on the cheek and left for work.

It was her birthday and she loved plants. He always gave her something for her garden as they rarely had any in the house, small as it was.

She sat, the hated flower sitting next to her and opened the envelope. Inside was a simple card that said the following:

My darling wife,
 
I know that you will see this flower and think of its meaning, a dalliance, a trifling flirtation. That is not what I mean when I see this flower.
 
I think of you.
 
I think of your tenacity. Your inability to give up. You see something that needs to be fixed and even if it is not initially your problem, you try to fix it. You listen to people no matter who they are or where they come from. You care about them even if you will never meet them again.
 
To me, you are a little dandelion who sees a crack in the pavement where there is nothing but grey walls and parched dirt and think, “There! That is the perfect place for me to begin bringing a little cheer and color to this place.”  You will slowly send out seeds and spread the cheery yellow happiness of life whenever you are able to do so.
 
So do not look at this little flower that is often thought off as a weed or nothing more than a dalliance. Look at it and see how eager it is to spread a little life where there is only desolation.
 
All my love.
 

She wiped the tears from her eyes and looked up at the little potted plant.

She smiled.


This was written for two different prompts, but it is only because of both of them that I was able to write this story. Thank you for the Traces Prompt, Olianna and thank you for the Light and Shade Challenge, Lyssa and Thomas.