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.

Remember to check out the original Thankful Thursday.

Sit With Me – Thankful Thursday

“All I can do is sit with them.” – Vivi, Final Fantasy IX

Life is hard. There are days where you just don’t want to get out of bed because you know it’s going to be extra difficult. Sometimes you do get out of bed and you’re ready for whatever’s going to come your way that day…up until you aren’t. No particular reason why, just suddenly…you can’t.

I’ve had those days. A lot. One winter I had them every single day.

So my eldest niece and eldest nephews would just sit with me. Sometimes one of them would run a hand through my hair. They’d take turns doing that and it really helped.

So today, I’m thankful for people who will just sit with you.

Look for the original Thankful Thursday, it’s always a good thing to be thankful for your faith, whether it’s in other people or in your religion.

Song of the Heart – Thankful Thursday

Today has been a slow morning, everyone who could sleep in did. It was worth it, as the day has slowly gone by (it’s almost lunch already?) and I have sat and just listened to some music. Of course, I only put the music on because my niece asked me to, but I liked listening to it while she whirled around the room, picking up and vacuuming.

I guess today I’m thankful for music.

The sound of children laughing.

The sound of children playing.

The sound of lullabies created by my mom.

The sound of the wind in the leaves.

The knowledge that music in itself is a prayer.

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. -Doctrine and Covenants 25:12

And when you can sing a prayer, then you just know that your day is going to be better for it.

For the original Thankful Thursday: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/thankful-thursday-the-gift-of-children/

Faith – Thankful Thursday

Faith is a feeling within your heart. -‘Faith is Like a Little Seed’, Primary Children’s Songbook

I’m thankful for my faith today. For the joy it brings to my heart and for the happiness it has brought into my life.

For the snow to play in when it’s dark
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
 
For the Darkness around us to show us the lighted path
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
 
For the castles that await us
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
 
For the beauty and purifying moments
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone

 For the original Thankful Thursday: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/thankful-thursday-happy-thursday/

Family In All Shapes and Sizes – Thankful Thursday

It’s that time again, but this time I think I’ll focus on a few little things once more instead of just one theme. Not because there aren’t big things or people that I can focus on, but because there are a lot of little things I can think of at the moment and I want to share them.

This week I am thankful for:

Company during filing
image: older family phone
image: older family phone
Tommy
 
The best of friends
image: old family phone
image: old family phone
Tommy and Oz
image: old family phone
image: old family phone
Tommy and Oz
 
Peace at home, goodwill between cats and dogs
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Usako and DA
 
Comfy places to sleep
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Cotton

 

 
Companionship
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Sadie and Sammy
 
Curiosity is better with siblings
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Dora and DA
 
Random camera shy cat
image: martha0stout's phone
image: martha0stout’s phone
Usako
 
Adorable puppies
image: sister's phone
image: sister’s phone
Dora

Really, I’m grateful for animal family members today, both past and present.

For the original Thankful Thursday post today: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/thankful-thursday-the-goodness-of-life/

Awesome Li’l Sis – Thankful Thursday

Last week I spotlighted someone in particular that I was grateful for, my brother-in-law. This week I would like to spotlight his wife, my sister.

For most of her adult life, pre-marriage, she supported me and our mother through some very hard physical trials. Paying for doctor’s appointments when we had no income and making sure to pick up medications, going to doctor appointments with us and a pad of paper to take notes. She is the youngest of my sisters and though she was not alone in these endeavors (our second eldest sister was right there alongside her) she did not have to do so. When her now-husband wasn’t even her fiance yet, she mentioned to him that it was a likely possibility that they would need to help us often throughout the rest of our lives (we are disabled).

He was totally awesome about it and let her know that there would always be room for one or both of us if needed (though it might be a tight fit.) He also mentioned that this type of thing wasn’t new to him as he’d done the same with some of his own family and let her know that the reverse for him might be true. (That there would be times when his sister would need that type of help as well.) She was just as for it.

This sister of mine not only is awesome in her own right, but managed to find someone like her husband. They fit so well together and I can honestly say that I have never seen a couple so well-balanced in my life. They aren’t perfect, but they work together and try and that, in the end, is worth everything.

image: martha0stout's phone

image: martha0stout’s phone

Original Thankful Thursday prompt for this week: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/thankful-thursday-we-did-it/

Sister Starts – Thankful Thursday

Today I am grateful for many things, but mostly I’m grateful that I’m still here and that I have my family with me. Today is a little different because today is sort of the day that we begin.

It’s not my parents’ anniversary, it’s not the day they met. No, today is different.

Today is the day that my eldest sister, the first of my parents’ children, was born. We, the children (or the Siblings, as we call each other now that there are children running around our feet too) began today and we lasted a good long while (my parents had children for over a decade).

But my eldest sister was the first.

 

So I am grateful for her, even when we don’t get along and we just want to throttle one another, I love her and am thankful for what she has taught me throughout my life. (She is the reason I know how to do hair in any way, though I still have a lot of practice to do.)

Look for the original Thankful Thursday here: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/thankful-thursday-a-bright-future/

In-Laws – Thankful Thursday

This morning was very different for me. My younger sister and her husband are staying with us while we all go house searching the next two weeks or so. This morning was the first morning that they were with us in the morning. It was different to have an adult man in the house; we haven’t had one since my younger brother moved out several years ago and got an apartment. We didn’t have many during my childhood years as my parents divorced when I was in early grade school.

My grandfather lived with us for a year or so right before I went into middle school and again right after I graduated high school, but by then he was very old and sick and slept most of the time.

Having my brother-in-law here is a nice change. He’s very level-headed and good company and is very patient. He also adores his wife and it is very obvious. They haven’t been married quite a year just yet (this November will be their one year anniversary) but they click together really well. It’s not often that you see a well balanced couple, especially one that is still relatively new. Oh they have their ups and downs, just like everyone else, but in the end, they respect and care for one another just as much as they love one another. Their personalities also mesh very well together.

I am always very grateful for them bumping into one another at Wal-Mart a few years ago. I am also grateful for being friends with him and his sister when we were in grade school. The only people we still know from that time are them and my sister’s best friend, Ronnie (who was her Maid of Honor at the wedding.)

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image: from martha0stout’s phone

I am grateful for my sister and brother-in-law this morning.

Check out the original Thankful Thursday post for today: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/thankful-thursday-a-morning-escape/comment-page-1/#comment-2069

Second Verse – Thankful Thursday

Since last Thursday I have decided that I like this prompt. No, I don’t like it, I love it and I need it. It really turned my day around and I was better for having found it. So I decided to do it again!

I am thankful for:

Accepting the extra party guests
(only supposed to have 2 friends plus 5 cousins…ended up with over 20 kids in a duplex)
 
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Christmas morning cuddles
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Peace between mother and daughter
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Peace between siblings
(they both belong to my sister)
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Time with Grandma
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images from: martha0stout’s phone
 

Again I post only a small collection of things I’m grateful for and I look forward to this next week. It really gives me a better view on my life!

Be sure to check out the original Thankful Thursday for this week’s edition: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/thankful-thursday-mothers-day-gratitude/comment-page-1/#comment-1985

Turn My Day Around – Thankful Thursday

Things I’m thankful for:

Racing an oncoming storm

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Feline forgiveness

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Short Family Car Trips

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Thoughtful gifts from Cotton

(That makes 3 live garden snakes, 2 live birds that can still fly, a duckling, numerous mice (dead and alive), one full grown duck (living), numerous shrews the size of an average guinea pig, numerous gophers/prairie dogs, several dead birds, etc.)

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Family support at a talent show reading

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Success in baking homemade bread

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Children bringing me fruit home because it had the name ‘star’ in it

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all images: from marth0stout’s phone

This morning was pretty down for me, but then I stumbled across a prompt called “Thankful Thursdays” and I felt a lot better. After thinking it over for several hours and watching my niece hug my cat after accidentally stepping on her tail, I realized that I didn’t need to be so down when I have so much looking up for me right now. Most of these pictures were taken within the last month or at least within the last 30 days. There were more I wanted to add, but I realized it would make for a super long post which I wasn’t certain I should do.

But I just wanted to make a quick little list of things off my phone that I actually had pictures of to remind myself that there are many things to be thankful for today. No matter how dark things seem, there’s always going to be sunshine at the end, or at least puddles to jump in during the downpour.

Hope that y’all find something that will cheer your day up as well! If not, go on over and checkout the latest post for the Thankful Thursday challenge: http://mithriluna.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/thankful-thursday-gratitude-is-a-life-saving-remedy/

It just might do you a world of good like it did me.