Thankful Thursdays

And then there were two.

Tomorrow, we’ll be taking a little road trip to Texas to move Danny to his new town. When we return, we’ll be full-blown empty nesters. We are still processing Lauren’s recent move-out so, as you may imagine, our adjustment mode is in high gear.

On the upside, and there’s always an upside thank God, we look forward to this next phase and the journey ahead. Praying, of course, that the Lord has a plan for us that includes much health so we can see it through together.

As for the kiddos, well, we are glad to see them [finally] set out on their own journeys and we are very excited for them. They’ve made us so very proud.

Lauren and Danny – your presence at home will always be felt, your laughter, voices and noises will always be heard. What a joy and blessing it has been to have had you at home all these years. For you and for that, we are so grateful. Papi y Mami love you to infinity and beyond! Make sure you call before you come over, we may be in Fiji…or Naples. 😉

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”
-C.S. Lewis

“To raise a child who is comfortable enought to leave you means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.”

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

Thankful Thursdays

First off, feliz Día de Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings’ Day)* to those of us who celebrate the birth of Jesus. January 6 will always bring back wonderful childhood memories and hold a special place in my heart. May the light of the shining star guide us and gift us with wisdom in every path of life.

And a Happy New Year to all! Different year same craziness? Maybe, but I thank the Lord for allowing me and my loved ones to welcome another one. I know we’re all praying for strength and courage to help us all through whatever 2022 brings our way. Let’s stay hopeful! And grateful!

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“So New Year, I have too many hopes in you. I hope you lead me safely to the shore. I hope you can be nice to me, just nice and nothing more. I hope you vanquish this tornado of sores … All I ask for is some peace around.”
-N.A. El-Din

“As we begin a new year, let’s discard what was jaded. Let’s put on in its place, the beautiful garments of Faith, Hope and Love.”
-A. Atukorala

*The Three Kings’ Day, also known as the Feast Of The Epiphany, is a Christian festivity that takes place on January 6 and celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to tradition, The Three Wise Men (or Three Kings) arrive in Bethlehem from the Far East to meet the newborn King of the Jews.

Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, the names of the Three Kings, bring three symbolic gifts with them to give to Jesus: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Since then, this event included in the Gospel of Matthew is celebrated in all Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Thankful Thursdays

Got your grapes ready? Almost time to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Another year for the books! Holy Jesus!

Despite all that has happened this year and whatever situations we may find ourselves in at this moment, there are still so many things to be grateful for. And so now I ask you, can you count?  Count with me…

May your blessings continue to be many in the new year and beyond. Keep your head up, keep your faith strong and trust in the Lord as we commit into His hands every breath we take.
Love to all of you.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
-T.S. Eliot

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.”
-A.L. Tennyson


Thankful Thursdays

Family and friends, like in a blink of an eye, once again, our frijoles, yuca y lechón will adorn our tables on Noche Buena and, hopefully, this year more of us will be surrounded by those we love, accompanied by the spirit of those we miss.

This gathering season comes courtesy of a Savior. Let’s not forget it is He we celebrate, and that it is thanks to Him we can. And for that, I am thankful.

From our home to yours, may the presence and love of Christ always fill your hearts, and may your Christmas be wrapped with peace, health and happiness.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.”
-Wilda English

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
-B. Hillis

Thankful Thursdays

While we awoke all cozied up in our beds this morning, hundreds of less fortunate people woke up today displaced and without their loved ones. They had their lives ripped apart in just moments last weekend by a number of tornadoes.

If the images on TV are grueling to watch, I can’t even imagine what it’s like on the ground there. Our hearts go out to them and to the first responders coming to their aid. Once again, disaster strikes and, once again, a lot of good people respond. God bless them.

Today, we pray for so many who have lost so much. 🙏  What am I thankful for? Me and my loved ones waking up in our cozy beds. Yup.

And you? Wha are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quire.

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.”
-G. Kent

Thankful Thursdays

They say that experience is worth its weight in gold…or Bitcoin, or NFTs…or currently, possibly even Gatorade, take your pick. Occasionally, it is gained via positive events that happen in our lives but, most of it, as you know, comes via a big hit and after a lot of kicking and screaming on our part.

Once the initial shock, tachycardia and pain of the newly acquired knowledge has passed, we are able to see what we have learned from it and how it has made us more resilient. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger. You know. Plus, as my mother used to say, “Dios aprieta pero no ahoga,” God squeezes but does not suffocate. We must trust that He will get us through those teaching moments.

I believe I have banked a considerable amount of experience in my life so far. Not much of it was gained voluntarily, I can tell you that. I kicked and screamed my way through most of it. But I am better for it, and richer. Enough to pass on that wealth to my kids. For that, and especially for that, I am so thankful.

Kiddos reading this post: pay close attention to those teaching moments and learn the lessons, because us older folks won’t be around forever to share our wealth of experience and wisdom.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
-O.F. Whitney

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
-P. Seeger

“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”
R. B. Hamilton

Thankful Thursdays

The saying goes that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Nothing truer than that. The “reason” ones are the ones who really leave me scratching my head.

The hospice nurse. She checked on me each night I spent at the hospital with Dad during his last days on earth. She talked to me about the book of Job and how to cope when bad things happen to good people. She was in my life only those days and just for that. To bring me acceptance those difficult nights 33 years ago.

The former co-workers. One day out of the blue, one called me to refer me to a job where I stayed 15 years, and where I met the other former co-worker who connected me to my current job of 18 years. Don’t ask me where either one of them is now.

The realtor neighbor.  I ran into her one day long after she had moved away, and she offered to sell Mom’s house and help me find her an apartment, all in the nick of time.

The nightmare caregiver. She lasted only two weeks, but connected me to the angel caregiver who stayed until Mom’s last breath.

There have been so many of these “reason” people in my life. Each of them exiting my life immediately or shortly after they served God’s purpose, never to be seen or heard from again. So far. For them, I am so thankful.

What about you? Who are the “reason” people in your life? And what are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

”Your love, Jesus, is an ocean
with no shore to bound it.
And if I plunge into it, I carry
with me all the possessions
I have. You know, Lord,
what these possessions are —
the souls you have seen
fit to link with mine.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux

“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
-Job 42:2


Thankful Thursdays

Happy Thanksgiving, friends and family! We are always grateful, but today we emphasize that gratitude. Regardless of our current circumstances, we thank the Lord for that which really makes us blessed. For we know that when all else fades, faith, hope and love remain (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Wishing all of you a very healthy, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
for all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,
Father, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high,
Father, we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze,
for beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,
Father, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night,
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends,
for everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”

Thankful Thursdays

So many humans to keep track of. Exactly how does He do it? How many people out there are praying to God? How many prayers does He hear louder than mine? None. Because while I do believe many merit more attention than mine, I also believe mine do not go unnoticed.

So I tell you confidently: PRAY. It’ll cost you nothing (it’s about the only thing inflation hasn’t hit). Pray to your heart’s needs, desires and content, and leave the timing, answers and outcome to Him. After all, sometimes an unanswered prayer is the biggest blessing of all. Let’s place our trust in God and call it a day, folks.

For Your divine omnipresence, Lord, I am thankful. How ‘bout you guys? And what else are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Almost certainly God is not in Time. His life does not consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty. Ten-thirty—and every other moment from the beginning of the world—is always the Present for Him.”
-C.S. Lewis

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
-Matthew 7:7-8

Taken at Crater Lake Nat. Park, Oregon , July 1, 2011 (CCPerez) [can you spot the watermark?]

Thankful Thursdays

Hello, and a great Thankful Thursday morning to you all.  Now, repeat after me:

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”

There, feeling grateful yet?…Good.  I am.

Also, today I would like to say a big Thank You to all the veterans, living and deceased, for their service and sacrifices so that we can live in a free country. God bless. 🇺🇸 

What else are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”
-A.W. Tozer

Naples, December 27, 2020