Thankful Thursdays

To give back. How about that for a new year’s resolution? To give back, plain and simple. Let’s face it, we have so much going on in our lives, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed, out of sorts, and miss the big picture. Having an attitude of gratitude can help bring peace to the craziness and focus our vision on what’s important. And when we are aware of all that’s been given to us, it’s hard not to want to pay it forward. In whatever ways we can: donations, service, time, etc.. So I say, let’s count our blessings, like every day, and make those blessings count.

Today, as I think of all that’s been given to me, I’m especially thankful for growing older; I just had a birthday yesterday, and every year that comes my way is more and more appreciated and cherished. By the way, thanks to those who have donated to my birthday fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Facebook. So cool. If you haven’t and want to, here are the links:
Thru Facebook: Connie’s Birthday Fundraiser to St. Jude
Thru St. Jude: Donate

Family and friends, may we keep our minds uncluttered long enough to remember to keep this goal throughout the year (and every year): to be more grateful and to give back. No matter what.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
-Charles Dickens

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”
-Steve Maraboli

“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.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thankful Thursdays

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful start to 2018. Here we go, the first of 52 Thankful Thursdays. In the spirit of making the best of our time and accommodate what matters most, I will start with this:

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better,
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come ’round again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not always kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Wishing you a year filled with many blessings, lots of time with those you love, and very little dusting.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.”
-A. Elle

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Thankful Thursdays

For a hard-fought and conquered year. It was for the most part, for us, an overwhelming year, dealing with Mom’s illness and loss. The year seemed to whiz by painfully in slow motion. How crazy is that? Still, it is one more year to be thankful for. One more year with those we love. I am grateful for all of the support we received day after day, and for the grace of God that got us through it all. Farewell, 2017! Looking forward to sharing 2018 with all of you.

Wishing everyone a fantastic year’s end, and a super blessed new year. To the other half of our wolfpack (currently on a different time zone): Kids, we miss you! Get la maleta ready, we’ll Facetime you!

Signing out for the year, today from atop the Grand Canyon. Until next Thursday’s post, everyone!…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”
-G. R.R. Martin

“Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
      Help me to put my faults away.
      Let me be big in little things;
      Grant me the joy which friendship brings;
      Keep me from selfishness and spite,
      Let me be wise to what is right.
A Happy New Year! grant that I
      May cause no tear to any eye.
      When this new year in time shall end,
      Let it be said: “I’ve played the friend,
      Have lived and loved and labored here
      And made of it a happy year.”
-Edgar Guest

Thankful Thursdays

For the best gifts ever. I’m sure, or I hope, you’re all done with your Christmas shopping. Everybody on your list taken care of?  Great. But wait! Don’t forget this list!:

The best gifts to give:
To your friend, loyalty;
To your enemy, forgiveness;
To your boss, service;
To a child, a good example;
To your parents, gratitude and devotion;
To your mate, love and faithfulness;
To all men and women, charity.
-O. Arnold

This Christmas, let’s remember the real reason for the season. And when we sit by the tree, let us give thanks because our blessings outnumber the lights. Family and friends, may your Christmas be wrapped with peace, love, and happiness.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
-Luke 2:11

“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

Here’s to the graduates. And to He who makes it all possible.

Lauren’s graduate school ceremony is tonight; Danny receives his bachelor’s degree tomorrow night. Watching them both bravely thrive through college has been quite the parental journey, I can tell you that. We are grateful that God granted us the means to put them through school, and that He blessed both of them with the will and determination to see themselves through the stumbles and the challenges. Now we pray He strengthens their faith to run the race before them.

Kids, we are proud of your accomplishments; of what you’ve done but even more so, of who you’ve become. What a blessing to see you find your way in life and grow into genuine, good-hearted young adults. Remember who made this possible for you. No, not us. We are merely instruments. Thank Him, through whom we can do what we do.

To Lauren and Danny, and to their classmates, we say: Congratulations! Now, go forth and make it count, and let all you do be done in love. Oh, yes, and May HIS force be with you always!    😉

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“The tassel’s worth the hassle!”
-Author Unknown

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
-Hebrews 12:1

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
-Philippians 4:13

Thankful Thursdays

For Friends. The old ones we’ve had in our lives forever, and the new ones we’ve managed to make old ones out of. The ones who stick through thick and thin and are always present, and the ones whose presence is felt through the distance. And let’s not forget those who God reconnects us with, always in timely fashion.

I am so blessed to have in my life friends who, through the years, have taught me about trust, compassion, acceptance, humility, forgiveness, and loyalty. For them, today and always, I am thankful.  ♥   In my Father’s house are many mansions, and I hope yours will be next to mine.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
-C.S. Lewis

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
-Henri Nouwen


Thankful Thursdays

For Christmas Cards. This is the time of year I remind you to take a break from social media and write out…and touch someone.

The rise of social media has us posting, liking, tweeting, e-mailing, and/or texting our sentiments, in a flash. Convenient, sure, but lacks personal touch. I think the digital Christmas card is today’s scrooge.

At home, we get Christmas and holiday cards from our insurance company and from our bank and from our car dealership, and I think, “Oh okay, that’s nice,” but they don’t give me the warm fuzzies. But the ones we get from family and friends do, and those make me smile.

Taking time to sign and address a card and, even better, to write a short note inside, says you took time to think about that person, at least a little longer than it takes to click “send.” It’s a nice change to find in our mailboxes mail that is not junk or a bill (a different kind of junk). And there’s a nice warm feeling about those greeting cards that arrive via snail mail in time to decorate the mantle or wall, and to warm our hearts.

So c’mon, go retro, I challenge you to make someone pull some joy out of the mailbox. Dale.

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.”
-Mary Martin

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
-William Wordsworth

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”
-Norbet Platt


Thanksgiving Thankful Thursday

That His love will always find us. Life is a hellova coaster ride, as we know, where we’re strapped in alongside the good, the bad, and the ugly. And I must say, among all of the emotions I personally experience during life’s ups and downs and crazy turnarounds, I’ve learned that the one constant is love. Love from my family and friends (those with us here and those with us in spirit) and love from God. Please, while on your own ride, open your eyes or close your eyes, don’t matter, just feel the love.

I truly believe that love will always find us in the good, the bad, and the ugly. And for that and the many blessings God has bestowed upon me, today and always, I am Thankful.

From our home to yours, a very blessed Thanksgiving to all. Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!”
-Victor Hugo

“You can never run away from God’s love. No matter who you are or where you have been, God’s love will find you.”
-G. Mona

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
-Thomas Merton

Throwback Thankful Thursday

For great parents. My siblings and I were blessed with parents who loved us and guided us. Mom and Dad always put us first and sacrificed so much for us. They taught us, among many things, about respect, responsibility, faith, and loyalty. And through example, they gave us a roadmap to this highway called Life.

Dad’s been gone for quite some time, and Mom just joined him. On this Throwback Thankful Thursday, I remember them both. Gracias, Mami y Papi!

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”
-Philippians 3:1

“It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.”
Mitch Albom

“Thank God for good parents who teach their children to live right and pray right and do right and to be kind to others and to forgive their enemies.”

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.” -Author Unknown


Thankful Thursdays

For November days in the 305. It’s crowded here, traffic’s a bear, people are weird, but that’s the case in most big cities. However, you can’t beat the weather in Florida, especially during this time of year. And for that, I’m thankful.

Hasta next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

What are you thankful for today?

“I live in Florida, and when people ask how close to the beach I am, I say, ‘Twelve minutes or twelve hours. Depends on which beach you want to go to.’”
-J. Kintz

We have thousands of opportunities every day to be grateful: for having good weather, to have slept well last night, to be able to get up, to be healthy, to have enough to eat. There’s opportunity upon opportunity to be grateful; that’s what life is.
-D. Steindl-Rast

—Outside my window this a.m.—