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Thankfulness 2014: Week 2

November 20, 2014

Nov. 8 Tonight I am thankful for the simple fact we are staying in tonight … nowhere to go … no one to see … and I earned it.

Nov. 9 I am thankful for Crook and Heddie needing to take a walk tonight and spending an hour with the Chief enjoying the leisurely pace. Actually I am thankful for that fateful summer day when we stumbled into Her Majesty’s Hounds’ tent and T2 lay amongst the puppies thus beginning our love affair with retired greyhounds 9 years ago. Cassie, Andromeda, and now the twins raced into our hearts even if briefly (Andie was our foster). Being part of HMH, taking them in for G week, and T1′s entrance project and now first research project are just some of the ways they add to our lives. What special and majestic creatures. Definitely a good night for a walk.

Nov. 10 I am thankful for the beautiful fall weather and colors. I love this time of year, always have. Dark greens and browns contrasting with flame reds and brilliant oranges. Warm jackets on sunny days. A time to begin to slow down and prepare to slumber and renew. I am thankful we live where we can experience the wonders of nature and the seasons (though I probably could do without winter if I’m being totally honest).

Nov. 11 Veterans Day I am thankful for the freedoms I enjoy because of the men and women of the past, present, and future who serve honorably to defend those freedoms. There are so many to name just in my family and living where I do I have met some amazing service men and women and vets. Merchant mariners have served alongside our military in times of war as well, supplying our troops and risking their lives. Thank you, Veterans, and God bless.

Nov. 12 I am thankful for situations that scare me and challenge me to rise to the occasion. I am thankful to also have the opportunity to do so on my terms and not out of necessity. I can see how it would be so much easier to shelter and circle the wagons … but even though I am no longer young and dumb I still want the fullness of life. In the past decade I’ve probably grown more in the last three years than in the previous 7 … makes me really look forward to the next decade being even better.

Nov. 13 I am thankful for the warm blankets and shelter of the home we’ve built together as the weather turns a little colder today. It is not just a house. It is the memories, love, and shared experiences. I pray that we are good stewards of these blessings though we fall short.

Nov. 14 I am thankful for the members, past and present of the Piedmont church. When I think of my college friends, with only a few exceptions, it is these that I count. They are the ones who helped me reaffirm my faith, welcome me into their lives and homes, watched my relationship with the Chief blossom, got snowed in at our blizzard wedding, and invited us back to say God speed to an amazing family and still remembered us. And I love seeing and hearing what wonderful young men and women all the children I babysat have become. (Stop making me feel old, ok?) I know God guided me to where I went to college and to these people. Definitely a blessing. It was worth the round trip tonight and thanks to the Chief for driving!

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Writing Workshop: We Didn’t Start the Fire

November 13, 2014

But we certainly went out in a Blaze of Glory!

6. What was your favorite song when you were 16 years old…is it still a favorite?
But what a year 1990 was! Thanks to a quick search, Music Outfitters has all the Top 100 listings.

It is hard to say what was my favorite … I was still into the New Kids on the Block but who can resist the lip-synching wonder of Milli Vanilli? I can recall about 85% of these songs and the others were just one hit wonders.

Wait! Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown had another Top 40 hit with She Ain’t Worth It other than 1986’s Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You! No way! Obviously part of the 15% I don’t remember.

Glenn Medeiros himself, MC for the evening luau at the Hale Koa

Glenn Medeiros himself, MC for the evening luau at the Hale Koa

By the way we actually saw him live at the Hale Koa luau this summer… yeah, yeah, I know I need to write about traveling with 13 family members. He was a decent host and yes, he did sing his signature song briefly to serenade the audience members who had been married 50 or more years. And my in-laws got up and danced.

Ok, the children made the Chief and I get up and dance too and they took this blurry picture. ;)

Ok, the children made the Chief and me get up and dance too and they took this blurry picture. ;)

But who can forget the Humpty Dance or Ice Ice Baby?

Don’t you know that Opposites Attract?

Recently, jamming out to “oldies” tunes in the car with my girls I had to snicker and resist changing the song. I couldn’t tell you what song it was but as the youngest is working out the lyrics and singing right along with me she paused and asked, “What is this song about?”

“Sex, honey. Most songs are about sex.”

Thank goodness the song wasn’t “Do Me” by Bell Biv Devoe, that much I am sure.

But 1990 was the year that brought us Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun, and B-52’s Love Shack.

No, I can’t remember my favorite but I can sing them all!

If you want to know more about Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, click on that trophy over there. Here are this week’s prompts:
1. Something you brought for show and tell.
2. November 3rd is National Housewife’s Day…how did you celebrate?
3. The meaning of your name…does it suit you?
4. Tell us about something new you learned last month.
5. Share a list of some of your most recent favorite things.
6. What was your favorite song when you were 16 years old…is it still a favorite?

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Veterans Day

November 12, 2014

Yesterday, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day. I have so many family members to be grateful to for their service. Too many to name.

Obviously the question of veteran status for merchant mariners comes up. It is a controversial history. It is sad to say that World War II merchant mariners did not receive veteran status until 1988. I met some of the men who worked tirelessly to make that happen. Merchant mariners can still receive veteran status if they participate in supply transport to current era conflicts. I know that Desert Shield/Storm had mariner vets and even some later conflicts. I’m not sure if the current conflicts have resulted in medals and veterans… something to research.

Yesterday an opinion piece was published titled: When Honoring Vets, Include Merchant Marine. It is a good article and inspiring to know that men like Eisenhower and MacArthur saw the invaluable service of the men in the merchant marine.

On a message board of spouses yesterday, the question was posed about how do we explain this life, who is a vet and who isn’t, how we’re different from the armed services, etc. I couldn’t help myself and had to correct everyone that there is no S and they are mariners, not marines–that will go a long way in differentiating the merchant marine from the other branches. I couldn’t help myself–old habits die hard.

Just an additional little share: A high school classmate of mine, an army vet, wrote an article about how to show appreciation to vets in general. Also a good read. How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation. Good suggestions… I think I have a service project for my scouts in the near future.

I am thankful to the men and women who serve. For the most part, the veterans I know are humble and patriotic and proud of their service. I know there are serious tragedies and much wrong with our military and very few come out of their time of service unchanged. Some have serious gripes about our military and those in charge and a nation that has thrown away so much. They may not even want to be thanked but I appreciate them anyways, especially one in particular. Maybe he would rather be thanked by seeing a world that makes a difference, that changes the status quo, that makes the world a place where we don’t need armies and navies. A world that truly understands freedoms and doesn’t blindly hand them over. Yes, our veterans deserve that too.

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Thankfulness 2014 Week 1

November 11, 2014

Nov. 1 Today I am thankful for God who deserves all the glory and praise. I am nothing without HIM and I need to trust and rely on Him more. I am grateful He uses even my flaws and mistakes to better me or to make a difference in this world. I am thankful He has given me another day.
FB on my phone ate my status…

Nov. 2 I am thankful for this Lord’s Day. I was so happy to be back to my young ladies class and my co-teacher Heather M. I learn so much from them and today was all about growing in knowledge of God. The aches were catching up to me but I am thankful for this day of worship and rest.

Nov. 3 I am thankful for the husband I was blessed to find 21 years ago. The love and devotion he has shown me and the girls and all the sacrifices he makes cannot not be adequately described. This past week he has risen to all occasions even while sick to make sure everything for our family went smoothly while I worked and ran an event. I could not have done it without him. He is my best friend and partner, chief engineer and head of family. His generosity astounds me and we are instilling that in our children (even if they act spoiled!) I thank God for the Chief every day.

Nov. 4 I usually do these in a particular order but because today is the birthday of a wonderful friend, today I am thankful for the friends in my life who have been my rocks, my sounding boards, my champions, my confidants, my sanity, my hilarity, my partners in crime. As an introvert you are few and far between and to the ones who have been here the longest–I am in debt to you (you know who you are–especially the birthday girl!) I know often I get the better end of this deal but please know that I am so thankful for you, besties, and you make the world a better and brighter place.

Nov. 5 I am thankful for the blessing in my life that is my Bright Light. What an amazing young woman she is becoming. The journey that we have shared in the last year alone has been a privilege and wonder to take with her, bringing us closer even as she becomes more independent and sure of herself, learning some tough lessons and staying true. She is rising to the potential both D and I have always seen in her and couldn’t be more hopeful for her bright future. She didn’t come with an instruction manual but I learn from her all the time and I am humbled. What a gift from God.

Nov. 6 I am thankful for the Happy Girl in my life. From the beginning she made sure to let us know she was going to do things in her own unique and creative way, not sitting in anyone’s shadow and daring anyone to try to ignor her. She is truly a funny little person and makes me laugh often. She is coming into her own, even if doing with a bit more attitude and moodiness than her usual happy self, and watching her grow is a joy. And from the beginning that joy she freely shares has been such a gift from God in times of need. My joy and my comfort… :)

Nov. 7 I guess what I said in my share post yesterday was my thankful thought… I am thankful for the advances in medicine that came up with biologics. Aches and creaky joints mean I am still here for one more day but I don’t have to live those days in crippling pain. I get to be here and not only watch my children grow but be part of their lives. Since my diagnosis my fabulous trainer has kept me going and I’ve done more than I thought I could … getting ready for my 5th 5 K in December (and I hate running!) Yes I desire a permanent cure but I am thankful for the “thorn” of this illness too. It brought me to my knees and when I finally learned to trust God he gave me the spiritual healing I needed.

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