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Grateful for the tiny things

 

It seems simple to drift away and forget all of the things that I have to be grateful for. It is too easy to focus on the things that I want to happen such as losing weight, finishing my book and feeling totally back to the old me! At this point in my life it is the tiny things that bring me joy and the reminder of where I was last year, 5 years ago and even 10 years back. 

It finally snowed on Friday and it is still snowing here and there. Saturday my son went to start the van and it would not start. Snow kept falling, gloomy weather brought wind and more snow and yet I sat snuggled warm under my blanket, not caring much! I have a spare truck that is old and has its own little issues but I was happy and content to have an extra vehicle. The thought of getting to the next little town for Mude’s wisdom tooth extraction on Monday (today) did loom overhead but no panic! I called the free service that my parents gift to me each year and they came and towed the van to a local mechanic shop. It sounds silly but it was fun to interact with the female tow truck driver and to watch how she got my van hauled away! IMG_E5738

I was up at 4 a.m. this morning; I sat on my comfy couch, listened to Christmas music and watched the gently glowing lights. I thought of last year at this time and many years before that. It reminded me to be grateful for everything, even the tiny blessings that sometimes go unnoticed. I want to be as real as possible because I know other people struggle as well! This list is a hard one in many ways but here it is!

 

  1. I am grateful to have a good relationship with my children, to have their love and acceptance. It has been a long road and has not been easy, there have been ups and downs but they have always stuck by me even in the worst of times! They are truly amazing and are my heroes! I love each and every one of them with all that I have!
  2. I am grateful to be part of my grandkids lives, they are unique, kind, smart and a total joy! I never thought it would be like this but I have fallen in love again three times over! I thank their parents for involving me in special moments and for making sure I am a part of their lives.
  3. I am grateful to have daughter-in-laws who love my sons, who value our family and who have stuck with me through thick and thin!! They are truly part of our large loud family and bring their own special flare! Love you
  4. I am grateful to have my mom and dad who have always been there for me and for my kids. They are the best parents!
  5. I am grateful to have an extra vehicle.
  6. I am grateful to have the free towing service.
  7. I am grateful that my son can have his wisdom teeth taken care of. Two of my kids had this procedure done in Saudi and it was very difficult!!
  8. I am grateful for the snow and the gloomy weather, it is gorgeous.
  9. I am grateful for being able to cook! I made manicotti yesterday, Apricot chicken the day before and so on! Yeah!
  10. I am grateful that I can wear my winter coat each and every time I go out!!Last year I got my winter coat dirty by a simple daily action and then would not wear it. I bundled up in multiple shirts and sweaters to go out and grab a coffee with Foof. She would pick me up and inquire about my coat,  I made excuses and felt guilt, shame. I was unable to take my daily walks outside with no warm coat! Now each day I grab my coat and put it on.
  11. I am grateful that I can take a walk around the block without ever looking back.
  12. I am grateful that I can play with my grandkids and not worry about possibly giving them some illness.
  13. I am grateful that I am back to blogging!
  14. Little things have fallen, broken such as a lightbulb, a plate and it did not bring hours of cleanup. I swept and disposed of the broken pieces. So grateful for this!
  15. I dream of him often which is hard but I try to put it into perspective and not let it ruin my day.
  16. I am grateful for the holidays, lights, our tree and decorations.
  17. I am grateful that I can make my own coffee even if it is hard some days.
  18. I am grateful that I can calm myself down when I get nervous.
  19. I am grateful that I am starting to gain self-worth.
  20. I am grateful that I can take medication for a headache if needed, before this was very difficult and involved endless worry and often panic. I would not take anything and spent hours with a pounding headache.
  21. I am grateful that I am able to help myself!
  22. I am grateful that while I still have issues with eating properly, I no longer have a more serious eating disorder!!! This is hard to admit!
  23. Finally I am grateful that I can celebrate any holiday I choose to and not feel that I am doomed for doing so. I am so grateful for each and every friend I have made here, thank you for your support and kindness!
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  1. I am grateful the you are in my life, Lynn and that little by little you are moving to your goal of being whole once more. Number 15 is healthy…. it is your mind’s way of dredging up the horrors and letting them evaporate into the air as you sleep. It’s very painful but I promise it symptomatic of true catharsis. I send you love xxx

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    December 18, 2017
    • I am also grateful to have you in my life dearest Fiona! You are a soul sister and shining star! I hate the dreams, he is just there. He doesnt do much but is present and the old feelings are there too. I will find comfort in your words dear friend. xoxoxo

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      December 18, 2017
      • I can’t imagine how horrible it must be. Try to imagine that each time you are moving further and further away from him. And know that if I ever met him, he would not walk, let alone procreate ever again. Go gently sweet soul sister xoxoxoxo

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        December 18, 2017
  2. This is a wonderful list. My heart is warmed. I am so grateful you have this list. And I am grateful for your friendship.

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    December 18, 2017
    • Thank you Jodi! You are such a lovely, special and unique person. I am very grateful for your love, support and friendship! Your blog is beautiful, inspiring and yummy!

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      December 18, 2017
  3. Having an attitude of gratitude is a great thing. In spite of all that is happening here, we are blessed to be where we are. 😊

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    December 18, 2017
  4. Lovely post dear sister and so wonderful to see, how far you are now, compared to the beginning. It is not easy to get rid of all thoughts about past time in life, but so good to see, that you are able to name it and take over the control.

    You have so many great things at your list and such a beautiful family, inside and outside.

    Wish you a wonderful time with your family, dear friend ❤

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    December 18, 2017
  5. I am so happy for you: as you grow, we all grow with you, it is wonderful to witness 💜

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    December 18, 2017
  6. I am grateful to have you in my life!

    A book I have been listening to had an idea I may try – it said to think of something you are thankful for every time you leave the house and come home. It doesn’t have to be big or different every time, it’s just an easy time to think about something you are thankful for, even if it is always just being thankful for being able to leave the house or to have returned home. Between that and your post this morning, I think it’s a sign that I should definitely try this!

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    December 18, 2017
  7. After reading your post Lynn I thought about a poem written by Belinda of IW. It was about just being and being grateful for that.
    Leslie

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    December 18, 2017
  8. It is not only the words you wrote but the strong feelings that lie in every line, yet every word. I am so moved by reading your list. The last point is your personal achievement for life. You have proved to yourself that no one is allowed to keep you from living. You made it. Have the most wonderful Christmas ever, Lynn. Love to you and yours 💖

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    December 18, 2017
    • Thank you dear sister Erika! You are a special friend who always inspires me! You have taken a personal interest in my life and have gone extra to help me! Much love to you!!!! Merry christmas and all the joy in the world!

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      December 18, 2017
  9. Lynn you are a lovely lady, much loved and respected by us all. For the progress you’ve made, and continue to make, for the family photos and love that you share, for your open and honest appraisal of who you were, how you’ve changed, and what you still seek to achieve. May you, and your family have a great Christmas, and a happy, healthy year ahead. Hugs to you (wrapped in tinsel)!

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    December 18, 2017
    • You are so kind Peter!! It has been a pleasure getting to know you! I was nervous to interact with men when I first started blogging and now have several good male friends and you are one of the best! You are a wonderful person!!!! I welcome those hugs wrapped in tinsel!!!! 🎄🎄

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      December 18, 2017
  10. Alice #

    Lynn, you are an amazing strong woman! You have overcome so much in your life and have raised your precious children! I’m blessed to know you!!!

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    December 18, 2017
  11. A wonderful list, Lynn. Celebrate away with gratefulness, peace, and plenty of good food and joy. ❤

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    December 18, 2017
  12. 😊😊😊

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    December 18, 2017
  13. Lynn, what a wonderful list of accomplishments! It shows you are your own person and can enjoy being yourself without negative repercussions. Congratulations on overcoming and enjoying your life with no apologies!

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    December 18, 2017
  14. I am happy for your place in your life Lynn. Happy Christmas!

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    December 18, 2017
  15. Beautiful tree and thankful list. We need to remind ourselves everyday. It’s easy to want what we don’t have or think we want.

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    December 18, 2017
  16. You are an over comer, a survivor, an inspirer and more. A wonderful thankful list and we should all be thankful for what we have and whatever we have accomplish. Always grateful to meet you here. Blessings to you and everyone this Christmas and New Year!

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    December 18, 2017
  17. This is wonderful post. I love it. We have always enough reasons to be happy and to be grateful for.Life is beautiful, and I believe that we should say “Thank you”, for the things we have already. Thank you

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    December 19, 2017
  18. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    December 19, 2017
  19. I’m grateful you’re home, Lynn, where you can live your life as it should be. Sending hugs.

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    December 19, 2017
  20. Beautiful Lynn, listing our gratefuls can help put life into perspective. Thanks for sharing you list.

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    December 19, 2017
  21. My lovely sister Lynn, what happiness to my ears to read your list. You are healing and moving forward in life, you will get to the end and be the woman you are looking for….What a great list you have built….grandbabies, children, and every time I make coffee I raise my cup silently in your direction and whisper words of encouragement to you for the universe to take up north. You really are a woman to be reckoned with!!! As far as your dreams, I agree with Fiona ! Remember its only a dream and he can be damned there as well. And I would have to admit, if he ever got in my path, he would leave crawling for being just the ass he is…..okay we have already given him to much time here, So now you have started my mind off at a racing pace to write down all that I am grateful for too!!! Happy Holidays Sister, sending lots and lots of love your way…xxxxxxxxxsisterkat

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    December 19, 2017
    • Dear sister Kat thank you for your words and thoughts! You are really wise! Thank you for your endless support and encouragement! You have always been there standing with me and it really helps❤️❤️❤️

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      December 19, 2017
  22. I meant to mention the other post, I have made the Nutella tree before, we also added marshmallows (mini) just because we could, LOL and I am going to make the spinach and cream cheese one next….thanks….XXkat

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    December 19, 2017
  23. Such a lovely, positive post of all the good things in your life!

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    December 19, 2017
  24. I’m so proud of you Lynn! You have grown by leaps and bounds and you continue to grow and become better and better! You are a dear friend and I love you dearly! xoxoxox

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    December 19, 2017
  25. Thank you Lynz. I am grateful to you for listening to my blog as we continue to struggle with my husband’s cancer. I appreciate your likes and encouragement.

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    December 19, 2017
  26. For all that you have gone through in the past, I am grateful that you are here to make your list of grateful! You are truly an inspiration and I am so very happy about your new life. Love you Lynn!! XOXOXO!

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    December 20, 2017
  27. Your list paints a beautiful picture of your life as you live it now. Love and congratulations for your continuing journey. ❤

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    December 20, 2017
  28. Yes! Showing gratitude for all blessings, large and small, help keep dark thoughts at bay. Thank you

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    December 21, 2017
  29. Big warm hugs to you, for that is a lovely and marvelous list!

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    December 23, 2017
  30. Such a lovely list Lynn. Thank you for sharing your gratitude and reminding all of us to be thankful.

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    December 25, 2017
  31. A moving and wonderful list, Lynz…a real joy to have met you here on WP! Hope you’re having a very special and magical holiday season with your family. 😀❤️

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    December 25, 2017
  32. So many things to be grateful for, family, holidays, etc🙂

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    January 3, 2018
  33. Love this!

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    March 6, 2018
  34. Im so grateful that I found your blog and grateful that you your children are safe xx…

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    April 21, 2018

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