Monday, November 23, 2015

The Thankful Home

A few days ago I told you about a 7 day thankfulness challenge my daughter wrote about on her blog.


Her sweet words stuck with me as reminder to look around and appreciate the little things we take for granted on any given day. 


This morning I walked out of my bedroom bright and early....the dogs were squeaking to get out and it's Monday morning and I didn't sleep well.....but the sun was shining through the front windows and the house was cozy and warm and all was well with my world. 


And I started thinking about how lucky I am. 


Although things can get a little overwhelming when I don't have enough time off work I'm thankful that I have a job that I like and a boss I adore. 

The firewood tower is almost empty which means I need to bring in wood before work....but I'm so thankful for my beautiful fireplace that keeps my house lovely and warm. 

And strong legs and arms to carry loads of wood up a flight of stairs. I'm grateful for the exercise. 

The laundry that's piled up in my master closet right now means I have plenty of warm clothes to wear. 


And the pantry that I organized yesterday means I have lots of food to prepare for the people I love. 

The linen closet I also worked on yesterday is stocked with paper goods, toiletries, table linens, and fluffy clean towels all of which make my home cozy and efficient. It's the simple everyday things such as this that make me feel at peace in my life. 


The dog hair that I'm constantly vacuuming up means I have two wonderful little furbabies that I love sharing my life and home. And my furniture, which apparently is theirs. 


What about those puppy toys that I pick up ten times a day and throw back in the toy basket? I'm so thankful for those little furry brats - they wake me up at the crack of dawn because they just want Mommy to be able to enjoy a glorious sunrise!



The mess my daughters made downstairs over the weekend reminds me how thankful I am to be able to spend quality time with my two beautiful daughters on a regular basis. Someday I'll be an empty nester and I'll miss their silliness and their busy lives and their messes. 


I won't miss them waking me up in the wee hours when they come home, though. Nope. Mommy needs her sleep!

I am so very thankful for the sweet man that came into my life when I was going through a painful divorce and kept me sane and gave me strength. His strong shoulders supported me through many challenging times over the past 5 years and although we don't live together we do have a committed relationship and I consider him my partner.


My sister will be hosting Thanksgiving once again this year and my other sister will travel from Boston with her little family to join us. The only thing missing will be my parents, who are in Florida for the winter and no longer travel back for the holidays. I am eternally grateful for my wonderful family - we are so blessed.

And I am ever so thankful for the many people who have been stopping by my humble little blog. I feel as if I have a bunch of wonderful new friends and I love reading every one of your comments! They inspire me to keep sharing my thoughts and my simple little life with the folks in Blogland.

I am a truly lucky woman. 

37 comments:

  1. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful and you enjoy those beautiful girls. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim and the very same to you!!

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  2. Oh this made me smile...lovely post! And your dog is a heartstealer...

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    1. She is a little cutie, that's for sure, and also a little bold brat at times!! But we love her so much. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Linda!

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  3. It's good to stop and look around and be thankful. Sometimes I see light shining through the window, and I think how thankful I am for that ray of sunshine that made me smile. You are a lucky woman. And I too am a lucky woman for having you to call friend.
    Brenda

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    1. Same here, Brenda - I'm grateful I "met" you and also that I have so many wonderful new folks to share my little world with.

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  4. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and your man! I'm so glad you are finally where you want to be in life. It's a great feeling, isn't it?

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    1. It truly is, Diane - and I wish you and yours the very best Thanksgiving as well!!

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  5. I'm thankful to have found your blog. I enjoy your posts. Happy Thanksgiving. You have a beautiful life.

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    1. Thank you so much, Valerie - you always leave the sweetest comments! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

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  6. So many of us here in the blogging world have so much to be thankful for, with warm, beautiful homes that provide us with safety during the stormy times in life. Husbands, sweethearts, pets, loved ones..... I like that you have found a loving man who allows you to live under your own roof... that says a great deal about his love and respect for you... xox Have a super Thanksgiving. xox

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    1. Awwww, same to you - and yes, we are truly blessed, aren't we? Maybe blogging makes us stop more often and look around and appreciate what we have....I think when you blog you look at things a little differently! Happy Thanksgiving - xo

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  7. Yes, all of those little things to be so thankful for...the things we sometimes take for granted! I hope you have a most wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs and blessings!!

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    1. Hugs and blessings right back at ya, Benita!!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with that sweet man of yours!! xo

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  8. I'm so happy you found my blog because now I found yours. There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, ALWAYS. Just waking up and having another day, or having legs and feet to walk with. I use to do a gratitude journal for a number of years, and even on the worse days, there was always something to be thankful for.

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    1. It's funny you mention that, Carol - when I was going through my divorce I kept a gratitude journal to keep me grounded...and to remind me of all the wonderful things I still had in my life. I like to think that my blog is now a little bit like a daily gratitude journal - it's a photographic reminder of the beauty we find in each and every day. Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

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  9. Thanks for the shoutout mama- love you so much, so glad you found thankfulness in your everyday, my little baby squish looks so cute by the way. XOXO

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    1. That's MY baby squish!! And you're welcome, sweetie. I loved your post. xoxo

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  10. Your home looks so pretty in the early morning light! Very good post and so true

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbi - and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  11. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family ! :) You two look lovely in the snow photo :)

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    1. Did I ever tell you that I love you, Deb? That's not me in the photo (wish it was!!!) That is a photo of my two daughters in the snow!! :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Deb - xo

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  12. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family ! :) You two look lovely in the snow photo :)

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  13. This post made me smile!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! It made me smile while I was writing it, also! Isn't it amazing how some days you just know immediately what you're going to write? As soon as I saw that morning sunshine I grabbed the camera and started snapping....and sat right down and let the words spill out. Happy Thanksgiving in your new home, Ellen! xo

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving. My big fur baby is right here in the chair. If she thinks I have disappeared for too long she comes looking for me. Sometimes when I am sitting in a chair she gets in the chair with me. I think she believes she is still a puppy in size. I also have a lot to be thankful for in everyday living.

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    1. I believe we all have a lot to be thankful for in our everyday lives - it's just a matter of stopping to smell the roses, am I right? Sometimes life gets in the way....the bills, the chores, the job....but when it all breaks down we are lucky and blessed. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  15. I love reading the beautiful reflections of your life and the many blessings that surround you, life is truly good isn't it!!
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. It truly is, Jemma - we are so blessed!
      xo

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  16. Such beautiful things to be thankful for. Your daughters are precious. Enjoy your time with family on Thursday.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Kris

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    1. You are so right, Kris - my daughters are precious! And my life is beautiful! Not perfect, but who's is? And yet still beautiful.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Kris! xo

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  17. What a beautiful spirit you have! I just loved this post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Laurel - and Happy Thanksgiving to you also!!

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  18. Great list! That organized linen closet is amazing! Happy Thanksgiving. xoxo Su

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Su!! Organized closets make me smile when I open them....I might be just a little weird!! :)

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  19. Hello Debbie
    I loved reading your "Life Behind the Blogger" over at Kris's Junk Chic Cottage.
    I agree with you, family is everything and you have two beautiful daughters still very much in your life.
    Following you now.
    Warm hugs
    Shane

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    1. Very nice to meet you, Shane! Yes, you are so right - my girls are my life and always have been. That's why I knew when I bought my house I would re-name my lane "Trinity Lane" - it's always and forever been the three of us. Thanks for coming by to visit!!

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