Friday Five: Giving Thanks

As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

It’s that time of year. In the U.S., college students will be on their
way home, traffic on the highways will be at its highest point, cooking
and baking will ensue. But before the gorging and napping begins, let’s
take a moment to give thanks.

Please tell us five things or people for which you are thankful this year.

1. My husband and children and the way in which we have become not a step-family, but a family.

2. Molly and Sam, the children of the second marriage. As Pure Luck likes to ask, what did I do before I had dogs? (I usually answer, sleep in on Saturdays.) I thought we were just getting bigger versions of cats, who were deeply familiar to me. Dogs are so much more in need of relationship, they really suit me. I love to see people meeting them for the first time, particularly Molly, who loves everyone.

3. The roof over our heads. My parents were able to leave me well-enough-fixed that my children and I could have a home even though I was still in school when I became their primary support. We have been here for more than 8 years, and it has become home for them the way my first house growing up was for me. It has expanded to hold more people, more animals, more love than I could ever have imagined, and I am deeply grateful for having found it and been able to acquire it. It is the place in which healing began for me.

4. Music. Even though my vocal cord troubles may mean I am never a true songbird again, I am deeply moved and inspired and refreshed by music. I don’t know what my life would be like without it.

5. Writing. The discovery of blogging encouraged me to write more often, in more ways and about more things. Writing (not just blogging but all kinds) has become my spiritual discipline, my personal therapy, a significat part of my calling. I always thought I could write, but I never knew *what* to write. I’m happy to say that’s not true anymore.

And one more, just because. I’m thankful for my friends, IRL and online, who support, cajole, challenge and pray for and with me. Thank you for being there!

What are you thankful for?

7 thoughts on “Friday Five: Giving Thanks”

  1. What a lovely picture your list brought to my mind! And I totally agree on the last two. Music, and books, should have been on my list. And blogging! Yay! It’s led to a magazine article of mine being published. 🙂

  2. Songbird, first thanks for your help with the link earlier today. And then – thank you for the wonderful Friday Five. Until today I hadn’t paused to reflect about all the blessings of these past months. Thanks, as well, for all you do for Revgals!

  3. Thanks for commenting on my thankful list, and for being one of those sweet friends for whom I’m thankful. I was blessed by reading your list, too.

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