Friday Five: My Name Spells Gratitude

As posted by Jan at RevGalBlogPals:


A wise person once told me to make an ABC list of things I am grateful for any time I feel sad or depressed. It is a good practice when one is feeling happier than that, too. So for this Friday Five, I suggest that you use your name or nickname of about five letters and express your gratitude about something that starts with each letter. Some people have longer names, so you decide how you will go about this! (Last names, middle names, and nicknames count!)


Conveniently, my last name has five letters, so I’ll use them.


Sisters — I don’t have any. But I have you, and among you are the women I reach out to the way I would a sister. Seriously, the advent of blogging in my life, both through RevGalBlogPals and otherwise, has opened my world to deeper relationships with other women, many of whom I now know in real life, and who are among the dearest friends I’ve ever had. I consider them my sisters, and I am grateful for the ways they — you — have become part of my life. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the past year or so without you.

Pets — There are only two at our house now, one Old Lady Cat and one Old Man Dog. Today I especially give thanks for Hoagie, who was a key factor for both LP and me in moving to our new normal. We love him, and he loves us, and he is gentle and sweet and sleeps upstairs in the space right outside our adjoining bedroom doors, never far away from either of us. Thanks be to God for Hoagie!

Offspring — It’s no surprise. I love my children. I’m grateful for the people they are and are becoming. Everyone seems to be doing well now, but I feel this way even when that’s not true. I love their faces and their voices and the things they say and the way they pursue the things they love and the way they understand calling, theirs and mine, and the loyalty that comes naturally to them, and the flexibility and kindness and maturity they’ve shown in a difficult time, and the funny they bring and the serious, too, all they ways they express their beautiful selves

New possibilities — Amazingly, my life has not come to a clanging halt; hurt and disappointment were not the end, merely an ending. I feel happy and loved and am looking forward to the future, both immediate and long term. One year ago today, I wouldn’t have believed it possible.

Grace  — in matters large and small, from God and others, I am grateful for it.
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