Monthly Archives: August 2011

Another Chapter

I’m grateful that my parents’ house has sold, and quickly. He and Mom bought that house 36 years ago, almost to the day.

I’m grateful that my dad is no longer a homeowner, and that he no longer has that care on his shoulders.

I’m grateful for all the years we lived there.

I’m grateful for all the memories we created there, of home and family and children growing into adults and having their own children. For all the things that a home sees – laughter and tears and misunderstandings and moments of enlightenment. They make us who we are.

I’m grateful that some lovely people fell in love with it. I wish them many years of happiness as they build their life in it.

I’m grateful that we can all move on – dad, us “kids”, the new owners, the neighborhood – move on to the next chapter, whatever that might be.

It Can Be Done Gratitude

1. Making things look on the screen the way they do in my head
2. Incredible inspiration
3. Resources that rock
4. Statistics
5. Uninterrupted workflow
6. Testing
7. Fixing things (finally)
8. The Library
9. Productivity
10. “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” -Vince Lombardi

she again teaches me

Very grateful for

  1. My first blog give-away
  2. Even though only two people (so far) have entered and I would love more, maybe today will bring more!
  3. Learning from my daughter how to do a blog giveaway…she again teaches me
  4. Time to watch amazing play at the US Open
  5. An unexpected text
  6. Prayers
  7. A big truth reveal at work (if I just stay patient and not get involved, it does happen)
  8. My first Faith Barrista FB party
  9. Bonnie New Friends at Faith Barrista who are strong in their faith

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. –Bruce Barton


tears of joy

  1. Grateful for receiving a beautiful gift that brought tears of joy with its heartwarming sentiments
  2. My thoughtful, precious granddaughter who always remembers
  3. Love of family
  4. My daily communication with my sister
  5. Good news from someone receiving an offer on the sale of her home
  6. Orderliness
  7. School starts today…
  8. …GPa begins his bus route of “taking the little darlin’s  to school”
  9. Steve Chandler’s CD “Life’s Owner Victim Choice”
  10. “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Letters of Gratitude

1. Sending and receiving letters
2. Finally reading Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice“, which I couldn’t get past the first chapter of for years, since it didn’t seem deeper than fancy dresses and who likes who. Well, I forced myself to read it and made it through, and it actually made me smile at the end. Who knew?
3. Carol, who sent me the most caring email today
4. My adopted mom, who never forgets the little anniversaries that mean something only to us
5. A long walk in the cool almost-September weather
6. Developing materials for learning
7. My little bump, which is now actually a bump
8. Learning balance
9. Patience and perseverance
10. “The age of technology has both revived the use of writing and provided ever more reasons for its spiritual solace. Emails are letters, after all, more lasting than phone calls, even if many of them r 2 cursory 4 u.” -Anna Quindlen

Phrases and Phraseology

Very grateful for

  1. Phrases and Phraseology:
  2. This term from David: “Blameshifting” and knowing I don’t want to do it
  3. Amelia saying, “he has as many excuses as there are lakes in Minnesota” and knowing I do not want to be that either
  4. This ad phrase, “Instant Outfit Gratification” and thinking, perhaps I would like that
  5. “Eeegadszooksman!” from Anne
  6. The phrasing and ideas in the title of this article to ponder “The Cult of Self-Esteem
  7. Then this phrase was sent to me, Self-Compassion, almost as another option, “Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem”
  8. “Be Gentle, Be Love”, from Amanda Oaks
  9. a kaleidoscope of new possibilities

at the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities…seen on Kind Over Matter


Hurricane Gratitudes

1.  Grateful that the hurricane didn’t do more damage, but so very sorry for all the damage it caused and is causing.

2.  The loss of life is so sad — we might not have known all of them, but our hearts go out to their families, friends, and neighbors.

3.  I am grateful to live in Ohio, which was spared.

4.  There are so many mysteries in life, and the weather is certainly one of them.

5.  I am grateful that so many people pitch in to help each other.

6.  It is strange to have such immediate coverage on TV, but I am grateful to see the places I’ve been and that they will be O.K.

7.  Brattleboro, Vermont is one of my favorite towns ever, and it is having a rough time right now — right by the river, with flooding.

8.  I was grateful to talk to my friend Katie, who lives in Brattleboro, to find out that things are getting better there.

9.  I am so grateful that New York City did not get hit as hard as originally thought.

10.  I have been so grateful to read other lists here, with their words about the hurricane.