A few of the things I'm thankful for . . . .
Although I lost my mom this season, I'm thankful for a wonderful family
filled with people who accept me and hug me and love me.
While a lot of folks feel alone in this world,
I have an incredible network of family and friends to laugh and share life with at any time.
I am especially thankful to work side by side with my daughter, and a group of delightful women!
I'm blessed to make a living doing the work I most enjoy.
I do what I love and love what I do.
Add to that, that I am surrounded by friends who are supportive, talented,
encouraging and appreciative of
the world of antiques, history and making a home a special place.
My community of faith . . . those around me who love to celebrate our faith.
There is a bond and communion in shared ideals and beliefs.
My sweet home . . . perfect for my needs and so cozy and warm and pleasant.
I actually think about how grand it is to have been born into a culture and time
where hot running water and indoor plumbing and central heat are the norm.
To cozy up in my favorite chair with a good book and a cup of tea,
to turn up my music and sing outloud,
to cook, nap, putter with decorating or do laundry . . .
it's all heartwarming when you think about it.
I realize how special it is that I have the luxury of making choices in my life.
Sometimes they seem insignificant to me, but I know there are millions in this world who
would look at my life and see a wealth of opportunities and choices to be had.
I have circles of friends who enrich every aspect of my life.
They are every age and stage of life, scattered and near . . .
We are connected . . . woven together like the warp and weft of a huge, strong tapestry.
They are part of who I have become.
I am needed.
It's a basic human desire . . . to be needed and found useful
to sense that we are valuable to those who know us.
I am thankful.