Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What surprised me this week?
My foot is recovering. I had a similar surgery two years ago on the other foot and the process was so much more painful and the recovery so much longer. It's a wonderful surprise to have this recovery go smoother. I'm so grateful!

What inspired me this week?
I have been inspired lately by those who can reuse, refurbish, refinish and recycle materials to meet their needs. I've visited a number of blogs trying to find out the best way to refinish the chair that I've been working on. I'm amazed and inspired by those who have the talent to take something that I would consider "junk" and change it to something beautiful and functional. (Here or here are two examples.) We live in such a disposable world. I know I've been guilty of that philosophy most of my life, but I'm beginning to realize the advantages of refurbishing an item to suit your needs. It a creative, inspiring attitude -- and I like it!

What moved me this week?
I wish I could live near my children. They are spread across the country from one coast to the other. My husband and I have seven children, five children-in-law, and seven grandchildren and if I had my way they would all live within a five mile area of my home. There's nothing I like better than spending time with family. The fact that I don't live close to them never makes me more anxious than when they are ill or in need. Oddly enough, that's the time that I miss being closest to them the most. What moves me and makes me feel grateful is when other people step in to help my children and their families when they are in need. I am so grateful for their support and kindnesses. Their service may come in the form of babysitting needed, an invite to dinner, a plate of chocolate chips cookies, an arm around a shoulder or an offer to bring in a meal. It moves me to see the service and sacrifice of others on behalf of my precious family.


Mia said...

I'm grateful that people are taking care too. I love all the amazing refurbished things I have seen around lately. Amazing stuff.

Anne Fannie said...

What wonderful things you are thankful for. I have to agree with you on not having your children near by. Just about all of our children and grandchildren live up in Utah and it kills me not to be near them.

randi said...

It is good to know that you are up and around and healing quickly!

That Soiree purse in the post below is great. So much lovely color. Very fun!

Julie said...

Oh Suzanne...I am in total agreement with you about helping the kids and grands! Mine are close and I still can't help them out (as I would want to), because I work full time! How I wish I could go part time or retire!!! But I feel what you are saying here completely!!!

Renee said...

I'm so glad to hear your foot is doing well. I bet you're anxious to get up and moving like normal. You don't strike me as the "love to lay around" type, although sometimes it is nice!