Sunday, November 1, 2015

November, The Month For Being Thankful

Today is November first,2015.  The month that America celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of the month.  I thought I'd start out the month on Angie's House by sharing those things that are important to me that I'm thankful for.  Most of my list may be boring, but these are the things that are important to my and my well being.  I consider them gifts and know that any of them could be altered in the blink of an eye.  All the more reason to be thankful today.

My family.  They support me in all ways. 

When I had little cash my son in law number two would travel to my house to remove snow in an area that produced snow every day.  He would still do it if I still lived in snow country.  He would also pay for my vehicle repairs expecting nothing in return.

My son who promised his dad that he would live with me for at least a year after his dad passed away so I wouldn't be alone.  He gave up his social life to make sure I was taken care of for that year.

All the kiddos love their uncle.  He's fun, too.

To daughter number one who takes off time from work so she can support me during doctor visits and scary tests.

Daughter number one (again) who has phoned me every night since she's left home for college when she was 18.  She's now in her early forties.  I can literally count on one hand the days she's missed in all those years.

Daughter number one who's publisher is currently blitzing
 her newest novel, 'Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos'. 
As her mom, I'm shamelessly promoting her efforts by
by letting you know the book will be available in 10 days
on  Search author Carolyn LaRoche.

To daughter number three who calls me a couple times a week to see I if I want to go on an adventure with her and the kids.

Daughter three with a mom whose eyes closed when the
picture was taken.

To son in law number one who fixes what needs to be fixed and goes to breakfast with me when he's off work.  He takes me to Sam's Club and carries the heavy items in the house so I don't have to.

Son in law number three who hugs me when I cry because my heart hurts.  He's very tall and cleans the high  windows so I don't have to crawl on a chair and changes light bulbs when I can't reach them.

Daughter number two who has her kiddos call me once a week to say good night and tell me they love me and miss me.

And last, but not least, Marley the pup who keeps me company 24 hours a day.  She is so magnanimous that she allows me to sleep in my bed with her.  Her happiness when I walk in the door feeds my spirit with all those things that are good.

You've seen this mug before.  Marley is my 'roommate'.

I'm thankful for my small grandkids who rush me with loud happy cries of "LaLa" when I walk in a room.  And the two older ones who like to spend time with me and are not afraid to hug me or hold my hand while walking in public.  The oldest is twelve.  You know how holding grandma's hand in public may be shameful to some twelve year olds.  Not this one.

I have more grandchildren, but they don't know me well yet because my son married their mom only a year ago.  It doesn't help that they're 900 miles away.

I'm thankful, most of all, for the man I married who would give up his spending money on a Friday night to buy pizza and a DVD for his family, he going without during the week.  He thought family was the most important thing on earth and taught me many things about humility and true love.  He always said I was the smart one, but if truth be known, he was the wise one.  Wisdom trumps smart any day.

Our last dance at daughter umber two's wedding.

I pray that each of you have many things to be thankful for.  I'd love to hear from you, hoping you feel comfortable in sharing your blessings with us.


  1. Beautiful reflection of your family's love. You are truly blessed.
    Love you cuz. xoxo Nardine

    1. Thank you, Nardine. There will be a post about extended family, too! Since were are a big part of my life, you may recognize some of our childhood antics. Love you, too ciz!

  2. This is a lovely post Angie and you are indeed blessed with a wonderful family and a darling canine companion. I do like that photo of Marley, she looks like such a dear. You have also had a wonderful husband and known the terrible loss of your life partner. A very rich life Angie.

    1. Leisha, thank you for your kind words. The blessings abound. I'm totally aware of where they come from.

  3. What a great idea to make all of November a time of Thanksgiving! There's nothing boring at all about your blessings. I think about those who don't have children, grandchildren, furry companions and warm, wonderful memories. Holidays can be lonely and difficult for them. It's a reminder to be grateful for all that's so easily taken for granted. You have loving, caring children, good sons-in-law and daughter-in-law with adorable grandchildren who are all precious, sweet Marley-girl, a comfortable home that's filled with love, plus strong faith in (and devotion to) God who holds it all next to His heart. YOU are a blessing, Angie, to all those whose lives you touch... those you pray for and reach out to around the globe. :-)

    1. Holy tamoly, Elise. I'm in tears here. Thank you so much for sharing with us. xx oo

  4. Having read your words and having seen your family photos, it´s only consequent that your family means so much to you.
    All the love and care that is given to each other! We all know that in "modern times" this attitude is not at all a matter of course.
    So you can be deeply grateful . I feel the same and that is real wealth.
    Have a nice week!

    1. I knew in my heart we had the same background because I feel a connection with you. Thank you for commenting. There's enough blessings in this world for everyone who seeks them. To coin a phrase, "It's a good thing".