Saw this in my Guideposts this morning and it made me laugh….then cringe. I’ve had some mixed reactions. But I have learned the key to travel: never check anything in your luggage that couldn’t be replace with a quick trip to the mall. If there’s anything that can’t be replace: carry it on.
I want to live everyday from a place of gratitude. Sometimes I’m pretty darn good at it, and other days I fail miserably, but when the grateful days way outnumber the bad days I think that’s a good place to be.
I want Thanksgiving to be more than just a day. The more thankful we are, the more joyful we become. Choose it: You have enough. You are enough. Practice this every day. We are always searching for it, but true joy can never be found without sincere gratitude. Sincere. Gratitude. The prayer I pray the most is thank you, thank you, thank you.
Boo: Are you going to make a turkey?
Me: Do you like turkey?
Me: Me either. I’m not making a turkey.
Boo: Everyone else is making a turkey.
Me: I’ve never made a turkey.
Boo: The grocery store can make it for you.
Me: When you are old enough to make a turkey, you can make a turkey.
Boo: I don’t really like turkey.
Me: I’m not making a turkey.
Mr. LBB: Don’t make a turkey.
I’m thankful my family accepts me for who I am and I don’t have to make a turkey.
We ate at Ruth’s Chris instead. Steak, shrimp, chicken. Mr. LBB actually did order turkey. I was torn on supporting an establishment that was open on Thanksgiving and I asked my sister-in-law if we should boycott. She was working there today. She said they had 800 reservations today alone and she was happy to work because patrons are spending time with their families. The worst scenario would be to have to work and there not be a good turnout. We made sure every server we came in contact with knew how thankful we were that they were working. I’m thankful for Ruth’s Chris.
We held hands and said the Lutheran blessing my grandfather always said:
Come Lord Jesus be our guest, let these gifts to us be blessed.
During dinner Boo helped us make a list of things we could be thankful for:
So much to be thankful for today and every day.
And from my family to yours:
Have a Thanksgiving full of gratitude and joy!
I drove from the desert until I hit the ocean tonight. Stopped on the PCH for a moment to take a photo because it’s been years since I saw the sun drift below the horizon. In the desert the sun falls behind tall mountains casting long shadows…..it’s completely different.
P.S. These made my day…..especially the fort….oh and flower man….and sleeping puppy…..and…..
P.P.S. Does night follow day? Or does day follow night?
You can make an oversized chalkboard for your home, business or school using this easy tutorial. It’s so lightweight almost anyone can lift it and move it around. I wanted to make this large piece for a large blank wall in my studio…. it doubles as artwork and a photo prop. I added two quotes to mine to fill up the space. Total cost of materials was $35. CONTINUE READING
The sky was amazing today in the desert. I took these photos in the parking lot of Boo’s school/church this afternoon. You can see the tiny cross way up on the hill in the background. I didn’t notice the green sun flare in front of the cross window until I pulled this photo from Instagram this evening:
Seconds before I took this second photo, I opened my car door, and then Boo opened hers, and a huge gust of wind flew through and took EVERY piece of paper in the car down towards the wash (canal). I’m sure none of it was too important……Boo did manage to recover a little slip of paper that my mother had written Romans 5:8 onto for her.
Where am I?
The past few months I’ve been having more and more cognitive issues. It’s from the chemo. Cisplatin. I feel like I’m in a fog more often than not. I can’t keep organized….I can’t remember how old I am…..I can’t tell you what I did 5 minutes ago. Oh and my hearing. You might need to speak up a little.
And so I just stay in the present…..a little slower than normal…..but I’m still here.
The past few days I’ve just been watching this little gal swim with my mother….
….and getting back on track with some writing projects. The fun part is I’ve been rereading stuff I wrote a few months ago and wondering: what crazy person wrote this?
Me: Cognitive issues include social awkwardness and inappropriate behavior. Is that me?
Mr. LBB: No more now than you were before.
(I think he’s just being nice.)
I love that.
It’s all about making good choices every day…..and as I tell Boo: if you think you just can’t make a good choice…..at least don’t do any harm to another.