30 Day Challenge Post #16

Today I’m thankful for the nurses at VA hospital.  For over 20 years they have taken care of my dad and they have done it with a smile.  Never a bad nurse.  Thank you.

30 Day Challenge Post #15

Today I’m grateful to the doctors at VA hospital.  My dad is back in and the doctors here have been outstanding.  Thank you for taking care of our vets.

30 Day Challenge Post #14

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“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”

Friends…this is what I think of when I read the above quote.  Friends are like my second family and in some case more family than friend.   They keep me grounded when I feel a bit out of sorts, we share many laughs, treasured moments, secrets, and they are there to pick me up (this works both ways) when life throws a 1, 2 punch.

And who doesn’t like to have a lunch buddy every once in a while– especially when you find out they have some of the same weird attributes as you and you both laugh with a little wicked grin.  Because your family already knows how weird you are and they have to like you, but your friends see the weird and still want to be your friend.

Today I’m grateful for my friends.  I might only have a handful of GREAT friends, but I’ll take any day over 2 handfuls of so-so friends.  Thank you my friends – you truly do make a difference in someone’s life.

30 Day Challenge Post #13

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Today is simple – Water.  It’s one of the 4 most important things you need to live – the others being Air, Shelter, and Food.  Over the past week my kitchen sink has been out of order because of a broken seal.  I didn’t feel the need to buy a new faucet and was able to order a replacement seal that would be delivered to my home in 5 days.  It’s amazing what we can take for granted and that simple task of turning the handle on a faucet could set my day off in the wrong way.

Today my faucet was better than new.  “It” looked revived and “I” felt revived.   Then it dawned on me how easy it was for me to get clean water any second, minute, and hour of any given day.  What a luxury this was and how fortunate I am.  We have people, families, children, and even animals in our own country, and around the world, that don’t even have clean water to drink.

As an Aquarian, the water bearer zodiac, I think this was my sign to invest in helping others get clear water.   I’m not sure what I will do yet, but I know that I cannot take that action for grated anymore.  I know this is a growing issue, but like the saying goes “if you only have faith the size of a mustard seed…” Well the mustard seed has just been planted for me.

Today – I am thankful for the simple twist of a handle that brings forth clean water to drink.  May I find a way to help others, no matter how small or great, for no one should be without water to drink – be it from a faucet or some other means.

30 Day Challenge Post #12

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Animals – They are a huge part of my life.  Whether I have them in my home, donate to multiple organizations, or am helping with shelters & fostering programs animals are woven in my daily life.  I think it’s important, even for people who don’t really care to have animals, to be educated about them and to teach our youth the importance to care and respect them all.  Animals teach us about our own self and how to be selfless – much like children.  They don’t have a voice so we must and as humans, a community, and global society learn to respect and understand all types of animals and promote the safety and care of them everywhereToday I am grateful for my animals who teach me every day to have a little more patience and know that I am unconditionally loved – even when I don’t feel loved by one or many of them. 

30 Day Challenge Post#10

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Today is my little cousins 7th Birthday.  I can’t believe how much time has gone by, but seems like when you have children or children around you – something like time is very visible.  I wish nothing but the best for her and hope that this world will become kinder and more at peace for her in the future.  I hope that she finds someone to love and who love her back.  Treats her kind and shares her dreams and will help her make them come true – and in return she does the same.  There are so many things I want for her and my nephew, but more importantly I wish she sees more happiness than sorrow.  Today – I’m grateful for TIME.  Time to spend with people I care about, time to see the children around me grow to be adults, and time to ponder about what I will do with my time.  Happy 7th Birthday my dear Kyra – I know you will grow to be a beautiful young girl who will do right in this world and for others.  Love you to the Moon and may all your wishes come true my dear KyrBear.

30 Day Challenge Post #9

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This goes hand in hand with Post #4 – whenever I hear music  I want to dance.  I love watching any show that has dance in it – especially my “Dancing with the Stars” and the Young & Talented kids on “So you think you can dance…”  I think I might have been a dancer in one of my other lives J and it has carried through to this one.  Today I’m grateful for Dance.  I might not be as coordinated or talented, but I do love to dance and to me just being able to get up and dance to my hearts content is truly a blessing.

30 Day Challenge Post #8

“I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Today I’m grateful for my parents.  For they helped me the most in my life, even when I didn’t ask for it, and for that they deserve much more than what I did to them when I was a teen and early “know it all” young adult.  Thank You for being my parents – I wouldn’t change that for anything.  Love, K

30 Day Challenge Post #7

 

For a brief moment today I was thinking about my “woes” in life when I came across this picture/quote that made me stop dead in my tracks.  It was my sign today, the ever reminder that makes me turn my train of thought back to what I have and what I am TODAY.  Today I’m grateful for a shelter, whatever that may be, over my head.  The food I can buy and eat every day.  The Blanket, the warmth, the family, the friends…the list could go on.  My cup has runneth over and I will not ask for more than I need.

30 Day Challenge Post #6

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” ~Patrick Henry

I won’t get into my political views or force my thoughts on anyone else, but as I go forth to vote today I am reminded of my 2 favorite quotes from our Founding Fathers – Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry.   My hope is that we, the people, start coming together and make changes in our government before we no longer have a choice in the matter.  We are still a good country, but not GREAT anymore.  Today I am grateful for the opportunity to vote, as a United State of America Citizen and as a woman.  I will not take my rights for grated nor will I just not sit back and allow this county that I love so much…go without a fight.

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