Today has been relatively quiet. Joe and I had what I considered a good Thanksgiving lunch. I cook so much less than I once did, that I surprised myself when it all came together. Of course, I cooked more than enough, so I guess it will be The Left-Over Diner for a few days.
I really have so much to be thankful for this year. First of all I am thankful that God has blessed me as He has. He allowed me to be born to a family that believed in Him and brought me up to do the same. They taught me to work and be honest, traits too many of the younger generation does not exhibit. When our nation realizes that belief in God and His ways are what it was founded on things will begin to get better. He has blessed this country and for a large part the country has thumbed their noses at Him. How sad our ancestors would be!!
I am so thankful that I have Joe. I know there have been times that I could have put him on the proverbial slow boat to China, but I would have been swimming after it before it got too far from port. Pretty gutsy stuff for a girl that can't swim to be saying. That is just how much he means to me. I guess as we have aged together we have become more tolerant of each other.
My children are most precious to me. Trina has always made us proud, not that she was perfect. Sorry, Trina, perfect children are just a myth. Seriously, Trina has made her niche in life and a very good one at that. She married the most wonderful gift from God and we love him dearly. She has been mother to Katy and Jessi and a very proud Granna to Sam. Phillip and Lance are just a dear to her as are the girls. She has succeeded in becoming a great teacher and loves her job. She was fortunate to have had two of the best English teachers ever. I never forget to remind Jane Mullinax of her influence and were Ms. Smith still alive I would also remind her.
Our Eddy is another story. I love him with all my heart, but he is a very troubled soul. All his life he had great ambitions, but for some reason he never was able to capitalize on them. It could be that his particular ambitions changed so readily. I realized early on that Eddy seemed to have some kind of attention problems (this was pre-ADD/ADHD), but everyone kept saying that he would outgrow it. You the reasoning: Limit his sugar intake, don't let him drink caffeine drinks, etc. Guess what he did not outgrow it and hence, we have been burdened with many problems. His self-esteem is minus 100 at the best. I tried to get some counseling when he was around 9 years old, but was unsuccessful . All I can do now is let God have him and pray for the best.
Over the last ten years, I have become so involved with so many things. And I love all of it. When I retired, I began going to the ladies' Tuesday Morning Class. Loved every minute of it. We have grown since then and do a lot of service projects. My thing has always been that if Jesus came to earth to be a servant for us, how can we expect to be like him if we don't become servants too?
Now that I am volunteering at the hospital I feel my life has become even better. I work with people that are true God believing people and don't care for talking about Him to anyone that will listen. I feel that my faith has grown so much for this experience. I know I am where I am supposed to be and I love it. The little twelve hours a week I work is just icing on the cake. I would do it just to get volunteer hours, but the extra pay is good.
My friends through the years are some of the most wonderful people. There have been times when they were just what I needed. Our "bunch" from school still get together about every 2-3 months and have a girl's night out. We would probably do it more often, but some of them have become grandmothers and they have to coordinate their goings with the grandchildren's activities. Oh happy days!!
My plans for my days off this week were to do some much needed sewing. Have I? No. Why? Too much other stuff to do. I HAVE GOT TO GET SOME SEWING DONE. MY FABRIC IS GOING TO DRY ROT IF I DON'T!!
Hope everyone has had a great day and that the upcoming holiday season will be just as blessed. Try not to stress out. Just spread some sunshine and everything will be fine.