Good Thanksgiving Morning!!
Today is a great time to remember and give thanks for all our blessings. We should be remembering them every day, but Thanksgiving is the day most remember to do this– at least I hope you do… This has been another really trying year for me… each year I think that things have to get better, and they don't seem to improve that much, but new challenges always appear. This year, my greenhouse job flared up my fibro so bad that I know I won't try to do that much again…. The summer brought depression caused by slow recuperation from the busy spring, and major artistic blocks.
Looking back– Things I have to be thankful for–
*I had the chance to play with many flowers and plants while working in the spring.
*My little granddaughter was born in May.
*I was able to attend 2- week long classes with great teachers in June and July. I felt like I wasted the opportunities I was given by feeling I didn't accomplish enough in each class…. I began my struggle with the recurring rocks and mud…. That caused much of my depression.
*In the end I ended up with a quilt I didn't plan to make, being shown at the Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and a couple smaller pieces sold. I really did gain a lot from those classes and my art is heading in a new direction.
*I have now come to enjoy playing with my "mud and rocks" fabrics and the rocky pieces that have resulted from combining what I learned in my classes and those fabrics.
*Son #1 and his family have returned to the area, so I get to see my grandkids. My grandson even likes to come to my house now, even though I end up being a "couch grandma" due to bad fibro days.
*Sons #2 and 3 are doing well in their chosen fields in the military– I do worry about Zack(#2) going to Iraq in January, but I have no choice as to where he goes.
*My husband has had fairly steady work, and slowly some financial junk is being overcome.
*I have been able to bring in some income with lectures, teaching and selling my quilts.
**We have a wonderful church family, that helps us remember our blessings all year long.
I can get down just like anyone, but am trying to remember all that I have to be thankful for….. Also..Some of the things that have caused the most depression and worry, have really ended up being the start of something much better. There is a reason we go through all of the stuff that comes our way~~~ if not for the bad times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times as much, or find ourselves going in new directions that are better than we could have imagined!
Here's hoping everyone out there remembers to count your blessings… especially when it doesn't seem like there are many… They are there!