The news yesterday of the incidents in Canada and the recent craziness in the news . . ebola, terror around the world, stock market ups and downs . . it can weigh on us. I had been outside working off and on and it seemed every time I came in to get a drink of water, check email and messages, there was scary news on the radio. I finally turned XM back to Willie’s Roadhouse and quit listening to any news.
Last night was one of those rare nights when Vince worked late. It was almost 2 this morning when he got home and I waited up for him and was knitting and listening to music on the iPod. There’s a whole lot of old gospel music on my iPod and some of the old songs brought back those precious memories of time spent with my grandparents . . the days when my grandma played the piano at their church and their church was the center of activity in their very rural community. My grandpa’s sister still leads the singing at the little church there. I am so thankful for those memories! I’m so thankful that I spent as much of my summers at my grandparents’ farm and learned to love the country. I’m thankful for my faith and my strong belief that there’s a higher power in control and no matter what happens, it’s all part of a plan that’s been in place long before my time.
Vince almost always comes home for lunch but yesterday he did not so I had a long day by myself and it made me thankful that he and I get along and enjoy each other’s company and miss each other when we’re apart. I’m thankful that we’re able to work through things that we face; I’m thankful that we have so many of the same interests. Even though we’re too far from Chad and his family, I’m thankful that, because of the transfer to Texas, we were able to get the land and other things (water wells, no close neighbors, shop) that we had wanted for so long.
Last night I was thinking about some of the obstacles that we’ve faced and worked through. It’s easy to smile about them now but some of them weren’t so easy to work through. I suppose it’s that way with everything – marriages, families, jobs.
I can’t imagine being unhappy at home . . whether it’s with your home, your location, your spouse, your children. I know there’s are always rough spots but overall, my hope is that everyone can find a way to be happy, have a happy home and a peaceful heart.
Katie Z. says
Thanks for a lovely read to start my morning. I feel the same way about my life!
I agree with you totally.
Amen. God bless you.
Amen to all of that. When I was little, we went to tent meetings a lot. Every once in a while, I’ll hear one of those old gospel songs, and it takes me right back to being that child listening to the preachers and clapping hands and singing songs.
Dottie N. says
Beautiful, Judy. And, THANKS!
Lovely post. I, too, have much to be thankful for.
Thank you for sharing such lovely thoughts. I always enjoy reading your blog.
Lovely post. Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are. Thank you for reminding me.
Chery L says
Beautiful post, Judy! I, too believe God’s plan for my life was set in place long before my time. I just occasionally need to be reminded that He is in control, not me! We are finally realizing our dream of owning a of God’s green earth much nearer to our kids and grandkids. I have long been inspired by your posts on preparedness, gardening and our shared love of quilting and knitting. I pray for God’s continued blessings on you and your family and that one day you might be able to live closer to Chad and his sweet family. I understand how hard it is to live far away. A day’s drive is too far for this gramma!
I agree 100%. Having a spouse you love to be with is one of life’s treasures. I’m very happy for you two!