Even on the dreariest day, a day when nothing seems to go right, blessings are all around us.
I have had to remind myself of this fact many times over the last month. 2010 surely didn't end on the sweetest note. You all know we lost our Kipper in late November. Our hearts are only just beginning to heal thanks, in part, to all the kindnesses & love shown to us by our friends and family. I can never fully express what it has meant to us.
My mother has not been well and was unable to do so many of the things she loves. I have been spending as much time as possible with her and helping her get to doctor appointments and tests, doing her shopping and running errands for her. It is just a blessing to be able to do it for her!
As well, my brother and sister in law's marriage is ending and my heart breaks for them, for all of us. As you can imagine, when a family is as small as ours is, this comes as such a blow.
To say the least, the holiday season was decidedly different! Tinged with worry and sadness yes but blessings were still to be found.
Sunlight on a field of snow, singing along with a favorite song on the car radio, a gentle hug from a loved one, Grace & Dan's happy laughter as they challenge one another to a Wii game! Holding Bill's hand as we take a drive, our cats sweet purrs as they make themselves comfortable on our laps. My nephew Brady's kisses, an unexpected call from an old friend, watching a great old movie while snuggling on the sofa. Buttered popcorn, hot cider and a good pot of chili simmering on the stove.
Lunch out with girlfriends, planning our next vacation, the delicious smell of an apple pie baking.
These are just a few blessings that made me smile during the last few weeks.
I do hope that you, and those you love, are finding blessings aplenty to make your heart sing!
...and I count all of you among my blessings every day. Thank you for being a part of my life!