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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Wishing all of you blessings in abundance in 2011!

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!


Lynilu said...

I am sorry you've had the stumbling blocks recently. I know it is hard to manage with any of those, and when so many things hit at once ....well, it is overwhelming. I've been pushing myself to count blessings, too, and it does help, doesn't it?

I hope 2011 is kinder to many of us. Hugs, Sue. :)

salmagundi said...

I was touched by this sad, but blessed posting. My prayers go out to you. I've been wondering about your mother, since you had not mentioned her for awhile. I just knew she must not be well. And, your brother's marriage -- are they the parents of Brady? If so, what concerns, etc. they have had to weather together. I guess sometimes it just doesn't strengthen a marriage. May 2011 be a good year for all of you. Sally

Blondie's Journal said...

Life has it's ups and downs...the downs are easier if we appreciate the ups.

Thinking of you, Sue.


Kat said...

What a sweet post! Love the photo...perfect!

I'm so sorry for the "yucks" in your life right now sweet friend, but so happy there are still blessings all around you. I have just added your Mom to my prayer journal.


Meggie said...

Great post, Sue! Such simple everyday things are such a blessing. Nothing like a purring kitty on your lap. I'll be praying for your Mom.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

blessings to you & yours in 2011 Susie!!

Hugs, Sherry

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Our last year was trying also, but I'm hopeful the new spirit of time will heal and reward us all! Hugs!

Laurie said...

Susie, so glad to see you back on your blog. I am very sorry that the old year ended on such a sad note for so many reasons. It seems that it does not take much looking around to find others in similar distress. I am glad for you that you can see blessings despite the sadness and worry.

I think of you when we drive through Dayton, which we have done quite often this year due to my father-in-law's illness. You are a great "booster" for your area.

I hope the new year continues to bring blessings even as you deal with the problems that life inevitably brins. You do seem to have a knack for finding sunshine wherever you go.

Laurie S. in TN

Sugar Bear said...

You've certainly had your share of heart heavy moments. You always carry yourself with such grace and dignity throughout. You are an inspiration!