Just thinking

May brooks and trees and singing hills

Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.~Irish Blessing

It's such a beautiful day today.

Out my office window I see blue sky with a bit of white haze.

I see an almost bare cherry tree with remnants of yellow and green leaves blowing slightly in the breeze.

The few sounds I hear are the clicking on my keyboard and the hum of my heater. Occasionally I hear the tags on Doogie's collar jingle as he changes position at my feet.

My thoughts today are many:

I remember my best friend's husband who has been gone for eight months now.

I remember my Dad who I've been missing more and more as Christmas approaches.

I think of my cousins and other relatives and the trials they are going through.

I think of my beautiful nieces and how they are growing up faster than I can blink.

I think of my Mom who suffers greatly and yet is always doing for others.

I think of Robert and how it's been almost a year since he went to be with Jesus.

I think of my blog friends and how long it's been since we've chatted and caught up on life.

I think of the homeless out in the cold and pray so hard that they feel the warmth of Jesus.

I think of innocent people hurt by those who are hurting and lashing out because of their hurt.

I think of the blessings of friendship, love and life I've been given by friends, family and neighbors.

I think of the new year approaching and feel my insides burst with excitement at the possibilities that will arrive with it.

I think to myself how blessed I am to live in this humble home, in this lovely city, in this great state and in this amazing country.

I think to myself, as I go down memory lane, of all the people that have meant so much to me over the years... who have given so much to me in love, laughter and care.

I think to myself that change is coming - good change - scary change... And, it's good.

I think about the men of my past who nearly destroyed me and feel grateful for the healing, strength and wisdom I've gained as a result of that pain.

I think to myself how blessed I am to receive all of these gifts (and more) from God. And, I say "Praise you, Lord."

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