Friday, December 21, 2018

Gratitude

Although this month has been challenging in many ways, I have much to be grateful for.   Caring for my sister has been tiring and, yes, a tad inconvenient in light of my newly married state, but how lucky am I to be able to do it at 69 years of age, instead of being the one who needs the caring.      My grandchildren and son and darling daughter in law bring me endless joy.   And I have the sweetest husband in the world, at a time in life when no one would have predicted such a blessing, which must be why I am grinning like a Cheshire Cat in every photo.
And I have people in my life who I care about, and who have taken the time to care about me.   I am not happy with the wedding photos, but as I sort through them and crop them into something better, I can't ignore the happy, supportive faces of family and friends as they watch us 'tie the knot.'    I have gotten sweet notes and letters from many people, saying how much they had always hoped that Jack and I would end up together because they have enjoyed watching our relationship grow.    And I got a lovely gift from my bloggy friend, Barb, at Three Cats Ranch, a trinity of homemade jams that we can't wait to try when things settle down and this old married couple finally gets to sit down to breakfast at home together.   I am hoping to meet Barbara some day, as well as my bloggy friend, Kim, at Snug Harbor Bay.
So, while this isn't shaking out to be the Christmas, much less the first married Christmas of my dreams, I am grateful.   And my family, new and old, is on notice that NEXT year I intend to Christmas the heck out of the entire month of December.   So watch out, we will be up to our ears in twinkling lights, cozy hearths and baked goods then!  For now, I'll hold on tight to what I have, even if I have to do some of my holding from a distance.  


3 comments:

gpc said...

“But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Barbara said...

Merry Christmas, Gail. 2019 is going to be the best year ever!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You and Jack are both beaming in that lovely first photo! I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you. We've been blogger friends for many years now and you are like a blossoming flower! Merry Christmas my dear friend! And much happiness to both of you. xoxo