Thankful Thursday: Above all…give thanks!

Recently I spent a few hours in a hospital recovery room with my mom while she was recovering from surgery on her ear.  As I was sitting in the recovery room, I couldn’t help but hear all of the beeps from the machines scattered all throughout the room.

Constant. Annoying. BEEPS!

Not beeping in unison. Not really a pleasant sound. Quite loud, and at least for me, it was a bit irritating.

Okay, it was a lot irritating!

I watched, somewhat amazed as the nurses all went about their duties as if they were in a serene, peaceful environment.  After observing this for a few moments, I couldn’t help but mention this to the nurse assisting my mom.  How in the world do you ever get use to the beeping noises?

Her response caught me a little off guard…oh we like to hear those sounds, that means the patient is alive! When we don’t hear anything, when it becomes silent, then we become concerned.  So, really  to us, it’s a very pleasant sound.  We actually like to hear those beeps!

Hmmm….I guess it makes sense.

The beeps can actually mean something good.  All those things that I sometimes find to be rather annoying…well maybe I just need to change my point of view.

Like the nurse in the recovery room.

Maybe the beeps are actually signs of life.  Maybe they are really the things that I should or could be thankful for?

I’m working on it…thus the reason for “Thankful Thursday“!

Just like the nurse, there are times that I need to be able to say that I actually like to hear the noise, and the beeps….because it means that there is life, and love, and family.

And for that I am truly blessed, and above all….oh so very thankful.

Thankful Thursday: A gift salty, sweet, just right

A gift salty, sweet, just right…

1. The salty ocean offers moments of wonder and awe. I never get tired of this view!
Pacific Ocean

2. Sweet homemade ice cream! Plain vanilla this time – but oh so tasty!

ice cream

3. Hanging out with my best friend is a gift that is always just right for me!

New Year's Eve 2012 on Coronado with my best friend (4)

What about you?

There are a lot of bad things in this world, but there are a lot of good things too. I would love to hear more about the good things.

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

This weeks theme is “A gift salty, sweet, just right.

Write about the 3 things you are thankful for to go with this weeks theme, (with or without pictures) – and make sure to include the link to your blog.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
~Henry VanDyke

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!”

Happy Birthday Linda!

Happy, Heavenly Birthday to my big sister!

I can only imagine how much she is enjoying her day!  Her love for life was contagious, and her love for people, knew no bounds, especially, her love for her family.  I know, without a doubt, that she would have done anything for me as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral!

I miss her smile, her laugh and her hugs.  It was because of her enthusiasm for the little things in life, that I am reminded of her often.

This is just a short list of memories of an amazing lady, sister and friend!

  • Temecula – our meeting place when the kids were small
  • Dolphins – we watched them play in the ocean, she was amazed
  • Artichokes – she found this strange thing to be fascinating, and insisted we try it
  • Christmas – I think it was her favorite time of the year.  She loved making it special for others, not just herself
  • Angels – every Christmas, she would make an ornament for me, it was always an angel
  • Thanksgiving – she taught me how to make gravy
  • “Nurse Jones” – together, we pulled my brother out of the dark side of the ICU room when he had a heart attack
  • Sail boats – camping by the ocean, her favorite place to relax
  • Chicken Apple Sausage – she introduced me to this – still one of my favorites

In memory of your special day.  In honor of you.

I love you Linda!