11.21.2017

Gratitude Lives (Read to the end for a Giveaway!)


A good friend said to me recently, "So where's Gratitude Gal this month?"

Yes, it's Thanksgiving, and no I haven't written much here lately.  While I'm pumped for pie and stuffing (Um, yeah, can you please pass more stuffing?) it's a hard year to mine for thanks.

This year we lost my darling mother-in-law, Peggy.  She watched our kids.  She made us cookies, and she was lovely in a simple way that I admire.  I miss her.  Her Cancer progressed quickly (and slowly, I guess) after a stroke.  When I typed that, I capitalized Cancer, and I know there's no reason to.  On many days since then, I've noticed my three-year-old son O looking sad.  When I ask him about it, he says plainly.  "I'm sad about Grandma Peggy.  My heart is broken."

Mine too.

Our new childcare provider (whom I love) said recently, "I just love Thanksgiving.  It's the last non-commercialized holiday."

Cheers to that.

I AM thankful for a lot of stuff in the midst of the muck this year.  I am thankful for her and how she swooped in to help our family in a practical and self-sacrificial way that has mattered.  It has mattered a lot.

I AM thankful for writing, for art.  My daughter C said recently in her own bout of sadness about grandma, "Let's do some art, it makes me feel better."

Cheers to that too.

In the face of death, of loss, of not measuring up ourselves, or in the midst of whatever rough patch we're in, one way to live our thanks is to make stuff.  Rub your hands together and invoke the Creative Energy that says life comes after death and that death does not win.  Make a pie.  Make a picture.  Make a mess.  Plant a tree.  Do anything, write, create, savor, whatever.  To do those things with thanks, is one way to say that hope wins, Hope with a capital H, not cancer.

Some days it takes fierce tenacity to wait and wait for the light that's coming, even if it's just a glint.

In all of it, I'm still quietly thankful in the midst of being sad, thankful for the light of Peggy's life and how it crossed over into mine.  Gratitude Lives.  May it live on in you too.




Gratitude Dare:
Instead of just rushing through cooking or football this Thanksgiving, get a hot beverage and pull out your notebook for 20 minutes.  Take the time this year to write a 2017 gratitude list.  Zoom up.  Look around.  Notice.  You'll be thankful you did.

One more thing. . .  here's the giveaway!  I wrote some devotions in this book.  I'm giving away a free copy for Thanksgiving.   Post a short gratitude list in a response to this on the blog or on Facebook this week and you'll be entered to win.

Oh, and really just one more thing.  A friend from College, Rebecca Cooper, has a sweet Facebook Author page (she's written four books)  I find her quirky and uplifting.  You will too.  Take a sec to follow her on Facebook.  She's a gem who will add a little sparkle to your feed.

Thank you for reading.  
It means a lot to me.  - Evi like Chevy (gratitude gal)

9 comments:

  1. I am thankful for Anthony - he loves me even when I'm not lovely. And Tristan and Isaac - who don't always act loving toward one another but mostly do toward me. And Charlotte - who drives me crazy (in a good way...usually), and this new baby inside (although I'm fairly certain he or she is trying to kill me). It's a good, good life we have here. None of which would be possible without God to whom I am most grateful for life.

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  2. Short list....my children, my job, my family, my friends, my chiropractor, my car has heat, my jeans still fit, my legs work, my faith, and i dont want to forget to be thankful for your friendship, and your transparency,

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  3. I am grateful for my job at Boys Town. Recently I have been able to see how God has brought my life full circle from being a youth at Boys Town to having a heart to impact kids lives by working here. What I’ve come to realize is that mission work isn’t always the idea of traveling to a different country, helping orphanages, etc. While all that is fun and meaningful, there is mission work to be done right in our back yards or our stomping grounds. My job at Boys town is God’s work, not mine and I am sooooo thankful that he chose me for this life.

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  4. TODAY, and meds, insurance, up walking and talking, HAIR (as over rated as it is!), friends and friendships and Gratitude. Which keeps it all in perspective. “It is our duty and our joy to give thanks at all times and in all places...”. Amen to that!!!

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  5. Grateful for:
    A relationship with God
    Family, especially a hubby who likes to grocery shop, do laundry and enjoys craft beer.
    My friend, Evi, and her words of inspiration
    Dear friends who know more about me than anyone else does
    Pie. With real whipped cream.

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  6. I am grateful for God who loves me unconditionally.
    For my amazing husband, my beautiful daughters, my two fabulous new sons-in-law, a great job, a comfy home, my parents and in-laws, fantastic friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and for life itself. Blessed beyond measure!

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  7. I am grateful for a life filled with so many opportunities to give and receive love. Sometimes I'm more attentive to this than others, but when I take a moment to breathe and experience this, I am often moved to tears.

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  8. Even though this time of year is super challenging for me, I can still find so much to thank God for: God's love, Jesus, the Word of God, a home of my own, food to eat, clothing to wear, a church family, and so much more.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Blessings!

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  9. Grateful for so much... the short list includes the love of friends and family, my health, my job, and, of course, Diet Coke.

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