Taking inventory of your gifts and blessing

Sunday, December 30, 2007

"Should you find yourself at a loss, wondering what life is all about and what your purpose is, be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity to wonder."

This quote on today's Healthy Reflecltions.

I am thankful for my blessings. I have a wonderful husband, three successful children, seven grandchildren and five - soon to be 6 - great grandchildren. I am truly blessed. All are healthy and love each other (and their old granny!).

I did not have a grandmother or grandfather growing up. Both my parents were orphans. I think that is why family is so important to me. Not only do my great grandchildren know me, they know a young great-grandma who can play with them, (even if she doesn't do to well jumping rope.)

My daughters and my daughter-in-law are my best friends. During her lifetime, my Mother was top of the best friend list. How many people can brag about that? My granddaughters who live here love to come by and "hang out". They are 24 and 20, yet they like to "hang" with Grandma, shop with Grandma, go to lunch and share their hopes and dreams.

My Grandsons and Granddaughter in Salt Lake City, Utah treat me the same way. I'm their buddy. We have had to make new rules in the last few years. When they were small, it was do not break anything at Grandma's. Now, it is "DO NOT BREAK GRANDMA!" They think nothing of having me jump on the back of a four-wheeler or into a Jeep and taking off climbing mountains and enjoying the great outdoors. The Granddaughters in Colorado Springs, Colorado call constantly just to share their lives. This means so much to me. Although I am seperated from the family in Utah and Colorado, we are constantly talking and sharing.

I live in the best spot on earth. Clean air, pure clear water, friendly people in a small town 250 miles from anywhere. We have miles and miles to explore without crowds or pollution. Wild horses, deer, antelope and elk are part of our daily existence.

My husband and I are both in excellent health. We are planning on renovating the house in January. How fortunate that two great-grandparents can do the work themselves rather than hire contractors.

I don't need to take a yearly inventory - I have a running inventory every day of my life. When I awake in the morning, my first thought is how wonderful it is to be alive where I am and who I am.

I don't ask why I am here. I know! My children, their children and their childrens children are justification for my being on this old earth! I've had some hard knocks over the year. It would be pretty hard to spend 66 years on this old earth without a few bad times. Those have just taught me how wonderful life is. I plan on having a lot more healthy happy years, loving my husband and my family. Our family never miss a chance to say "I love you." We may run into each other in an aisle in the grocery store, hurrying to get things picked up and get on our way, but we always stop, give a hug and say "I love you!" I am blessed!
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    Beautifully expressed, Donna. Thank you for telling us about your loving family group. Everyone would want to have such closeness in our lives. You are an inspiration. Dee
    4763 days ago
  • LYBBE1631
    Wonderful post Donna. If you put love and fun into your family you will get the same back in return. Your family is blessed to have you.
    4764 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    What a Wonderful Post! Just like you, Donna. No wonder your family love you so much. You are such an inspiration, not only to me, but to all of Sparkpeople. Thank you so much for sharing your life.
    4766 days ago
    Donna, This is a really moving account and I can really understand why your family love you so much. You are such an inspiration to us all here on SP, and I have much to thank you for. Carole
    4766 days ago
    AWESOME you have such a way with words. I just love that you are so close to your kids and grandkids. I so hope to have a better relationship with my dd, we are not that close and it hurts. she is so reserved and quiet - does not share easily. mum and I are now getting into a better place but sadly lung cancer for her has put us there, thankfully before it was too late.
    Thanks for the motivation on living healthy and for families and such. I am an only child and so want family ect.
    hugs to you and Happy new year.
    4767 days ago
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