Sunday, July 16, 2006


It was one year ago today that I made my first post. A lot has changed in a year. Then I was an administrator of an assisted living community working up to 70 hours a week. I spent my weekends sleeping to recover enough to go back to work the next week. I loved the people I worked with, both the staff and the residents, but I was overwhelmed and under supported. This year, I work part time as a volunteer coordinator for a hospice company and am working on starting an adult care home for seniors with dementia. It will be interesting to see what the next year brings.

One of the things I wanted with this blog was to remember to celebrate the simple pleasures in life. So, here are a few things I am thankful for today not in any particular order.

  • Stuff. Yes, I’ve complained about having stuff in the past. But today I was unpacking stuff and putting heirlooms in a cabinet that was my Great-Grandmother’s. I have some things that have no monetary value, but tremendous sentimental value. There is the plastic PT Cruiser from my siblings on my birthday after my mom died next to the engraved glass my great-grandmother gave my mom in 1946 and a tea cup my sister made in memory of another sister. All have great value to me and I am grateful for the reminders of the memories.
  • My soul mate and my family. DH is my rock and keeps me going when times get hard. My family is what made me who I am today. They are the ones who love me without reservation or condition. I could talk for days about why I am thankful for them.
  • My baby, Casey. He is a comfort to me and he is my motivator to keep walking. He either gets out for his daily walk or he drives up crazy by staring at us.
  • Salvation by grace and not by works. God has given me the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. He has not asked that I be a good person to do so, I only need to ask Him to let me.
  • Warm, sunny days. I am a much happier and contented person when the weather is bright.

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of our daily lives and let things go on by without taking note of beauty and wonder. We all need to take a few minutes and remember the simple pleasures in life.


Dee said...

This is such an awesome post...I feel like I'm getting to know you a little more. I hope the next year brings you joy and contentment in Him and what He has mapped out for you to do.

Gayle said...

" We all need to take a few minutes and remember the simple pleasures in life." Truer words were never spoken. It's so easy to get caught up in things that don't really matter and forget what does.

Excellent post, JGF! Blessings. :)

McSwain said...

Yes, thank God for grace, and for the simple pleasures he gives us. Happy blogiversary!

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I needed that. Thanks, Juanita. It was beautiful. I know (and I bet you know too) that your new venture will be fun and prosperous.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Happy 1 yr. Blogiversary!! And you are so right to remember the simple pleasures in life. Great post!!

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