A Gratitude Attitude

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” (William Arthur Ward)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I definitely don’t want to have a present of gratitude all wrapped up in my thoughts and not present it to those who have blessed me. You, my readers, are a blessing to me – those of you who read my “whatever comes to mind” thoughts in this on-line journal and also those of you who read my stories. Thank you so much.
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I have so many blessings to count including the two books pictured here that will be released next year. The colors of the covers seem to have a complimentary scheme. Maybe that’s so they’ll look good on the store shelf next to each other. I can only hope. Angel Sister will release first in February and then The Blessed will come out in July next year. I’m being doubly blessed by that in 2011.
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But of course, there are many other reasons for gratitude in my life. A loving husband, three wonderful children and the three people they brought into our family and our hearts when they married. My beautiful, brilliant, talented grandchildren. (You get the idea – I am a grandmother after all. LOL) But I’m most grateful those grandchildren are healthy and happy with good parents. I’m thankful for my own health and that I can go hiking with my dogs and still climb up and down the hills on my farm. I’m thankful for two sisters who are my best friends and for my loving and giving mother. Mom’s struggling now. Her memory is fading and without memory life gets very difficult, but she has been a blessing to me and so many people in her lifetime. I’m thankful for the sisters and brothers I gained when I married Darrell. I’m so blessed to be part of the Gabhart family and to have the memories we share of times with his parents. I’m blessed by my pastor and my church family and grateful to the Lord for the many showers of blessings over the years.
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I could name blessings until the cows came home. (Had to stick something country in here.) But I won’t bore you with more. But I’d love to hear the blessings you’re counting this weekend. Hearing from you is another blessing of my day. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
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“The unthankful heart…discovers no mercies. But let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher