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“Gratitude Sunday” March 29, 2009

Inspired by Green Mamma and Imelda/Greenish Lady, I’ve decided to do a “Gratitude Sunday” post instead of a Sunday Stroll today.  I’ve gotten away from my “Thankful Thursday” posts a bit too long.

On this gray, rainy, Sunday at the end of March, I’m extremely thankful for:

  • My wonderful family who seems seems to understand and support me, even when they question why I would want to start a Doctoral Program at this point in my life!?!
  • GREAT friends, who also support me and push me to think about doing some even crazier things, like doing a mini-marathon (more on that another time!)

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  • A job/career that I love!  Working as a Math Specialist/Teacher in elementary schools, I have the opportunity to support children who are struggling; extend students who need enrichment; and provide training and collaboration to fellow teachers.
  • A lifestyle that is continually evolving, as I attempt to live “mindfully” each day, thanks in large part of my daughter Abbie, at Farmer’s Daughter, and all my GREEN blogging friends out there, including you!  You all make me think so much!
  • Electronics that make my life so much easier—and more difficult at the same time!  Now that I’m so dependent on the Internet, my Blackberry, digital camera, etc., I don’t think I could live without them!
  • That the hope of spring is in the air, as the snow melts and warmer temps envelope us, new life emerges, in the green of plants and within animals on the farm.

For big things and small, I am so grateful.  Thanks for allowing me to count my blessings!

What are YOU feeling especially thankful for today?

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9 Responses to ““Gratitude Sunday””

  1. Jena Says:

    It sounds you do have a lot to be thankful for! As I’ve been doing so much work on our house lately I’m very grateful to have my own house to make in to a home. I’m also fortunate to have a job that gives me the funds and the time to get this work done. Of course I’m glad to have my husband and family around to enjoy life with too! I know what you mean about relying on the internet. It is weird to think that I have become more frugal and self-sufficient because of my regular time spend on the internet. How funny that you can google things like “homesteading” or “off the grid”.

  2. Anna Webber Says:

    It’s never too late to want to further your education. After a 25 year gap in my own studies, I decided to go back to college for a diploma in educational support, with plans of getting my BA in Psychology afterward. I never really had the desire or the time after high school, as I was raising a family and worked a full time job, but now seems perfect.

    It’s great that you have the support of your friends and family, even if they don’t quite get it, lol. Good luck with your studies!

  3. Green Mamma Says:

    You inspire me so much! I often wonder whether I’ll ever get back to finishing that doctorate I had in mind some 7 years ago when I met Matt and decided that what I wanted then was a family. Seeing you do it makes me smile and feel hopeful that these dreams I had are still possible, 🙂

    What are you going to study? I hope you’ll share more on Everyday Woman.

    And last, I am thankful today for my husband, my daughter, my growing baby, the Spring, and for the health of my family near and far. These things make my heart swell.

  4. Ruth Says:

    Jena~You are making your house a true home because of all the love and work you put into it! I, too, think the Internet can help us be more efficient and find more frugal ways to live!

    Jessica~You have so much time ahead of you; don’t worry and enjoy your g-r-o-w-i-n-g family! Everything that you put into your children will pay off BIG time later on. You are fulfilled and so are they! I feel SO fortunate that I was able to be home with my children, to enjoy them and raise them full time. Believe it or not, I didn’t start my undergrad work until I turned 40 and I haven’t stopped since. As an adult student, my BA, BS, MS, and 6th Year Degrees meant so much more to me, I’m sure. You never have to stop learning and it’s never too late to start–or continue, so don’t worry about that. My children always came first and now it seems like it’s my time.

    Thanks to both of you for all your encouraging comments. You have the whole world ahead of you!

    Hugs,
    Ruth

  5. Cloudhands Says:

    Today I am grateful to have found this network of kindness and friendly concern for the earth and each other. A place of hope and encouragement. I feel truly blessed to be here. Thanks for asking the question. Everyday I list my gratitudes and it’s an exercise in realizing my blessings.

  6. Anna,

    That’s exactly how it happened for me, too! Don’t you feel so much more appreciative of your education as an adult?

    After high school, I fell into a wonderful job in publishing. I had very old-fashioned parents who weren’t able to support me in furthering my education at that time, even though I was a good student and had the desire, it just wasn’t something they could help me with at that time. After raising three children, my wonderful husband challenged me to start college at age 40, which was one of the best decisions of my life–other than marrying him, of course!

    I, too, had to dig up SAT scores from 25 years ago. I was amazed when I took placement exams and the Algebra, French, and so much more came back to me!

    Thanks so much for reading, Anna, and responding!

    Ruth

  7. Cloudhands~You must be one of the most positive people I know! I do believe that you count your gratitudes every day. I feel the same way, so grateful to be among a group of like-minded people who feel so passionately about treating the earth and each other well!

  8. Ah… so lovely to see the abundance of things to be grateful for in your life. A doctorate! – Yes! One of the things I’m very thankful for is that I did return to college and get my degree in 2006. Maybe down the road, I’ll think of going further!

    I love that picture of your happy, joyful friends.

  9. Ruth Says:

    Imelda~Thanks for your comments. I wrote this post after being inspired by your gratitude posts. Congrats on getting your degree in 2006!

    When this group of friends gets together, there’s always lots of laughter!


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