Thankful Thursday

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It is one of those days. Seems like I have a lot of them lately, you know the ones, your mind needs a kick in the seat to make it think.

I have never done a Thankful Thursday before, but thought since I needed the jump start today I would join in at Sting My Heart.  I read her blog and thought “Why not” I have so much to be thankful for!

First, I am thankful I am not alone in this world. I accepted Christ as my Savior many years ago and without Him I would never have made it through all these years.

I am thankful God has blessed me twice with husbands. He gave me one for almost 30 years and took him home to glory. Five years later he blessed me with another one that is such a blessing and a real companion and lover.

I am thankful for a wonderful family. I had five kids of my own and now have eight since I married a man with three.

I am thankful my step kids love me and I love them like my natural born ones.

I am thankful for my grandkids, all 18 of them and for the 19th one on the way.

I am thankful I have one to watch everyday. I may not get anything done, but I am thankful for her messes anyway.

Be thankful for your family. All families have places they need to improve, but be thankful and look for the blessings!

Stress Less – It really Works!

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Today is Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer and I am going to join in. Shannon has asked us to tell our favorite post from Works for me. This is a hard task! There are so many great ideas put out by others and I have written posts on what works for me as well. How can you pick one?

One that I wrote that has really helped me was actually written around Christmas time. It has taken years for me to learn not to stress so much about some things. Here is what I said then:

Today’s Works for me Wednesday and Rocks in My Dryer is supposed to be about Christmas. I have been thinking about Christmas anyway and decided to play along on the Christmas theme.

I have been busy, as I am sure most of you have, trying to get everything done and ready. I am doing something different this year though, I am not getting all upset and stressed over the day.

Most years I am so stressed as I try to make this, do that, get the stuff for a big meal and try to have it all together. This is the first year in a long time that I can remember not being all stressed about getting things done and perfect.

I still have some gifts to get together and some things to make, but not anything that has me stressed. It will take some time, but I believe it is all under control. If not, I am not stressing anyway!

It has taken many years, but I finally realized the meal will be there, people will eat and everything does not have to be perfect, nor does there need to be 25 different foods on the table. Keep it simple! I am having a big meal, but I am keeping it simple. I also have others bringing some of the meal too.

My gifts will be done, the food will be fairly easy and it should work our for a nice relaxing time.

Are you getting all stressed and ready to bite every one’s head off? STOP!!! Relax. It will work out, it does not need to be anything but simple, but simple can be elegant and easy! Enjoy the day, enjoy the family and make it all less stressful.

Now, I know this has to do with Christmas, but don’t we find we stress over things other times of the year? The same kind of things, just not “Christmas”? Guests for dinner, parties, etc. I have found that once people get in my house there is not enough room to notice if every nook and cranny has been white glove cleaned. Meals do not need to be elaborate for all to enjoy.

If we can relax we will enjoy it all more and our family and spouse will enjoy us a lot more instead if dreading the next time we invite people over!

For more works for me go to Rocks in My Dryer and read and learn!