About womanwifemotherchild

As a 50+ year old mother of 4, I'm beginning a new chapter of my life. In addition to being a full-time care-giver for 25 years, I've dabbled in writing, poetry, photography, math tutoring, singing, gardening and birdwatching. Here I am, ready for my next adventure...

Gratitude Spiral: Day 88

Today, I’m grateful for musically gifted people.

At least once a week, I sing with some incredibly talented women in an a cappella chorus. Then, at church, I sing with many dedicated choir members. And also at church, I get to play guitar with several multi-talented singers and musicians. What a blessing to experience their gifts!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 87

Today, I’m grateful for the stack of half-used notebooks leftover from my kids’ school days. For this writer, a seemingly unending supply of blank paper is a definite perk!

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Gratitude Spiral: Day 86

Today, I’m grateful for motherhood.

On this 86th day of my Gratitude Spiral, I think back on the year 1986 — the year I became a mother. My life changed dramatically that year. Being a mother is not simply what I am, but it’s now part of the definition of who I am. Despite entering motherhood with blinders on (the way most of us do) and despite all the challenges, I love how it has shaped me. I’m forever thankful for the blessing of motherhood.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 85

Today, I’m grateful for windows.

Cold winter days, despite the occasional sunshine, keep me indoors where it’s warm. But that only increases my craving for the outdoors. My favorite window is the one above the kitchen sink. From there I can watch the birds at the feeder, gaze into the woods behind the house, and almost feel like I’m outside for a moment. And that will almost do ’til spring. Almost. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 84

Today, I’m grateful for the practice and work of writing.

In this new year, I’ve decided to finish writing a novel that somehow migrated to the back burner last year. And the only way to accomplish that is to write. Consistently. To work at it, often. To practice regularly. I’m thankful for each small chunk of time given to the task.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 83

Today, I’m grateful for my “Christmas” cactus that never fails to surprise me by blooming at random times throughout the year. 🙂

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P.S. Wondering what a Gratitude Spiral is? Find the answer here.

Gratitude Spiral: Day 82

Today, I’m grateful for the eye mask I need to wear when my neighbor’s backyard spotlight shines directly through my window at six o’clock in the morning and hits me in the face when I’m trying to meditate. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?