Happy Thanksgiving! When I was younger, I thought I lived a charmed life. That, of course, is before adversity came knocking. And knock it has. Actually, it has blown the door off. I no longerthink I live a charmed life. I know - I live a blessed life. To be honest, there are times in my life when I don't even feel like saying that. Sometimes, I feel that I am living a cursed life. At those times, I have to stop and count my blessings.
This year has been one of those years. So today is a day to stop and count those blessings.
I have been blessed to have some wonderful female role models in my life.
My Great-Grandmother, (Grandma Boo) who taught me that family is the most important thing. My Grandma Opal, who taught me creativity and modeled a successful professional working woman for me at a young age. My Grandma Lena, who modeled the importance of teachers in the lives of students and showed me how to age gracefully. Jane Crawford and Linda Dennis - two ladies who modeled teaching and librarianship to me and made me want to do what they did.
My Grandfathers Charlie and Rex. One thought I hung the moon and the other thought I should hang the moon.
However, I know that my greatest blessing God has given me was to allow me to be born into my family. My father, bless his heart, who never complained about having three girls. He taught me unconditional love. He modeled the love of the heavenly father on earth for me. My mother is probably the most postitive person I know. She believes there are three good things to find about everyone and actually seeks to find those things. My sister, Sheri who taught me patience as a kid and is still teaching me strength as an adult. My sister, LeAnne (the perfect child) who was such a happy, positive kid and has taught me perseverance in pursuing a dream as an adult. My Aunt, RexAnn who has been a dependable constant in my life. My cousins and I, who have been fortunate to be in each others back pockets all our lives. (And whose children's weddings helped us decide to start our business!)
I am beyond blessed to have the husband that I have been blessed with. The journey has not been without its rocky paths, but this man knows me better than any other person on earth...and he's still here. (Yep, says more about him than me - but that's the point!) My children, Whitney and Clayton. They have taught me patience and perseverance. And they have given me the most precious of blessings - my grandchildren Christian, Cameron, Tony and Ashlyn. These are bunches of pure joy!
I have had a joyful career in education. I got to teach, be a librarian, teach technology, oversee other librarians and provide materials to help others teach. I got to finish my career with the best coworkers and friends possible. DeAnne Hainlen, Carla Brice, Darren Isbell, Jeff Allen, Mark Noblitt, Mike Yardley, Jeannie Guadalupe, Kirk Murdock and Belinda Newman have each enriched my life by knowing them.
I am beyond thankful for having close friends who are chosen family. (The Brinkley/Frost crew)
I now have a second career that brings me joy and still lets me help others. Yep, I've lived a blessed life. Thank God for those blessings.