Life gets to busy, especially when you have sick people in the house. As many of you know, my husband, Tim was in a bad accident a few months ago, and yesterday he was told that he may have more long term problems with his leg and hip. This morning I woke up to one sick child, and by lunch time another one had joined him. But I still have much to be grateful for....
First, I am still grateful that my husband is here with us. We have heard so many horrible stories about others who have suffered an even more terrible fate than Tim's...I can only hope that those impaired drivers willl learn some hard lessons and make some major changes in their lives.
Second, I am happy that to have a house full of children on any given day. I love that our boys have their friends coming and going, and I am blessed that we have new friends who trust and share their children's lives with us.
Third, I am grateful for the ability to sit down and do what I have always wanted to do since about the age of seven. I love words, and I love creating stories and sharing our stories with everyone. I continue to believe that we are all more alike than we are different, and that in sharing, we all feel more connected.
Fourth, I am grateful for good teachers. I had some fantastic teachers during my years at Mabou Consolidated, and they encouraged, supported and inspired me to think about things that I had never thought about before. On the day after Nelson Mandala was released from prison in South Africa, our english teacher, Carol Chisholm held a, "Free Mandala" party, and she brought in blue cheese and crackers. I had never tasted blue cheese, and I had never heard of Mandala. She brought South Africa to rural Cape Breton, and she made me want to visit there, it is on my bucket list, and when I go, I will send her a post card, and once again thank her. Great teachers like her can make you dream bigger, think bigger, and want more for your life...how do you thank someone for doing something like that for your life? Already in my boys' lives, I see that there are teachers shaping their lives, and even that Shayleen looks to her teacher for guidance and direction. We are lucky to have such support now as parents, and praise the Lord for wonderful teachers.
And finally tonight, I am thankful for wonderful neighbors. Wherever we have wandered in our lives, we have always had fantastic neighbors. When we first got married, and were living poorly in Howie Centre, we had neighbours that I would still fantastic friends, even though we don't see each other any more. And then we moved to Chisholm Road, Long Point, Nova Scotia. Yes, rural Cape Breton, and some of the most fantastic people you have ever met lived on that short little stretch of road. Long Stretch Road was our next address, and over 7 years, we made a family there. We had neighbors that we now call family. The MacLellans, the Downards, the MacLean's and the MacGregor's were one's that held an especially special spot in our hearts. We have never been able to replace them, but the neighbors on Becker Crescent are trying! We have now been here for five years, and last night, when I took our baby girl around for treats, my heart was touched with our neighbors who asked about Tim, who wondered how I was holding up, and who had special treat bags to send home to my boys. We have been so blessed over the years to be surrounded by wonderful people, who all make our days a little easier and brighter!