I feel grateful for many things in my life.  First and foremost, I’m grateful that I have such a great family.  I’ve been blessed with seven wonderful children, five great children-in-law (so far), and 4 grandchildren…..and growing.   I have two terrific sisters who are truly my best friends.  And I have so many cousins it’s hard to keep track.   Plus I have a few close friends that I would consider part of my family as well as many aquaintances.

For the last 36+ years, I have been a mother and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been so influential in another person’s life – to teach, learn, lead, follow, listen, talk, etc.  My children have grown into incredible people whom I am very proud of.  And I couldn’t have picked better partners for them if I’d tried!

I have gotten great joy from seeing my granddaughters grow from newborns to ‘school age’ girls, with confidence and love of life.  Welcoming my new foster grandchildren, has been a new experience for me this past year and I am grateful for the opportunity to share in their lives for however long I am granted.

Now that I am in the ‘autumn’ of my life, I cherish my sisters Betty and Faye even more.  I have lived in a different locale than them for over 40 years but we still remain the closest.  Every time I get a chance to see them, I am forever grateful for another day, as we have spent a lifetime together….and plan on spending many more years in each others’ lives.

I have a home of my own to share with my family, friends,  and visitors alike and I am grateful for it daily.  I stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, feeling safe and secure within its walls.

I am grateful that I am able to grow some food in my garden, smell the creeping thyme, watch the birds, touch the earth, taste my own raspberries, and hear the sound of a distant train.  

I am grateful that I live in a country where people are free, children are loved, and abject poverty doesn’t exist.  My son has travelled around the globe and can attest to the value of a country such as Canada.

I’m grateful that I have choices in my life and can choose a certain path, attitude, feeling, or mood for myself.  I feel grateful that I was ‘called’ to be a midwife for a few decades, assisting hundreds of families as they welcomed a new member of their family on their journey into this world.

I’ve been lucky in my life to have had two long marriages that, for the most part, were very gratifying and brought much happiness into my life during their time.   I’ve been gifted TWO extended families.

I feel grateful that health care in this country is “free” and available to everyone.  If I am ever stricken by a serious illness, I know I will get the best of care and treatments.  I’ve had some experience dealing with our “health care system” when my husband was diagnosed with cancer.  Even though it can be difficult to ‘navigate’ at times, it’s still better than the for-profit system in many countries.

Throughout my life, I’ve suffered many personal losses, but I am grateful for all the positive things in my life.  Every day  I focus on the positive rather than dwell on the negative – happy thoughts always FEEL better than sad thoughts.  I look forward to my future and all the experiences that I will encounter.

And every night before I close my eyes to go to sleep, I give thanks for something that I am grateful for ……


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Sinclair
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 17:54:36

    Beautiful written as always, It touches my heart when I read your Blog’s
    Love you girl.


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