2010 in White

Winter wonderland

I live in the midwest and we are getting hit with a lot of snow this year….and I mean A LOT! While many of us are growing tired of the white stuff and the bitter cold that has accompanied it, there are many silver linings.
First, it brings out my neighbors and we are all out and about shoveling snow and laughing about our technique or lack thereof. It is a new venue for communication and I welcome the change.

Second – I am grateful for my shovel. It does a great job with the proper motivation behind it. To give you an idea for amounts – I have had to shovel tunnels in the backyard for my dog – I have had to clear these trails 4X due to MORE snow. I know what you are thinking – she must really love her dog.
You would be correct. A 30 pound cockapoo is not match for the winter landscape.
Lastly, the splendor of snow is a living reminder of the glory of the seasons in this part of the country. We know at some point this snow will melt, nourish the ground and new, colorful blooms will burst supported by a fresh carpet of grass.
It feels like that may be a long time from now but it will eventually find us.
For all of you roughing it with me in this blizzard – blessings to you and be careful out there.

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Man’s Best Friend

I had a revelation last night and it will be interesting to see how this progresses.

As my year of gratitude continues, God is providing very interesting direction.  I have been longing for another dog to join my cockapoo – Lucy.  She is fabulous and has been a blessing to me for the last 2 years.  I have looked many times for another shelter dog but never found the right fit.  Over the holiday I tossed this idea around and my eureka moment came last night.

I have been looking for a way to spend time in a local retirement center and it dawned on me that animals are a wonderful blessing to people – wow wouldn’t people in retirement homes love to see a well-behaved, cuddly dog?  A therapy dog sounds like the perfect fit for me.  In my research I learned which breeds excel in this role and one stood out and matched what I was looking for – retrievers.  I have owned them in the past and they are wonderful mellow dogs.  I have always thought a Golden Doodle (golden retriever/poodle) would be perfect and I started my search. 

I think I have found the perfect dog and hope to meet her this weekend.  This could be the start of a fulfilling journey and I will wait to see what comes next.

It is with gratitude that I look upon this opportunity. 

On a different note, I made it to church yesterday and it warmed my heart.  We made a joyful noise and my heart was light when I left. 

This is the perfect way to start the New Year.

Be a blesssing!

Song in Your Heart?

My year of gratitude is off to a very touching start. A friend of mine shared a video with me that is filled with hope, love, joy and dreams.

http://video.aol.co.uk/video-detail/susan-boyle-singer-britains-got-talent-2009-w-english-subtitles/4252231543/?icid=VIDURVENT03

We all remember the headlines of this story.

I am grateful for the reminder of the power of the human spirit. Here you have a middle aged woman, unemployed with a beautiful spirit and a strong dream.
We adore her because she exemplifies all of the hope and passion of the human spirit. It is SO powerful.

As we enter in to a New Year, the possibilities are endless. Have you taken the time to think about your dreams? What resides in your heart?
I would encourage you to take a few minutes and focus on your dreams. Are you working towards something you are passionate about?

I am taking this challenge and will keep you posted on progress.

We are off to a wonderful start to 2010.

A Year Of Gratitude

Hello 2010.
We have a bonus round with this New Year….the start of a new decade.
I have decided to make this My Year of Gratitude. My goal is to do 365 days of different thank yous.
Today is Day 1. I have started with special emails to a few people to thank them for specific contributions to my life. I will track how my actions impact others.
I am looking forward to seeing what this year of gratitude will bring.
Will you join me?
Stay tuned.