Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Attitude of Gratitude

Gulf Shores, AL     High:  70    Low:   50

Did you know Abraham Lincoln was the person responsible for setting aside a day back in 1863 called Thanksgiving for gratitude and appreciation of one's blessings? Kind of fitting that the movie "Lincoln" is out and about in theaters this season. We're going to go see it tomorrow...So-o-o-o....Being that it's Thanksgiving, Sparky asked Eldy what he's thankful for....

"The #1 thing I'm thankful for is my health, my family and you..."  Aw-w-w-w... He's not done yet...."and I'm thankful for my family who understands and supports my dream of traveling full time." Eldo didn't add that he's thankful Notre Dame is having its best season ever, but Sparky is throwing that one in! He has lots more things he is thankful for, but when Sparky puts him on the spot, he clams up!

Sparky's hand knit sox
Sparky is thankful for all those things, too...For having a brain that still works pretty well, for excellent eyesight when other family members are struggling with theirs...For not having been stricken with breast cancer yet which so many women have, including my sister who is battling it for the third time..(She's doing well, almost done with chemo and her spirits are great.) Sparky is thankful for the talented hands that God gave her to create and make pretty things....

For two lovely daughters who have turned out well in spite of their mother's many, many BIG mistakes and emotional struggles as a single parent.....Sparky is thankful that Eldy puts up with her single minded and narrow viewpoints at times, (add stubborn to that list too) making couples decision making a challenge. (I just let her have her way most of the time, E. explains.) She is thankful he has the patience of Job with her, anyway, not with the rig! :-)  Sparky is thankful for having met Eldy, the best man to have ever entered her life and is staying for the long haul...As he always says, "I'm not going anywhere but somewhere with you."   Aw-w-w-w-w......She is thankful that he loves her, warts and all...And Sparky absolutely loves Eldy....

And Sparky just HAS to add how thankful she is to have a healthy, VERY smart new little grandson whom she gets to see in a month. He's 5 1/2 months, sitting up already and starting to crawl. Can't wait to smooch his little cheeks and get some new pictures! Sorry for the repeat....

We are thankful for this big, beautiful country of ours...and all the magnificence it holds...
resident cranes at Port St. Lucie RV Park
We have seen the most incredible views of Mother Nature-- beautiful creatures, light shows, ocean tempests, spectacular sunsets and sunrises, and gorgeous landscapes. And the show just goes on and on and on....
sunset in the Keys
Sparky's favorite heron photo at Vero Beach, FL
We are thankful to find out that the full timing lifestyle is full of comradeship and helpful neighbors wherever we go....That making new friends is easy despite traveling around full time in an RV, that keeping them is a little harder but doable....We are thankful for the technology that makes this all possible, to stay in touch with new friends and to keep family bonds strong even if we can't be there in person.

We are thankful for our readers who are interested enough to sign up to follow us, and for those readers who stumble upon the blog and read us occasionally.

We are thankful to be in the here and now and for ALL our blessings...Hope your Thanksgiving is a peaceful day and full of good things to eat!  Peace be with you....
scrapbook page from katiescrapbooklady--internet

                                               Jeannie and Eldy, a.k.a. "Sparky and Eldo"


  1. I think you said it all , Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That's one cute baby...glad you'll be seeing him again soon. I hope you'll be able to take lots of pictures!

    Love the Heron shot.

  3. Beautiful Blog.... Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Hope you two have a great day, enjoy!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    (and love your socks!)

    Karen and Steve
    (Old Blog Name) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
    (New Blog Name) RVing: This Country Is Our Big Backyard

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Lincoln movie - I can't wait to see it!

  7. the "granmarazzi" (something like that) is on the way sweet cheeks. . .be prepared. . .LOL!

    Such a great post,
    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing Blog

  8. What a beautiful post - so many things to be grateful for, but especially that grandson. What a cutie! Enjoy the day.