Monday, March 17, 2008

Appreciating the little things in life

Things have been quite hectic and upsetting here, but seem to be settling down - at least for a bit.
As I've gone through the hard times of the last couple of months, I think I've become attuned to the little, good things that I have been blessed with.

For example:
Last Friday evening I was running some errands. On the way home, we heard a noise that sounded like my Ham Radio antenna was flopping around; something that, with a very strong magnet on it, it shouldn't be able to do. I pulled the car over and my daughter got out to see what she could see. Nothing looked wrong, so we drove on and in a minute or so, the odd noise stopped.

We got home safely. Then next day, I took her to work and went to work myself. I got home late and through the fog, safely. (Blessing one) Sunday, I took my daughter to work and headed to church and we heard that same noise again. I was able to pull over onto a deep, paved shoulder. My son looked out the door and said, "Mom, the tire is flat." (Blessing three) So he gets out the stuff and changes the tire (Blessing four) in his Sunday suit - which he didn't get messed up while doing this (blessing five). As he was working on it, a friend of ours, also on the way to our church, pulls over. Since I'd be driving on one of those "donut" tires, we stopped by the house (blessing six, we were before the turn off to our house).

Today, I was able to get two new, just slightly used tires for $10 each and put on for $12; total $32 for tires that, brand-new are over $85 each - and that's before adding balancing, mounting, etc. (Blessing seven)

Then I was able to get someone to help with something that I've needed help with for years. (Blessing eight)

I was able to go to work today and a friend pitched in and took my daughter to work for me (blessing nine).

And finally, the new Young Men's president loves music and is locally famous. He's giving my son private voice and piano lessons for free. I didn't ask, he offered to work with both my son and the other young man that attend our church (Blessing ten). All I have to do is send our keyboard, some paper and find my old piano books from when I tried to take piano in Jr. College. (and failed! lol)

So, all-in-all, I've had a really great few days.
Sometimes ya just gotta do what the song says, "Count your many blessings..."


Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for this post. My family has been going through a tough patch here too since January and I have been trying to see the good rather than the bad.

Your shining example was just what I needed to see.

Thank you and I hope you have a Wonderful Easter (if that is your belief).


Darlene said...

Thank you, Larissa.
Yes, Easter is a very important part of my religious beliefs!
I hope things settle down for you guys.