My Mother used to sing a little gospel chorus to my brother and myself when we were little which started like this "Count your blessings, name them one by one". I was humming it to myself in the car earlier today as I thought how 'blessed' I am. I am very fortunate in that I tend to be a cup-half-full type anyway, but every now and then I like to remind myself to "Count my blessings" and try and remind myself to be a blessing to others in turn, "Pay-it-Forward" style.
It was my birthday last week and I was reminded that I have people I can call "Friends" all over the world, literally! I have been blessed with good friendships in all the different places in which I have lived. Part of that is due to the fact that I tend to just butt in to people's conversations until they give in and include me!
I live somewhere near beautiful beaches, where the sun shines a bit more than it did in Edinburgh! Beaches aren't everyone's cup of tea, Husband for one, doesn't get the fascination, but I love them. I'm not really one for lying on them, but walking by them, having a coffee with friends at them, watching the power of the waves, swimming at them are things I love.
My kids drive me demented. I'm not the chilled out Earth-mother type I always hoped I would be, but sometimes (!) they are great! They have always had a very dry sense of humour which Smallest Boy (2)already demonstrates. This evening I asked him which was our car as we walked back with our shopping bags, and quick as a flash he pointed to a red car a few spaces away from ours and said "Let's take that one" with a totally straight face. When I laughed and said he was funny, he replied "I know"! They have endless energy as demonstrated by this trampolining and 2 lots of tennis lessons this evening.
We have a roof over our heads. Ok it's really about 4 rooms too small for us and we only ever meant to stay for 6 months, but it's convenient, our Landlord is great and we don't know what the future holds.
Whether or not it turns out to be the best move, we have had the fantastic opportunity to expand our horizons and move, albeit temporarily, to the other side of the world. What a great experience for our kids (and us too) to see other parts of the world, hear different opinions, try new things, all of which will help to form the people they will become, hopefully open-minded, understanding, caring individuals who are confident and brave.
Family that I love and miss, but who still bother to Skype with me regularly and abuse me on Facebook!
That's probably enough for today, I had intended to mention some Crochet, but I'll keep that for another day.
Give it a go - Count YOUR Blessings, I dare you.