Sunday, April 25, 2010

Much to Be Thankful For

On this Sunday morning I have much to be thankful for:

~Alexander will be 14 on Saturday. When I look at him, I am so impressed and amazed that I had a part in creating him.

~Since going off Arava on Wednesday, the pressure in my ribs has disappeared.

~In two short weeks Sophia's performances of "A Little Princess" begin. Her part in the play is small but the experiences she has gained already are huge!

~My amazingly creative sister Sherry is back to reading lots of books and sharing ideas with me.

~Steve has a gig tonight. I LOVE watching him perform.

~In two weeks my mom will be in Chicago for a short visit. She is flying in to see Sophia's play and because she loves us. Also, my brother Mike has a meeting in Chicago and will be able to see Sophia's show.

~In a little over a month I will be married for 22 years. I can't imagine my life without Steve. He makes me smile everyday and even on my worst RA days makes me feel like the most beautiful woman alive.

~Alexander and I watched Food, Inc. last week. Watching the film sent chills through my body but also gave me a greater appreciation for the food coop we belong to where we are able to buy free range meat and eggs from farmers we trust. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming harassment by the FDA, this coop can no longer provide fresh dairy to its members which makes me very sad.

~I have a job that I really like and works around the needs of my family.

~My dad used to sing to us when he woke us up in the morning. I do the same thing with my kids. I think of my dad every time I start singing my corny made-up songs.

~Alexander is teaching me about the Cuban Missile Crisis as he learns about it. Learning is so fun when you are taught by your children.

~Sophia often has strangers tell her that she has a beautiful smile. It is true. Like Alexander, I look at her and feel amazed that I helped create her.

~In July my sister Stacey and her boys are coming for a week long visit. I can't wait!

Some days are tough for me but each day I have these amazing things to wake up to. It is great being me!

Note: Once you start listing things that you are "thankful" for, the list becomes longer and longer. Give it a try. Leave a comment of something you are thankful for today.


  1. I'm thankful that your ribs are starting to feel better :)

    This is a beautiful long list aren't we both lucky to have so much to be grateful for!

  2. The beauty of thankfulness....just heard a message in church that an attitude of thankfulness is crucial to results in our life and then I read your post. Cool! I am thankful you are my friend. Have a blessed and wonderful day.

  3. I'm thankful that I've gotten to know you through your blog and comments, Cathy. Your courage and resourcefulness, and your bright, positive attitude as you cope with living with RA always inspire me and make me thoughtful. Thanks for that. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and that you'll soon be feeling much, much better.

  4. Oh, I love thankful posts, they make me feel so good!

    I'm thankful right now for my husband who is continually asking me if I need anything, cause I'm having a pretty bad flare. He makes it way easier :)

  5. Happy Birthday to Alexander! Twenty-two years, that is so awesome! Yes and Sophia is beautiful and she is a merely a younger version of you.
    As you write about your kids and your marriage, I can feel your love and your passionate – I got all teary-eyed. I know that feeling. I feel it every morning when I see my boys and it surpasseseverything and it makes life with RA and FMS so much easier.

    Like you, Cathy, I am so thankful for my family. I couldn’t imagine my life being any different or any better. I am content where I am at and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  6. What a wonderful post! You have much to be thankful for.

    Right now I'm thankful for a walk I'm taking tonight with someone I love - and I'm thankful in advance for the coworker's birthday cake I'll be enjoying tomorrow! :)

    Thanks for giving me many good things to think about.