Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Grateful Heart

Gratitude ~ the quality of being thankful; 

the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Welcome Friends!

It's quiet at our home

this Thanksgiving holiday.

Typically we host a Thanksgiving meal

here in our home with friends who may 

not have family with whom to celebrate.

This year we will join friends in their

home for a small Thanksgiving celebration.

The weather in recent weeks has given me

cause to be grateful for a perfect Autumn with 

sunny skies and crisp cool days.

Just enough chill in the air to cozy

up by a fire with hot tea

in the late afternoon.

~ Autumn ~

A time to savor and appreciate the 

rich spectrum of seasonal colors    .   .   .

To relish morning walks along a creekside 

as water flows from recent rains   .   .   .

To bask in the beauty of Mother Nature's

change in the seasons   .   .   .

To huddle in the warmth of a favorite sweater

and snuggle up with out sweet Sadie girl   .   .   .

To reflect on the gratitude one feels for   

the many blessings of our lives.

For our blessings  

are plentiful!

We've abundant  

food on our table   .   .   .

A warm home to

shelter us day and night   .   .   .

And beauty can be found

all around us.

I'm especially grateful for the good health and love

of my wonderful family and friends,

and for each of you who visit and comment here at

Hyacinths for the Soul.

2014 has been a year of final

good-byes to several women close to my heart.

At times sadness rushes over me, but

even with death, we can choose to be grateful.

 I want to cherish each special memory,

to honor these amazing women and feel grateful 

for the the beautiful life each led, 

the incredible legacy each left behind, 

and especially so for the love and friendship we shared.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it 
is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
                                              William Arthur Ward

Research shows it is helpful and important to make 

an ongoing list of the things for which one is grateful.

On this Day of Thanksgiving, I thank you 

for allowing me to share a grateful heart.

"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."
                                                              Native American Saying


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.