Monday, November 21, 2011


I have much to be grateful for in my life.
I wish I could have you over to my house.
I would plop you on the couch,
serve you a hot mug of whatever beverage you wanted
and gab the hours away.

I am thankful for all of you.
I started this blog last January 
because I was pressured into it.
I never had any idea how much
it would change my life.
I has blessed me in so many ways.
I have made some amazing friends.
I feel like I know many of you.
And you know me.
You pray with me and for me.
We have been sad and happy together.
For this I am so thankful.
I am grateful for my friends
that I love like family.
They make me joyful.
They laugh at my antics and 
they make our times together so much fun.
This year I am thankful
for the gift of Down Syndrome.
A year ago I was scared to death of those words.
This year I see it as the blessing it is.
Ollie kicked her heart surgery outta the park.
She is changing the stereotype of DS.
She makes me thankful for 
situations I didn't want but needed, 
only to realize
they are pretty fantastic after all.
I am thankful for my family.
We welcomed two baby girls this year.
Ollie and Penelope.
Miss Penelope is a delight.
She is beautiful, healthy, and happy.
She is easy-peasy. 
Aubrie, Everett, Ollie, Caroline, and Penelope
make my life as Grandma
beyond wonderful.
My daughters are my best friends.
No one makes me have more fun than they do.
My sons-in-law love them
like they deserve to be loved.
That blesses me too.
I am so blessed to have a wonderful family. 
My parents are adjusting well to their new digs.
My siblings are great team-mates.
I think we have grown even closer this year.
Even Alzheimer's has brought blessings to us.
I have a great husband.
I am so thankful for him.
He makes marriage seem like no work.
He makes me laugh and he makes me proud.
But, the thing I am most thankful for is
God and his amazing grace.
Without his daily presence
none of my other relationships would be as good.
Thank you God for my awesome life.
Thank you God for the gift of your precious son.

Have a great holiday!
Thanks for reading everyone!
God bless you!!

301. A 10 day trip with my honey
302. Arizona weather
303. No Black Friday shopping


  1. You are a lucky gal with a great outlook on life! Happy Thanksgiving. sandie

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, sweet Janie!

  3. You do have such a beautiful family and your faith encourages so many. I consider myself blessed to be your friend.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  4. What a lovely post! Your family is very entertaining....and I wish I could come over for coffee.

  5. What a beautiful post! Recognizing your blessings is a blessing too!

  6. I am thankful for your blog and the kind comments you have put on mine. :-) I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday :-)

  7. Isn't it great when our blessings fill a whole blog! Blogging is the best therapy ever, I have to agree it has added much to my life. I stay above the gray clouds and writing it all down somehow puts things in perspective. Happy Turkey Day!

  8. This is beautiful, Janie. And since I am in a crying kind of mood I am bawling right now. Ugly cry, I tell ya.

  9. Janie, you have certainly had a year of truimphs and tears, but mainly happiness and love. I have so enjoyed getting to know you through your wonderful "blatherings". Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ann

  10. What a sweet post! I, for one, am happy that you started blogging. You and yours have a great Thanksgiving, too.

  11. God Bless you and have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family . . . God had a plan all along when you started blogging . . Gratitude only brings blessings to us! Sandy:O)

  12. Im thankful that you began blogging!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

  13. Love you too girl. Hope you had an awesome day.

  14. Happy thankgiving Janie you always make me feel good with your blog. God bless you and your family.

  15. this made me tear up. It's just so full. FULL. I'm thankful for you friend.

  16. I would love to come and visit you!

    I love reading your blog, so much of your warm spirit comes through!

  17. I'm thankful for your blog! Janie, one of these days I'm going to plop on your couch and share a cup of coffee...and let's have Ellen join us! I love that girl!


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