While out doing errands this morning, I came home one of our country roads. It cuts through a couple of plant nurseries, crosses the remains of the Ohio/Erie canal ... and is only a couple of miles from home.
Taking this drive was my daily affirmation of gratitude ... I am blessed to not live in the middle of a large city & can still see, touch & smell the 'country' life. I may not live there as deeply as I'd like - yet - but I am close.
Last night, as we watched CBJ beat the Avs (SOOOO awesome!) I made a gift for a friend. Of course, I can't show it here 'cause then it wouldn't be a surprise! But I can & will say here that I am more than grateful for the friendships I'm blessed with. We all have people who come into our lives for that season, then move on ... even those I am, of course, grateful for. But those who stick through it all with you are the truest blessings. What an awesome gift we're given when we have that friend (or friends) who share the good, the bad & the ugly with you and don't step out of your life. To those who recognize themselves in that group ... I cannot begin to express my gratitude & love for you. To those who've come into my life, then moved on ... I thank you, too. Your part in my life helped me be me.