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Gratitude Monday #43: Loved-One

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High on my list today is Loved-One.  I’m thankful for him almost everyday, but today is our anniversary, so all that he gifts me with is flooding my mind today.  Plus, this weekend, I hosted a bridal shower for my godson and his beautiful fiancée.  A Jack-N-Jill shower with couples at every stage of marriage.

Here’s my list, in no particular order, but dominated by one person:

  • A companion that sees me in ways no one else does, like the way he recognizes how much like my dad I am.  The good parts, like my sense of humor and my human behavior experiments, and my willingness  to be a little goofy, while he forgets about those other parts, like my stubbornness, and how easily bruised my ego is.
  • A willing sous chef, who sets up while I chop and does the dishes while I flail about the kitchen.
  • Laughter every day of my life.  The good kind that makes my heart light and my belly ache.  Rarely the kind that is at someone’s expense.
  • A man who told me, when I was going through a particularly blue period, that I was only allowed 10,000 tears a day.  After that, I’d have to buck up until the next day.  I cried and cried and cried some more.  After which he said, “Sorry, the tears came too fast to count.  I only got to three.”
  • A man who likes to eat as much as I like to cook; and likes to eat healthy food, too.
  • A friend of few words and wonderfully wise insight.
  • Someone who loves my children almost as much as I do, and would do anything for them, as long as he’s had a cup of coffee first.
  • A grandfather who is patient and kind and speaks softly.
  • A partner who likes to do a lot of the same things I do, like bicycle, hike, swim, garden, ice cream; and is willing to try some new things like the ballet and book club; and recognizes we are not the same person and sometimes we need, absolutely must go our own way.
  • A toddler whisperer.  Yes, he really seems to understand how frustrating it is for to communicate, with so much to say, and so little command of the words required.
  • An answer to a prayer.
  • A soul-mate who gets pleasure from a balanced check book.  Of course I can do it.  But, do I like it?  A resounding NO.
  • A travel companion who enjoys watching army ants intersect a path of leaf-cutting ants as much as I do.  Guess what?  The leaf-cutters are the dominant ants, not the army ants.

I could go on and on.  In three words,

I am blessed.

That could almost be me.


As always, if you’d like to join me and Laurel in a Monday-Blessing-Counting exercise, hop on over the Alphabet Salad and link up.  It’s a great way to start the work week.  Or, just click on the link below to read some other lists.  Always some great reminders of my abundance.


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  1. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! He sounds like a fabulous guy and I am so happy for you both. Congratulations!
    Laurel Regan recently posted..A new year is coming!My Profile

    • Adela Adela

      He is such a nice guy. To tell the truth, he is also a wonderful counterpoint to my personality.

  2. Lux Lux

    so great to read posts like these. makes you realize that life is more than the negative things that we see in the news everyday.

    what a great life you live. 🙂
    Lux recently posted..Dear Selfie GenerationMy Profile

    • Adela Adela

      Thank you for joining me. There is almost always something to be happy about.

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