Mind you, blessings are not earned. They are gifts. I’d like to say thank you for the ones that came to mind this time.
I am grateful for health, some of which I can control, and much of which is up to the vagaries of genetics, microscopic bugs, and cell mutation. I am glad that I am able to swim, and walk, and hike, and ride a bicycle.
I am glad that I have the opportunity to engage in my favorite activities: writing, flying, road trips, making pottery and quilts, playing with my grandchildren, being outside.
As odd as it may sound, I am profoundly grateful that I was present to witness the deaths of my parents, to hold them as they left this world, and to pray for them as the entered the next.
I am also profoundly grateful to have the three best children in the world – they’re adults now – and that they have chosen life partners who I genuinely like. Not all parents can say that.
I am grateful that my husband is in good health, and understands me as well as any man can understand his wife. Yes, I am profoundly grateful for that, too! He both supports my dreams and keeps me grounded. Not all wives can say that.
I am grateful for the love and friendship of my brother and his wife, and for the same with my husband’s sisters and their husbands. Blessings, all.
My airplane friends are some of the best folks around. Generous, funny, genuine. Flying’s fun on its own, but they make it even better. Thanks, Dennis Skovgaard, for teaching me to be a good pilot, and thanks, Dean Isaacs, for letting me borrow your plane!
Writing friends, published or not, have encouraged me on this journey, have lifted me up when I’ve lost heart, and celebrated with me when I’ve achieved a goal. Like finaling in the 2013 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. (Squeeeeee!)
I’ve learned so much from my critique partners, Sandy Loyd, Caroline Fyffe, Lisa Tapp, and Angie Ballard. They’ve helped me take my writing to a new level. And I can thank Susan Isaacs for reading my very first draft of my very first manuscript all those years ago (it must have been painful for her!) and being so gentle with her response. She launched me on this journey, and I’m grateful for where it’s taken me.
Members of Louisville Romance Writers took over from Susan and nurtured me. Every member of this wonderful group has contributed, but along with my critique partners, I am especially grateful for the friendships of Joan Kayse, Katie McGarry, Alison Atlee, Karen Ender, and Heidi Howard.
I am grateful for my church friends, especially Diane Cooper, Mary Eisert, Lennie Reinhardt, Jill Shcaftlein, Nancy Tomes, and Melanie Wermuth. It still surprises me when one of them tells me they pray for me every night. What a blessing, to be so loved! And what examples in faith.
I can’t leave out the musicians who enrich my life. Sisters Janet Hamilton and Louise Richmer, who make cantoring a joy; Miguel, Dervi, Delmar, Oscar, Fernando, and Gustavo in the Hispanic choir for the joy and dedication they bring to their work. Thank you all for allowing me to make music with you!
I could go on and on, because there are so many other people who come to mind, but I’m going to stop now. If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope my moment of gratitude has brightened your day. And if my gratitude is contagious, that’s a very good thing!