Monday, November 12, 2012

15 Things I Am Thankful For

I am thankful for:
  1. Our veterans on this Veterans' Day and my country, state, county and city and elected officials that I can now pray for. Friday at the school where I substituted there was a wonderful, long Veteran's Day Assembly. The students here in Plant City were very attentive at this assembly. Essays were read. A young lady with an awesome voice sang the Star Spangled Banner, and a Vice Principal also sang a patriotic song.  A Power Point show of veterans connected with the school students and staff was shown. This school is having a Christmas program next month--I know because I saw it on the white board in the band class. No "Winter Program".
  2. My husband's great attitude and taking one day at a time. We should all do that--take one day at a time.
  3. That Alzheimer's is causing me to hold on to my Christian faith in new ways. I am more confident than ever that the LORD will see me through.
  4. That Alzheimer's is bringing self-discipline into my life with time management.
  5. That Alzheimer's is making me more health conscious so I can be his caregiver/lovegiver all his days and not die first myself. I have lost weight through Weight Watchers and am walking two to three times a week.
  6. That Alzheimer's is forcing me to organize our home. When I retired, I thought plenty of time. But our days are numbered and I have to do this now. It feels great to finally have a strategy for doing it thanks to the wisdom of The House That Cleans Itself.
  7. That my husband in 2009, even after his early diagnosis, helped edit Getting Off the Niceness Treadmill, the book I had it in me to write. If it didn't make sense to him, what I wrote, it had to be edited.
  8. That we survived a crash with a DUI driver that left us with only one car; that my husband decided to just be a passenger a year ago. There is now no car at home here in the country for him to drive away in and he loves our dog and home.
  9. That we have camping memories and have gone to Orlando theme parks.
  10. Sally and Jake who are on a similar journey with Jake's Alzheimer's. I love how our husbands have bonded and enjoy each other.
  11. The Plant City Senior Center---pray that our husbands accept going there. I am so grateful to Sally for getting us into this. Her mother once went there.
  12. Going out of town to visit relatives in December while we can do this.
  13. The Alzheimer's Association support group and our two facilitators there.
  14. That I can still work to pay off credit cards because one day I may not be able to work.
  15. My blogging friends.


  1. This is a wonderful list. I am thankful to God for many of the same things. Alzheimer's has brought the opportunity for good things in our lives that I would have otherwise neglected, and I am truly thankful for that. You are prompting me to write a similar post.

    Re: the Senior Center...Gary did well at our Senior Center for a while. (two mornings a week) He was in the program for those with memory issues. It was a nice program and they had a great lunch and many things to do and others to interact with. His needs grew beyond their program, so we moved him to the Adult Day Health Care, which was more suited to him, but more expensive too. Eventually he outgrew that too, and that prompted the need for more in home care giving.

  2. You do have so many wonderful things to be thankful for......
    Hugs and prayers,

  3. Great list and great reminder. To us all.

  4. Wonderful list. And an excellent reminder to stay on the sunny side of life! I am thankful for you, Carol, for being such an inspiration to me!