Much has happened since I last wrote... my middle daughter got married; hubby and I celebrated our ten year anniversary; my stepson graduated from high school and started at our local junior college; my oldest daughter got engaged (and her wedding is this weekend. Egad!); and my youngest daughter will bless us with our first grandchild next month. I've thrown more bridal showers and baby showers in the past 18 months than I can shake a stick at!
In between the big events, many books have been read, a couple of quilts have been created (that's my grandson's quilt in the photo above) and a few aches and pains from being another year older have settled in. I also became the president of my local branch of AAUW, which keeps me busier than a one-armed paper-hanger!
Life is sweet these days, but I find that I still must remind myself that attitude changes everything. Even when I'm surrounded by so many happy things, I have to tell myself to focus on the good stuff. I went through a down period a few months back where I had to literally tell myself, "Choose to be happy, Pattie!" For some of us, it's just easier to focus on what's missing, on the negative.
If you happen to be one of those people, here's your wakeup call: life is slipping through our fingers! Take time right this minute and list all that's good and positive in your life. For me, it's babies and weddings and being creative and busy. It's giving and receiving love to family and friends. It's being blessed in more ways than I can begin to count.
How about you? What's right in your life?
Until next time (which will be sooner than 18 months - I promise, Leslie!)...