Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I am thankful

This has been a tough week. Sunday started out as any other day. Relaxing with my family, writing and reading. Mid afternoon I texted my best friend to give her a hard time about a book I've been harassing her to read, only to get a frantic reply. She unexpectedly lost her husband.

It's so sad that sometimes it takes a tragedy like this for other people to realize how truly lucky we are. My dear, sweet, wonderful friend has lost a husband at the age of 34. I just want to hold her tight and make everything go away. But I can't. All I can do is be there for her, love her and do anything she needs to help.

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the heartbreaking reminder I've just received on how SHORT live truly is, how you never ever know what will happen, I want to share some of the things I am grateful for. What I thank God for every day and will remember to hold a little tighter from now on.

1. For my family. I have the BEST husband a woman can ask for and two incredible, beautiful girls. I'm so lucky to have them. I will Cherish them every day.

2. My health and the health of my family. You never know when that will be taken away from you. We need to take care of ourselves. Health is a fragile, fragile thing.

3. My friends. Man, I have some of the best friends. People come in and out of your life, some stay longer than others and some you know you will have until the day you die. I am so grateful for all of them. For support, love, friendship, laughs. I don't know what I would do without them.

4. That I can do what I love. I write. I stay home with my totally rockin' daughters. How lucky am I? That I get to see every new thing they do. To pick up and drop my oldest off at school. Do homework with her. Bring my little one to the park and teach her how to count. AND, I get to tell stories, the one thing I've always wanted to do. I am so incredibly blessed.

There are SO many more things I'm grateful for. So much that makes me lucky that I would be here all day if I shared them all. Now, I'd like to know what YOU'RE thankful for. What do you thank your lucky stars for?

And please, I'd love any prayers for my friend. She has a long road ahead of her and can use any and all good thoughts.


Kenzie Michaels said...

((((HUGS)))) to your best friend. What may seem as extremely lousy timing may turn out to be God's way of showing how blessed she is in friends and family.

I say this because my grandfather passed away on my grandmother's birthday. The following year, she looked back and has always remembered her final day day with him, and the outpouring of support in the days which followed.

What am I thankful for? I have a roof over my head; food in my pantry; everyone is healthy; and I have good friends who are helping each other in these hard financial times. I'm also thankful to all readers who are eagerly anticipating my latest release next week:)

Regina Carlysle said...

All my thoughts and prayers to your sweet friend, Madison. Loss is always horrible but things that happen so suddenly are just so difficult to fathom.

Thankful. Yes. I'm thankful for so many things. The health of family members whom I love is much better. My kids are happy and healthy. I have a lovely home where I'm able to live and write my stories. My friends who keep me happy and sane.

Natalie Dae said...

Oh my Lord. That is awful. Bless her heart. Will think of her at this sad time.


Madison Scott said...

Thanks for the hugs for my friend. That's wonderful your grandma is able to hold on to those wonderful memories.

Madison Scott said...

Thanks for the prayers!

Madison Scott said...

Thanks. I really appreciate it.

Tess MacKall said...

Your friend is in my prayers. I can only imagine how much she hurts right now.

Thank you for sharing this, Madison, and reminding me that I shouldn't be dreading all this cooking and all this family interfering with my writing. They ARE number one.