Being Thankful…

There has been a lot going on around us lately…sad things, like our friends that are hurting, neighbors that are dealing with illnesses no one understands. And today I stopped and took notice of the things in my life I am thankful for. My husband and son are treasures. Even when one of them steals the covers in the middle of the night and I am left bare, or when the other cries for no reason when I am right in the middle of a nice hot bath, they are still the best things that have ever happened to me. I am also too lucky to have great parents, and having them nearby is so nice…plus, the love they show Seven is unparalled – I’m not sure how they can have so much love to give, but they do.

My home is another thing I appreciate. Jon and I have worked very hard at making it a place we can love, and we do. This is a wonderful time of year – the garden is growing. Sometimes we just don’t notice anything other than the unruly weeds, so I took some photos of the young plants struggling against the heat to just be alive. I always feel so proud when I can walk into my backyard and come back into the house with a basket full of things to eat…strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, peppers, tomoatoes. This year we are seeing peaches on our young peach trees, and I am too excited about that. Hopefully the deer will leave the rest of them alone, but I doubt it. We will also have a ton of grapes – 4 varieties – again, if the deer and crows stay away. it looks to be a good year for blueberries, and maybe even raspberries, though since they are so new this year, we may be waiting until next year on those, as well as the asparagus, which is growing like mad. Zucchini will be everywhere in about a month, if that long, and the peppers seem to be doing fine. Onions and carrots are showing themselves, so we should have a freezer full in a few months. It is really a good feeling to know that those vegetables our ours – we planted them, watered them, harvested them. Yes, it would be cheaper, probably, to just buy them in the grocery store…but these are ours.

So, here is a look at some of my favorite things. It is these things that are helping me become the DoughMessTic goddess I strive to be…as well as the things that will not fault me when that goal becomes unattainable…..
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