I'm thankful – Today and everyday

By Carol / November 27, 2014 /

Thanksgiving Day gives us a reason to say thanks. It’s a little sad we may need a reason, though I understand how it happens. We’re busy. Too much to do. Not enough time.

Because I sometimes have a tendency to get wrapped up in doing rather than being, I have made an effort of late to purposely, intentionally, mindfully be thankful.

Here are some of the things I’m thankful for today and always.

Our home and the trees that surround it.

Maple tree & House






My granddaughters who show me what true joy looks like.

Making Cookies






The prairie where I revel in the beauty of nature and practice mindful patience.

Prairie Flowers








My husband who still surprises me.

David & Carol Anniversary






Women friends who encourage me to greater heights and prop me up when I’m low.

Friends in hats






Readers who buy my books and then take time to tell me they enjoyed reading the stories.

Go Away Home Review



My son who is a fine man and a great dad.

Lance & Girls






My feet are thankful they get to spend a week on a warm beach when Iowa is bitterly and prematurely cold this winter.







My sister. My nieces and their families. My neighbors. People like you who read my blog. Good health. The good fortune to have been born in America.

I could go on. And on. And on. I’m one lucky person, and I know it. My cup overflows. So on Thanksgiving Day, I am purposefully, intentionally, mindfully thankful as I join with so many others in saying thanks. Thanks!

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  1. Joan Z. Rough on November 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    We really should celebrate the things we’re grateful for every day. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on November 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Our Thanksgiving was excellent, Joan. I’m pleased we could enjoy a few days of warmth, and I’m thankful we’ll be cozy in our own home tonight. All the best to you, too.

  2. Elfrieda Schroeder on November 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I’m thankful for people like you, Carol who share their lives and insights so generously with others. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but this is another reminder to be thankful EVERY day (even though it’s 30 below and no warm beaches in sight for me)! But I have grandchildren who gave me warm hugs today and helped me put up Christmas decorations.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on November 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Elfrieda. I’m returning to cold Iowa today. Hope I’ve stored up enough warmth in my bones to last a while. Like your grandchildren, my granddaughters will always keep my heart warm. Aren’t we the lucky ones?

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