Well this week is flying by and it is already time again for Thankful Thursday. As always, I have MUCH to be thankful for this week.
At the very top of my list is that I am feeling soo much better. I saw my doc yesterday and he said my chest sounds totally clear. YAY....I am still getting tired way too quickly (in my opinion ~ not his) and am not completely back to my usual "perky" self, but compared to how I was I am a new woman. He did say it might take a few weeks to be completely back to normal, but I am still praying that I will be able to do everything I have planned with Melody who will be here Sat. night. Sunday is my niece Jessica's engagement party and we are all looking forward to that. Melody is to be Jess's Matron of Honor and on Wed. we will go down to Newport Beach both to get Melody fitted for her dress and have Jessie do her hair, but we also get to see Jessica's bridal dress. I am soo excited about that, and grateful that I get to have a sneak preview of that as well. On that next Friday Jimmy and Larissa will come up with their kids and spend the day and evening with us, and I am REALLY looking forward to that. I have not seen any of them in quite a while either, and I have missed them so. I am just so grateful that I am to have my daughter here for a full week, that I am almost beside myself, haha...I am also grateful that my son Joe brought the boys over after he picked up Jeffie from school today to have lunch at Grandma's. I have not seen Cody in 3 full weeks and Jeff for 2. I have missed them so. They were both soo darling. Little Cody was not quite sure what to do with himself. He climbed up on my lap and laid his head down on my shoulder and immediately starting humming which is his signal for Grandma to sing to him. I of course indulged him and he just cuddled there quite contented. Every once in a while he would pick his little head up and grin at me and then would quickly lay his head back down. It was if he wanted to say, "Where have you been Grandma?" and then, "Don't stop Grandma, I am not done." It was quite frankly simply adorable and warmed my heart and spirit like you can't imagine. I am also grateful that I was able to go out for an hour or so today and find a top to wear to the engagement party. But what I was REALLY grateful for was that I was able to buy it in the size that I did. I have lost a total of 61 pounds, and am the smallest I have been in almost 10 years. I will NOT dwell on the fact that I still have quite a bit of weight to go. SIGH... It has been VERY difficult I won't lie to you. I know for a fact if it were not for the strength of the Lord and the support of my family I could not have done what I have. I am not even sure I will even end up wearing the new top as I really needed Mel's opinion on how it looked. I will let her make the call between this new one and one I bought around Christmas time that while very pretty and still workable, is actually a little big. Imagine that? haha Before I went to the doc's yesterday afternoon I stopped and got my nails done and had a pedicure as well. I was in sad shape, haha. How wonderfully relaxing it was let me tell you. I had not been in a month and the gals that do me (I have been going there almost 3 years now) were soo glad to see me it really warmed my heart. When they heard that I had been sick they fussed and pampered me and peppered me with questions as to what else has been happening in my life. It amazes me that they never forget who’s who in my life and follow along with such interest. These women are from a very different culture, and honestly think very differently from me when it comes to what life is really all about as they don't even believe in the existence of God at all. But I have come to really love their hearts and their desire to please me, and I pray the Lord might touch their spirits and that they might come to a saving knowledge of Him.
Well as usual my list could go on but I will stop here. I am grateful for all of you who have prayed for my health and for my full recovery for my daughter's visit. I do covet your continued prayers that I gain all of my stength back quickly. I am trying soo hard not to over do this week as I prepare for her visit, and yet I do have a couple more things that really need to get done. I am resting as much as I can, and meanwhile I am so grateful that I really am such a blessed woman.
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