giving thanks

Heartfelt Thanks

on November 26, 2008

It’s that time of year when we all say what it is we’re most thankful for. That makes this as good a time as any to do a bit of gushing. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received many blessings and miracles during my life, but the last three years have been exceptional.

It started with a visit from an angel on New Year’s Day, 2006. He had the brightest eyes I’ve ever seen and handed me two, crisp one hundred dollar bills. He told me God wanted me to have them. Outside of the birth of my daughter, it may be one of the most amazing experiences of my life and it’s something I’ll never forget. And I will never forget his face.

Since that day, my life has gotten better and better. In March of ’06 I landed a job with my current company where I make a very nice living and love what I do. In July of ’06, I found this lovely little online community at the Eloisa James (then sans Julia Quinn) Bulletin Board. What I didn’t know at the time is that the women (and man!) on that board would change my life forever. They have become life long friends, supporters, and inspirations. They are truly the family of my heart.

Though I’ve still faced trials as everyone does, a solution always came along right when I needed it. Today, my daughter and I have a nice apartment, a dependable vehicle, and a little money left at the end of the month. I have great friends and a loving family and trust that the Lord is watching over me. I’ve heard somewhere that the trick is not to get what you want, but to want what you have. I’m grateful for everything I have and can honestly say that today, I am very, very happy. And that is worth giving thanks.

To everyone who is sweet enough to visit this little blog of mine, I thank you. For your love, your humor, and your support, I don’t know what I would do without you.

What a year…

on December 28, 2007

This year has been incredible and I have many people to thank for that. Bare with me while I give credit where credit is due.

To all the Bon Bons – thank you for your love, support, joy, humor, insight and constant hugs.

To Eloisa – thanks for planting the seed that sprouted this lovely group and giving us all a safe place to fall.

To the Vagabonds/Vanettes – you are the best foundation an aspiring and often struggling writer could find. Thank you for sharing, caring, aiding and abetting. *g*

To my fellow Pirates – though we’ve only been together a short time, I feel as if I’ve found yet another family to push me on and hold me up. May the waters be calm and the contracts be plenty. And here’s to throwing the rockingest party on this ship when we’ve all got books on the shelves!

To all my other wonderful virtual world friends and even those few I’ve managed to meet in the real world, thank you for your patience and letting me be even a small part of your lives. I know my life is better for knowing you.

I start 2008 with a salute to you all, a new look and stronger convictions. If the new year is even half as good as the last one, it’s going to be an exciting ride. I can’t think of better people to share it with.

What was the best part of 2007 for you? Did you achieve a dream or take steps to get closer to one? Or are you just happy to have survived another 365 days?