Gratitude Moments

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Today was not one of those days that I felt overworked. I probably should have worked harder today; but I did not. Today I chose to sit in front of the television set and watch history, once again, take place in my country.

Just like four years ago I could not seem to tear myself away from the set as I watched the traditions and pageantry that make up our presidential inaugurations. I have always loved history and being able to watch it is truly a gift. (It was also fun to watch as I had been to D.C. just this past July with my sister.)

I am not going to veer into a political discussion on this post. I am going to say that today was just a day for being grateful. I am grateful for the country that is the United States.  I am grateful for those who protect and serve us. Having three nephews in the military probably makes me extra thankful to those men and women. Having had a grandpa and and an uncle who were the town cops (as we called them) still makes me grateful to those who serve in that way.

I am grateful that I live where I do… the country….on a farm….near lots of small towns. The people in this area are the salt of the earth, maybe not all of them, but the ones that I know; truly are. They are plain-spoken, giving when it is needed, and holding you accountable when called for.

I was going to start this post writing about how grateful I was for the chicken wellies I received from my sister last April. For some reason it did not start out that way.  (Did you ever have a post that kind of took on a life of it’s own?… this one did!) Anyway….back to the boots. Way back in April I wrote a post about those chicken covered boots.

When the weather gets warmer on a winter day, on the farm it translates into a sea of water and mud on the yard. So yes, I was ever so grateful for those wonderful yellow, chicken covered boots. Those boots are the best things for keeping my feet from exposure to the elements…namely the above-mentioned water and mud.

I was also grateful for the memories those boots bring. When I received those boots this past spring, I Chicken Welliesfigured when I wore them it would bring thoughts of my sister…. and they do! They bring thoughts of her generosity and her smile when she gave them to me. They also bring back memories of the great time we had in Washington D.C. Anytime I put those boots on;  they make me smile. Even sliding through the mud to feed my chickens today; those boots brightened the day.

I hope you were gifted with a gratitude moment in your day today. I hope you had at least one thing that brought a smile to your face and lightened your spirit. I pray there is something as simple as boots to keep your feet dry, that turn your day around and make you feel blessed.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Melody Beattie

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42 thoughts on “Gratitude Moments

  1. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I also stayed home and was glued to the television from 7:00 until about 3:00! I had to go run some errands and meet Mike for cheeseburgers (priority). As soon as we got home, I started watching all of the coverage leading up to the fancy balls! I just turned off the TV a few minutes ago. I must be obsessed! The entire spectacle brought tears to my eyes and I stood up every time the people in the real audience stood up! I was really into it! And another thing… I love those boots! So cute! I wonder if they have any with miniature donkeys??!!

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        It has been a long time since I have been to DC. My aunt and uncle lived there for a long time. He was with the Treasury Department. I am not sure where that building is located. I guess it is the middle of every other government building. We are going to visit my college roommate in Virginia after Mike retires (March or April) and I hope we can go over to DC. It is only 45 minutes or so away…with decent traffic. Good luck on that!!!


      • thechickengrandma says:

        I can answer your wonderings!!!! Woo Hoo. I was there in July with my sister for the Together 2016 event at the mall. The treasury building is right next to the White House. It is on one side and I think the Eisenhower building is on the other.

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Faye…you know everything!! I must have really been out of it since I do not even partially remember that the treasury building was right next to the White House! My uncle worked there for a long time…he went to college at Washington & Lee and stayed in VA and got the job at the treasury. This is how times were then…my uncle went to a really great college far away from Nashville and my mother/her sister did not go to college at all. It was just not expected. I cannot wait to go to DC again! I want to spend an entire day or more at the Smithsonian…thank goodness…Mike will like that too. It will be like going to Home Depot with him…I will have no idea where he is in the building!


      • thechickengrandma says:

        I only know that because my sister and I walked past it and read the big sign! I told my husband he would also love the Smithsonian. I know I would be able to find him in the Museum of Natural History. He would be checking out stuffed animals, fossils and bones.


  2. susieshy45 says:

    Sitting far away from your country, I watched the inauguration too. I never have before , I think- at least I can’t remember having sat through any previous ones. But this one I did and I clapped like anything when anything happened especially the speeches- the senator from MO- Roy Blunt, I think his name was- I liked his delves into history. I am inspired to look for the letter Chuck Schummer spoke about about a man to his wife. I was inspired to even make a speech like some of them myself. The only down side was I felt, the prayers felt like they were being read and not from the heart except for the one from F. Graham- all the others felt like speeches too. I liked the one that read the song- we shall overcome too. I think I will always remember this inauguration and I hope America becomes a truly Christian nation again- a blessing to itself and to others.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Susie, I am praying right along with you about truly Christian. I think I will pray for a revival in this country so it is a country filled to overflowing with Christians. I felt the same about the prayers and I so appreciate Franklin Graham. The history was really neat and I learned many things I did not know.

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  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    Nice post Faye. Nice boots – my chicken owner daughter would love those boots. Years ago my brother gave me – bright, huge, fluffy Tweety Bird house shoes. Oh my, they made my feet huge. My husband and I both laughed each time I wore them. I watched our new president be sworn in. I say, give this man a chance. My prayer is – God’s guidance in Trump’s 4 years in office. Let your light shine for good in this world, do those things which are pleasing in God’s sight.

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  4. bcparkison says:

    Boots! Yes , only us country folk can really understand their need. One of the last gifts my late DH gave me was a new pair of MuckBoots. Not as fancy as your chicken boots but they are the most comfortable boots I have ever had for mucking around. in t

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  5. Anne Mehrling says:

    Love those yellowy chickeny boots. I wrote about watching the inauguration yesterday. I didn’t remember until later that I watched 8 years ago, remembering the Bushes leaving in a helicopter. I know I didn’t watch 4 years ago — must have been working. I plan to watch future ones as long as I live and know what I’m doing.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I remember watching 8 years ago also. I read somewhere that 4 years ago it landed on a Sunday so the swearing in was done in a private ceremony on Sunday and the festivities took place on Monday. The pageantry was fascinating and Melania looked beautiful in her blue dress and jacket. I enjoyed watching Barron and the grandkids.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      They ARE amazing boots and I really do smile whenever I put them on.
      Have seen a lot of history on that television screen. My sons are always amazed that we watched a man walk on the moon when we were kids…..they might just be amazed that I am old enough to have seen that!

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  6. Deb says:

    My small gratitude today is a friend gave me some honeybells and I juiced them tonight now I have fresh oj for the next week! Those boots are the best!! My mom watched the inauguration too for the same reason you did, just felt like the patriotic thing to do. I watched some of it when I got home from is quite special and we are so fortunate to live in the country that we do. Amen! 🙂

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