A Bounty of Blessings

Gayle_BozemanFamilyChristian_smallThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

It’s the month we celebrate several things including veterans, pets, America. Thanksgiving is around the corner and in the United States this is a holiday which means more (or should) than planning the trek to stores that are open for “Black Friday”/Thanksgiving Thursday.

Anticipating spending this Thanksgiving in Montana with my parents, I cannot help but reflect back to nearly a year after my mother’s first knee replacement surgery. It was a difficult time; her recovery was slow and painful, but within a few months she was walking better than she had in several years. This past May she went through a second knee surgery, this time on the other leg, and her recovery was much quicker and now her walk is much smoother and much less painful. A great blessing!

Mom and Dad_treeI’ve experienced many blessings this past year, including several magazine writing assignments, a new book, and healthy pets (despite several ups and downs). My husband and I have also experienced sorrow, in particular the loss of his father. As we look to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents, we also look forward to sharing Christmas with his mother. Friendships surround us as well, people we enjoy being with and people who have helped us in time of need. And, our pets give us special companionship, help us smile and keep us warm at night (especially lately!) Another great blessing: our family and friends, both humans and four-leggeds. And yet another: the increase in my writing, including venturing into a new genre!

Cody FaceWith the onslaught of a bitter cold, snowy winter, I look around me and see a multitude of other blessings: warm shelter, food in the pantry and on the table, machines which wash clothes and dishes, blankets, beds, and two running cars. I have a stable job in addition to the writing work I’m doing and my husband’s business has picked up since spring. We have a bounty of blessings for which to be thankful for this year … including those which we often take for granted.

As this year draws to an end and a new one looms on the horizon, may we be ever mindful of the bounty of blessings each of us receives while looking forward to great goals and new challenges.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving table

Gayle & Mary outsideGayle M. Irwin is writer, author and speaker. She is the author of several inspiring dog books for children and adults, including Sage’s Big Adventure, Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned with My Blind Dog, and Devotions for Dog Lovers: Paws-ing for Time with God. Her latest book is a follow-up to the devotion book: Devotions for Dog Lovers Volume 2: Sage Advice. She is also a contributing writer to five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul, including the latest dog book The Dog Did What?, released August 2014. She also writes for WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric Network), Crossroads, Creation Illustrated, and Our Town Casper magazines, as well as for the Casper Journal, River Press, and Douglas Budget newspapers. She’s also authored a guidebook for owners of blind dogs, available on Kindle. She has a passion for pets and volunteers for and donates a percentage of her writing revenues to several animal welfare organizations. Visit her website at www.gaylemirwin.com.

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22 thoughts on “A Bounty of Blessings

  1. Always good to remember our blessings, it combats depression! And, they are always there, maybe mixed in with some sorrows, but we should remember them in large print and the sorrows in small print! Great post, Gayle.


  2. Like your look back at the year as Thanksgiving approaches. And I’m glad your mother is doing well and walking better with less pain. In regard to Black Friday, my dad’s wife loves Black Friday, and gets up early Friday morning and does a day of intense Christmas shopping. It’s not my cup of tea, though.


    1. Mike, I agree with you. I’ve done the Black Friday thing a few times, but the crowds, the cold, and the crabbiness of people doesn’t bode well with me. I’m looking forward to an extra day with my family and the time to again reflect on our blessings. I hope you have a blessed holiday, too!


  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Gayle. I’m glad your mom is doing well, and that you’re able to be with your husband’s mother for the holiday. I imagine you’re one of the things she’s thankful for. Thanks for your post.


  4. I’ve got my family around me and that is a huge positive for me. Glad you are able to travel and see your folks- yours and your husband. When family don’t all live on the doorstep, it might be hard to make the effort to travel to be together but it’s very worth it!


    1. You are so right, Nancy, it’s been difficult to get back to see my husband’s mother — we are hopeful the weather and other factors fall into place by Christmas and we are looking forward to spending time with my parents soon. As we age, family becomes more and more precious, it seems, and time flies faster and faster. Blessings to you and your family!


  5. Wonderful! The attitude of gratitude is so powerful. It needs to be part of our daily round. Your reminder of how much we take for granted is right on.


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