Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life Simplified...Thankful Thursday

Even though our move to Montana has been an exciting new adventure, it has not been without it's share of struggles and tough times. Life can be difficult or stressful no matter your circumstance, where you live and work, whether you're married or single, have a child, lots of children, or no children at all. I believe that in these times it is extra important to think of all the good things in your life, no matter how small, as it really does help to put your focus on the positive. Instead of being caught up in all the 'bad stuff' happening in your life, it can help to change your attitude into one of gratitude, making your present life and circumstances much more enjoyable.

Today I am sharing my list of 10 Things I am Thankful for on this Thursday...

1. God's never ending grace.

2. The blessing of another day on Earth to share with my loved ones.

3. My husband and boys that love me...even when I'm grumpy.

4. A roof over my head.

5. Food in the pantry and fridge.

6. Alone time in the early morning when the house is quiet.

7. The mountains.

8. Seeing the 'light go on' when one of my boys has been struggling with a school lesson and finally understands it

9. Reading a good book.

10. Wilcoxson's Stuck in a Rut ice cream.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Great post Melissa! It is important to take time each day & be thankful for all the gifts in our life. I enjoyed your post yesterday regarding your family. I am glad to hear everyone is doing well. We are acclimating to school & fall schedule here. I love fall; it is my favorite season. I look forward to future posts on your new home. Be well. Hugs, Dawn

    1. Thank you Dawn! I'm so glad to hear that you are also doing well and settling in to the school routine. Count me in as another one who loves fall! This is the first year I will actually get to experience a true fall season in its entirety...needless to say I am very excited about it! :)

  2. Wow! I really do appreciate this post! It reminds me of a day I had recently when I was feeling a bit lonely. I guess I heard myself thinking and had to say to myself to stop and think of all I have to be thankful for. I have no family now other than my spouse and he works in Afghanistan. I then felt quite ashamed as I looked around the beautiful new home we built on a beach, considered we are both in excellent health, etc. and realized that things are not going to e perfect but boy do I really have it good. Just need to stop and put things in perspective sometimes.

    I did try on the flannel shirts from JC and Madewell. The Madewell shirts are both very good looking. The buffalo check in medium fits correctly at the shoulder seams, especially if I button the top button...and I may for effect. There is a small button there also. It does seem to have extra fabric in the lower front section on me. Not exactly swingy but close. I will only wear it on the outside at home as I do not want a sloppy look. I played with it and discovered that tied in front at my natural waist was the most attractive way to wear the shirt. I had a grey tank underneath and that looked nice. I will add a grey t-shirt later. I also left the back out when tying up the front of the shirt. It is a longer shirt in back than any I own other than the BB Black Fleece shirts.

    The second Madewell flannel shirt was the oversized shirt in Sangria Red. It hung off of my shoulders just a bit but looked appropriate in doing so. It also had the extra fabric in the lower front so I will be tying it up as well. It is probably a bit longer in the back and I like that. It will not tuck that part unless I tuck in the entire shirt. I love the colors on it as well.

    As for the JC men's shirts, I am keeping all four. The fabric may only be a bit thinner but I found that they looked better this time when tucked in. The size small fits even nicer than the Madewell shirts. The shoulder seams are perfect and the body is trim but not slim-fitting. They are nice looking shirts, not oversized other than longer than some could desire. Like the Madewell shirts in length.

    Overall, I am pleased with the six shirts and feel about set for Fall at the beach. Received a card that Brooks Bros. will have a sale beginning tomorrow. 25% off of everything for BB cardholders. It is usually 15 for other payments. Think I will hit up the BF shirts and maybe try one of their women's Boy Coats. I can always return the coat if the style is not good for me.

    Sorry for the long comment. Thanks again for your Thankful post. A great reminder!

    Southern Lady

    1. Hi Southern Lady! Please never be sorry about a long comment...I love to hear what you have to say! :)

      How long is your husband in Afghanistan for? Do you get to see him often? I can imagine how lonely it must be for him to be gone all the time. My husband drove a semi cross-country years ago and would be gone for a week at a time, so while it wasn't an extended period, I did get rather lonely.

      Your home on the beach sounds absolutely lovely! Hearing the sound of the ocean waves is something that I do miss. We used to stay at my MIL's condo on St.Pete Beach every summer, and it was so relaxing and enjoyable.

      Thank you so much for the detailed reviews on the shirts! Do you mind sharing which men's shirts at J.Crew you ordered? There is one that I have my eye on, but haven't decided whether or not I should go for it.

    2. Hello again,
      I ordered the herringbone flannel shirts in classic plaid, caravan blue, union green, and navy gingham. They fit really nicely and I am on the thin side. I believe I noticed that these shirts come in slim as well. I have ordered shirts in Oxford and secret wash in the past but those were either too slim for me or the sleeve length was too long for the seasons other than Winter. Too bad because I really liked those fabrics.

      My husband is retired from the Army but is back there as a contractor now. He just completed his first year and gets three breaks per year...every three months. Last year we were not able to spend the holidays together and it is looking that way again this year. That is the hardest part but I always make a list of things I can do to stay busy. Living on a beach makes that much more tolerable!

      Take care,
      Southern Lady

    3. Thank you Southern Lady. I will take a look at the shirts you listed. I appreciate your help! :)

      I hope that it does work out for you to be able to spend the holidays with your husband. If not, staying busy is always a good plan. I agree about the beach...such a peaceful place to be!

  3. Love this Melissa! What am I thankful for today? The beautiful blue sky and the leaves with a tint of colour on them!

    1. Thank you for sharing Wendy! I've noticed some of the leaves starting to change color here, too. It really is such a beautiful time of year! :)

  4. Today I returned from visiting my 87 year old dad in Connecticut. I am very thankful for his happiness. After an injury a year ago we moved him into an independent apartment in an assisted living community. He has embraced his new life. He runs the community convenience store one day a week. He is a lector at the masses. He participates in the croquet tournaments. He takes political science classes taught by a visiting professor. He eats dinner with new friends in the restaurant. This is just to name a few. He devoted over 10 years of his like to taking care of my sick mother. So it was a joy to see him responding so positively to this new chapter and I am very thankful for him and his happiness.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Teacups! Your father sounds like an amazing and giving man! I'm happy to hear that he is doing well and enjoying this new season of his life. It is so wonderful to see the people who spent their lives taking care of us really happy, especially since they truly deserve it. :)