Thursday, August 18, 2011

Greetings to you this Thursday.  I hope you have all had a week filled with gratitude and joy, even in those tough moments.  I'm a bit slow this morning because yesterday hubby and I went on a long, I mean long, bike ride.  How long you ask?  Well we rode almost 21 miles and because we had ridden this trial before it seemed longer than the first time we rode it.  Of course, we rode a an extra two plus miles; it was a beautiful day, the weather was almost perfect until the end when it started to sprinkle on us.  The last time we rode this particular trial, we came home and collapsed due to the heat but yesterday wasn't so bad.  I'm just hoping that these legs of mine are trimming up a bit.

Just finished this library book and it was a good read.  I love all things Amish and always jump at the chance to read any books about them; this was an easy read and I think I'll read more in this series.
Today as I reflected on my life, I am so thankful to be able to physically go on bike rides, walks etc.  There are so many people fighting for their health and their very life, that I'm grateful to be able to be active.
I am so thankful that our daughters live in close proximity to us.  I am thankful to be able to share the joys of watching their kiddos grow up and to help whenever we are needed. I am thankful for abundant fruit to can and the fun in canning with our girls.  I am thankful they have chosen to live here. I am thankful that they are blessed to be stay at home moms and that they saw the value of homeschooling. 
I am thankful for all the many sacrifices my dear man has made, over the years, to provide for us and the sacrifices he continues to make for me.
I am thankful for another week of grace with our Reggie.
I am thankful for some new blogging friends I've gotten to know this week.
Blessings on you this day, Noreen


  1. Noreen, your list of blessings is very upbeat.
    I love reading about the bike rides you and your husband take. Many people in our age bracket are ill, but sadly, many choose to neglect their health and lose it.
    Your canning photos were great. I love to can too.
    Bless you this weekend......Denise

  2. Amen Noreen, it is a blessing to be able to ride a bike, I can walk and that is a blessing, I do not think I could ride a bike any more, my knees are bad, and cause much trouble, but praise God for getting out of bed, having movable fingers, legs, mouth, amen thank you Jesus for your blessings on me.

  3. Good morning! time for just a couple of blogs before we had out so I of course had to stop by here. I had missed your post on canning fun that would have been. Your daughter so looks like you...Your list of blessings is soo good. I believe too that good health is right at the top of the list too. As I have watched my parents go soo down hill it makes me soo grateful that they had as long as they did, and I am still healthy. What a bike ride!! Have a wonderful week my friend! HUGS

  4. Hi Noreen,
    I enjoyed reading your list of blessings, it was very inspiring. A 21 mile bike ride. Wow! Good for you, that's fabulous!

    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. :)

  5. When I was thinking about your bike ride...I thought...she is going to get some nice muscles in her legs...Wow 21 must have some awesome energy,great bike & a wonderful bike seat!
    Take care,
    Nancy aka Mommy 2

  6. Hi Noreen!! Many thanks again for your kind, supportive friendship and your post too!! I think we take things for granted, and need to remember how blessed we really are!

    Kudos to you for that bike ride!! My legs would be like jello afterwards if that were me--That is, if I could walk! :-))

  7. I am in awe of your LONG bike ride. And always happy to hear updates on Reggie. As I sat with a 60 year old friend with alzhiemers I realized how much I take for granted. Any thing that encourages us to take note of our world is wonderful.

  8. Enjoyed reading your lists of thankfuls. Hugs

  9. Hello Noreen. You have many blessings in your life and to bike ride this distance!!! That is a long ways. Happy that you could do this. I think this is awesome. I wouldn't be able to walk for wobbly legs...ha

    Good to hear from you and I wanted to clarify that our family room will have embossed wall covering that can be painted. I haven't ever hung embossed wall covering or painted wall covering. So both issues will be a new adventure for me. A bit hesitant...praying it turns out.

    Have a wonderful week-end and God bless,


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