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Ten Things of Thankful

on 24 May 2015

Here I am today participating in Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful linkup. I started last week and I’m looking forward to sharing with you how very thankful I am to have this place to share. 

1. I’m thankful that I was able to attend my beloved friend’s funeral this week. It was a very quick trip there and back, in four hours. It seemed almost like a dream I was there. Knowing I could say goodbye and God bless to her and her loved ones made my heart happy. 

2. I’m thankful that husband was able to take the day off, pay for my flight, and drive me to the airport. He rearranged his schedule to suit my needs and there’s not enough adjectives to describe how much I love and appreciate him for who he is. 

3. I’m so thankful that my lovely friend was able to pick me up at the airport when I arrived. Seeing her and her son’s smiling faces when they greeted me was such an incredible feeling. Going to our favourite place Starbucks like we used to do and catching up on list time was so wonderful and appreciated. 

4. I’m very thankful I was able to share my acknowledgement and gratitude for my beloved friend at her service. Seeing all those faces looking at me as I shared my love and appreciation for how much I loved her and her family was very healing for me. My heart was as full as the overflowing, standing room only church congregation before me. 

5. I’m thankful for the beautiful words of comfort that Paster Daniel coveyed in his service. Listening to his eulogy and seeing how my beloved friend touched so many hearts in the community was a blessing. She was loved by many and will be mourned and celebrated by many. 

5. I’m thankful that I was able to see friends and family and pass along my condolences to them. The hugs and hellos were so appreciated from everyone and helped me to smile on such a sad day. 

6. I’m thankful for my lovely friends giving heart, amazing friendship, and being able to see her and her children again. Having lunch with my other sweet friend catching up on our life events and hilarious antics of our son’s was so appreciated as well. 

7. I’m thankful for my wonderful cousin driving me  back to the airport. Our conversation, companionship, and laughter was so needed and appreciated. Knowing I have family to reach out to after I move away is a gift. 

8. I’m so thankful I was able to catch my plane with five minutes to spare before boarding! As we encountered construction and traffic on our way there. Sitting on my flight looking out the window as I flew over the farm lands and Rocky Mountains made me feel grateful for this beautiful view of my country. 

9. I’m so thankful that I have this wonderful forum and group to share my gratitude in. Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful came into my life at a divine time I needed it and could appreciate it the most. 

10. I’m so thankful that my family was there to meet me at the airport as I reached my destination. Seeing their smiles, feeling their love and hugs is so healing to my heart. Sharing my pain and vulnerabilities with them lets me know how very blessed I am. 

This has been my submission to  Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful Thank you for being here today for me to share my thankfulness. Knowing I’m not alone as I grieve, and sail my boat on these choppy unchartered waters helps with healing my broken heart. ❤️

24 Responses to “Ten Things of Thankful”

  1. Vanessa D. says:

    It sounds as if you had a week of friends and family. Even in shared grief there is comfort in that.

  2. Colleen says:

    ? Your sincere gratitude is clearly evident dear Jeanine.
    I watched for you in the Calgary airport last Wednesday as my Mom and I were there on a ‘layover’ between Red Deer and Castlegar for about 4 hours…early morning..leaving at 11:15 AM for Castlegar.
    We managed to make it to Red Deer last Sunday the 17th just a few hours before my Uncle passed away at the age of 85…..very peacefully ..Thank God…..❤️

    • jsackmom says:

      A 4 hour layover, oh hon that’s too long to be at the airport!!! I would’ve loved to been able to see you Colleen. I was at my gate section stretching and doing some yoga and entertaining the morning Timmie’s crowd. ? I’m so relieved you got spend time with your uncle before he passed on. Love and light to you my sweet friend. ❤️

  3. I am glad it went well, such a sad time but you sound somewhat brighter

  4. christine says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Funerals are so often surreal experiences. It’s almost like a dream we are watching instead of a day we are enduring. I’m glad there was peace and moments of grace for you during your trip. It could have been a time when thankfuls just wouldn’t come for you. I’m so happy you found them.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you Christine, I really believe that it was gift to see and feel those thankful moments. And yes a very surreal experience, the beautiful truth is she’s energy and that never truly dies. She will live on in the hearts and minds of her loved ones. ?

  5. Kristi says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Funerals are such tender times. I’m glad you were able to surround yourself with friends and feel comfort from the words of the service.

  6. I admire you always being able to find the good in everything. I am sorry for you loss.

  7. lrconsiderer says:

    The love you have for your friend just shines through this whole post, and I’m so glad that you were able to go easily to celebrate her life and mark her death, and share memories and happy times with other people who loved her, too. Whilst it’s awful to have to say goodbye to a loved one, a ‘good’ funeral can really help.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you Lizzi, I was talking about it today. To reach a place in my grief to feel that kind of gratitude is a gift. And feeling that love of so many who knew her was healing. There is a lot to be said about a celebration of life versus just attending a funeral. I could feel the love, appreciation, and respect uplifting my heart. ❤️

  8. Reta Jayne says:

    Awww. I love that you were able to take your ten things from an event that many would have a hard time seeing the silver linings. It sounds like you have a really awesome support system & I am glad you’ve chosen to add Ten Things of Thankful to that. It really is a wonderful group, isn’t it? It is more than just a blog hop; that’s for sure.

    • jsackmom says:

      Yes Reta, it’s only my second week being a part of it and I feel so uplifted by everyone involved. Thank you for your kindness I try to pull some positive out of everything in life. It helps me get through the tough times if I can find a silver lining in a dark cloud. ?

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