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Ten Things of Thankful

on 31 August 2015

Another week has passed to recollect thankful days and grateful nights. I have to admit I’m struggling this week with years of tears that want to pour forth. I will do my best to articulate them here, or you may just see me bleed upon the page. Here’s to Lizzi and the TTOT Linkup my favourite spot to visit on the weekends. ?

I’m thankful for my family. My sister took my oldest son for a holiday and it was good for all of us to miss and have some quality time with each other. 

I’m thankful for hiking and the beautiful scenery and moments of clarity I experience. Sharing that with my husband and youngest son is so special. We even made a friend along the way. 

I’m thankful for walks in the woods and nature and all it’s beauty. I always feel such a spiritual connection with God’s glorious creations. We’re all one, feeling the heartbeat of all life and love. 

I’m thankful for trips to the zoo with my zany family, and our two little monkeys that are so excited to climb, laugh, and explore. Our favourites are the Penguins and seeing their family’s having fun showing off for all their fans. 


I’m thankful for my memories and friendships. I’ve been struggling this week with the passing of my sweet friend 3 months ago. Everywhere I looked and every song I heard made me feel that ache of missing her. But I reached out to a mutual friend and she was able to help me with my grief. 

I’m thankful for the truth, even if it hurts. I am a seeker of knowledge and I dig until I find what I’m looking for. Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth of a matter, but I’d rather face that and it’s discomfort than live in a web of lies. It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that always keeps me guessing and searching. 

I’m thankful for overcoming obstacles and rising to the challenge. I completed my latest fitness challenge and I’m learning so much building my Beach Body coaching business. I’m lighter, leaner, and stronger, and I finally feel hopeful instead of harbouring pain in my mind, body, and spirit. 

I’m thankful for this beautiful spot I found on my favourite hike. I sat here to muse about life, love, and thoughts that need to be written and shared. 

I’m thankful for this rock it’s on this rock that I found my strength and belief in myself. Where I decided to make my dreams come true of writing my book and how to fund it. My son and I scrambled up here and wanted to show off our muscles for Daddy. 

I’m thankful for the generousity of family and friends. My sisters who love me and are my greatest most fulfilling friendships. They give me the gift of time, the smiles on my children’s faces, laughter, and fresh produce from ones garden, and homemade hummus and chips from the other. My in-laws gifted me with a beautiful new set of dishes as we’ve been using the same ones since my bridal shower. And my sweet friend I, I’m grateful for the words of encouragement and compassion right when I needed them the most. ❤️

10 Responses to “Ten Things of Thankful”

  1. 80smetalman says:

    Well done to you Jeanine! It seems everything is going well for you in all fronts, keep it up. I always heard that Canada boasted some lovely scenery, now thanks to you, I can see that it is true.

  2. Christine says:

    You have some beautiful places to hike!
    Sounds like you have a marvelous blessing of a close-knit family.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much Christine yes hiking puts my life into balance when I’m feeling out of sorts. And my family is very loving and supportive. My sisters have always been the yin to my yan. Even though there’s an age gap I love how they love my children. ❤️

  3. Vanessa D. says:

    Gorgeous hiking trails and ooohhh, Penguins! I love penguins and have a collection of them. Not live ones though, just little knick-knacks.

    I didn’t know your friend, but I do know she was a dear and well-loved lady through your words.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much Vanessa I love hiking and penguins! My youngest son loves them too. It all started with Pablo from the Backyardigans. Yes my sweet friend is still loved and missed so much. Thank you so much for saying so. ❤️

  4. Colleen says:

    Nice read for a rather grey dull rainy Monday Jeanine!
    Made me smile and feel grateful for the blessing in my life!
    Have a great week with your Boys!! ?

  5. Aw I’m sorry it has been a rough week. I do not have any words of wisdom, I have never lost a close friend. But maybe you can take solace in the fact that your relationship was so special and that’s why you miss her. Some people never get to experience that closeness. <3

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much. I keep thinking that too. If our friendship wasn’t as meaningful I wouldn’t feel this deep grief for her loss. I’m blessed everyday that I got to have her in my life. ❤️

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