Friday, March 11, 2011

A Reality Check!

After the events of the day regarding the disastrous events in Japan my problems seem paltry indeed.  The troubles wracking my nerves that I mentioned yesterday are not life changing, I am not battling a life threatening disease or losing a loved one.  Why does it take something of such horrific proportions to put things into perspective?  So instead of letting things weigh me down I am going to count my blessings.

Blessing #1. I have a wonderful husband who is supportive of all my numerous interests.  He tells me I am beautiful even when I am 20 pounds overweight and he means it. 


Blessing #2  I have a mom who has always been an inspiration.  She taught me to sew, crochet, cook and make ends meet on a tight budget and never feeling deprived.  We had a great childhood with plenty of love from our parents, we had to toe the line but I never doubted that love.  And as is true with most kids I did not I realize what a handsome couple they made.  We lost my father to leukemia in Nov of 2009 and he is sorely missed.

Going Away Party 8 -1984

That photo was taken in 1984.

  My sister did not come along until I was 14 so I was daddy’s little girl until then.

No 1 Daughter

Blessing #3 We live in a beautiful area and though it is hard to make a living here as compared to a more urban environment it is well worth the sacrifices we may have to make.  I once heard it called living in poverty with a view. Though truly we are not impoverished.  I have my ladies (chickens), a lovely greenhouse..(this is what it looks like when it isn’t being crushed by snow)

DSCN0284my wonderful Studio/crafting cottage to paint and create in.


Though I only mentioned 3 things today there is much more to be thankful for and I need to keep that in mind when things start to get heavy on my shoulders and not get whiny.

We are all sleeping safely in our beds tonight.  We pray for those going thru such suffering today and the days to come.

I also wanted to let many know that I am not ignoring your lovely comments, I enjoy them all but I just found out many of them are not making it to my email.  I am reading them now thru Blogger and will try to answer any questions in a post soon or reply via your blog.

good night all…sleep tight

Red heart ~Pamela~ Red heart


  1. So well said and from the heart. With the news of Japan heavy on my heart- it's easy to put things in perspective.

  2. Hi Pamela, I came over from LV's blog. Your post today is meaningful and very touching. Your family photos and your story touched my heart. You are so right about counting your blessings, especially now when so many are suffering. I was raised by parents with the same values. I thank God for the lessons my mom taught us as we grew up. My blessings are many and I thank you for this lovely inspiring post.

    Warm hugs, Jeanne

  3. Well said. Luv the photos. My blessings R many and I'm sure there will be many more. Stay well. Hugs

  4. Hugs to you....I lost my father to leukemia Dec 5, 2009 so his birthday this week was yet another reminder of missing him in our daily lives...I just wanted to tell you that I share your pain.


  5. Wonderful write, Pamela. You have a beautiful studio. Sometimes we just don't think about how blessed we are ...

    Blogger has been having hissy fits & being a stinker for a couple weeks now.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day ~
    Have a wonderful weekend ~
    TTFN ~


  6. Sometimes it just helps to lay it all out in the air. We all have our days. We just have to strive to do the best you can each day and be thankful for the hour. You are blessed in more ways than not I am sure. I trust you liked what I did on my post for today featuring you.

  7. So true!! We all tend to make too much of life's daily troubles but the tragedy in Japan puts it in perspective!

  8. I totally agree, our little problems seem petty compared to Japan's people right now. I thank God everyday for what I have and really don't worry about what I don't.. we should always be happy with what we have in life! take care, Maryann


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