Hello all! Why many think that summer in Florida only consist of pure sunshine, tanning and soaking up sun at the beach.. well think again! Lets include, rain, rain, umbrellas and indoor activities to the Florida Summer days List. Don’t get me wrong, we do for sure have those typical sunshine state days. But this summer we’ve experienced many many rainy days full of thunder and lightning! So what do I do on a rainy summer day while my honey is off at work and I’m not? Simple.. Spend some time with my momma and little sister Sofia(which you’ve read about in my previous post.) We decided to get out of the house and headed over to the mall near my apartment. We simply enjoyed time together talking, walking, window shopping, laughing together and filling our bellies with some yummy food! Luckily for us and well mostly Sofia lol, there is a carousel in the mall. My mom and I always enjoy watching her smiles as the carousel goes around and makes its way to where we are sitting waiting for her. We admire her bravery too. To many people, it’s simply a kid friendly ride that goes around and around. Frankly mom and I don’t do “around and around” very well! We consider the carousel a ride for the brave and strong at stomach!! Yikes! I don’t even like to think about it! Nonetheless, it was great to have some girl time and enjoy the little things. Like Sofia’s smile that’s so humble at heart. I guess rainy days can’t get better than that! Don’t you all wish you were a little kid again to have no worries.. and have the simple ride of a carousel brighten up your rainy day? I DO!
YES, I AM FEELING THANKFUL. Lately, I can’t help but to stop and think how at times the daily hustle and bustle of life leads us to be such Debby downers. How quick we are to complain about not just big things but also silly things, things with no importance, and most importantly.. things that we should be so grateful to even have or get a chance to be part of. I’m not in the clear on this one either guys..I am also quite guilty of this. I think that we are so focused on the BIG picture sometimes, that we forget to cherish and be grateful for the little things in our lives. Many days, time is of the essence. And we tend to be in such a rush to get things done, to be somewhere “now,” to hurry up and do things to just simply get them done, that we forget to slow down and remember that time is precious. I don’t mean precious, because we have more to do… But precious because in every thing you do, every place you find yourself standing, everyone you’re sharing a moment with.. is precious. Precious because time won’t give us those moments back. And no matter how good or bad the situation you are in at that time, we all have something to learn from those moments. So today, as I sat on my couch by myself at home, I had some time to reflect on life lately. I thought about the last couple of weeks and thought of all the silly things I had been complaining of. While some are legit, some have no excuses, they are simply just
complains. So while I like to think of myself as a pretty optimistic person, the past 2 weeks of an overwhelming work schedule, I found myself complaining more than usual. So today some reflection was most definitely needed. It was time to sit back and remember how immensely blessed I am and how many things I should be thankful for in my life. Today brought some perspective back into just plain out being THANKFUL and how powerful GRACE is.. I’m overwhelmed by the thought of it and how many things we should be grateful for.
Psalms 100, I Corinthians 15:10
Here are a couple of things that I had time to reflect on today and that I am immensely thankful for..Big things and even the smallest of things.
WORK: Being a Nurse, is not the simplest of careers. And some days our faith, and patience is definitely tested on numerous occasions… and while I love what I do, this happens to be one that I complain of on a regular. Usually its my ethic vs the politics of it being a “business” after all. BUT despite of it all, I would choose to be a nurse again, and I am truly blessed to have a job, and to have a job in something I truly enjoy, while helping those who are open to receiving my help.
HOME: God has really blessed Xavier and I, in being able to find a place to call home.
RAINY DAYS: I complain about my hair getting wet sometimes, but today as I sat and stared out my window, I couldn’t help to think how beautiful a rainy day can be.
DAYS OFF: Time away from work, a time to recharge and enjoy in our home or with those whom we love and don’t get to see on a regular.
FAMILY: Far from perfect, but its OURS. For always being there for me. For teaching me about life through out the years. For raising me to be who I am today and for their love.
XAVIER: My Boyfriend, my best friend, the love of my life and my future. I am so thankful for him. For the patience he has for me and all that comes along with me. For his unconditional love for me. For sharing a love with each other that is one of a kind. For his goofiness, his support and his way of always reminding me to be still and that everything will be ok. Simply for loving me for me and loving me back.
COFFEE: This truly could be a BIG thing for me, but it’s not. It’s a small thing, that I’m oh so thankful of its power. The power to wake me up, taste good, and put a smile on my face. yum.
SMILES: From my sisters little smile to random strangers. Genuine smiles make you feel and instant warmth of welcoming and happiness. How lovely they are.
MY HANDS: These two little body parts, not only provide help for myself on a daily basis. But they help me embrace those around me, touch the face and hold the hands of those I love.
MORNINGS: For they allow our day to start for whats ahead and provide our bellies with breakfast food! yum.
HAIR CLIPS AND MY HAIR: Gosh it can be a mess, and hair clips become a gracious life saver. And my hair whom many wish they had. Hair that makes me, ME and my honey happens to love no matter how MUFASA like it can get.
EYES: Eyes that get to see the mornings, the smiles, the coffee, my hair, the rainy days, my home and work, and enjoy my days off. But most importantly those whom I love and are important to me my friends, my family, the love of my life (Xavier) and Gods wonderful creations.
What are you all thankful for? Because really, there is so much don’t you think?..