Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header this month shows the early morning sunshine shining on the mountain ranges, taken from our balcony at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway not far from Asheville, North Carolina (9/26/19). I took this amazing shot with my iPhone!!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

I am THANKFUL ...

I am thankful that God loves ME ---just as I am!
This is THANKSGIVING WEEK here in our country.   I love this week ---and enjoy thinking about all of the blessings I have in my life.  We ALL have so much to be thankful for --but sometimes we allow the negative thoughts to consume us!   I try not to do that ---and the month of November is a perfect month to reflect back on our many blessings.

I had such a good time this week going through my blog posts,  my pictures,  and my Facebook posts ---thinking about some of the trillions of things I am thankful for...  The hardest thing was to limit this post to my usual 16 photos (which to some people is still too long).... Oh Well---here goes!!!!!  Hope you enjoy reading about some of my blessings and thanksgivings....  I know you can add many of your own!!!


I am thankful for my FAMILY;  Here I am with my three sons (Jeff, Bert,  Mark).




I am thankful for our FRIENDS... Here we are with our good friends, Neal and Patti.



I am thankful for our little HOME.



I am thankful for my HEALTH --and being able to hike and enjoy nature.



I am thankful for the beautiful ROSES my husband grows and brings inside for me to enjoy.  This little beauty is named Crescendo.



I am thankful for the BEACH we visit each year (Ocean Isle Beach,  North Carolina).



I am thankful for our little BACKYARD BIRDS.  This is a Red Headed Woodpecker grabbing a peanut.



I am thankful for our TRAVELS.  This picture was taken on our September trip to UTAH and ARIZONA.



I am thankful for AUTUMN and being in the MOUNTAINS.


I am thankful for WINTER and SNOW....   (I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.)



I am thankful for SPRING and our beautiful YARD and FLOWERS.



I am thankful for RAIN and of course,  WATERFALLS.



I am thankful not only for raking and blowing leaves in Autumn --but especially PLAYING in the LEAVES...



I am thankful for JOY,  HAPPINESS and FUN ---and being a kid again!!!!!



And MOST IMPORTANT of ALL,   I am thankful for GEORGE,   the man in my life who brings me all of this love and joy each and every single day...  (Thanks,  Sweetie.)   This picture was taken at our favorite mountain getaway in Mt. Nebo,  Arkansas.  Oh how I LOVE this man.



Finally,  I am thankful that I am still a work in progress and that God is not finished with me yet!!!!  Hallelujah!!!!
Well----if you count the pictures (first and last one are not mine),  you will see that I ended up with 17 this time.... I just didn't know which one not to include....  I am so truly blessed in so many ways!   In fact,  I think we are ALL blessed when we think about our lives... YES---we have all had some hard times --but the good ones definitely outweigh the bad ones!

I would love to read a blog post from YOU similar to this one listing some of the things you are thankful for....  That would be awesome!

Hope each of you have a blessed week --and a Happy Thanksgiving to ALL.  We have big plans involving family --so I won't be around much this next week and maybe next...

Hugs,