Tuesday was my birthday. I didn’t go all out. I worked and went home and that was alright with me. I’m simply grateful to see another day. With that in mind, here are 35 things that I am thankful for:
2. My two children
9. A good meal
13. Grocery stores
14. Clean drinking water
15. Insurance (medical, auto, home, and life)
21. Warm blankets
22. Hot water
25. Pen and paper
33. Sleeping in
35. God’s love
Here is a glimpse into our Christmas and Winter Break. Enjoy!
Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
My best friend has conquered life! On 12.12.12, she returned to our Father in heaven. I have memories that span 22 years-from elementary to college, children and husbands, shopping and dining, drinking tea, attending cultural events, worshipping together, celebrating birthdays and other milestones, and our love of all things Twilight-Team Edward (I take pleasure in the fact that it was me who got her hooked, lol)-we have traversed the roads of life together.
On the drive home from the hospital, the theme from “The Golden Girls” kept playing in my mind:
“Thank you for being a friend/Travel down the road and back again/ Your heart is true/ You’re a pal and confidante.”
She was all that and more. I’ve never had a finer friend. My heart brims over with love for her. I take comfort in knowing that absent from the body means present with the Lord. More than a conqueror, cancer didn’t beat her. She ran the race until the end. For weeping may last a night, but joy cometh in the morning!
I encouraged her to start a blog, and for a moment, she did. She didn’t write a lot, but what she did is so powerful and motivational. I am still amazed by all that she was.
I praise, bless, and thank God for our time together!
Today I threw together a look based upon what I had in my closet. I tried on a few other combinations last night but wasn’t really feeling any of them. I need more basic staples to compliment my existing work wardrobe. I plan to do some shopping this weekend and on the list are: khaki trousers (for when I just want to grab and go) chambray button down, a new black blazer (the one I have has lost its sharp black color), and a black button down along with a few more pieces to welcome the fall weather.
I can’t believe he will be in high school in a matter of months! He was at his last school for ten years ( pre-k and kindergarten), so while leaving may be bittersweet, I’m sure he is looking forward to a change of pace and new faces. Kudos to my baby!
I was pleasantly surprised to see an authentic Moroccan restaurant open up within walking distance of my job. So of course, I had to stop by for a bite. It was so yummy!
In life we never lose friends, we only learn who the true ones are.
Two weeks ago I ended a friendship that spanned twenty years. I thought it would be hard to do, but it wasn’t. The problem that I was having with her was her love for gossip. And she gossiped about everybody and everything! Listening to her speak, you would have thought that certain celebrities were among her closest friends the way she discussed the most intimate details of their lives “I can’t believe Beyonce… Mike (Epps) need to be ashamed for talking to his daughter that way…”
She was also highly competitive and scrutinized my every move and purchase. She always tried to criticize me “on the low” as my students would say. Often after being in contact with her I would feel so slimy. She was just too much!
Not to mention, her SIL has a son with Eliza’s brother and I wanted to remove myself from that whole drama circle. When her SIL was buddies with Eliza, she used to prank call my house and job on her behalf. So thus when we are in each other’s presence, it is too awkward for her, so much to the point where I started wondering if I had been the one harassing her!
A dog that will bring a bone will carry a bone so I was not surprised to learn that she had been talking about me with a friend of hers. Now when most people talk about you behind your back, mind you, they don’t usually come and tell you about it and then blame it on the party that doesn’t know you, lol.
When I told her that I didn’t want to be the object of their messy drama, she was totally indignant that I was offended. Her text read Oh and one last thing. I do feel like u have a issue with me, and if that’s true then it’s displaced irritation and we need to keep it moving because if it’s that ”silly” then let it be just that!” She didn’t seem to think their discussion regarding how much life insurance I received when my husband died and what all I had been doing with the funds was a big deal.
I told her it was best that we end the friendship because it was pointless to explain that she is the only one I could have an issue with for discussing my business as I don’t know her friend. She just doesn’t get it and at this stage in life, I’m not sure she will. Unhappy with my response, she took it to Facebook writing “STILL learning that people come into your life sometimes for just a season and earn no comebacks. All emotional cripples exit stage left.”
I hope she starts her exit soon.