What are you grateful for?

Guardianstone
By Guardianstone Latest Reply 2011-11-14 14:54:53 -0600
Started 2010-10-03 16:14:15 -0500

I have had a few bad (dwarf star dense dark) days. Last Monday my group met to help us with some of the same type of problems, angry, sad, hurt, mad, and even happy. Something we did to remind us there are good things outside and within us. We listed what we are grateful for.
We wrote these things out, and felt better before we left.
It's not a miracle cure, it just helped us see there was something that wasn't all bad.

I am grateful for:
1. my growth this year. I can be strong, but I don't have to face things alone.
2. my husband. He was my salvation when I was ready to quit. He pointed me back to my faith.
3. All three of my families. My own, DC's and my ther group. Without you all I might have given up. Thank you. (NO I don't mean die.)
4. my cats. They make us understand patience.
5. my ability to create. I find it relaxing.
6. my quirky sence of humor. Bent but not broken. Damaged not deranged.

Let me know what you're grateful for, we'll share.
Who knows, we may have fun.

Guardian stone

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120 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2011-11-14 14:54:53 -0600 Report

I am grateful to God for blessing me with a loving husband who is my strongest supporter (even on those days when I am a royal pain in the butt), 4 beautiful children who are a daily reminder of Gods grace and why I need to take care of myself, a caring mother who always tries to see the good in people (even if they don't see it) and who gives of herself unconditionally, an annoying older brother, friends who accept me for who I am, and my new DC family.

bleonard13
bleonard13 2011-09-06 12:53:54 -0500 Report

my husband and my family if it were not for them along with my heavenly father to talk to i dont know if i would ever get the hang of taking care of my self

lilsista39
lilsista39 2011-09-06 10:04:51 -0500 Report

How I missed this yesterday is beyond me,I'm so glad that I didn't pass it up today.
I,m Thankful for Gods love for all,My loving husband Michael of 27years,Our children and their babies.My Family here at DC ,Without you I know I wouldn't have made it through these last few weeks.(I Love You All ).

I want to say something.
We Need to give thanks a little more often than once a year as I was typing and going through my thoughts I realized we,meaning my family only dose it at Thanksgiving,why is that? not sure.but as i was reading some of the posts,I started to cry like a baby.Esp.for Eagles cheer mom,im so sorry,I just lost mine Aug 1 st. still adjusting to my new normal without her.They say you never know how good you got it until its gone trust me.its so true my dad has become my new best friend.
Cherish every moment you can tell everybody you love them dont wait till its to late
and dont let the little things get in the way of a good friendship.

I LOVE YOU ALL
Deloris

Dixiemom
Dixiemom 2011-09-05 20:09:14 -0500 Report

I'm thankful for God's unconditional love . He accepts us as we are and by beholding Him we become changed.
I am thankful for the love of my children, grand children and great grands and for bthe love and patience of my husband who puts up with my moods, temper and goofiness.
I am thankful for my church family who is always ready to pray for me if I have a problem.
I'm also thankful that I can still get around, even tho I'm limited, and enjoy the simple things of life/

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-09-05 15:16:43 -0500 Report

I'm so pleased, friend Lou, that you brought out this Discussion of friend Guardianstone's! I can definitely see why it was featured. Its a great one!
1. I'm grateful for God, the many Blessings he has bestowed upon me and my family, and for the freedom we have to worship Him.
2. I'm grateful for my family members, who have always been supportive of me and given me unconditional love. I'm grateful that, at least, I still have one living sibling (my brother, Roger) out of the original seven of us.
3. I'm grateful for all those who fought and died to gain our freedom, to maintain our freedom, and those continuing the fight, still today!
4. I'm grateful for my Connect families (4), whom I love, and who help me on a daily basis.
;-) Mara

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-05 15:10:01 -0500 Report

This is great! Glad to see others are grateful for LIFE,. LOVE, Family, and their true soul mate in life! God Bless U, Grandpa Bill

Abby888
Abby888 2011-09-05 15:06:51 -0500 Report

I am grateful for my children and my fiance. They keep me on the straight and narrow when it comes to my diet and Diabetes. Without them I would be lost

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-09-05 13:38:39 -0500 Report

I'm grateful that I didn't have to deal with my diabetes as a child or as a teenager. I developed it at age 27. I'm also grateful for the advances in medicine and technology that enable us to deal more easily with our diabetes. I grew up watching my Dad cope with his diabetes from mid 1950's to 1974 when he died. We 21st century diabetics have a lot more options and tools than he had.

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-09-05 15:18:52 -0500 Report

Hey there friend! Thanks! I'm grateful to you for bringing this Discussion back out, so I could add my response! ;-) Mara

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-09-06 08:06:25 -0500 Report

I forgot to mention that I am thankful for my very supporting husband who has saved my life more than once by dealing with some really scary lows and for a very supportive cadre of friends. I cherish them more than I can say.

AuntieM234
AuntieM234 2011-09-06 10:45:41 -0500 Report

A good, caring, and supportive husband (such as you have, Lou) is worth a pot of gold! And friends? Well, their like icing on the cake! Whoops, a poor choice of similies! That's sugarfree icing! ;-) Mara

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2011-03-27 11:23:10 -0500 Report

Hello and thank you all for responding. I'm sorry not to have responding earlier. I haven't been up to talking lately. Thank you for all the wonderful responses.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-03-27 07:28:33 -0500 Report

My son Sean is who I am grateful for. Being laid off and unemployed in California, he recently moved home to Missouri.

He can brighten my day with his expectant, hopeful smile. He makes me salads that are a delicious meal in themselves all the while watching fat and carb content. He has become a wizard with making his own rendition of salad dressing for me with lemon juice, a touch of olive oil and spices. He takes the time to make sure when I am tired and hungry that my food is the healthiest it can be. He listened when I cried about being told I could have a stroke anytime. He has been Wonderful Son and person.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-07 23:27:34 -0600 Report

I'm thankful for my brother, Dan. He's been my rock for the last 18 months. While on the wound vacuum in the rehab center after the emergency surgery and then at home until I could start doing things for myself again, Dan would come every weekend even though he lives 2 hours away.

bobec4
bobec4 2010-11-17 10:45:56 -0600 Report

I am thankful for my wonderful wife of 13 years who has supported me during my health issues always there with the phrase "we will get through this together". I am also thankful for my beautiful 3 year old son who makes me smile and realize that all this is worth it just by giving me a hug. I am also thankful that I have the support at work from the general manager to the new people who constantly ask me what my BP and BG is lol. All in all life isnt to bad when i stop to think about it. I wish all of you a very happy and healthy holiday season and thank you from the bottom of my heart for just being you.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-11-17 13:55:37 -0600 Report

Thank you,
It alyaws helps me to see my outlook on life shift when we gain someone-elses point of view.
Thank you.
Happy holidays.
Guardian stone

EAGLES CHEER MOM 11
EAGLES CHEER MOM 11 2010-11-08 07:24:38 -0600 Report

I'm greatful for every day I get to talk to my mother who has stage 4 lung cancer and has been told she has less than a year from 6/24/10. I'm greatful that I have the power inside myself with the help and support of my many friends to control what I put in my mouth. I am also greatful for my faith in God and how He loves me even when I am weak.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-11-08 14:02:55 -0600 Report

Every day you can, give that woman a hug. Your greif is lessened with her love for you and your love for her.
Guardian stone

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-11-17 08:05:12 -0600 Report

My corrected version never made it here.
I am sorry to have you think I was a 'BIG' jerk.
It was never intended.
Guardian stone

Melhawk982
Melhawk982 2010-10-13 13:02:38 -0500 Report

I'm greatful for so many wonderful people who are willing to open up and share their stories! Also I am greatful for my family, and for my grandfathers. who both battled diabetes, one of which has passed on and the other who continues to fight everyday!

chewy76
chewy76 2010-10-13 10:41:13 -0500 Report

I am grateful for God always, no matter what, having my back! I am grateful for my 2 beautiful and healthy sons! I am grateful for God blessing me with a wonderful, God-fearing man, whom I cherish and love with all my heart! I'm grateful to have the family that I have! I'm grateful for the chance to go back to college so that I may fulfill my life's dream of working in forensics! I could keep going, but you get the point! LOL

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-13 11:03:26 -0500 Report

Thank you Chewy.
How much longer before forensics work. It sounds interesting. School proved to be too much for me. I was going through too much to continue.
Keep your grades up.
Guardian stone

josephine5213
josephine5213 2010-10-13 09:48:06 -0500 Report

I am greatful for:
1. God for giving me life
2. My 5 wonderful children
3. for my dad to still be here with me
4. My Health

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-13 10:03:12 -0500 Report

Josephine,
thank you. This has become a guilty pleasure for me. I have never had such a positive response to anything I have written before.
Guardian stone

Alicia 1777
Alicia 1777 2010-10-12 09:23:04 -0500 Report

I am Grateful every day When I can awake with sound mind, and be able to enjoy my two kids, and a wonderful husband. I am grateful for both of my parents and my brother and sister who all have been nothing but a blessing. Even though some days are hard, It could be worst. Some people did not even wake-up this morning. I am blessed.

YoliBoli
YoliBoli 2010-10-09 17:12:24 -0500 Report

I am grateful for GOD, life, faith, family, friends, love, my awesome sense of humor, my amazing personality, this site, everyone and everything!!!

bicker68
bicker68 2010-10-09 01:39:02 -0500 Report

Let's see I'm Thankful for, My Wonderful Husband, my 3 Sons 3 Daughters and 9 Grandchildren and one due in June. I'm also thankful for God giving me life and for everyday he allows me to awake. I'm thankful for still having my Parents and a Grandmother to still visit and spend time with. I'm thankful for all my Family and Friends. I'm thankful for the roof over our head and the food in our stomach. And last I'm very thankful for DC I have found many Great Friends on this sight.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-09 08:32:39 -0500 Report

You have five generations alive? That is amazing. You have many to be greatfull for.
Guardian stone

bicker68
bicker68 2010-10-10 06:51:56 -0500 Report

Thanks Guardianstone I didn't realize I have 5 generations till you said something, I'll have to get a pictures done…

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-10 08:01:14 -0500 Report

Photos are a great Idea. Do you ever have family reunions? It is something to celebrate. My family tries to meet once a year, usually at the Linden State Park in Michigan. Food, family and fun.
Guardian stone

bicker68
bicker68 2010-10-12 02:25:59 -0500 Report

Would love to have a Family reunion, but I have 2 Sister's that don't speak to me since my Husband adopted my Son 6 years ago. Which I think is awful, It's takes a Special Man to take a Child as his own,and he's the only Father he's really ever known since his real father dropped him off at home after a weekend visit almost 7 years ago saying he wanted nothing more to do with my Son or see him ever again. Then told my Husband you can be his Dad from now on. I must say my Son was devasted and wondered what he had done wrong, I told him that he had done nothing it wasn't his fault. Every once in awhile he will bring it up, but he says I know that I have the best Daddy in the world.
As I see it anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone Special to be a Daddy.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-12 07:49:07 -0500 Report

You are lucky to have such a wonderful caring man. Your son will remember his father as a bitter unkind person with neither love nor compassion.
They are very lucky to have you.
Guardian stone

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-10-08 18:59:06 -0500 Report

Me? Am grateful to have been able to attend my middle son's wedding on Th 10/07. Also saw his brand new house they bought. I also got to see all my sons together since last time in 2004. Also grateful that my youngest son spoke to me on We & Th night. 1st time since we were estranged in 2004.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2010-10-08 23:05:48 -0500 Report

James…re-connecting those family ties is a good thing. I'm happy for you. Now you have to work at it…like a friendship needs work, so does a relationship. So a lot came out of this wedding celebration get-together. And it was a happy occasion! Too often family get-togethers are for much more somber occasions. Congratulations!

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-10-08 11:46:31 -0500 Report

I am grateful for Diabetic Connect. Truly this community, full of inspirational, knowledgeable, and courageous people, has been a blessing to me.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-08 13:49:13 -0500 Report

Yes, that is so true! I know I owe my life to this site and all the great members here who have helped me over the years.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-08 14:43:46 -0500 Report

Gabby,
how is the dog? Has he gotten better?
Are YOU ok? How about your husband?
Thank you for everything.
Guardian stone

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-09 10:32:27 -0500 Report

My dog is not doing well. We will give the meds a little more time to see if they are helping, but he has lost his spark. We had "THE" talk yesterday with the vet, so we get him for another weekend. We will see.
My hubby is actually sitting up as I type here and that is a major accomplishment. We found that the pump he has inside his body is failing so we need to have it replaces as soon as we can. That should take care of a lot of things, we hope. It is good to have him out of bed though....very, very good.
Thank you for asking.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-12 09:40:28 -0500 Report

I am sad to say that our dog lost his battle on Monday. We took him to be put out of his misery. It was hard, but we all feel better now, knowing he is not in pain anymore. It has been incredible the outpouring of encouragement we have received from family and friends. So yet again, even in the storm, the sunrise of the new day brings me great hope.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-12 20:15:01 -0500 Report

Yes, he was our first family dog. When I got married I brought to the family 2 Great Danes. They were long in the tooth and were part of the new family for a very short time. Spirit had a different place in my husband's and step-daughter's lives. We are all doing better today. Thank you.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-13 15:02:23 -0500 Report

Thank you...I need to start turning things around and back into the giving mode. I have been blessed by so many caring folks here and at home. Time to start paying it forward again.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-13 17:43:14 -0500 Report

Gabby hon,
theres no need for you to pay me back. If you need a sympathetic ear. I need to he.p where I can. It is a distraction that gives me a chance to give hope where there is none. I cannot help myself, the advice or help I offer does not come for me.
It is something that has been my "curse" throughout my life. If this is what happens to you, then keep doing what you do.
The visual vacations are fairly new to my talents. They are interesting, and I hope they can help others. If they help, let me know.
Guardian stone

Chrissy6341
Chrissy6341 2010-10-12 14:03:27 -0500 Report

Gabby,
I am so sorry. I know what you are going through. 5 yrs ago we had to put down our Rocky. It was the hardest thing to do. He was 11 and a part of my kids lives, he was n still is remembered as family. We were all there, except my daughter as she was to young when the vet did it. My oldest son had to literally pull me from his body. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He is buried on Long Island and when we go to visit we stop there, I always leave crying. I know he is in a better place with no pain or worries and is watching over our Kit Kat who also got sick 2 yrs after him and we had to put her to rest. It gives me some piece of mind but I wonder still to this day what if , you know what I mean. I even made a memorial garden in my back yard for him where we live now. This year was the 1st year ever we actually grew sunflowers, I think in my heart that Rocky had something to do with that.
I hope you are ok and if u need to talk I am here for you.
{{HUGSSSSSSSSS}} Christine

Pynetree
Pynetree 2010-10-09 20:59:41 -0500 Report

"never rains, but pours." So much to deal with at one time, seems to be the case most of the time. And the stress wrecks havoc with diabetes and everything else. Glad hubby is sitting up, out of bed for a bit. Gabby, sorry about your dog. They really are like part of us, and we just feel so helpless when they feel bad.I'll be thinking about you and wish you strength! Theresa

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-10 06:42:36 -0500 Report

I think there is a hurricane right now. I only shared some of what is going on and I have two friends who have plates that are similarly full. It is hard to do that because when we are down, usually one of us is still in good spirits to get us out of our mood....we are all clawing at the well walls, trying desperately not to slip any farther down. Thank you for your thoughts and shared strength. It helps so much. I know we will survive it and we will be laughing can carrying on soon. I just have some HUGE lesson to learn...I hope I am not a slow learner. LOL!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-10-10 06:38:56 -0500 Report

We did that earlier this week, so now we are back on track. He had just gotten into a woe is me point and was giving up. So I got on his case and really pushed him. He has one good day, one bad day...I would go nuts in his place, so I try to be understanding, just not lax. He has to work on things for himself too, and sometimes, that is the hardest part. I actually got to sleep in our bed last night with him, it was nice...much better than the sleeper sofa. LOL

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-10 08:37:50 -0500 Report

Dave is disabled with a back injury. He had a heart attack in 06, strokes, quint bypass, and additional injuries. Every time something else happens he goes deeper into a depression I'm afraid he won't be able to fight. Try reminding him that there will be good times again. Have him make his own list of what he is greatfull for. Hide the frying pans. Mom used cast iron when she hinally had enough one day. Broke her best frying pan. Didn't know you could break cast iron on a human skull. Then we kids never called him human.
Be good to each other.
God loves you
Guardian stone

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-09 11:29:06 -0500 Report

Honey,
I am sorry to hear about your dog. I know it is difficult when pets are sick or injured. They can't tell us what is wrong, and it hurts us. Whisper has not been herself for a few days. I am hopeing she is going out of heat. She wants her momma. Daddy's girl won't go near him.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-09 11:42:30 -0500 Report

Sorry Ghost wanted daddy. Whisper needed to be reassured, daddy was up with a bunch of toothaches. (Is that a teethache?) And I am being draged in 16 different directions at once.
Make sure you tale care of your health first. Your husband is helping to pick-up the slack, but you two must come first. If you get sick, who takes care of him?
God's love to all. Prayers to those in need
Guardian stone

PS Whisper and Ghost are in my photos. They send their best thoughts also. (even if they are cats.)

shorty31
shorty31 2010-10-06 19:32:00 -0500 Report

i am greatful for my hwaven father,my husband, my grandchildren,my friends here,and most of all being alive with all my health problems he still hands his arms shielding me. i'm even thankful for my enimies and the will to forgive them when they are wrong.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-06 20:30:42 -0500 Report

Thank you;
I am very greatfull for my friends and family here at DC. Your responses are very interesting. Such a variety. Keep it comming.
Guardian stone

shorty31
shorty31 2010-10-07 16:05:25 -0500 Report

thank you that is the christian love i was taught by my grandmother.to me is not hard to do if you love the LORD then his will is easy. sometimes it is hard to love your enimies but if JESUS can do it than so can we.

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-05 15:30:11 -0500 Report

I'm going to add; WE GOT RAIN TODAY! Oh my gosh it's raining in Arizona. About 6" in the parking lot.
Ohhhhhh myyyy it's nice. It has caused a bit of trouble (tree parts skattered through out the complex, hail stones caused minor damage, caught a few people unaware).
Time to close and get some sleep.
Guardian stone

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-10-07 16:57:06 -0500 Report

The storm left minor damage in the complex. Tree branches, leaves, pinecones, olives, pine fronds all scattered throughout the complex. office, handball court, and parking lot damaged.
Pools, sidewalks, and laundry rooms need cleaning. Vehicles look like a village of angry elves beat the things silly.
Nobody hurt. Thank goodness.
God's love
Guardian stone
Told those silly weathermen that the monsoon wasn't over. Glendale Az got 2" of rain.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-10-04 21:16:13 -0500 Report

I'm thankful to my Heavenlt Father for my husband whom I love with all my heart. I thankful for my children and grandchildren. I'm thank for my two dogs and cat. I thankful to belong to DC. I'm thankful for my life. I'm thankful for each day I live up this beautiful world. I'm thank for so many more things.
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JoAnna