For me the month of March signals that spring is on the horizon. It is a time when nature starts its labor to bring forth beauty and the promise of more to come.  I love that and so look forward to it…yet this March I am pondering the coming birth of what has been a labor of love for me during this past year. Could more be coming from this labor?  I am beginning to think so.

It all started very simply by enjoying the thankful heart of my cousin Linda. She would post on fb what she was thankful for that day.  I discovered I looked forward to what she had to say…I even missed her when she skipped a day or two. Her thankfulness was contagious…I caught it and decided to try this out for myself.  The starting date was May 6, 2013.  My first entry read like this:

“Today I am grateful for the sweet little dachshund curled up on my lap, for almond butter on my homemade bread and a beautiful sunset with my cigar smoking friends.”

Now that wasn’t so hard.  My heart felt life…my heart felt peaceful…my heart felt blessed…my heart felt…  Could I do it again?  “Yes I can!”  So began the daily posts on fb of what I am grateful for.  Slowly I began to realize that gratitude is truly life giving.  I began to look forward to what God was awaking in me that I could share with others. I began to see a pattern of posting each evening with a dachie on my lap.  It was my grandson, Jack, who said, “Mimi, your tag line is ‘with dachie on your lap’.  Let me take a picture of you posting your gratitude on fb, and I would love a copy of these daily postings. You should put them all in a book.  It would make a great gift.”  Bingo!

Mary Jane Hamilton gratitude

So, my friends, I want to share with you a few of those gratitude posts to whet your appetite for the more to come.  Is a book in the making?  I believe so.  Ponder this one from September 2, 2013:

“Today I am grateful to see significance in a most unusual find.  My grandson, Parker, hauled a lovely piece of driftwood up off the beach.  We have placed it in our yard…a wonderful reminder of how the turbulence of the lake carves out beauty.  This piece of wood has been on a journey all it’s own.  It is old, faded, weathered and has been tossed around by the elements.  Yet it has survived.  Enjoying with a dachie on my lap.”

Mary Jane Hamilton Gratitude

In some of my postings I find my heart drifting back into my story.  I don’t drift too far…just enough to rest my heart for the day.  You’ll understand what I mean as you read this post from August 4, 2013:

“Today I am grateful to be free.  I am free to laugh, to speak, to eat, to dance, to stay, to go, to love, to write, to drink, to…as one who has struggled with addiction I have placed a lot restrictions on my life. It created a small world …one tightly managed.  Likewise as one who has navigated my way out, I’ve discovered the more intended for me to live life large.  I love being free and it has taken some getting used to.  I’ll take it…hope is found here along with the dachie on my lap.”

I will leave you with this final post…it includes you and my hope is that in some way you, too, will see the wonder of gratitude for your life. Read, rest and enjoy…my love to you all:

“Today I am grateful for you.  Each one of you holds a special place in my heart…I see your face…I hear your voice…I remember how I know you and what makes you unique in my life as my story continues to unfold.  Your response is a gift to me.  I am encouraged…I am blessed to call you friend.  I will continue with gratitude and a dachie on my lap.”


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Mary Jane Hamilton has grown to love her sense of style and her peaceful lake living. Mother of 2 and grandmother of 6, she has a wonderful capacity to love and is still active as The Tooth Fairy. She is extremely fond of her dachshunds, who rarely venture from her lap, and enjoys biking with her husband of 44 years. She is rekindling her writing skills and finding it life giving.
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