• Jacqueline Gum

    The poem made me cry…so very moving and the very definition of gratitude. I thank you for sharing it. And a very happy Thanksgiving time to you and yours:)

    • Pat Ruppel

      Aw, thank you, Jacqueline. I’m touched you felt love and gratitude. I’ll pass this along to hubby. Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving, too, surrounded with family and friends.

  • What a beautiful poem, and it looks so lovely on the paper too. I agree that it’s the small things in life that we remember. As I’m writing this our new kitten is being ridiculous flipping herself all over the place – lovely. Thanks for a good post and Happy Thanksgiving too:-)

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi A.K. — I had to chuckle at the image I got of your kitten flipping all around. Those are the lovely, little things that we hold so dear and love.

      Thank you and I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and the photo. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too.

  • Pat Ruppel

    Thank you, Susan, for sharing my story. I hope your readers enjoy it.

    • You are so welcome Pat. I know they will.

      • Pat Ruppel

        Makes me happy you think so, Susan. 🙂

  • Pat what a beautiful story. The poem is a treasure. And with the video, you’ve given us many little things to be grateful for too. Thank you so much for this post. It’s lovely.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re welcome and thank you, Patricia. I’m happy you enjoyed it and the video. Hubby’s happy you enjoyed it, too. 🙂

  • Bloody beautiful, is all I have to say

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Jo-Anne — it’s good to see you over here. I’m happy you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • Sherri Matthews

    Pat, my friend, this is just beautiful. Jim’s poem is so touching, made me cry! Your writing, the poem, the video, and also Susan’s gorgeous illustration has filled me with soaring gratitude for all those things that are the most important: the love of family and friends and all that we are given in the beauty of creation. What an adventure you embarked upon and look where it took you! Here ,now, and it’s wonderful 😀

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Sherri, for stopping over here at Susan’s site and leaving a comment. As always, your warm words touch my heart and make me that much more thankful for fellow bloggers like you and Susan.

      It has been an adventure, for sure, my friend and I’m happy you’re enjoying the ride as I share these personal stories. They come from my heart and it’s my hope that others, like you, will continue to be inspired by them. 🙂

  • Love the poem (lucky you!), the story and the video… Gratitude is something I practice every day! Love this, Pat!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dale! I love that you enjoyed hubby’s poem (I agree — I am lucky). He’s enjoying it, too, as I pass along these comments to him.

      I’m also so happy to hear that you practice gratitude every day. I’ve read that Oprah has kept gratitude journals for years. I’ve haven’t kept that daily regime but I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I find myself grateful in one way or another.

      • I actually read Sarah Ben Breathnach’s “Simple Abundance” – twice – and have been writing my gratitude journals since then… off and on but non-stop (mostly) for the last 3 years or so… It’s kind of like quitting smoking… you have to quit more than once to finally quite for real… I had to try more than once to get a rhythm going but now… I rarely miss!

        • Pat Ruppel

          Hi Dale — don’t think I’ve heard of Sarah Ben Breathnach’s book but it sounds good if it inspires gratitude.

          Writing journals can be a good way to keep us focused on what’s important as life has a way of pulling us offtrack. I agree, like quitting smoking, we have to keep chipping away at it.

          Thanks for this discussion. I love hearing how you’re making this work in your life.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    This is lovely, touching and very special. There is much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Cheryl — thank you for reading. I’m happy you were touched and it connected with you in some way. So true in that there’s much to be thankful for. It’s almost like a cliche but it’s so much more when it reaches the heart.

  • How beautiful. I’d like to share one of the many love notes my late husband Charles wrote to me. Back when I was in the corporate world and traveling I came home one day and Charles had a gift for me with this note which I’ll always cherish: “Just a ‘little something’ on the return of your trip. I always miss you terribly…how lucky, lucky I am that I have you, and someone didn’t come along and pick you out before I met you. Love, always, Charles.” Love always to you, dear Charles.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Oh thank you, Jeannette, for sharing one of your late husband’s love notes. I can almost imagine every time you read those words you can feel his loving presence there with you. You have a lasting gift from him to cherish throughout your life that will never die. You truly have much to be thankful for.

  • Pat, you are one fortunate woman – what a lovely poem and a lovely gesture. There is so much in life to be thankful for if we just take the time to reflect. Thanks for prompting us to be grateful and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Lenie. I do feel fortunate to have this love in my life and I’m truly thankful. You’re right about reflection. As we take the time and look back, it’s those little things that mean the most to us.

      I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too Lenie, surrounded by love, family and friends.

  • Jon Jefferson

    Thanks for the reminder, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And then before you know it’s time for Christmas. Oh family, blessings and bits of horror all at the same time.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re welcome, Jon, and thank you for reading. You’re right, Thanksgiving is just around the corner — I don’t know but it seems like the holidays get closer together and fly by like a blur. And, it is like bits and pieces, all blended together.

      It’s hard to process sometimes as we’re caught up in the whirl. But, if we can just pause at times to take a breath and observe and notice, the little nuggets of love, joy and peace are there tugging at our hearts.

  • Pat, thank you for sharing Jim’s lovely poem. And for including a lovely illustration by Susan (I just love this one in particular -fall colors and shiny water). As for being thankful, I just spent a weekend with two of my children and my husband. My son served lunch for 11 people! He coordinated everything, and I was so impressed (I shared in the cooking, as did others). My other son called us on the phone from home – it was wonderful to hear from him, too. And then next time I will see my eldest will be Thanksgiving – another time to be thankful.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Leora — thank you for leaving your lovely comments. I’m happy you enjoyed the read and hubby’s poem. You truly have a lot to be thankful for, I see — counting all your blessings. Sounds like you have a beautiful family and wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

  • Jacs Henderson

    What a delightful story Pat, and such a special poem, beautiful words to read and remember the feeling behind them.
    There are small things to be grateful for each day, and I have just had a trip to Arizona from the UK, which was a wonderful mix of business and leisure, visiting the desert and family… and my step son paid us a visit, who lives in Denver… like you, he arrived there 2 months ago in his car, totally alone and is finding his feet and loving it!
    I wish you a lovely thanksgiving 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Jacs. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and story. Happy to hear of your wonderful trip over to our part of the world in the Arizona desert. You truly have a lot for which to be thankful with the opportunity to mix business with pleasure and family. What could be better than that!

      Sounds like your son is also surviving his jaunt to Denver via automobile. I’m wishing him much continued success and believe it will all work out for him as well. Excited that he’s loving it.

      Wishing you the best of holidays in celebrating Thanksgiving. May you be blessed with love, friendship and good food. 🙂

  • Karin

    What a delightful share this is Pat and I yes whenever I watch that video it brings tears to my eyes.. so much beauty!! I love Louie Schwartzberg’s close-up encounters.
    It’s indeed the little things that make up the big ones.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Aw, thank you, Karin. I’m happy to see you over here and, yes, I love Louie Schwartzberg, too, and his expression of beauty. Makes me pause in awe at the wonder that surrounds us each day. I’m glad it touched your heart and that you enjoyed it. It is indeed the little things.

      Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, too, surrounded with love. 🙂