Claire Austin Rose

Each year in November, I post each day something for which I am feeling thankful that day, and invite my readers to think of something for which they are also grateful. It can be small or large. I find that having a grateful heart helps one to feel more satisfied with life.

Today, I am very thankful for three friends in different parts of the world. We are 8, 10, and 18 hours apart, and thanks to modern communication, we can talk on a regular basis despite our time differences, and for free!

These three friends help me to draw closer to God. They lift me up and make me laugh. I am very grateful for them.

” To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed–that can make this like a garden.” Goethe

What are you thankful for today?

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  1. For the cheerful Christmas lights taht are starting to appear in our neighborhood, making coming home a welcome sight.

  2. I am thankful for a local cat rescue that paid for diagnostic surgery I could not afford, though my cat was diagnosed with cancer, at least for now her tumor was removed.

  3. I am thankful for this site and all the work that Brandy puts into it to make it a gentle, calm place. I’m also thankful that she is continuing the November thankful series.

  4. I am thankful for answered prayers today! I had rheumatic fever when I was 6. I am now 72 and 4 different doctors diagnosed me with changes to my mitral valve. Surgery for that is not available in Fairbanks. I had a TEE today and the cardiologist was amazed that the change is mmoderate and can be dealt with with drugs and no surgery. I had only shared witth 3 friends–a cousin who is a lay pastor, a missionary in Papua Indonesia, and my pastor. I feel so blessed!

  5. I am thankful of God for all that He has done in my life. And having a friend like you. I am thankful for the family I have and that I can wake up every day and see the beauties of this world.

  6. I am thankful for a warm dressing gown, we woke up to our first frost today. I am also grateful for the frost because it’s good for the garden here.

  7. I’m thankful for the beautiful fall that we had here and the chance to spend time outdoors.

  8. I am grateful for the opportunity to stay home and raise and educate my children. My children have learning challenges and, while we have some tough days, I know that the individual attention and ability to choose the learning methods that work best for them is the best choice. It also makes us a very close family. I am grateful for our frugal ways and a hard-working and supportive husband both of which allows our home educating life to be possible. Thank you for the encouragement to be grateful, Brandy!

  9. I am thankful for my two adult children, who stay in constant touch with me, keeping me in their families, making me feel loved. I am thankful too, to be here for another November of thankfkulness, thanks to Brandy. ann lee s,

  10. For the 2 dogs that keep me company everyday. Their excitement at any activity and squirrel or delivery truck make me laugh. Life is much less lonely with my 4-legged friends and, for that, I am very thankful.

  11. I am thankful for a brief chat I had with a man, while out walking with my friend. We walk three days a week and often see him caring for his elderly mother. We spoke and it was lovely to affirm his care for his mom. A bonus was that is was a lovely fall day!

  12. What a lovely comment about friends, I am grateful for my three “sisters”, not blood sisters but sisters of the heart,

  13. I am thankful I still have my job. Many of us are leaving the nursing profession, and it is hard work right now especially.

    1. I have always considered nurses superheroes especially when I worked in LTC and in hospital rehab centers. They always care for their patients like family. Thanks for all you do!

  14. I am thankful for being able to renew my relationship with my one and only sister, that practically raised me, during COVID.

  15. I am thankful that my 19-year-old son, Patrick, had the courage to go on a cross country trip by himself. He has talked about it for years. He left in August and is still on his journey. We live in Massachusetts. So far, he has visited North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, Utah, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He is such a great son, so loving and loyal, so funny and smart, and such a great listener. I helped him shop for groceries and supplies for his trip, and then he packed up his car and left. I am so thrilled that he has this opportunity to go explore our beautiful country. He said he cannot believe the beauty in the U.S. He is visiting friends & family and also sleeping in his car in Walmart parking lots. He is my free spirit child, and I am so grateful and thankful that he has the courage to venture out by himself, figure things out by himself, and have an amazing time in the process!!!

  16. I am thankful you are doing this series again, Brandy.

    On the first day of the month, I was thankful for the forgiveness of a good friend whom I had unintentionally disrespected. I will be much more careful about what comes out of my mouth in the future.

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