Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday. Opportunities.

Wow, it has been a great week and I have so much to be thankful for. It will be hard to pick the top 5 but I will try. If you would like to participate in Thankful Thursday, go over to Sonya’s blog and sign up. I am sure she would love to have you join in.

1. I am thankful for the rain we received last night. Not only did we get some much needed rain, we got a spectacular light show. I had to wait for the storm to pass before heading out to my spinning class. On the way there, I was following the storm and the lightening show was awesome.

2. I had a great workout at the gym. Mary, the spinning class leader really pushed us to our limits. In addition to leading us on our spinning journey, she is also very spiritual and keeps us thinking positive and feeling good about what we are doing. She is a great leader. I am thankful for Mary and another great spinning class.

3. I am thankful for my green thumb. Being able to grow things is a blessing from God. My Grandma Green is the one who got me interested in gardening. She was a Godly woman and an inspiration to many people. She would be so proud if she could see my zinnias. They were her favorite flower. She supplied her church with fresh cut zinnias all summer long for as long as I can remember. If there are zinnias in Heaven, I am sure God put her in charge of them. Check out what I grew. It is a yellow watermelon.




4. I am thankful that our pile of firewood is growing daily. My family has been getting up early and chopping, splitting and stacking firewood. (it’s the free stuff that we got over the past month) Last night my youngest son was complaining about the “slave driver” aka “mom.” He said she was working them to death. He said he was tired and aching from all the work. I asked him if he would rather be sick, weak or feeble and unable to do work like that. After giving it some thought he agreed that being tired and sore isn’t so bad after all.

5. I am thankful for opportunities I receive each and every day. Every day I am given opportunities. Sometimes they are opportunities that test me and other times they are opportunities to have faith. I am getting better at both of these as I am passing more tests and gaining faith. God is truly awesome. My latest opportunity is that I am going to be writing for the “Charleston Gardening Examiner.” As an Examiner writer, I will be publishing my articles alongside great Examiner writers like Kelly Combs of “Chatty Kelly” fame. Kelly, along with some others like Terri Tiffany have inspired me to push forward with my writing. I hope I don’t disappoint you all. I will try to make you proud. I will let you all know when my Examiner page is up and running. Thank you all for your support.


Have a great Thankful Thursday,
Greg

31 comments:

Susan D said...

Great list. Gardening is such wonderful "therapy" and provides an abundance to share with others. I love that! Congrats on your new writing assignment. You'll do fantastic. Blessings, SusanD

Jane In The Jungle said...

Number 2 son is a gardner also, got it from my his great grandmothers I think! Definitly not me, LOL!
Great list.

Jenny said...

Great List Greg, That watermelon looks good.

skoots1mom said...

your gardening is phenomenal and your granny WOULD be proud

love the disc'n w/ur son...

cudos for ur upcoming articles...you're a very good writer and i laugh every time i read your work...god has blessed you w/ words

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Hello again! Twice in two days...whoa!

I am also thankful for the rain we've gotten. Everything is so green again and my pool is full!

You can remind your son when it's 25 degrees outside and he's sitting by a nice warm fire that he helped contribute to the comfort he'll be receiving. :-) Teachable moments.

And way to go on the article writing! Wow. Chatty Kelly fame. Hope you can handle it! lol

There's a reason so many people love to read your blog...you will be great!

Heart2Heart said...

Greg,

I just became a recent follower of yours and simply love your blog. I believe I am a country girl at heart so I love your blog title. It is what drew me in and kept me here.

I love that you take a spinning class. Not something I would consider but love that you get out there and stay active.

Love the yellow watermelon, just what does it taste like???

Hope you decide to stop by for a visit and perhaps stay for coffee and a chat!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Fabulous list Greg.

I also LOVE yellow and even orange mellon. My grandaddy used to buy it all the time. DOn't see it around here in Louisiana.

2Thinks said...

You will do great with the Examiner writing on gardening! Fantastic! You are an inspiration. Opportunities can be challenging, that's for sure- like my recent opportunity to quit my job I love. Deep breath. Moving right along...

Have a wonderful weekend, we'll be biking etc.
Heidi

Sandy said...

Congrats on being a writer to the Gardening magazine. That is great. Loved reading what you are thankful for and one of these days I'll find the time to get back here and go through your older posts

Truth4thejourney said...

What a fun list! I particularly liked the part about your grandmom and the green thumb. My mother has that but I must not because growing things is not easy for me! Your watermelon was beautiful - how did it taste?

I have found that yellow tomatoes are milder in flavor and not as acidic.

Have a blessed weekend and CONGRATS on your freelance job. Sounds perfect for you!

Sonya Lee

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am thankful to be gainfully employed again!

Chatty Kelly said...

Great job Greg! You will be a great examiner and I look forward to your first article. Woo!

You're a good brother. :-)

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Looking forward to reading your articles! That melon looks delicious.
great list.
Collette xxx

sara said...

what a wonderful list!!!

and how exciting about the writing opportunity!! You will do great!

Terri Tiffany said...

My latest opportunity is that I am going to be writing for the “Charleston Gardening Examiner.”

WHOOOO HOOO! How did you do it?? I am sooo happy for you and very proud of you!!!

Carmen said...

Congratulations Greg on the Examiner! I think you'll quickly become a favorite! Isn't God good? What better topic is there for you than gardening? Amazing opportunity. I'm truly happy for you!

The Dental Maven said...

Go Greg!!! Enjoy your newfound journalism career!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Teri sent me here. Please also accept my congrats on the Examiner job. How cool. Now, take it and really excell!How cool. Now, take it and really excel!

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Lin said...

congrats...you will share info that will help many with their gardening and lives.

Stephanie Faris said...

Congratulations. What a huge readership. That's great news!

Warren Baldwin said...

Congratulations on the writing opportunities!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Greg -

I saw Terri Tiffany's post on your new writing gig. Congratulations!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Michaéle said...

I found your blog through Terri Tiffany's blog. Way cool for you!!!! I'm also enjoying God's bounty from my garden....the writing successes...not so much, but my tomatoes and corn are beautiful!

Edie said...

I love yellow watermelon!

Hey congrats on the writing position! From what I've seen here I'm sure I will learn a lot! Looking forward to reading.

Gotta Have Faith said...

I would love to taste that Yellow Watermelon!

When you get the chance pop on by my Blog for a little surprise for you and your Blog!

Have a great Weekend!

Keep The Faith!

Amy De Trempe said...

What a wonderful post. I am so glad I clicked on the link that brought me here. Gardening is also one of my favorite activities. I find it to be very relaxing and theraputic.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Great list - that watermelon looks yummy!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Visiting you from Terri's site :) Hi Neighbor - I'm a Western North Carolinian...

Mary Morris said...

Your grandma and my grandma are having a garden party. My grandmother is taking care of the impatiens and feeding the hummingbirds. She's close to my heart, too.

Mary Morris said...

Your grandma and my grandma are having a garden party. My grandmother is taking care of the impatiens and feeding the hummingbirds. She's close to my heart, too.

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