Thanks to Angela from Garden Bliss I’ve been tagged for the “8 Things I’m Thankful For” meme.

It’s okay though. Ever since reading Colleen’s “Thanksgiving post” I’ve been wanting to share a few of the many blessings that I’ve been endowed with. Plus, after reading this quote by Bobby Kennedy in our Saturday paper I’ve been thinking more on how I measure success in my own life and what are the many things I just take for granted. Sometimes I get it wrong…

Gross national product…measures neither the health of our children, the quality of their education, nor the joy of their play. It measures neither the beauty of our poetry, nor the strength of our marriages. It pays no heed to the intelligence of our public debate, or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our wit nor our courage, neither our compassion nor our devotion to country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worth living, and it can tell us everything about our country except those things that make us proud to be a part of it.

So, here are the eight things that I’m truly grateful for;

  1. Firstly, my God and his Son for whom my life would have no meaning without.
  2. Then, my drop-dead gorgeous wife, Debbie, who wraps that meaning of life into abundant selfless care and adoration. We’ve been married for 13 years yet it seems like mere minutes and I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of getting to know her.
    The band 1927 sang a song titled “If” that explained how inadequate the songwriter felt for expressing his feelings to his true-love. He goes on to say, “If I could do anything at all, I’d do it for you”. Deb, I’d do anything for you.
  3. And, you can’t have a gorgeous wife without having beautiful children. Our four sensational ankle-biters give me incredible joy and lighten up every situation. They’re healthy (another blessing), active and each so very different.
  4. I’m thankful for my health. I have a friend who’s suffering from cancer and has lost his ability to move and engage life in his usual effervescent way. I often take my health for granted yet I know I shouldn’t.
  5. If there were ever a time to be born into this world, now would be it. In fact, I think I was made for this period in the world’s history – computers, gadgetry, fast cars. If I had been born in the 1800′s I’m sure I would have become a miserable, depressed hermit. So I’m thankful I’m living in the 21st century.
  6. I’m so thankful for my garden and that I have this little piece of dirt to landscape, cherish and nurture.
  7. My new camera. What an awesome toy.
  8. All the people who were kind enough to offer feedback and suggestions when I asked what I should be discussing here on this blog – a big thankyou. BTW – I am getting to some of it soon…I promise.

So, there’s my little share and care for this meme now it’s over to a few others. I’m going to tag;
Jodi – bloomingwriter
Mary – How Mary’s Garden Grows
Bare Bones Gardener – Bare Bones Gardening
Kris – Blithewold
Philip Voice – Landscape Juice
JH – The Allotment Underground