Tuesday, January 12, 2010


  1. today i am grateful for the heat wave we are having, it is 40 degrees outside!!
  2. today i am grateful for my recovery from active addiction.
  3. today i am grateful for the sounds of my girls running down the halls.
  4. today i am grateful for the willingness to take care of my health.
  5. today i am grateful for my open mind.
  6. today i am grateful for my integrity.
  7. today i am grateful that i don't have to own other peoples chaos.
  8. today i am grateful for my boundaries i have.
  9. today i am grateful for therapy.
  10. today i am grateful to be starting my 8th step.
  11. today i am grateful for my faith.
this picture is where we took mom and dads ashes and scattered them. there were no words, no special services, we just pulled over to the side of the road at this spot.

we picked this spot because it was where the Oregon trail crossed Kansas over a hundred years ago, it is a very historical landmark. It is called the Vermilion River and it runs into the Arkansas I believe. So it will go to the Ocean.

There is a place just behind where i took the picture, to the left of the picture where a french man and his family lived. He used to pull people across the river in a boat for a dollar. The whole horse covered wagon and everything.

The river is barely a creek now, but you can see where the water used to be high. This man was very rich and very popular in these parts. There was a huge outbreak of cholera in the 1850's and a lot of people, including one of his wives and a few of his children died. There is a cemetery here with all the old headstones.

I will show some pictures when i can find them. hopefully i will be able to stop by here again soon and maybe drop some flowers in the river for them.

i am grateful my mother was around to see me get my 3 year coin. so this leaves me with todays thought; "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."- John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Michelle Dawn said...

A wonderful list to be grateful for and a great history on the river I love that you did that with their ashes.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a lovely spot for your parents.
Love your gratitude list!!

Chic Mama said...

I know I've said it before but I'm grateful I found your blog!
Lovely picture and beautiful place, I love rivers.

Prayer Girl said...

A beautiful gratitude list. A grateful heart is a happy heart.


Ms Hen said...

Just what I needed to read about Gratitude.

You do have so much to be grateful for...

Laura said...

What a great post. Gratitude..the best part of life.

Shadow said...

this is what living the programme does... just look at you!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

so pretty!

I love hearing the history of stuff.

I used to think I hated being dragged from historic spot to historic spot when I was a kid, now I know...that love of history was passed on to me through my dad and his dad. Good stuff to realize that someone was sharing their love all along.

G-Man said...

Beautiful, positive, and compassionate!
...and grateful!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Beautiful post, what amazing sentiment, history and love shared.

Thank you for your positivity and gratitude.

xo Gabi

Kim A. said...

What a wonderful, richly historic, and peaceful place. Thanks for sharing this. Your gratitude is spilling out on my keyboard today!


Syd said...

What a nice spot for your mother and father to be at rest. It is beautiful. I am sure that they are at peace.

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