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So Much To Be Thankful For


Monday, November 25, 2013

With Thanksgiving only three days away, most of us are thinking about all that we have to be thankful for. My first thought was that I would love to forget 2013 because of the loss of my husband. Indeed, it was the hardest thing I've ever faced in my life. But as I reflect on the entire year, I realize that I have so many wonderful memories that I don't want to forget.

This year, God gave me so much time to spend with Tommy doing the things that we loved. I am thankful that Tommy felt good right up until two days before he passed. We were able to have our wonderful vacation together in May and many other weekend and day trips. As much as Tommy hated going to the cancer center every other week for his treatments, it also made his free time much more precious and we enjoyed every minute together. Even though I miss him terribly every day, I can smile as I think of all the good times we shared.

I spent this past weekend with my best friend at Myrtle Beach. Her mother passed away recently, also from cancer, so we decided we both needed to get away for a few days. We found a great deal on a 2 bedroom/2 bath oceanfront condo with great views from the 10th floor. It was a busy, but wonderful, weekend.

View from our condo.


Broadway at the Beach


A light show we went to.


They had a great Santa Claus who had the perfect jolly laugh.


Barefoot Landing


Yesterday after checking out we drove to Huntington Beach. It's my favorite because of all the birds and very few people on the beach.





















Yes, I have so much to be thankful for, and this fun weekend is just one more thing to add to the list.

Finally, I must say that I am truly thankful for my Spark Friends. Thank you all for your kind words of support over the last four years. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are able to spend it with all of your loved ones creating special memories.

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REMEMBER2BME 12/19/2013 10:47AM

    Priceless blog.

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LINDAKAY228 12/6/2013 10:23AM

    I still have trouble writing much (recovering from stroke and severe brain bleed) but having been through what you have I know a little of what you are saying about Tommy. I realize, as I almost died and probably would have it my oldest son hadn't got me moved out of state about how living with dying, even if for a little while, makes you so much more aware of what is important. The pictures of the beach look so healing! I love the beach about as much as I love the mountain! I'm glad you two had this time together to work on healing.

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SHESMITH1 12/2/2013 11:21AM

    YOU are one of the blessings I count this season!
God bless you.

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CYBERCITYSHELL 11/28/2013 11:30PM

    I love your pictures. That is great that you and your friend got to have a break away emoticon
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DOGSTARDADDY 11/28/2013 6:22PM

    Great pictures! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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LIVINGFREE19 11/27/2013 2:57AM

    Thank you for being my friend, Cindy, that is what is most important to me.

I am glad that you got to get away to the beach to have some fun.

I hope you and Thor both have a very nice Thanksgiving, too! I think of you so often.

Big emoticon to both of you!

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SKIPPYDOG 11/26/2013 7:28PM

    Cindi, love your pictures and blogs, keep going strong girl
have a blessed thanksgiving :) :)





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_JODI404 11/25/2013 11:57PM

    Cindy,

I have so much admiration for your strong and positive attitude despite a very bittersweet year. I love that you choose to focus on the awesome memories and treasure those with gratitude. I'm glad to hear that you can smile as you think of all the good times that you shared with Tommy. I know the pain is still present, but those wonderful memories will always be with you.

I love that you had a fabulous girls weekend with your BFF at the beach! So good to see you getting out and enjoying life and sharing good times with a special friend.
As always, your pictures are incredible. You have me longing for the beach!!

I'm so grateful to be your SparkFriend! I hope that you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

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DOODIE59 11/25/2013 6:15PM

    I get excited every time I see that you've written something. You are so special -- your blessed and remarkable spirit is very inspiring to me. And thank you for the gorgeous shots of your weekend get-away. Of course you had a wonderful time!:)
Hugs,
Deirdre

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LIBBYG7 11/25/2013 4:51PM

    Dear Cindy.
.....and we are so thankful for you.....for your sanity, for your affections, for your incredible photos ----- and for setting an example for us all in adversity.

I especially loved these pics of the beach. Love the tall grasses, the birds, the quiet.....in fact I have some similar photos I took at a local beach some time ago.......

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love and joy!
A scratch behind the ears for Thor, please!!
Love and hugs, Libby

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MAGA99 11/25/2013 4:50PM

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WORLDSERIES11 11/25/2013 1:43PM

    Hi Cindy, glad you had such a nice weekend! As always, your pictures are lovely!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family:-)
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GOLFGMA 11/25/2013 1:26PM

    We are so blessed to know you, Cindy. As I read your blog some of your wonderful memories came back to me, especially the birthday surprise you gave to Tommy when you took him to Mt. Airy for a special visit. Loved those photos and I love the ones from your trip to the beach and so happy you had the great weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!
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LOTUSBURGER 11/25/2013 12:20PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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