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Day 366 - November Gratitude, part 30

Monday, November 30, 2015

This is the end of my 30 Days of Gratitude blog posts, but not necessarily the end of my blogs. I'll be going back to my regular collection of random thoughts and encouragement. There will still be some gratitude, but it will be nice to take a break. Do you know how hard it is to come up with 30 different gratitude concepts that don't overlap too much? Thank goodness for the spreadsheet that helped me keep track of each days expression of thankfulness.

To wrap up the month, I wanted to be able to encompass everything I'm grateful for in one word. In all its connotations, the one word that gives me that feeling of "thankful" more than any other, is


There are so many things that mean "home" to me. First of all, it's my wonderful husband Steve and my two fur-babies Sherman and Stella. When I get back to the house after a long day at work, there are three beings who are so happy to see me. When I walk in the door, I'm home.

I have some co-workers that I've connected with in a way that, even after 3 months, feel like family. When i get to the office every day and see their smiling faces, I feel like I'm at home. I haven't had a job like that in a very long time, and I am so much "at home" in my job that it is incredibly gratifying.

Finally, I have a collection of friends that are a respite from trials and tribulations that can come up in life. Friends in Sacramento, friends here in Clearlake, and friends here on SP, that have given me such joy that I am filled beyond capacity when I'm in the presence of such love. When I am with them/you, I am home.

So I will leave you with this graphic. I've been thinking about it for a few days. There's the old expression that a house is just a building, but a home is where the heart is. But it's more than that. Home is where many hearts bond together and create an environment that is nurturing and loving and cherished.

So remember that "home" isn't just where you live, it is wherever you feel that connection with others that you want to be there, for as long as you are in that place. It might be for a moment, or it might be for a lifetime, but you always know that it's home.

I hope you have home everywhere you go and wherever you are, and that you always feel that love and specialness that comes from being "home".

I'm grateful that I have a home that I love, with a husband, dogs, co-workers, and friends that love me, and for all of you that have created an online home that makes me just as grateful to sign on, check in, and track what I need to track.

My heart is full. My life is grand. My gratitude is overflowing, because I'm home.
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    This has been one spectacular month of blogs. I am so happy for you that your home is so awesome and so full of love. Thanks for making my Spark home so special!!! Spark on forever, my friend.
    1914 days ago
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    You saved the best for last! Blessed to be part of your SP family! emoticon
    1914 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    What an emoticon wrap-up to your 30 days of gratitude.

    So here are a few of the reasons I am grateful for you, Steve.
    Your honesty, openness, caring, wit, graciousness, support, love of home and family,
    community involvement, commitment to work and colleagues, appreciation of nature, commitment to being your best self and your friendship.

    I could go on and the list would be a lot longer, but you get the idea.

    1915 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    You are so right. I feel at home in my friend's' homes. I try to make them feel at home in my home. Connecting is so important, selflessness too. Sharing what you have because you want to do it.. that is home...
    1915 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Great blog, Steve, you have the gift of gab and know the words to use. You made me think within myself this last month to realize the things I have to be grateful for despite the situations I may find myself in. Thanks for your great blogs.
    1915 days ago
    Great blog Steve. Your encouragement means so much to so many people, me especially. I am totally grateful for my SP friends.
    1915 days ago
    Thanks Steve for posting your gratitudes. Your blogs allowed me to ponder on all the things I'm grateful for. Thanks again
    1915 days ago
    Wonderful wrap up for all your gratitude blogs. They are all amazing. Thank you.

    RE: picture. DS is visiting and he could get that far yesterday but could not get picture to download to "change this image." He emailed picture from his computer to my computer and then had to do lots and lots of stuff (which ..trust me..escapes my expertise) so I wont be posting more pictures. That is called loaded nachos at a restaurant we all went to and they put it in front of me. It did make me laugh as you can see. Love you lots,Pat

    1915 days ago
    Oh, sigh...what a great blog! I am so happy for you, Steve, that you have such a fantastic balance to be grateful for...so often we get one aspect of our life going well but can't get them all going right together! I could truly feel your joy! Home is truly where we need to recharge and get our strength! I am glad to be a part of your SparkHome, as you are mine!
    Happy December...may it bring you more happiness and things to be grateful for!
    1915 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Wonderful blog Steve, thanks for the reminder!

    My best wishes, Brad
    1915 days ago
    truer words were never...written (can't properly say 'spoken' there, can i?

    and it also reminds me to not be grouchy about traveling for Christmas. DH is from Louisville. That's where all of his blood relatives are, and his childhood friends. Just pack up 3 dogs and GO and enjoy the journey!!!

    THANKS, Steve.
    Like many others, I am grateful for Y O U!

    1915 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2015 5:43:36 AM
    A house is a house but a home should always mirror the reflection of your inner beauty and spirit!
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