“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
Neal Maxwell RELIGIOUS LEADER
Penny Wilson Writes has gone through several transformations since it’s beginning. At the end of the year, the end of a decade, we all tend to look back and reflect. The last decade has seen the Biggest changes in my life. The. Biggest. My decision to move from Oregon to Texas, was the hardest decision I ever made, and it was the best decision I ever made. Words that come to mind when I think about the life that I have now are Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.
My time here on WordPress is included as one of those Blessings. Writing is an outlet for me, a way to express myself and the events in my life. The community here has been so supportive! Your encouragement gives me the courage to put myself out there, when in the past, I would have never dreamed of publishing anything I’ve written!
Remember to relish the little things. It’s all those wonderful small, moments that make up our past. Please enjoy Trent’s lovely post and join in! ❤
I had a lot to smile about this week. Last night friends I hadn’t seen in a while invited me to an impromptu get together. Saturday I saw a good movie about Vincent Van Gogh, At Eternities Gate (William Dafoe is excellent as Vincent). Friday afternoon I shut off my work computer to start a […]
“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” This is a line in the song “For the First Time” sung by Darius Rucker. I’m experiencing a lot of “firsts” right now. Being in my new home is such a Blessing! It has made me take note of all of those little firsts. The first time I cooked a meal in my kitchen. The first time I sat on my deck and listened to the rain. The first time I looked out my kitchen window and watched the squirrels run and frolic on the lawn. The first time Rocket ran across the yard, chasing a squirrel, to defend me and His yard!
Being from a small rural town in Oregon and moving to the mega metroplex of the DFW area has been a Huge transition for me. Now that I have my own little slice of “nature” and a relatively quiet neighborhood, I’m in heaven!!
Because of all of the work that I’ve been doing since I moved, my feet and legs are killing me. This gives me the perfect excuse to sit and post something here while I rest up.
Although it’s been hard work, BLESSED is how I am feeling about my life. I want to pinch myself! I came from Very Humble Beginnings. So to have my own home is almost unbelievable for me! Happy, happy girl here!
Thank you for joining me on this journey! Penny ❤
*This was supposed to have posted on Friday , the 14th. It was my first attempt at scheduling a post ahead of time. Apparently I did something wrong. sigh… No matter, I’ve moved! I’m sore and tired, but getting settled in. I’ve taken some vacation time to get things done here. I am so, so happy!
It’s finally Moving Day!! It’s been a long time coming, but today is the day that I finally move into my home!!
I’ve got boxes stacked in every room. I’ve been living out of a box for several days now. I’ve been trying to eat up what I have in my fridge so that I don’t have to transport any more refrigerated items than I have to. Even the coffee pot is packed! Horrors!! 🙂
So that my closets are ready to move, I’ve had to plan out exactly what I will be wearing for several days.
At the new place, I’ve scrubbed the bathroom and the kitchen. I lined the shelves in the kitchen and I’ve had the carpets shampooed throughout the house. I purchased and assembled some storage shelves for the garage. I’ve had some trees trimmed in the yard and the lawn mowed.
I’ve accomplished a lot!
Around noon, my Big Brother will be at the house to install new door locks for me. (his housewarming gift) He will also be bringing a picnic lunch for us that my sweet sister-in-law has prepared.
I’m as ready as I can be and I keep feeling like pinching myself because of all of the wonderful Blessings that are taking place in my life right now!
Wish me luck! Thank you for joining me on this journey! Penny ❤
If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!
My life has been interesting. For the majority of my life, I’ve gotten by and made do. You know what I mean. I’ve never had any money to speak of. I’ve never expected to have any. I’ve never been destitute, but my life has had its challenges. There were times when I wasn’t sure if I’d make the rent payment and there were times when I couldn’t. There was a time when a bowl of beans or Ramen noodles was all there was to eat and I was grateful to have that. I’ve been homeless and had no idea where my next meal was coming from.
I was taught from a young age that if I worked hard and kept my nose to the grindstone that I would reap the rewards for my efforts. It took me a long time to realize that life is not always fair. No matter how hard you work.
But I’ve never lost that hard-working mentality.
The last several years have seemed surreal. I was terrified of making the move from Oregon to Texas. I was over 50 and I was going to Quit My job and move across the country to an uncertain future and start over. Madness!
It was the best decision of my life.
I now have a job that I love. I’m employed by the World’s Best Boss and I have a few wonderful friends that have my back no matter what the situation. I have family close by that I love and they love me.
Then there are the material blessings!
I make a good wage. I own a nice car and live in a nice house. I have the money to buy almost anything I want. My cupboards are full and so is my closet.
I will soon close on a house that I am buying. Me. Just me, buying this house. I can’t hardly believe it. (by the way, the financing went through!)
I’m incredibly grateful!! I have been truly blessed! If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!
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You’ve been there when no one else would bother. You know me better than any other soul on Earth.
You’ve always supported my decisions and you’ve saved me from myself, just in the nick of time; more than once. You’ve shared in my triumphs and successes and you’ve grieved with me during my losses.
When I moved to Texas, I think I was in mourning for Oregon for about 3 years. It took me that long to appreciate where I am and to truly count my blessings. I could not see the beauty around me.
I’ve gotten so that I can finally appreciate the beauty of Texas. The wildflowers that are in bloom right now are just amazing. Primrose, Indian Paint Brush, Bluebonnets, Black Eyed Susans, etc.
I am blessed to have my friends and family. I am loved and appreciated. I love my job and my boss and co-workers are awesome.
I have an amazing life!
These are all things that I could not see previously.
What changed? I finally got my head out of my ass and saw the world around me for what it is!
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