It’s been so long since I have had the time to sit down and write a blog that I have forgotten my password…so first and foremost…I am thankful for password resets! LOL
This is the time of year where we all typically sit and reflect on what we are thankful for; but for me, it has been many years that I have thought on almost a daily basis for what I am thankful. Yesterday, and today, I thought why not write about it. We have had a very busy holiday weekend at the Inn, and were not able to join our family for Thanksgiving, but we were able to contribute to so many others’ happiness and that is fundamentally why we chose to buy a B&B in the first place.
I am certain that everyone’s list is long, and mine is no less long, but here it is…
1 – I am thankful for my very best friend, true love, sole-mate and best partner a girl could ask for…Roger McIlmoyle. I love you with all of my heart, and that love just grows every day; you make me a better person.
2 – I am thankful for our 3 wonderful children, their health, their successes and their happiness…Spencer, Sarah & Warren. Both of our children have been wonderful and accepting of their little brother, and he loves them so much, and misses them terribly when they aren’t home.
3 – I am thankful my mother, Alcina, is alive and well today. She suffered a brain tumour and has gone thru much with her health, but has been given a clean bill and although she drives me crazy sometimes, I would most certainly miss that if she were gone.
4 – I am thankful my big brother, Frankie, is alive and well today. He suffered a massive heart attack and required triple-bypass surgery, and has come thru like the trooper he is. Even though we don’t get a huge opportunity to see each other, I know that he is still there to protect me and help me at my beck & call.
5 – I am thankful for my whole family, all the Pastoors & all the McIlmoyles, and all the cousins out there, and my friends, who are my family, Harold & Sabine; without them in our lives our home would be a little empty I have realized. Given they are both currently in Europe (Ireland & Germany respectively), missing them shows me they are a huge part of our family nucleus.
6 – I am thankful for our newest girl, Miss Tommi, who, from the first day we met, has been eager to help us by working at the Inn, becoming part of our family and pursuing a positive path in life by embracing an opportunity that would not have been given to her had she not worked hard, embraced forgiveness and grown into her own skin.
7 – I am thankful for Robert, who shows up with a smile on his face (and the occasional bag of freshly picked apples) willing to do whatever we ask of him, from mowing the lawn, to helping us park cars. He has become a dear friend, and it brings us joy when we see his car pull into the laneway.
8 – I am thankful for all of the new friends that we have made since we have moved here; from our next door neighbours, Mike and June, who have shared their circle of friends with us (Karey-Ann & Todd) to guests who have shown up at our doorsteps and touched our hearts so quickly that we become instant “old” friends.
9 – I am thankful for the opportunity to live in this great home, meet great people and walk around every day like I learned something new, helped some body in need or just filled someone’s tummy with some great food.
10 – I am thankful to all of the gifts that we have received since we have made the Montrose Inn our home – ladies, who we have only just met, have gifted us some wonderful heirlooms from their family, homes and hearts, because they felt the Inn would be a perfect new home. We have received beautiful antiques, that are priceless to us in more ways than their previous owners could ever know, as being entrusted with their treasures makes us realize how generous people in our lives are.
I could probably babble on and on and on, but honestly, every day I wake up and think how blessed I am, how blessed our life is and how important it is to tell people how much they mean to you, and how thankful you are for them.
So, a big, giant THANK YOU to everyone out there who is a part of my life, in any and every small or large way! Thank you, thank you… THANK YOU!