28 In Gratitude/ Living

Things I Am Thankful For

Today I find myself in a situation where I NEED to take some time out from my whirlwind  life to remind myself of things I am thankful for right at this moment in time, because, to be blunt, life is bloody hard!

The love of a fur child

I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to spend another day, hour, minute and second with my fur-child, Miss Puppy K, who suffered liver and kidney failure at the end of 2015. Given days to live, I’m cherishing every single snuggle, snort and lick at the moment until the time comes and my heart breaks. She’s a stubborn little trooper, just like her human mummy, who has astounded us all – the vet included. We are taking one day at a time.

Another thing I am thankful for this week is another day, hour, minute and second with my fur-child, Miss Puppy K,

A restful nights sleep

The second thing I am thankful for is a good nights sleep. I’ve had some shitty nights, some which have left me questioning whether I’ve been suffering from sleep apnea all this time as I’ve caught myself waking gasping for air a number of times. But last night I had a good night and woke up today rested and refreshed. For that I am thankful for.


I am thankful for are my friends. Thank you to friends both close and afar who have persisted with me and remained friends, even though I have been neglectful and distant since D’s accident. I am heartened by those who understand and stick with me. I love you and I cannot wait to party with some of you at my rapidly nearing hens night and wedding!

I am thankful for my Mum

My mum

My Mum is strong. She is brave. She is wise. She is bloody stubborn and independent. She has been through a lot, she has survived, and she has taught me so much in the process.

I don’t see my Mum a lot, but when I do the time just flies as we chat for hours about… anything and everything under the sun (and we still run out of time).

Beautiful Nieces

And lastly, but certainly not least, I am thankful for my beautiful nieces. My niece Charlotte just turned 7, of which has left me in a state of disbelief. Where has the last 7 years gone? How can she be 7? How can the last time I saw her before her recent birthday been January? Where the hell has 2015 gone? But seriously, being an aunty rocks, and I love my little ranga nieces to bits! Life would be incomplete without them.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough

Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for this week, or even today? I’d love to hear it.

P.S. I make gratitude a regular habit. Check out some of my other posts:

9 Things I Am Thankful for This Week

99 Things I Love

A Touch of Gratitude

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  • Leanne@crestingthehill
    November 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love gratitude lists because they are always uplifting and positive and happy. Glad you found so many things to be thankful for in amongst all the turmoil of sick dogs and wedding preparations!

    • Janine Ripper
      November 28, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Its like second nature these days to see the positive, which I am also thankful for as the dark cloud has definitely lifted! xx

  • Justine
    November 27, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Such a beautiful list, Janine. Writing it all down, whether it’s pen and paper or digitally, let’s us reflect even more. Thank you for reminding me to say thank you, too. 🙂 xxx

    • Janine Ripper
      November 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thanks lovely lady! Have a wonderful day and weekend xxx

  • Parul
    November 27, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Such a lovely list Janine. If only we choose to reflect what is keeping is happy, life would be so much better. Thanks for sharing your list. Glad you know wedding preps are on 🙂

    • Janine Ripper
      November 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Parul. I hope you are having a good week! Wedding prep is fully underway now!

  • Mackenzie Glanville
    November 27, 2015 at 11:07 am

    just gorgeous, I loved all the quotes too. Hugs to Kahlua xx

  • sue
    November 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

    When we sit down and write all that we are thankful for Janine, it really pushes home that we are pretty lucky. Looks like you have had a great week and not long until your wedding! Have a great weekend!

    • Janine Ripper
      November 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

      6 weeks to go ARGH I think Im managing it quite well considered I was never interested in weddings and marriage. How we change! Have a fab weekend!!

  • Esha
    November 27, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful list of things to be grateful for, Janine! I guess nothing makes us feel more blessed than when we count the blessings of our near and dear ones 🙂 Gratitude is a blessing for the giver and the receiver both…and we really need to show it everyday to all those who matter most!

    • Janine Ripper
      November 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Oh we so do Esha. Thank you for the reminder today!

  • Kyles @ Pickles and Pords
    November 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Great post. It is so important to take time out and reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for. I hope you get a bit more time witth your beautiful pup x #fridayreflections

    • Janine Ripper
      November 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Thank you. I hope so too. xx

  • Jennifer Wolfe
    November 27, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I love the small moments, the times when we can really think about all we have is all that we need. Thanks for the reminder today!

    • Janine Ripper
      November 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

      You’re welcome Jennifer. I just read your post – just beautiful and thank you for a reminder today 🙂

  • Dr Roshan R
    November 28, 2015 at 1:33 am

    I have to agree with Leanne above. For me too, focusing on the good things in my life – however small they may appear – helped change my outlook and actually bring about a change in my life in so many ways, attracting happiness towards me. This Gratitude circle works precisely for that reason… there is so much love and happiness… it is us living your life vicariously and sharing in your joys.


    • Janine Ripper
      November 29, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      I so agree, Roshan. After a bit of a break from the gratitude circle Im happy to be back exactly for the reasons you have listed.

  • Guilie Castillo
    November 28, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I love this gratitude post. What a lovely list, Janine. I’m so sorry to hear about Miss Puppy K; I just came back from the vet with one of my (seven!!) dogs, who appears to have been poisoned (I have idiot neighbors), and although the prognosis is good so far, I won’t take an easy breath until he’s back in total health. They’re the center of my world, these four-legged ones. I’m glad Miss K has fought so hard to give you these days.

    Thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter ; loved finding you 🙂

    • Janine Ripper
      November 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Guilie! 7 dogs – wow they must keep you busy! How is your puppy recovering? I hope he’s ok. There are such horrible people out there when it comes to things like poisoning. I know its always been one of my fears. Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings...
    November 30, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I’m right there with you – I am so thankful for a good night’s sleep. This is something that you don’t appreciate until you experience a bad night’s sleep and the lingering effects of the bad night in to the next day. I think it is something many, many people take for granted.

  • Laurel Regan
    November 30, 2015 at 4:01 am

    So very sorry to hear the news about your beloved pup, but glad for every moment you’re able to spend with her. Thank you for sharing a lovely gratitude list. 🙂

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