Monday, November 16, 2015

#InkRipples- Remembrance/Thankfulness

I'm a week late with my #InkRipples post due to the #RealmsFaire. Before I get to my post for this month, I have a few things to wrap up from the Stockade Brigade.

Congratulations to Lady Christine, winner of T.C. McKee's book AND the grand prize winner for the week. Huzzah!!

Lady Christine, if you would e-mail me your format preference at mewaibel(at)gmail(dot)com we'll get those prizes out to you!

Lady Michelle...I still need to hear your format preference. Please e-mail me as your e-mail did not come through to me from you comment. Alas, if I don not hear from you by 8PM EST Wednesday, I will have to choose another winner.

Congratulations to all the Faire winners (here and at the other games) and thanks for making this such a fun week!

And now, onto the #InkRipples post...

This month's theme is remembrance/thankfulness.

With Veteran's Day last week, it is a fitting time to remember and thank all the men and women who have serve and continue to serve our country and fight for our freedoms. Without these brave souls, our lives could be so very different. Thank you for the sacrifices you've made so I can enjoy the freedom to write a blog, to publish a book, to speak my mind, to pursue work that I enjoy.

As I get older, the more I appreciate the simple things. I'm thankful both my parents are still alive and in relatively good health. My dad gave us a bit of a scare two weeks ago, but he is doing better now, and I'm so very thankful for that.

I'm thankful for my husband and son. Of course we aggravate each other (some days more than others) but I couldn't imagine my life without them.

I'm thankful for my brothers, even though we don't see each other often. I know you're all just a phone call/text/message away.

I'm thankful for my mother-in-law. This has been a hard year for her, with the loss of my father-in-law, but she's doing well and taking each day as it comes.

I'm thankful for my brother-in-law and his family, and for the opportunities we have to get together at games and family events.

I'm thankful for my friends. Thankful I have a job. Thankful I can find time to write, or watch television, or read when I want to. I'm thankful for running water. For heat in the cold months and air conditioning in the hot ones.

I'm thankful I'm blessed to live in a place where all these things are available to me.

What about you? What are you thankful for?


Ripples in the Inkwell is a themed meme hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand. We post on the second Monday of every month. If you would like to participate compose your own post regarding the theme of the month, include any of the images displayed on this page, and link back to our three blogs. Feel free to post whenever you want during the month, but be sure to include #inkripples when you promote so readers can find you. The idea is that we toss a word or idea into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There is no wrong interpretation. 

November: Remembrance /Thankfulness
December: Celebration /Gifts

Stay tuned for some changes coming in the new year!!


  1. I think it's so important to think about the people in our lives that we are thankful for. I'm actually planning on revisiting the idea of gratitude next week on my blog.

    1. I agree, Katie. It's quite an eye opening experience when you really look at what (and who) you have compared to other people/places. I look forward to reading your post on gratitude.

  2. Wow! Thank you so much! :) Lovely post. I think we all should be more grateful throughout the year. I'm thankful for my wonderful family and the fact I have all my Christmas shopping done!

    1. Congrats and enjoy. Christine!!

      And, I agree. It would be a great practice to reflect on what we have to be thankful for more often. Family is great to be thankful for and it's wonderful that you have your shopping done. I've ordered 1 gift so far...many more to go. :-)

  3. Ink Ripples is such a beautiful concept!
    An attitude of gratitude is the way to go. I think of it in this way, there's much to be grateful for... there's always somebody less fortunate than I am.

    Sorry I'm so late, Mary.
    I did chat with Meradeth Houston via e-mail so everything is sorted. Thanks.

  4. Thanks, Michelle. We've enjoyed the #inkripple blog this year and are looking forward to new posts next year.

    YAY! Congratulations on the prize. And no worries about being late.


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