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Birds and Blessings

The trip began like any other trip.  My husband, Doug, and I set out to have an adventure.  With the truck packed with camping gear, we headed north from our home in Southern California.  Every time before we leave on a trip, we pray for protection and that God will put people in our path that we can bless and possibly pray with.  Well, this trip our prayer was answered, but we were the ones with the blessings.

It all began in a hotel in Redding, California. After driving all day on our way to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, we decided to stop for the night.  Along our drive somehow we had lost one of our sleeping mats out of the back of our truck.  We were bummed because now we would have to buy another one before we got to the campground.  As we were in the parking lot of the hotel getting ready to leave, we began a conversation with a gentleman named Michael. During the course of the conversation, we mentioned the missing mat.  Michael goes over to his truck and pulls out a memory foam sleeping mat and gave it to us. Blessing number one!

During the next eight days of our trip, we were blessed with free wood, free thermos of coffee, free cookies, and a beautiful piece of sea glass from a surfer. At the last place we camped at in Morro Bay, we were blessed with the presence of many types of birds, including a seagull we nicknamed Mouch. Mouch would sit our truck everyday and wait for food. Yes, we believe that even birds can be a blessing.

I began thinking about the phrase “Count Your Blessings”.  During this trip , we were literally counting our blessings. I wondered how many times I go about my day not recognizing the blessings in my life, small and big.  I realize that just as Doug and I desire to be a blessing to others, there are many people who have the same desire to spread kindness. Whether it be a surfer taking time to pick up a piece of sea glass and give it to me or someone providing food and comfort to someone who is mourning a loved one. Life is full of opportunities to be a blessing and in turn, allowing someone else to fulfill their desire to be a blessing also.

Count your blessings- not the problems.  When we do, even birds will be a blessing


I am 54 years-old and the mother of three grown children. In the last five years, I left a profession I was in for over 20 years, I moved to a new city, re-married, went back to school to discover a new profession, and became a grandma for the first time. I also am pursuing my passion for writing. I am writing a children's picture book and I started my first blog ever. For years I was afraid of change but I now I embrace it

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