At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within.

– Albert Schweitzer

2014 has started with sparks of blessings from many quarters. First off, on the 8th, I celebrated my birthday with an outpouring of love from so many quarters that I was left breathless. I was spoiled at a lovely brunch by my dear friend of 44 years, and she surprised me by having two old schoolfriends join us.

My birthday celebrations continued throughout the week, with many plates of delicious food being consumed in superb company.

I’ve been further blessed to find the perfect job, in the most beautiful environment. I am personal assistant to a psychologist who works from her beautiful home. I work four days a week, two of which are half-day, so I am lucky to be able to spend time with my daughter, who has started at a new school this year and has a busy extra-mural calendar – how nice for both of us that I am able to step in and do much of the ferrying to and fro.

My work colleagues are two cats and a sausage dog, all of them will – no doubt – provide me with lots of blog fodder. The cats consented to having their photos taken, but Maddie is a discerning hound and will – hopefully – allow her picture to grace this blog in her own sweet time.


I continue to be grateful to God for my rekindled relationship with my daughter. I am loving getting to know her boyfriend too, he is a wonderful young man and it melts my heart to see how gently he treats my child. They celebrated their first anniversary together on the 12th and I pray that they see many more happy years together.

My best wishes go out to all my blog friends for a blessed 2014. Thank you all for your love and support.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
– Henry Van Dyke


36 Comments Add yours

  1. bluebee says:

    All so good to hear!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed footsy2 *grin*

  2. colonialist says:

    B’day, reunion, aide to thought-sorter,
    Also back to normal with your dorter –
    That is things just being as they orta!

    She is a really striking young lady.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Col, I shall pass on the compliment 🙂

  3. granny1947 says:

    I am so, so, SO happy for you.
    Love you my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too, Hon xxx

  4. granny1947 says:

    By the way, you are looking gorgeous.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you kindly *blush*

  5. Dee says:

    Cindy, I cannot fully express how good you made my heart feel this morning. I am so pleased for you, you look wonderful and you have a very beautiful daughter. So glad to hear about your new job. I will pray that God continues to bring you many more blessings this coming year and you are right. We are only given today, so do things now, waiting to be ready is often just time wasted.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Dee, your comments always bring a warm smile to my heart xxx

  6. nrhatch says:

    What a delight to read, Cin! Your “co-workers” look grand . . . so do you! And OB.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Nancy 😀

  7. slpmartin says:

    So much wonderful news in one post…may the blessing continue to flow throughout the year.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Charlie, all kudos to the positive powers of prayer xxx

  8. Deborah says:

    Wow. The God of our understanding is so very good

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Deborah, God is good!

  9. Naomi says:

    Oh, what an exquisite post, Cindy, in every way! It’s so uplifting to read such wonderful news and inspiring quotes, thank you. Congrats on it all and may happiness continue to flow into your life.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Naomi. Lots of love xxx

  10. Cindy I am so happy to hear all of your wonderful news! Hugs to you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you and a gazillion hugs right back at you xxx

  11. Pussycat44 says:

    I am glad that everything is going so well. Lovely birthday/reunion picture.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Pussycat44 xxx

  12. Sparkle says:

    Great stuff that your 2014 is starting off so well. Happy for you dear.
    OB looks so much like you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I see so much of her dad in her, Sparky, but thanks. Much love xxx

  13. 2014 is going to be a beautiful year Cindy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree, Mandy, hope it’s a cracker year for you too xxx

  14. Hotly Spiced says:

    Your daughter is beautiful. She has gorgeous hair (the type I always wished I had). And your birthday is on the same day as Elvis’s! That’s also our wedding anniversary so on the 8th, we were celebrating too. I’m so excited to hear about your job. What excellent news. And she has a sausage dog? I have two! It sounds like your 2014 is off to an amazing start and long may it continue – it’s your turn to live under the realm of blessings xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      8th of January is a busy day on the calendar, HS, David Bowie too … and I was born on my dad’s 21st! Belated congrats on your wedding anniversary, may you have many more xxx

  15. dearrosie says:

    What a lovely happy post filled with good news. Happy New Year and many Happy Birthday greetings Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Belated wishes to you too, Rosie, and thanks xxx

  16. adeeyoyo says:

    Now that IS good news! Belated happy birthday wishes, Cin, and the new year looks very promising!

    1. theonlycin says:

      So far, so good, Adee. Hope the blessings rain down on you all through the year xxx

  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Cindy, belated happy birthday and new year. It sounds like things have taken a turn for the better. Hooray! Congrats on the new job and the handsome couple your daughter and her honey make. Be well. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Jamie, and lots of love xxx

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