Share 18 defining thoughts….
I do not think I can hit #18, but will at least write a few.
#1 and most important is my relationship with God. Even when my beliefs were wobbling, God kept His hand over me, protecting me. Through Jesus Christ, my sins are forgiven.
#2 is the love my husband and I share.
#3 …my children who are now mature adults. John and I were young parents, in our 20s, and did not know what we were doing. Somehow, these wonderful people did not know that at the time.
#4 …writing, which began when I was barely able to read. Pencil on school lined paper or pen on better paper, writing is more than just tossing some words. Writing is a constant growing experience which expands the brain and makes me smile.
#5 …art. My aspiration at one time was to be an artist. Have a minor in art. I watched my gr-daughters quite a bit when they were young; we did art together, with me teaching. (I had a “Grandma Bag” which carried a variety of art supplies.) Maybe I will be more active now that my gr-daughters are pursuing other arts.
#6 …quilting…which is also art. Colors make my heart sing.
#7 …reading and journaling. Books of all types and genre. My husband loves astronomy and so do I.
#8 …my siblings are precious to me. There were once five of us, three brothers and my sister. Two brothers died while in their 40s.
#9 …memories of my parents and long-past relatives.
#10 …the stories from my family that I recall and write down, now with the speed a computer provides.
#11 ...seeing a baby...holding a baby...watching parents holding babies....a baby's smile...
Well, now you have it! There are more but they would probably seem unimportant when I re-read this.