Joy is a Heart Full of Gratitude Lisa Ryan grategy pierogie“Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.”  Marietta McCarty 

Because of the damage done to my dad’s peripheral vision by his stroke, he can no longer drive. Being his main mode of transportation means that I get to spend a lot of time with my dad, taking him to appointments, shopping, and anywhere else he needs to go.

Every Sunday we take my father to church with us and oftentimes have him over for dinner as well. On one such Sunday, we stopped over my brother-in-law’s house and stayed longer than intended.  I hadn’t taken anything out for dinner, so I was going to have to throw together something quick – in this case, meatloaf and pierogies.

Although Scott and I both love this meal, it’s pretty casual and we certainly didn’t think it was a big deal.

However, by my dad’s response, you would have thought we gave him an exquisite cut of filet mignon and succulent lobster tail.  He absolutely could not stop raving about how delicious everything was.  He exclaimed, “I never thought this could taste so good.”  He ate every single morsel, singing its praises the entire time. (It’s fun to cook for someone who is so joyful!)

Isn’t it funny how we sometimes take these little things for granted?  What is an ordinary meal to one person is a feast fit for a king to another.  Take the time to appreciate every single bite of food you take today.  It will transform your eating experience!

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