Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving 2010 and it has been a year since I started this gratitude blog! Even though I missed some days I am grateful that I decided to keep at it. There are many things that I wrote that I will appreciate in the future when I look back at this blog. I appreciate that I attempted to do it everyday. I am so grateful for the life I have and the family and friends that surround me!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I am grateful for reprieves! We were suppose to have a big time blizzard here and it was going to hit by the afternoon. Thank goodness we had a reprieve and as of right now it is only snowing a little. We had time to run all of our errands and make sure we have all the Thanksgiving shopping done. Thank you weather : )
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I am grateful for beautiful winter days. It is so pretty to see the snow coming down. Of course I like it better when I am able to stay in the house and not drive in it : )
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I am grateful for small pleasures, sitting and relaxing, enjoying the sunshine,
talking to my children. I hope to always remember the little things and show appreciation for them!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I am grateful for the blessing of contentment. That is not an easy one for me so when I have it I really appreciate it! A sense of contentment helps to to feel more at peace and I enjoy what life has to offer and that is a great way to be.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I am grateful for loving service that is extended to people throughout the world with no thought of praise or glory. I hope to be able to add to this service by extending my hands to help those in need whenever it is necessary.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Been feeling depressed today and not sure why so it is time to find something to be grateful for : ) I am thankful for being able to make a photo book so easy on I photos!
Even though it is taking a while to organize everything it is so much easier then anything we had access to in the past. Many thanks to the world of computers.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I am grateful for consistency. Chris and I have been working everday "consistently" to clean and organize the house and garage. We pick a small section to work on and spend several hours on it. We are finally seeing the results now after several months. It took us almost 40 years to gather all of this stuff so I know it will take a while to clean out. I appreciate the fact that we have been consistent in our resolution to do this project!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I am grateful for friends of times past, during other times of our lives. Chris and I met six of them today at a small diner to eat lunch. I realized how much I cared for each one of them and was so appreciative that I could spend time catching up on their past and present. Thank you for all good friends!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Back to trying to finish up my gratitude blog after weeks of inactivity. My life has become busy with a capital "B", but I make no excuses for not continuing. We had a lesson at church on sunday about gratitude. The teacher asked how we can remember to give thanks for our blessings and I rededicated myself right then to finish this blog.
Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and I hope to continue until then. I really am grateful for every blessing I receive everyday!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I am grateful for old western movies. I love Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and John Wayne! I like the old music and black and white pictures too. I enjoyed seeing the manners, respect and honor that they exhibited as they were being the heros of my youth. Wish there were movies like that today.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I am grateful that I can experience the beauty of nature so often. I was sitting by the river today and saw an osprey scoop a fish right out of the water (in front of me) and fly up the river! He or she was beautiful! The longer I spend by the river the more I get to see life revolving around it. I am truly grateful for this blessing.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I am grateful for planes! It is so great to be able to fly somewhere that takes forever driving. I know that some think that flying has lost its luster but think what it was like before we had that opportunity. When it does go well you get to your destination fast and ready to have fun : )
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I am very grateful when I can render service to others. It makes me feel good inside and helps me to appreciate the life I have. Giving charity to others helps to spread God's love around : )
Friday, October 15, 2010
I am grateful for my good heath so I can exercise every morning. It makes me feel good physically and mentally. I appreciate the fact that I can do it. There are so many who cannot.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
It has been too long since I wrote my gratitude blog. My daughter Shan came to visit with the grandsons for a week and then I turned around and went to a conference for one of my hobbies and didn't have access to a computer.
I am so grateful for God's grace and being able to repent of my sins. I am also grateful that my friends and family always forgive me and continue to encourage me in the ever allusive goal towards perfection.
Life is wonderful!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I am grateful for the beauty of art and the enjoyment I get from looking at gorgeous artwork. I also am blessed to have so many artists in the immediate family that I can go and enjoy their work.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I am grateful when our community pulls together and supports a cause. Chris and I went to a community meeting tonight that was organized by Rowland Heights. We are fighting a proposed 775 apartment complex that was originally zoned for a few homes. Everyone in the community does not want the extra traffic and congestion that will certainly come if it is built. I was amazed when I entered the banquet room (where the meeting was to be) and saw over 500 people there, my neighbors, standing up for something that they feel strongly about : )
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I am grateful for my computer : ) I have been scanning old pictures onto my photo program as well as typing recipes into my work program. I have a lot less junk in my house since I can put it on my computer.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I am grateful for patriotism. I love our country!!! I feel so blessed to live here and appreciate what privileges and responsibilities go with that.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I am grateful that I like to cook. I enjoy trying new recipes, but I also like to make my tried and true ones. I also appreciate that I like most foods and am willing to try almost anything once : )
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I am grateful for my fathers service as a captain in the 461st Bombardment Squad in the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force)during World War II. I just rediscovered a written account of my fathers missions from one of his crew and it is amazing, he was truly a real hero! How blessed I am to be his daughter : )
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I am grateful for home grown fruits and vegetables! I just stopped at our local farm stand to pick up some of the last of the season produce. I will certainly miss it until it comes back in January. We are blessed her in California to have a longer growing season so the produce stands stay open longer in the season and reopens earlier too.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I am slacking off! So many things going on the past week and I didn't keep up with the gratitude : ) Trying again....
I am grateful when a difficult task is completed. It feels so good especially after all the work and time put into it. Not only can you check it off your list but you feel a great sense of accomplishment!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I am grateful for my daughter Shannon whose birthday is today! She is a wonderful daughter who always thinks about my welfare and is concerned about me. I love her!!!
Monday, September 6, 2010
I am grateful when I have no aches and pains. Now that I am getting older I seem to get them often especially after I have worked hard. Wish it wasn't the case but at least I am still here regardless of the shape my body is in : )
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I am grateful for my wonderful husband Chris! He always supports me in whatever I do and gets so excited when I achieve my goals. He stands by me whatever happens and cares deeply about me. I love him so much!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I am grateful for the use of my legs and also grateful that I don't have any disabilities. I really admire those who have to deal with this every day, they are the greatest!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I am grateful for my aunt and uncle, Mimi and John. They are special people to me and I love to spend the afternoon with them. They are so kind and generous and really care about me. I appreciate them and hope that they will be part of my life for a while longer.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I am grateful for having a good memory (for the most part : ) My husband always asks me "How can you remember all of this stuff?" I like it because it helps me to cherish good times in my past.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I am grateful for air conditioning that works : ) It was 106 today and the little things we take for granted (that our ancestors did not have) are a very big deal today!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for that cool air : )
Monday, August 23, 2010
I am grateful for the great memories I have growing up a country girl! I loved being in 4-H showing my rabbits, goats and sheep. The fun times I had at 4-H camp and camping at the fairgrounds : ) Having these experiences helped me become responsible since the animals I had depended totally on me for their care. I also learned (the hard way) that
things don't always turn out the way you would like (especially when you have to accept the death of a favorite animal) but you can also experience tremendous joy (like the time I won the Senior Showmanship trophy)I wouldn't want to give up those memories!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Gratitude today is for finished projects! (whatever they may be : ) In this case I cannot divulge what the project is as the recipient may find out by reading this so will keep quiet : ) I love the feeling I get when I can check something off of my to do list.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I am grateful for my succulents and cactus plants. Blossoms have opened on my "Star Flower" succulents and they are beautiful and well as unusual looking. What a blessing to have the beauty of all kinds of flowers!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I am grateful for all the variety of food we have here is the United States. We are so blessed to have access to almost any kind of food or to make whatever meal we want. What a blessing that many in other countries do not have!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
I am grateful for the better quality of car that is available today, especially when traveling. I remember driving to college in my 1970 El Camino and wondering when my car would overheat, have transmission troubles or need a quart of oil. (and that isn't including flat tires) For the most part cars are safer and better then they were many years ago. (though I admit they were "cooler looking" back then : )
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I am grateful for having a desire to draw. I just started drawing six months ago basically because a good friend didn't want to go to the adult ed class by herself : ) I told her that I wasn't that interested but would go to give her support, then found out that I enjoy it! I also found out that my mom used to draw when she was young. I guess that means it was meant to be : )
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I am grateful for the spirit of co-operation : ) Chris and I went to Ikea today to look for a desk that we like for the office. After much debate we both agreed on the same desk. There was some give and take but we co-operated and came down to a mutually agreeable decision. (and we love our new desk : )
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I am grateful that I like to get silly sometimes : ) Laughing with friends or family over something silly helps me realize that laughter is a good medicine. I appreciate being able to be "goofy" sometimes!
Monday, August 9, 2010
I am grateful for county fairs! We went to visit the Clark County Fair today and had a great time. I love to visit the barns to see my favorite livestock and go through the home arts building and admire the quilts, flowers, paintings, ect, ect,. (and the food is good too : ) Fairs are an important part of our nations heritage and I appreciate the time I spend enjoying them!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I am grateful for being a pretty good cook : ) I have to admit that I get into a rut sometimes and make the same old meals but every so often I get excited about new recipes. Then I start checking out the cookbooks (on-line and on my shelf) It gives me a feeling of accomplishment to be able to create something that looks and tastes great.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I am grateful for the old 30's movies, Gene Autry westerns, Fred Astaire musicals, and especially Shirley Temple! They never cease to make me happy and to appreciate my life. There was something in them that fills me with an optimism that no matter what is happening everything will be alright. What a blessing that they are still available to watch and enjoy!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I am grateful that I have the strength of my convictions. It is difficult when others make fun of or condemn your beliefs. As our world changes my attitudes are considered archaic or old fashioned. I refuse to back down when I am attacked by others. It is a blessing to stand for what you believe.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I am grateful for good books. I love to read and enjoy all genres. I have been touched deeply through the years by some exceptional reads and appreciate them.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Sorry for the lapse in writing. I was at a yearly convention for my bobbin lace craft taking classes all day. Then when I got done we had dinners, meetins, banquets, ect. to go to. My head hit the pillow late every night exhausted. I didn't even look at the computer until the week was done.
I am grateful for national conventions where I can get together with long time friends that I do not see except once a year. Lots of hugs going on : ) and fun times too!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I have been trying to be grateful for difficulties in my life. That is why I like the quote for today. I know that they build my character and increase my compassion towards others. Its just not easy to say that I am grateful for them. Of course it is probably hard for everyone else too : )
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I appreciate going to a "good" movie. It is still the best way to watch a story on the big screen, if it is a quality picture. I tend to be selective as to what I spent my theater money on but I usually am not disappointed. It is fun!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I am grateful for county fairs : ) We just spent the evening at the Jackson County Fair in Central Point Oregon. I love to see all the exhibits (from home arts to the livestock) Trying out the different foods is fun too : ) The traditional fair is part of our American culture that I really appreciate!
Monday, July 19, 2010
I am very grateful for my ancestors. I have so many stories that have been told to me of their fortitude and courage in difficult circumstances. I believe that my parents strength came directly from their parents and grandparents who did their best in every facet of their life. I am blessed to be part of these families!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I am grateful for all the supplies I have to do my crafts. I feel blessed that I have access to and money for acquiring much of what I need. I wish I had more time in the day to enjoy it but I appreciate what time I do have!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I am grateful for my huge eucalyptus tree in the backyard! I planted it when my son Mike was born and it is now 33 years old. It is so majestic looking. During the spring the bees love it because of all the blossoms : ) I love to sit under it reading my books. It is a part of our family that we dearly love.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I am grateful for the bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables that we have this time of the year! Great things to eat and use for recipes : ) Many thanks for the good things to eat!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My gratitude today is for the beach. I love to stand and watch the waves as they break upon the sand, and feel the water wash over my feet. Standing by the pier and seeing the dolphins jumping through the sea and the pelicans diving to catch a fish or two. I am blessed to be able to see this sight and love to experience it!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I am grateful for my sister! We always stick together no matter what has happened in our lives. We have so much fun : ) Tonight we met my sister and her husband for dinner and I was reminded of how much I appreciate her!
Monday, July 12, 2010
I have been at a lace conference the last two days and worked on lace homework late into the night so did not write in my blog. Now my daughter Julie has arrived to visit so I will be struggling to keep up on the blog this week too : ) I will try tonight and hope to continue the rest of the week.
I am grateful for the confidence I have when I create lace. I finally consider myself an intermediate lacemaker and can take myself off the beginner list! It has been a long time getting to this position but I loved the journey and still want to continue on it. Making lace is a delight : )
Friday, July 9, 2010
We have been busy back in Cali the last few days and I have fallen into bed exhausted without writing my blog. Now I am trying again.
I am grateful for the beauty of art and paintings. Since I started sketching I have been drawn toward paintings of all types when I visit friends and neighbors. It is so interesting to find out that many of them were painted or drawn by family members. What a blessing to leave something for your posterity that they will love!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I am grateful for the deep sense of peace I feel in my life. It is such a blessing to be at peace with myself (most of the time) and have that calmness surrounding you.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
On this 4th of July I am so grateful for America and the freedom that we enjoy. I am also grateful for those who sacrificed so much to serve our country. I am blessed to live America!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more." -
I have been busy visiting with my son and his family the last few days and didn't get the blog written. I have been deralic in my duties : ) I am very grateful for the time I have been spending with them this holiday weekend. We have been going on day trips to Mt. St. Helens and the Oregon Coast and have had a great time. So many fun places to take a short trip too!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I am grateful for store employees who go out of their way to help me with a possible purchase. I had that experience today at a small business and really appreciate their thorough help and expertise. It is a small thing but means a lot to me.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I am grateful for baby voices on the phone : ) Just talked with one of my grandsons on the phone. He may be only one month shy of a year but he loves to babble to me! I love to hear them carry on.
They are the greatest!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I have to say I am grateful for antibiotics today. Yesterday it was over the counter medicines : ) I called my doctor and he contacted the pharmacy up here and I now have the medicine I need to recover. Hooray!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I am grateful for over the counter medicines that I can take when we are sick. I haven't been feeling well for the past two weeks and then today it all came crashing down on me. I sure appreciate the decongestants, coughing medicine, ect. that I can get to help me tolerate my condition : ) Hope I get better soon!
Friday, June 25, 2010
I am grateful for my new running shoes! I have been walking and jogging with an old pair of reeboks forever always saying that I didn't want to pay the money for a good pair of shoes.
I can't believe how lightweight and comfortable they are! I didn't even have to spend anytime breaking them in : ) Many thanks to Rafa and Julie for encouraging me to go for it and taking me to an extraordinary runners shoe store!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I am grateful for a river in my backyard : ) I spent the entire day by it (except when I had to eat!) It is so beautiful, perfect size, clear as can be, and the scenery can't be beat. I feel very blessed and give thanks for this place everyday!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I am grateful for sitting on my deck and enjoying the setting sun (and then seeing the moon rise : )
It was a pretty awesome sight!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I am grateful for books!!! I love to read and always have since I was young. I usually have at least three different books being read at one time and so many others waiting in the wings : ) There is nothing like falling into a book and being transported to another time and place!
Monday, June 21, 2010
I am grateful for the goals that we work towards and finally reach! They help us stretch ourselves to be a little better than we are. They give us pride in our accomplishments. We want to do more with our lives and work harder to achieve it. I appreciate having this desire to set goals and work on them!
Friday, June 18, 2010
I am grateful for good, uplifting movies. They make you feel like improving your life. They give you feelings of happiness and joy as trials and burdens are conquered. I appreciate the opportunity I have had through the years to see some wonderful pictures!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I am grateful that I don't normally cough all day long : ) I have not been able to shake this virus that I have. I thought I had but it flared up again today. It mostly makes me cough and have laryngitis and is not fun. I sure appreciate the fact that I am usually healthy more then I am sick : )
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I am grateful for the beauty of the mountains! Today was such a beautiful day, the majestic mountains, a perfect blue sky, and green everywhere. Spring has arrived late but it has been worth the wait. What a wonderful world it is!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I missed three days of writing : ( Unfortunately I got sick (combination of a bad cold and laryngitis) and slept most of the time (except when I was with the kids and grandkids) I have to say I am most grateful for my voice : ) I have only be able to whisper the last few days and I appreciate being able to talk without coughing now and having a decent sounding voice!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am grateful for the happiness I see in so many people who I come in contact with everyday. It is easy to get wrapped up in our difficulties and not give a smile to others. I appreciate those people who see the happiness in every situation!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I am grateful for my family, they are the greatest! It is such a special feeling to know that they care for me. I love them so much!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I have been sick with an intestinal flu the last two days so I know what I am very thankful for. That would be a peaceful happy stomach : ) It is easy for me to forget my good health until I am sick. I appreciate feeling healthy most of the time!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I am grateful that I think of being grateful for things! I hope it doesn't sound confusing. What I mean is that I realize that I am appreciating more everyday the blessings I have, and giving thanks for that!
Friday, June 4, 2010
I am grateful for the cars that we have now, that for the most part have fewer mechanical problems then when I was a new driver. I remember traveling with my parents (and when I was first driving) and all the breakdowns we would have. Now when I travel we rarely have mechanical problems. They aren't perfect by any means. I just think that it is better than it used to be.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I am grateful for living in a land where I can eat well. I sometimes forget that there are people all over the world who do not have enough to eat. We are truly blessed in this country to have a plentiful supply of food to prepare for our meals.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I am grateful for exercise : ) Every morning I walk/jog about five miles (half of it with my husband) There are times when I really look forward to it and then there are days when I have to push myself to start. I find that after wards I always feel better, so I am glad I make myself do it.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I am grateful for the Memorial Day holiday. I am glad that a day was set aside to honor those people who chose to serve in the military. Many thanks to them, the ones in the past as well as present. Many more thanks to those who never came home and gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I am grateful for the telephone (or cell phone) : ) Can you imagine how sad it would be to not hear your loved one's voice! My grand daughter called me today so excited because she lost her first tooth. She told me all about it and I had so much fun listening to her. It wouldn't have been the same in a letter (or email : )
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I am grateful for people who accept me and my faults and who like me as I am : ) We all have different personalities as well as what we like and dislike. I am blessed when family and friends love me anyway!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I am grateful for my aunt and uncle who are 83 years young! I visited them today and took them out to eat. My aunt is my moms only remaining sister who is still with us. She reminds me so much of my mom and I love to talk to her about all those great memories of yesterday. Such great blessings I have!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I am grateful for the act of forgiveness (especially when I am the recipient ) Sometimes I know what I have done is wrong, other times I am unaware of the hurt I caused. Either way I am grateful for the forgiveness that is extended to me by those who I have offended. I am blessed by them and am humbled by their kindness.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I am grateful that I can be busy and accomplish many things. I just have to be careful that I don't overdue it or feel like I haven't done enough. When I appreciate what I get done and don't fret about what didn't get done I feel empowered. I know that I can look forward to the next day with confidence.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I am grateful for the small acts of service that I see all around me everyday! I have been the recipient of some of these acts but I also see them occur for others many times each day. There are so many kind people who give of themselves : ) Many thanks to them!
Monday, May 24, 2010
I am grateful when something is finished : ) (especially after the stress that it took to finish it )
Our bathroom is now done and looks beautiful! It was stressful to work around the mess but is well worth it now : )
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We are having our guest bathroom updated. It is looking good and I am so grateful to be able to do it. The people we got to remodel are great and should have it done by tomorrow. We have only been without a second bathroom for two days. They are speedy but good! I feel so blessed to have
it : )
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I am grateful for birthday celebrations! Today was Chris' birthday and we enjoyed the day together. We went to the beach and ate dinner next to the pier at Duke's restaurant. So much fun!
Friday, May 21, 2010
I am grateful to go out to the movies. It is fun to sit in a movie theater and watch the "big screen!" Some pictures are just better to watch in the dark. (with a bag of popcorn : )
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am grateful for the close relationship I have with my heavenly father. I find it easy to talk to him in conversations as well as prayer. I am blessed by the constant love he gives me and I know that he cares for my well being in a personal way : )
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I enjoy reading about the local history where I live (or visit) It makes me appreciate the area around me and I learn so many interesting things. I think it makes regular history more personal and intriguing. It is like stepping back in time for a short while to see what was going on around you!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I am grateful for grown children who consider it important to be the best parents they can be! They feel just like I did when I was a young parent, we were so unsure and wanted to do the best we could. They strive to do their best and it shows with my grandchildren. I am so blessed that they are my children : )
Monday, May 17, 2010
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here. - John Greenleaf Whittier
I am grateful for having enough money to enjoy life. I know that money is not everything but it is nice not to have to worry about paying the bills. I am blessed to have enough to take care of my needs and a little to have fun with. I appreciate this blessing!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I love to laugh! (remember Mary Poppins!) and I am grateful when I get the chance to be goofy. When I get started it is hard to stop but it makes me feel so good inside. I think it is true that laughter is the best medicine!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I am grateful for the gift to persevere. I don't always finish the "race" but more times than not I actually do achieve my goal. It gives me a great feeling when I do!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I am grateful for the power of prayer in my life. I feel blessed that my prayers are answered so frequently. I know that I am loved by my heavenly father and he is always mindful of me. How thankful I am for this knowledge.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I am grateful for the modern conveniences that we have! There are too many to count but I appreciate them all : ) Some favorites are central air conditioning ( I don't know how I survived in So Cal before that) and microwave ovens (how did I ever cook some things? ) I do appreciate all of the things that we sometimes take for granted. : )
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I am grateful for giving service to others. By helping others in need I tend to forget my trials and difficulties. I appreciate the blessings that I have and hope to help others to recognize the blessings that they still have in their life.
Monday, May 10, 2010
My gratitude today is for friends who willingly help me to learn something new. They give of their time and expertise to teach me some technique that I do not know. It is always generously given and I appreciate their love and kindness!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I am grateful for spring days spent in the park, which is just what I did today : ) The weather was picture perfect, sunny but not too hot, and a little breeze. I was doing what I love, making lace! And it was spent at a cute little park in uptown Whittier on their birthday. I appreciate the little things that come my way along with the big ones!
Friday, May 7, 2010
I am grateful for my mom and dad! They did so much for me when I was a child and probably spoiled me a little too much : ) I know that they expected me to be a good person and I have always tried to be that for them. They have been gone now for nine years but I still think of them when I have decisions to make. I think we all want our parents to be proud of the person that we have become. I know that I was richly blessed by their love and support!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I am grateful for the help I receive when I need it. It comes from friends, acquaintances, and total strangers! I truly am blessed by so many people who go out of their way to help and guide me along my human journey : )
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
because I had no shoes
until upon the street,
I met a man who had no feet." - Anonymous
I am grateful for all types of four legged friends, that help lift us up and give us so much joy in life. They give us unconditional love as well as some crazy times but we love it!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I appreciate having a good doctor that tries to help me when I am ill and wants me to stay healthy. I visited him today so he could check my hand and wrist, which have been bothering me lately. I have to rest my hand more and wear an arm brace when I am working on my projects or typing on the computer. Hopefully it will not get any worse then that. I am blessed to have my doctor.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I am grateful for the gift of wisdom. It has helped me through some situations that could have been difficult if not for this gift. If I follow my own advice (after I think things over carefully) I am always blessed.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I just watched a DVD tonight called the "Passion of the Marathon." It told about several different people who were preparing for the Chicago Marathon and what drove their passion to run. I have to say that I am grateful for uplifting entertainment that motivates us to improve our life.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I am grateful for the serendipity that occurs to us every now and then : ) I have been at a heavily attended conference/convention this week with over 2000 people in attendance. I stepped into one class with close to 200 people trying to find seats. I found an empty one and asked the lady sitting in the next seat if it was taken. She looked so familar to me. We started talking and realized that we knew each from the same church group years ago. How good are the chances that I would end up in the same class as her and sitting next to her? Amazing!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I am grateful for an appreciation of history, especially America's history. Our country has an amazing story to tell that more people need to know about. If I could have a wish it would be that everyone who lives in the United States would appreciate and love this country and study its history.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I have been having a difficult time keeping up with my gratitude blog this week. I have been participating in a national convention for genealogical research since Monday. The days start early in the morning and end late at night. I have been exhausted by the end of the day so missed some of my blog entries. I will write an entry tonight before I collapse into bed : )
I am grateful to go to conferences such as this one. The classes are excellent and help to build on the skills that I need to find my ancestors. It has been well worth the effort to attend!
Monday, April 26, 2010
I am grateful for my ancestors! As I do more family history research I realize how much they did for me before I ever arrived : ) They showed courage and strength during difficult times and left a legacy that I am blessed to be a part of!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I am grateful when I am surrounded by family. I don't always have that opportunity since they do not live close by so when the big events in our life happen (birthdays, holidays...) I cherish them. I appreciate being able to be together with my family!
Friday, April 23, 2010
I am grateful for my good heath. I feel very blessed to be well most of the time! I too often complain (alot : ) when I am sick or hurting when I should appreciate how often I am doing well. I hope to improve my attitude and always be grateful for my health.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I am grateful for the unconditional love that we get from our pets. They love us just as we are! They find their way into our hearts and fill them with love. What a blessing it is to have them in our families : )
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I am grateful for my son-in-law Rafael who ran and finished his first marathon today! He participated in the Salt Lake City marathon which started from the University of Utah and finished at the Gateway Mall. All of my children and grandchildren were there to see him finish. I am so blessed to have such great kids (and their spouses : )
Friday, April 16, 2010
We went to the Oregon Zoo today. I love to see all of the animals! I am so grateful for the many kinds of animals there are on our world. They make everything so interesting and fun (even the unusual ones : ) Taking in the majesty of a huge tiger or the antics of the chimpanzee is such a blessing!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I am grateful for the quote above by Helen Keller. It is true that our handicaps, adversity, trials ect., will help us to find out who we really are if we let them. We will also learn more about God and what work he has for us to do. I do not like to have hardship but if you look at it with the perspective of gratitude you do find yourself. You become a changed person.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I am grateful when a person is responsible and follows through with their commitments. My parents felt very strong about this value and taught it to my sister and myself. We had to finish what we started and do it well. I appreciate that they did this and tried to do the same with my children.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I am grateful for Netflix! Any movie that I could ever want to see (from the beginning of movie making until now) I can rent from them. It is a mindless pleasure I know but still fun!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I've been incognito for the past week but am finally back! I have been having major pain in my hands and wrists and decided I needed to stay off the computer as well as my other hobbies for awhile. I just started back today and am still hurting. Looks like I will have to head to my doctor soon. I have to say what I am most grateful for is what I don't have right now, pain free hands and arms : )
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I am grateful for the kindness that is shown to me, especially when I least deserve it. Many thanks to my wonderful husband who cares so much!
Friday, April 2, 2010
I am grateful for good music! I love to listen to my favorite mix of songs on my ipod. They bring back so many memories : ) Music also touches my soul and brings me closer to the spirit. It is an important blessing in my life.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I am grateful when I look for the good in every situation. I admit that I don't always see it but when I do I can see a "silver lining" in the individual storm clouds of life. I guess I think of the "good" being the shelter that we find after we have been out in the rain. It may only shelter us for a short time but helps us to dry out and then continue on. Recognizing that good in any situation helps to strengthen our gratitude.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am grateful for being alive. Experiencing life everyday and looking at everything through the glasses of gratitude is amazing. I notice so much more than I used to. I appreciate my life so much!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I am grateful when I run into friends, that I have not seen for a long time, and find out that they are still committed to their ideals and faith. Even though we may have been separated by miles and years we are still close in our beliefs. Many thanks to them for the strength they give me!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I don't want to take anything for granted in my life. I am so grateful for what I have been given and I hope I will always remember that. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day living and forget all the blessings we have (the small ones as well as the big ones!)
Friday, March 26, 2010
I am grateful for the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a project (whatever it may be) I can cross it off my to do list and move on. It makes me feel like I can do anything and gives me the incentive to continue and finish more in my life.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I am grateful when I have peace of mind. It is something that does not come easily to me and I can get so wrapped up in the problems of the world as well as my own personal problems. I have to work on having that peace but when I get it life becomes a positive experience.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I am grateful that even when everything seems to be changing all around you there can still be things that stay the same. I visited my aunt and uncle today. They have lived in their home for over 50 years and still have it the same as when I was a child. They also live their lives much the same way as they did those many years ago, caring, responsible, loving happy people. When I step into their home I journey back in time. I feel my parents presence all around me. I truly love being there!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I am grateful for a set of ideals that I try to strive for. There will always be others that are watching us silently to see what we believe and how we act. Something we do that may seem insignificant to us might make a lasting impression on them. I hope that I can continue to live up to the ideals that I strive for.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I am grateful that I have come to realize the importance of enjoying the "journey" and not waiting for the "destination" to determine my happiness in life. So many wonderful things have happened on this journey I started at birth and I want to continue to appreciate them. I don't want to think that the final destination is the only important thing. Everyday is a journey that I am blessed to participate in!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I am grateful for gentle reminders of my mom. At church today we had several visitors in the church women's group and one of them had a replica of the same bible cover that my mom used. I had never seen anyone up to today that had that same one. I felt as if my mom was saying Hi to me and letting me know everything is alright : ) It felt so good!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I am grateful for our church women's organization, the Relief Society, and all the service they do for others. My life as well as many others has been blessed by this group in both difficult and joyous occasions. The women there are truly my "sisters" and I appreciate them so much!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Nathaniel Parker Willis
I am grateful for quiet times to ponder and reflect on my life. Sometimes life is too busy and crazy. Today I had one of those opportunities to meditate and I appreciate it!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve others. I spent part of today helping a friend unpack after moving. This move was very hard on her, as they lost their home of over 30 years due to financial problems. She needed emotional help as well as physical and I hope that I contributed to that in a small way. When I serve others it blesses me : )
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I am grateful for prayers offered in my behalf, many times without my knowledge. I am very blessed and strengthened by these prayers. They cloak me with a feeling of protection and peace.
Many thanks to family and friends who care for me enough to keep me on their prayer rolls : )
I just got back late and missed my deadline for my gratitude blog : ( Oh well, I will do two for March 17 (one now and one at night) Since it is officially St. Patricks Day I want to say that I am grateful for the celebration of this holiday! I am part Irish and sure have it in my blood! I love to make corned beef and cabbage, green dip, and green cookies : ) Some holidays are too fun to miss and I do appreciate having them!
Monday, March 15, 2010
I am very grateful that I am keeping a blog of my family and what we are doing. It can be tiring sometimes but I know that future generations will appreciate seeing and reading what we were doing in the Kingsley family. (and most of the time I enjoy making it : )
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I am grateful for kisses, hugs, and "I love you, grandma" from my grandkids : ) They are so genuine when they give their affection and they truly mean what they say. What a warm, wonderful feeling it is to know that I am loved no matter what by these small precious people!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I am grateful for time to play! Chris and I are in Utah for our grandson Zachary's 3rd birthday and did we have fun! There is a pirate/pizza place (a lot like Chucky Cheese) with games and rides and that is where my daughter had Zac's big party. Everything there is based on a pirate theme and that is Zac's big thing right now. All the family joined in and we had a great time. I appreciate that time to laugh and play : )
Friday, March 12, 2010
Nelson A. Miles
I am so grateful for the care and concern people show to me. I am blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who are always watching out for me. This includes those who do not live nearby, as they show their love by internet or phone : ) I love all of them and appreciate everything they do!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I am grateful that I take a stand for something I believe in. I used to be quiet and not speak when a controversial subject came up. I now express my opinion quietly but with conviction. I don't feel that emotions should take over and a subject should turn into a yelling match. We all have feelings that make us who we are and we should be treated with respect. When I express my opinion I know it helps me to be a stronger person .
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I am grateful that I can walk without any problems. I usually walk 3 miles every morning and have taken it for granted. I realize that I am blessed to be able to walk easily and use it as a form of exercise. I enjoy doing it because it gives me a chance to spend time outside and it helps me get a good start for the day. I appreciate being able to walk : )
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I am grateful for Itunes : ) It is really fun to be able to get my favorite songs and mix them together in my own CD. I have been amazed at how many songs I have been able to find!
Maybe this is not as important as my health, happiness, ect., but I sure appreciate it anyway : )
Monday, March 8, 2010
I am grateful that I feel compassion for other people. If I stay in tune with my feelings and try to connect with another person I can feel their pain. There is so much suffering around us everyday but we can help. We need to really listen to those in sorrow and the compassion will follow.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I am grateful that I have to struggle sometimes to try to be better. Whether it is a character trait or learning a new skill I know that challenges pertaining to it will help me to grow. When I achieve my goal it will mean much more to me if I have to work at it.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I am grateful for the birds that come visit in our backyard. I have feeders hanging up on our shade shelter with different kinds of bird seed to attract all types of birds. I love to look out the back window and watch their antics. We even have a trio of woodpeckers who clown around as they are eating : ) It is great fun!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I am grateful that I want to keep trying! When I lose my temper, become impatient, or make any mistake I still want to try again. It is important to me to work on improving my character even when I do stumble. I am blessed when I try again (and again : )
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I am grateful for my fourth grand child and third grandson, Luke. He and his cousin Tyson were born about five weeks apart and it has been so fun to see them grow together. "Little Luke" as he is called is now seven months old and so much fun. He likes to shriek and say ma ma . He likes to study every person he meets and then all of a sudden give them a big smile. I am so grateful that he is part of my life!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I am grateful for my third grandchild and second grandson, Tyson. We like to call him Ty, Ty : ) He is almost nine months old and is growing so fast! Tyson has always had such an amazing smile. Whatever is happening he is always smiling! It is so special and everyone wants to smile with him.
He has a sweet personality and adores his big brother Zachary. I am so blessed to have him in my life!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I am grateful for my second grandchild and first grandson, Zachary! He will be turning three years old next week. Zachary is a very loving, sweet spirit and is so excited with dinosaurs and pirates.
He adores his baby brother and likes to help his mother around the house. I can't believe how old he is, I still remember when he was a baby. What a blessing he is in my life : )
Monday, March 1, 2010
I am grateful for my oldest grandchild and only grand daughter Marielle! She is so talented as an artist and violinist. She has a special spirit, and is always so enthusiastic about everything. I love to talk to her on the phone and miss her when I can't visit . I am blessed that she my grand daughter!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I am grateful for my middle child! She recently had her first baby and is so excited about every thing he is doing. I am amazed at how she easily she has slipped into motherhood. When I had my first child I was so worried about everything! That doesn't seem to be the case with her. I appreciate being her mom and watching her be a new mom : )
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I am grateful for all of the comforts that I take for granted. I am blessed with transportation, food, and shelter that are far superior to many people in the world. I do appreciate this, though at times I forget how blessed I really am. Then I see the difficulties others face and pray for forgiveness.
Many thanks for all that I have!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Nathaniel Parker Willis
I love rivers! The beauty, power, sound, feel, everything about them. I feel so blessed to be able to spend many moments by one particular river (my Washougal ) as well as seeing others during my travels. They bring me so much peace and happiness : )
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I am grateful for the Olympics! I love to watch all the events and root for my favorite individual or team. I especially love the figure skating and have ever since I was in high school watching Peggy Fleming win the gold medal : ) I admire the perseverance and hard work that all the athletes have and feel blessed by their courage even when their event doesn't turn out as they planned. They always try to do their best.
Best of luck to all the Olympic participants!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I am grateful for the awesome beauty of this country that I live in! There are so many places to visit in America that are totally amazing. I have been blessed to be able to visit almost all of the national parks and almost every state in the union. I feel very humble and so grateful for that opportunity : )
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
-The Bible Phil 4:6 NKJV
I am grateful for the little things that I pray about that get answered. I appreciate them as much as the big prayers. I am blessed by everyone that is answered, and there have been many. Today two small prayers were answered to add to my countless others!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I am very grateful to live in a free country where I have the opportunity to choose my own path in life. I am so appreciative that I can live where I want, travel wherever I can, and speak out about what I believe in. What a blessing it is to live in America!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
You Will Receive More To Be Grateful For." -Chuck Danes
I am grateful for this blog that helps me to remember what blessings I have every day!
By writing down what I appreciate each day I tend to think of what is right with my life and not what is wrong : )
Friday, February 19, 2010
I am grateful for all the teachers that I have had throughout my life. I have learned so much from them! I appreciate all that I have been taught and feel blessed to have had their help.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I feel very blessed today for answered prayers. My daughter and I had been praying for help for a difficult situation in her life and our prayers were answered. I am so grateful for the power of prayer !
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I am grateful that I committed myself to writing this blog for the year. I never want to feel ungrateful and by being committed I tend to think about what I am grateful for during the day. If I start feeling sorry for myself I make myself remember what blessings there are in my life. : )
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I am grateful for days that I can relax and rest! I really needed that today after a full weekend of lace conference. I stayed up way too late and pushed myself too much. Today I was able to rest and it felt good.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I am grateful for small acts of kindness. Whenever I try to be kind all through the day I appreciate my life so much more. I feel so blessed that many of the people who are part of my life are so very kind!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The quote that I decided to put on my gratitude blog has a lot to do with what I am grateful for today. I have had some extreme "kingdoms of night" but I emerged from them with more empathy and gratitude then before. I think that we appreciate what we are grateful for more when we are refined in the fire of adversity.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I am grateful for enthusiasm! It is so great to feel excited! I was in class today learning a new lace and was so jazzed to be there. Everyone else in the room was also caught up in the experience : )
It was a perfect day!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I am grateful for the talent I have of making lace. I just started a lace conference today that continues through the weekend. I spent all of today trying to finish off a very large project and almost got it all done. Only a little more to do! I love this craft (even though most of my friends think I am either crazy, or extremely patient, or both : ) It totally has me hooked! I have had to work hard on it for many years to finally feel like I am possibly now an intermediate lacemaker, but I am still proud of that : )
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I am grateful for my youngest child "my baby!" She is always interested in what I am doing and how I am feeling. I love to talk to her and hear all the news about my grandsons : ) She is a wonderful mom too! I am blessed to have her be part of my life : )
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I am grateful that my family and friends are always concerned about me. I know that they are genuine in their concern and it shows. I am so blessed that there are so many people who care!
Monday, February 8, 2010
I went to see a movie this afternoon called "Extraordinary Measures." After seeing it I have to say that I am very grateful that my three children were healthy and had no life threatening illnesses!
It told the story of a family where two of their children had a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Pompe. The survival rate was up to nine years old, with most dying by that age. Through the help of a doctor a new drug was created and it has helped their children to keep going and thrive. It was quite heart wrenching to watch it.
I have been blessed to have children with no major health issues and I am so grateful!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I am grateful to be able to share in people's difficulty and pain. Empathy was not a character trait that came easily for me until my parents passed away. Now I seem to feel a persons sorrow even if the trial they are having is not something I have experienced. I feel blessed to have this trait. I hope that I can be of some comfort to those who need it and am so grateful to those friends who showed me empathy throughout my life.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I don't know how I did it but I missed a day! Oh well.......
I am grateful that I can forgive myself for non-perfection in my life : ) I still enjoy showing my gratitude for everyday and will continue as best I can. I appreciate my acceptance of myself and my limitations!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I have been blessed with a desire to always keep learning. I want to continue to gain more knowledge and hope to always cherish the intelligence that I possess now. I love the excitement that I feel when I learn something new!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I am grateful for our first flower that bloomed today! I have all kinds of bulbs planted around our eucalyptus trees and the daffodils are always the first to bloom. I didn't realize that they were so close to opening until I looked out the window. I almost missed the first one! We have tulips, iris, daffodils and crocus that explode with color every spring. It never ceases to amaze me when they appear every year. I feel so blessed to see this beauty from God.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I am grateful for waterfalls! Anytime we are traveling and I find out there is a waterfall nearby I have to see it. Standing close to them makes my heart soar! There is so much majesty and power you can feel as you are near them. It always seems to restore my soul after visiting one. My favorites are Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and all of the falls in Yosemite Valley (Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Falls) in California. I am blessed every time I am able to see one : )
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
I am grateful for a son that is so talented in the computer department! I had a problem with my email program and he went online, connected up to my computer, and fixed the problem today.(probably took him five minutes) It is a real blessing to have his help. Thanks, Mike!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I am grateful for very old friends (I don't mean old in years : ) that I have lost contact with but recently found. I have reconnected with several friends from my high school, and young married years and it is wonderful to talk with them again. We have all gotten older but that's okay. They bring back memories of all the crazy fun times we had and it is hard to believe so many years have passed by. I am blessed by all of them!
Friday, January 29, 2010
I am grateful today for eulogies at funerals that help me to remember a wonderful life. Chris and I went to the funeral of a friend and co-worker who passed away at the age of 98! Benny led a fulfilling life and was honored by family and friends. What a blessing it is to give thanks for a life well lived.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I am grateful for my memories of my parents. I ate lunch with a dear friend today and we got to talking about the little things that we liked about our mom's. We each got a little weepy but enjoyed so much our trip down memory lane. I am blessed with a good memory and appreciate being able to remember these times.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I am grateful for my husband! He is always concerned for my welfare and encourages me to try new things. He also takes care of so many tasks that need to be done everyday, which helps me so much. I know that he loves our children and grandchildren and would do anything for them.
I am blessed that he is a part of my life!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am grateful for courage to try something new. I went to a drawing/art class today after much fear and trepidation. I have always admired my father-in-law's talent as a watercolor artist. Then I found out from my aunt that my mother used to also draw and paint in her youth. I decided to take that step and start my drawing career. I was blessed with a gracious and helpful teacher and new friends to encourage me on my first day of class. I'm so glad that I took that first step.
Monday, January 25, 2010
I am grateful to be able to walk, dance, run! It is so easy to take the ability to move around for granted. I am truly blessed to have the full use of my body to do whatever I want and that is a precious gift!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I am grateful for the feeling of peace in my life. I know that there are many things to worry about both in the world and in my personal life, but I am blessed to have the peace to know that everything will be fine. I am so thankful for this knowledge.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I am grateful for the beautiful blue sky and white clouds that were part of this wonderful day.
I loved looking up above me on such a glorious afternoon! Everything looks so clean and pure after all the rain. I am truly blessed : )
Friday, January 22, 2010
I am grateful for the trust that friends and family members have in me. To share and confide hardships to anyone can be a difficult situation. I appreciate the fact that they feel they can share their feelings with me, and I will try my best to keep that trust.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I think hail looks so cool! We have had very unsettled weather in Southern California with many days of rain, wind, lightning, and hail! So my appreciation today is for the hail. We so rarely have weather like this and the tiny, little round balls of ice are so fun. Of course I am glad that they are not large round balls of ice. That would not be kind to my mini cooper : )
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I am grateful for feeling hope in my life. Sometimes the difficulties that I am going through seem so hard but then I think of the power of hope. It helps me to carry on through the adversity that we all have at one time or another. I am blessed to have that hope that helps me to carry on.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
My gratitude today is for my eyesight. I had an eye doctor appointment today and it looks like I might have to have cataract surgery in my left eye next year. After I was done with my appointment, I realized how blessed I was to be able to see (even though it is with thick lensed glasses) and I gave thanks that there are modern medical advances that can give me that peace of mind.
Monday, January 18, 2010
I was certainly grateful today for having a cozy warm house to stay inside, while So Cal was battered by pouring rain and high winds. They started last night but got increasingly worse when the morning came around. Curling up with a good book, computer, or craft project was most enjoyable : )
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I am grateful for being a Christian and the belief I have in my savior, Jesus Christ. I am blessed with the peace and assurance that when I die I will be resurrected and live with him again!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I am grateful for the lace guild meetings that I go to every month. It is fun to get together with people who have my same interest, the creation of beautiful lace. There is always a lot of laughter and interesting conversation. We care about each other as well as what we do for a hobby. It is a blessing to be involved and to be able to help and I appreciate the time I spend with my lace friends.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I am blessed with a very special father-in-law. He is really talented and is also very kind to me. He has painted many pictures over the years and I admire his artistic skill. I am thankful that I became a part of his family so long ago!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am thankful for the way the house looks after I work at cleaning it up : ) I have a hard time expressing gratitude for housework but I do love the feeling I have after it is all done. Everything looks so good! So I would have to say I am blessed by it!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I have to say (after having to run errands most of the day) that I am grateful to have a reliable car! (and I am especially blessed to have a mini cooper : ) What a great car she is and trouble free. (cute too : ) Molly Mini is now six years old and still going strong, and I sure appreciate that!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I am grateful that I can sit and daydream in a quiet house. Not that I want to do it all the time only that I can when I want to. I remember that was something I really missed when I was a young mother : ) What a blessing peace and quiet can be!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I am grateful that I have rules that I need to follow in order to avoid the consequences that can come when they are broken. I would feel like I was floundering in the ocean with no way to reach shore without them. I am blessed with confidence and peace when I am obedient to the standards I have set for myself.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I am grateful for my faith in a loving god. I know that he is there watching over me and looks out for my welfare. I am blessed everyday by his spirit and appreciate the fact that I have a firm belief. What a strength it has been for me all through my life!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I am thankful for the many birds that visit our backyard all year round. I love to put up bird feeders filled with the different seeds so I can see all kinds of birds. Since I just got back home I spent a few minutes this morning filling up the feeders as well as the hummingbird nectar. I feel blessed when I hear the birds singing and appreciate their antics on my patio. It is one of my small pleasures : )
Friday, January 8, 2010
I discovered Hulu today (an on-line tv and movie website) I found some of my favorite old TV shows and watched several of them. Its so amazing that I can see so many of them from the time I was a child through today. I am grateful for being able to watch these shows some of which I have not seen for years! Such fun!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
My sister is on my list of top blessings that I have in my life. It is just her and I now since our parents have past on. We are completely different personalities and do not look alike either. What we have in common is faith, courage, and tenacity that molded our life, as we faced trials and adversity. I appreciate her more than I can say. Love ya, Sis!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I am grateful for the good manners of strangers. There are days when I bemoan the demise of manners and then I am surprised by wonderful people who keep it alive. I witnessed it today as a recipient and spectator, small acts of graciousness that touched my heart. I am truly thankful for this kindness.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I consider myself pretty blessed when it comes to my grandchildren. They are all super special and such a joy to be with. I appreciate being able to spend time with them (even though it might not be as much as some grandparents have) They all have different personalities and that is what makes it so much fun. I never want to get over that feeling I get every time I get a hug and kiss (from the older ones) and smiles (from the babies)
Monday, January 4, 2010
I am grateful that I have the desire to follow through with any commitment I make to others. My parents instilled this in me when I was young. They told me "If you tell a person that you are going to do something then you do it." I have had my share of times when I didn't want to finish but knew it was the right thing to do. I appreciate this because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment for a job done well.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I appreciate that we have the scriptures to study the word of God. It is a blessing to me to follow the teachings in the scriptures and pray for guidance in my life. I have found many answers to my questions and problems there and am grateful for the help I have received.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
We had family pictures taken today with the children and grandchildren. As I stood there with all of my family I realized how blessed I was. I am so grateful for them, they are the best!
Friday, January 1, 2010
I am blessed to be able to start out with a brand new year and find gratitude in every day of it.
Help me to remember to be grateful whatever happens each day!