Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Thanks are justly due for things got without purchase." - Ovid

I am grateful for my good health! Except for some small things I am still doing well and feel blessed that I am healthy.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." - Bible

I am grateful for my ancestors especially my grandparents. I did not know them, they passed away before I was born, but I feel their spirit and guiding help. They had difficult lives but did well raising their children. I look up to them and feel blessed to be in their family.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them. " - Francois De La

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

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. " - Mark Twain

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

"He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well." - Balthasar Gracian

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

"Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give." - Edwin Arlington Robinson

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

"There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. " - Seneca

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

"Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it. " - Lord Halifax

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've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds With coldness still returning; Alas! the gratitude of men Hath often left me mourning. " - William Wordsworth

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

"Gratitude is the memory of the heart." - Jean Baptiste Massieu

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

"There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves. " - Charles De Secondat

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

"Gratitude isn't a burdening emotion." - Loretta Young

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

"Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness."
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

"A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude. " - Ruth Benedict

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

"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." - Alfred North Whitehead

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 : )
"Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. " - Sophocles

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

"We need to thank all of our troops, and particularly those for whom we can never express enough gratitude for they have given their lives so that all of us may be free and that our democracy can be a shining light for the rest of the world. " - Virgil Goode

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

"We players understand we have the best lives in the world. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our fans, everyone who supports us. " - Bruce Bowen

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

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics." - Bill Vaughan

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

"These are hallowed moments, when every American has reason to express his gratitude to Almighty God that it has been our good fortune to witness the light of this auspicious morn." -
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

"When someone saves your life and gives you life, there's gratitude, humility; there's a time you've been so blessed you realize you've been given another chance at life that maybe you did or didn't deserve." - Pat Summerall

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

"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. " - Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

"We feel an enormous sense of gratitude towards the American people. " - Jean Pierre Raffarin

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

"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." - Jeff Miller

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

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." - Freidrich Nietzsche

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

"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts." - Henri Frederic Amiel

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

"One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

"No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." - Alfred North Whitehead

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

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." - James Herriot

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 feel, as never before, how justly, from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor" - Edward Everett

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

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." - Denis Waitley

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!