Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thou hast given so much to me,
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.
~George Herbert

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

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown

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

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

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

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning

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

Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer - Verbena Woods

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

Thanks are justly due for boons unbought. ~Ovid

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

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~Aldous Huxley

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

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. ~Estonian Proverb

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

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. ~Henry Clay

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

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. ~Joseph Addison

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 feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. ~Benjamin Disraeli

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

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good

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

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. ~Bertolt Brecht, Jungle of Cities, 1924

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

Gratitude is the best attitude. ~Author Unknown

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

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. ~William Faulkner

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

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. ~Robert Quillen

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

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

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 each new morning with its light,
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

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher

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 would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton

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

Praise the bridge that carried you over. ~George Colman

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

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Adabella Radici

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

If you have lived, take thankfully the past. ~John Dryden

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

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

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

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

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

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

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

"Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns." - Marc Estrin

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

"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." - David Steindl-Rast

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

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melodie Beattie

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

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children." - Nancy Friday

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

"What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life." - Oprah Winfrey

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!