A month of gratitude...

Thursday, November 28, 2013
All month I have been secretly adding to this running list.  As I think of things or God gives me perspective, I add to the list.  This list is certainly not exhaustive or any particular order...it just serves to remind me how much I have to be thankful for EVERY day and how little time I spend worshipping our Heavenly Father in praise of what He has done for me!
  • Running water
  • Warm HOT shower
  • comfy bed
  • clean clothes
  • washing machine and dryer
  • dishwasher
  • money in the bank
  • a reliable car
  • friends who I can be "ME" with
  • Our God, creater of all beautiful things, who never gives up on me
  • God's teaching and stirring in my heart
  • Willing friends who run with my ideas
  • My kiddos - they melt my heart 
  • Solon's teachers who love him when I can't be there
  • library filled with great librarians and lots of good books and DVDs
  • Our backyard view and incredible sunsets
  • warm slippers
  • comfy pants
  • playmates for my kiddos
  • awesome neighbors
  • a hubby who takes out the trash and throws away the poopy diapers
  • a full night of sleep
  • vacations as a family
  • warm shower all by myself
  • someone helping me get my stuff out at the gym
  • Gym nursery workers who love my kids
  • devoted Sunday school teachers
  • serving as a family
  • having friends over to our house
  • cooking with the kids
  • a clean kitchen floor
  • putting my feet up
  • catching up on some favorite tv shows
  • an encouraging scripture
  • Christmas decorations
  • family date nights
  • egg nog in my coffee
  • a supportive hubby
  • laughter
  • the first minutes I get into bed at night and take a deep breath
  • waking up after a full night of sleep
  • a hard sweaty workout
  • cable TV (after a 3 year hiatus)
  • a decorated staircase 
  • simple craft projects that make our house a home
  • Diet mountain dew (I have a love-hate relationship with you)
  • Lisa at the Target Cafe who we have gotten to know and her story
  • Esther the Target checkout lady
  • smell of a Christmas candle
  • a clean home
  • McDonald's french fries
  • friends who come and hang out
  • girls nights
  • date night
  • fire in the fire place
  • relaxing under a warm blanket
  • flannel sheets
  • heat on my feet in the car
  • socks on a cold day
  • comfy pants
  • my kids singing together
  • good friends who stop by with coffee
  • leftovers
  • my kiddos singing together in the backseat
  • Belting out Christmas carols
  • good friends to text when I am so exhausted I want to cry
  • surprise gifts in the mail for our vacation (thanks Lance and Grace!)
  • coupons
  • Christmas scented candles
  • warm socks
  • relaxing at home
  • play dates
  • Prayer
  • cancelled meetings for Scott
  • encouraging words from friends
  • the best friends a girl could ask for (no gossip and no competition)
  • photos
  • the blog
  • being able to encourage others
  • a hot cup of coffee
  • a sip of diet mountain dew
  • washing machine and the quick cycle
  • ornaments that hold special memories
  • kiddo snuggles
  • Disney Jr
  • PBS kids
  • homemade chex mix
  • twinkling Christmas lights
  • sharing the nativity story with our kiddos
  • their excitement for things in this life (its contagious)
  • Vera and Solon's big deep blue eyes from their daddy
  • ...and their long long eye lashes
  • crafting personal gifts 
  • a good report from Solon's preschool teacher 
  • being on the same page with my hubby
  • my hubby's willingness to do whatever
  • head massage during my hair cut
  • fresh hair cut and highlight 
  • the smell of essential oils
  • a strong body and a hard work out
  • texting across the world
  • encouraging stories of God's faithfulness
  • answered prayers
  • talking to God
  • sweet neighbors (new and old)
  • how little things bring our kiddos so much joy
  • the couch
  • working fingers and hands
  • legs that can walk
  • remote control
  • devotionals that speak to my soul
  • ladies who love me and hold me accountable
  • my mom, dad and sister
  • family
  • candles
  • lights
  • thrift store finds
  • traditions
  • memories
  • Our God
  • singing praise music to Him
  • His scripture
  • fingerprints on the window panes
  • slobbery kisses
  • reading books with my kiddos
  • bedtime talks with Solon
  • a quiet moment
  • being able to take and pick up Solon from preschool
  • being home with my kiddos
  • Hardworking hubby
  • Stable income
  • sunshine
  • beautiful sunsets
  • winter flurries
  • girls nights
  • the smell of cut grass
  • pool time
  • the feeling of sand in my toes
  • the smell of saltwater as we walk along the beach
  • the sound of ocean waves
  • Disney world and being a kid with my kids
  • family vacations
  • generous parents
  • the love I have for my children
  • the love God has for me
  • forgiveness
  • patience
  • a winning basketball game
  • insurance
  • good health
  • a deep breath
  • Faith
  • Thanksgiving food
  • forgiving pants
  • leftovers
  • hanging out with family
  • memories
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
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