Monday, October 10, 2011

1,000 Gifts...

8. I'm thankful that I happened to get sick on my mom's day off and for a mom willing to watch my kids on her only day off in 2 weeks!

9. I'm very grateful for a hubby who drives home on his lunch hour to bring me crackers and Coke. God blessed me with a good man :)

1,000 Gifts...

7. Sunday afternoons on Mawmaw's porch hanging out with family. NOTHING is better than hanging out with my family. I am so grateful to have them all so close!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

1,000 Gifts ...

5. Right now I am thankful for yard sales that are over, cleaned up, modest profit, garage much less cluttered, and leftovers donated to a friend.

6. That my 2 boys are playing pirate ship so well together.

Friday, October 7, 2011

1,000 Gifts...

Today I am seeking things to be thankful for amidst the overwhelming to do's, but it only takes seconds when you stop to try. There's a lesson there.

2. Waking up with one child's body wedged on my right side and one on my left. Then the latecomer had nowhere to go and is sound asleep on my back!

3. Snuggling my growing too fast daughter and naughtily laying in bed way longer than I should while listening to two boys giggle downstairs.

4. Seeing my daughter trying to teach her baby brother to read any reading him lots of books over and over and whispering the words in his ear and her not even realizing all the while she's becoming a better reader, not to mention a better person.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

1,000 Gifts…

While at the beach I splurged and bought myself a book I had been wanting, 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

I have been reading her blog for a while and absolutely love it. I’d been wanting to get the book when I could savor it, thus the beach. This is DEFINITELY a book to be savored! I once heard someone say that there are different worship styles just like there are learning styles. Some feel closest to God through music, some through ritual, and some like me who feel closest when studying God’s word and making discoveries and connections therein (there were other worship styles but I can’t remember them right now).

This book spoke to me like few others before (and I’m not even half way through!). There’s a saying about something being a feast for the eyes, but this book was a feast for the soul for me. God truly blessed Ann Voskamp with the gift of prose. I love reading her descriptions of things.

So, I have to join her on the challenge to chronicle 1,000 things I am thankful to God for, though I don’t believe that will be hard as He has blessed me abundantly. I am so excited to chronicle them on my blog and to get into a habit of thankfulness. What a gift that would be to pass on the my children- the ability to always find something to be thankful for during the sunshine and especially during the storms! I can’t think of much I’d rather pass onto them. I tell them all the time that people want to be around people who reflect the joy of Jesus. I’m hoping this habit of thankfulness will make me into one of those joy reflectors.

1,000 thankfulness

Wow, number one is kind of daunting. It should be really elaborate and profound and wonderful and the perfect kick off. For once, I’m going to keep it simple. Simple, but fathomless:

1. Jesus.