Today is the last day of my 30 days of gratitude post. This was a pretty big commitment for me because I’m really busy and tired when I get home in the evenings, but I am really glad that I decided to make that commitment. There were a couple of times where I combined days but I’m still pretty proud of this small accomplishment.
The 30 days of gratitude forced me to think about something everyday that I am grateful for. Although I only posted one thing in each post, I could always come up with more. This gave me an opportunity to reflect on how truly blessed I am. I can always come up with things that are not right, that I don’t like, or how I want things to be different. Taking a moment everyday to really focus on what I am thankful and grateful for makes everything else seem small.
Through this exercise I looked at my situation compared to others and realized how much I have to be grateful for. I realize that no matter what my situation is, there is always someone who would love to be in my shoes.
I will end my 30 days of gratitude with a top 10 list:
- I am grateful that Jesus died for our sins
- I am grateful for my life health and strength (that’s what you always hear someone say it church but it is true)
- I am grateful for my good husband who is loving caring and very supportive of my dreams and goals.
- I am grateful for my children and their health. I am grateful that I do not have any serious problems with my children. (I know this is two things but I’m trying to stick with 10)
- I am grateful for my parents and what they have done for me and how they raised me.
- I am grateful for my grandma. She keeps my youngest daughter everyday and picks my middle daughter from school every Friday.
- I am grateful for my brother and his love for me.
- I am grateful for my friends and the friendship they give.
- I am grateful for my job.
- I am grateful for my neighbors.
My new challenge to myself is to take a moment at the end of everyday to think of one thing that I am grateful and thankful for and write it down in a gratitude journal. No matter how bad the day may have been there is always something to be grateful for.
For this post I chose a picture of my girls that I took this past Sunday. I was excited about how well it turned out because it was my first time using off camera flash. I got the card template from Ashe Design.
Six days of going to bed late, after 9:30 is late for me, has really started to catch up with me. I am thankful for rest and over sleeping I look forward to the weekend so I can sleep in late.
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
And I am thankful that the Lord has blessed me to see another year. I had a really wonderful day today. My husband and girls serenaded me with the happy birthday song, we went out to breakfast and then we decorated the house for Christmas. I am truly blessed to have the family that I have.
I had a really good and busy day yesterday. We went to the Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade and came back hope to eat Thanksgiving dinner. I took a little nap before going to pick up my nieces and had a surprise visit from my mom and grandma. Then we went over my aunt’s house and got home pretty late. I didn’t take many pictures yesterday just a few of the parade.
Today I took my daughters, nieces and my little cousin to see Happy Feet 2. I’m happy and thankful that I kind of have the energy to do things like that with and for my girls. I grateful that my daughters have cousins close to their age because when I was growing up, I was the youngest cousin and was left behind a lot. I’m also grateful to have been able to have a thanks giving dinner with my family and spend time with them (which is something we should do more often).
We had a wonderful thanksgiving day yesterday and a really nice day today. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.
As an aspiring photographer, I should always be ready with my camera because you never know what may be picture worthy. I usually don’t have my camera with me, especially since I told my husband he could have my camera bag (I’m planning on getting a new bag). However, when I was at my husbands job I just happened to have my camera with me and I captured this little squirrel eating from a bag of peanuts. When I saw him (I’m guessing it was a male) I ran to the other side of my car got my camera and was able to capture him still eating from the bag. The picture is not as clear as I would have liked but I was thankful to be able to capture what I did.
I’m sitting here relaxing, drinking some gourmet white-hot chocolate with my girls and watching a little movie that their grandmother purchased for them at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte today. We had a really great time. There are so many things to see there. My girls were anticipating getting eating the mini doughnuts and a customized Christmas ornament. I was looking forward to buying he extra thin Dewey ginger spice Moravian cookies (yummy) and getting ideas for Christmas decorations.
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of going to the Southern Christmas show. I look forward to it every year. I don’t remember the first time I went, but I know it was when I was much younger without kids. I try to make it a point to go every year. I really enjoyed my day and I’m when I can spend time doing things that I really enjoy.
I really enjoy good times and hanging out with friends. We went out to eat with some old friends today. One of our friends has the funniest little man. He really makes us laugh. He said the longest prayer before we ate. He’s like a 65-year-old man trapped in a 5-year-old body.
We enjoyed our time with them today and I’m grateful that we have good friends to share good times with.
I love candy. Especially retro candy like nerds, sweet tarts, lemon heads, sprees. Yummy!!!! I’m always grateful when my husband thinks about me and brings home a big boxy of my favorite candy. To me it’s like getting roses and chocolates.
I’m thankful for beautiful sunsets. Here is one that I captured at the beach this summer.
I’m cheating today. I didn’t get my post in yesterday because I was too busy yesterday evening. So today’s post will count for yesterday too.
My little girls are in swimming lessons this year. My middle daughter was so afraid of the water last year. It’s hard to believe how far she’s come with her lessons. She’s doing very well. I’m thankful that she’s no longer afraid of the water. Tonight they had their last lesson for this session so I took a few pictures of them. Her is one of my favorites.