Lisa’s 365 Project 61/365 – Precious moments

She’s always on the go trying to keep up with her big sisters so I cherish precious little moments like these.

30 Days of Gratitude Days 30

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:

  1. I am grateful that Jesus died for our sins
  2. I am grateful for my life health and strength (that’s what you always hear someone say it church but it is true)
  3. I am grateful for my good husband who is loving caring and very supportive of my dreams and goals.
  4. 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)
  5. I am grateful for my parents and what they have done for me and how they raised me.
  6. I am grateful for my grandma. She keeps my youngest daughter everyday and picks my middle daughter from school every Friday.
  7. I am grateful for my brother and his love for me.
  8. I am grateful for my friends and the friendship they give.
  9. I am grateful for my job.
  10. 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.

30 Days of Gratitude Days 24 & 25

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.

30 Days of Gratitude Day 23

I’ve been pretty busy today.  I had my physical this morning and waited until today to do my shopping for our thanksgiving dinner.  So this will be a short post today and a very old photo.

I’m thankful that my physical went well today.  I’m also thankful that the crowds in the stores today were not too bad.  I’m especially thankful for family and friends to share special moments with.

This photo captures a very special moment for me.  It was my baby’s first birthday party.  When everyone started singing happy birthday to her she had this strange look on her face like she was saying “What are you guys doing?”  This was 3 years ago.  Time really flies when you’re having fun.

30 Days of Gratitude Day 22

I’m grateful for quiet happy moments when my girls are getting along.  I’m grateful for this time of year when the Christmas programs start coming on.  The Hallmark channel has started showing Christmas movies.  Here my girls were watching The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.  It was a really cute movie.  I’m surprised that my oldest didn’t join us, but I guess that’s because she a teenager.  She didn’t even join us when The Santa Clause came on.  That’s one of her all time favorite Christmas movies. Even though she didn’t join us I was happy and grateful to capture this moment.  It is a precious memory to capture and reflect on when my girls are older.

30 Days of Gratitude Day 20

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.

30 Days of Gratitude Day 19

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.

30 Days of Gratitude day 13

Christmas is right around the corner.  I’m not ready, as far as gift buying is concerned, but I am ready for the Christmas spirit.  I love Christmas its my favorite holiday.  I am thankful that we live in a country where Christmas is celebrated, and I’m most thankful for the birth of Jesus, which is what the holiday is supposed  to be about.

I was looking back and pictures of past Christmases.  We have been very blessed to have our family around for the Christmas holidays.  Its fun looking back at my pictures.  Sometimes I don’t see the improvement in my photography, but looking back at the pictures lets me know that I really am moving forward.

Christmas 2004. My oldest was 8 and the middle was 1. This was taken with my first digital camera.
Christmas 2006. My oldest was 10. This was with my first DSLR camera. The picture was ok, but it would have been nice if the focus had been on my daughter.
Christmas 2007. My middle was 3.
Christmas 2008. Baby's first Christmas. She was almost 5 months.
Christmas 2009
Christmas 2010

30 Days of Gratitude Day 5

We had a frightening evening today.  I was relaxing and my oldest daughter came in our room frantic saying that her little sister threw up and a nickel came out.  I am so thankful for the grace of God watching over her.  Things could have ended up really bad but that was it.  I am grateful for God watching over us every day.  You never know what you may run across each day and we don’t know what dangers the Lord protects us from.

Here’s a picture I took of my youngest daughter one day when she was playing with an old pair of glasses in the morning room.  She’s so sweet and always getting into things (like swallowing money).  I didn’t even know where those glasses where.