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’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.
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.
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.
Today we had Thanks Giving lunch at my daughter’s school. I really enjoyed lunch with her and seeing her teacher. I also was able to chat a little with one of her future teachers. He told me that my sweetie drew a picture of snoopy for him. That is so her!!! She’s always drawing and making something for people. She made a Happy Thanks Giving card for her tutor today. She is such a sweetheart.
As I mentioned last week I am so blessed that her school is near my job and that I was able to have lunch with her and her friends today. I also have to say that even if my job wasn’t close to her school, I’m blessed to work for a company that supports a healthy work/life balance. I’m thankful to work for such a company.
Here is a picture of her and her best friend. I pray that they will always be best friends. They’ve been friends since they were babies. I’ll have to find some old pictures of them together for a now and then post later on.
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.