Friday, April 29, 2011

Expressing Gratitude

Lately I've been struggling some -- for a variety reasons, about a variety of things.  I'm working on finding peace, and living there.  I know I am blessed, and I hesitate to complain about anything.  Still, though, sometimes I feel dispirited.  In response to this, I've decided to put more focus on the things for which I am thankful.  So... I hereby declare Fridays as the days when I express my gratitude.  I would love to hear from you, too, if you'd like to share your own gratitude list!

1. Sunday was Easter, so above all else this week, I have to say that I'm truly thankful that God sent his Son to earth to live among us and die for us!  That sacrifice is one for which I will never be deserving, but will always be grateful!

2. Also regarding Easter, I'm very thankful for a day spent with family and dear friends.  My brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Ann, are amazingly generous hosts, and continually show love to my family and me! Spending time with the Schmidts and the Valentins is a blessing all its own!

3. Monday, Gary took me to lunch!  Mary was at the sitter, so we enjoyed some time to talk in the middle of the day.  I sure like him a lot!! :)

3. This week I was so thankful to see the sun on Thursday, after so many days in a row of rain.  Thursday evening we saw a rainbow, and Gregory said, "That rainbow is a promise from God."

5. Mary and I had a tea party this morning and watched the Royal Wedding!  The significance was lost on her, but she enjoyed the scones I made and the water she drank from her Cinderella tea set.  I dressed her in a dress for the occasion, and when I put it on her, she said, "I think I'm a princess."  She's so smart! :)

And, of course, I'll always be grateful for these cutie-patooties (but please don't tell Gregory I called him that!!):

Ruthie, Mary and Gregory


  1. Not sure if you've read "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I'm only on pg 70 but so far it has been very good book about thankfulness.

  2. That is so funny...I was going to mention "One Thousand Gifts" too...ALL ABOUT GRATITUDE. I highly recommend it. In fact, I thought about sending it to all my Luzader friends this year for their 40th! Alas, my discretionary funds are on hold...Jack lost his job a few weeks ago, and we are daily practicing gratitude, but has not been easy. Good, yes, oh yes, but not easy.
    I have heard it said that gratitude/thankfulness is the antidote for most troubles. I think I might have to agree. Blessings on this journey of gratitude!!! :-)
    (And go read that book!!! I think you will like it, Laur!!!)
    Luv, Jinny