Sunday, April 7, 2013

Three thousand gifts and still counting...

I feel a little teary eyed thinking about sharing my 3000th gratitude, (and beyond), 
 here on my blog today.
It's been just over three years now that I've been counting my blessings 
and writing them down in a journal that I keep just for that purpose.
I'm on my second journal, yet the truth of it is, I've missed so much.
So many of His blessings go by me unnoticed, unwritten, unappreciated.
But, 3000 acknowledgements, 3000 thank yous, is a whole lot better than none.
And so I'll keep up my feeble attempt to count His blessings,
 though they are, in truth, too numerous to count.
In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)

-an impromptu decision to take the two oldest grandkids, (who are on Spring Break), 
to the beach for a couple of days

-an indoor pool for them to enjoy
-a foggy evening by the sea

-having devotions while watching the grandkids swim

-sea lions on the shore

-a long walk on the beach

-a bit cloudy, but warm enough and not windy so we can enjoy being out

-only grandson watching Seattle Mariner's baseball with Papa before bed
-oldest granddaughter, who never wants to stop swimming
-at home, Auntie taking 4 years old granddaughter to the Children's Museum, and us getting texts about funny things our granddaughter says

-sunshine by the sea!

-the tsunami warning siren going off...and it being just a test
-taking the grandkids for haircuts before taking them back home to their mama
-meeting their new "old" dog adopted from the pound

-a little, vintage, Brownie camera-a gift from a friend

-choosing to trust instead of worry about something, 
and feeling God's peace come into my heart and mind
-seeing His evident care and provision for us
-our son-in-law on his birthday

-a lazy, stay- at- home morning
-practicing my photography and editing

-youngest granddaughter feeling better from cold and tummy issues after prayer
-a fun evening with old friends

-two sweet gals from church taking me antiquing with them
-still managing to get some things I wanted to do around the house done
 in spite of being gone most of the day
-ending the day with quiet time, worship and the Word

-the Presence of God when we worship
-God's beautiful Word
-lunch with the Hubs at Chipotle, which I love and he tolerates, 
(because he's good to me like that)

Gratefully yours,


  1. There is nothing so calming, safe and satisfying as a thankful spirit. You "wear" it well, Elizabeth.

  2. Counting our blessings and naming them one by one. All the way to 3000. This is what keeps our cares and troubles in check and reminds us how good God is. :)

  3. Gratitude makes for a healthy heart! So proud of you for continuing to count your gifts. You inspire me. I keep saying I am going to start counting again. One day...until then, today I am thankful for a quiet afternoon to write, without distractions.

  4. In my gratitude journal today: #3672 -- finding Elizabeth online (and on Instagram) and how her blog calms, encourages and uplifts me.


  5. Such an adventurous post! Love the photos.

  6. Congratulations on reaching 3000 gratitudes. It changes the way we see things when we begin to count and write down. Loved seeing the Oregon Coast through your photos.

  7. I love your site design, so calming and lovely. And I was meant to visit today because I've been mulling over the idea of rejoining the multitudes Monday community. I stopped at 1,000 on one of my earlier blogs, perhaps I'll begin again?

  8. Congratulations on surpassing 3,000, Elizabeth! I'm half of yours and will never quit. How can I? There is so much to be thankful for!
    Thanks for sharing yours.

  9. What a blessing to read, Elizabeth. A true joy. Keep counting!

  10. What a treat to "meet" you and 3,000! Just beautiful. Blessings to you, Elizabeth :)

  11. Such a beautiful post Elizabeth! What a wonderful treat to be here to help you celebrate the big 3000! It is so easy for us to fall into the bad habit of complaining, but not enough of us focus on what is good. No matter what, there is always something to be joyful about each and every day!


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