Next month I'll reach over five thousand in the journal where I write my list of thanksgiving.
This coming November it will be five years since I began writing my gratitude list down.
It has been one of the greatest tools in renewing the way I think,
in changing the way I see this life God has given me.
I realize now that there are always more things than can be numbered to be thankful for.
My desire is to give God my thanks forever.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-the grandkids playing in the water in the backyard
-five year old granddaughter saying, "It's so good to be back at Nana's house!",
(as if she hadn't been here in oh, so long)
-oldest grandson trying to talk me into letting him spend the night
-the whole family together for a family dinner
-running in the cooler morning air
-a long overdue self grooming day - haircut, etc.
-such a beautiful evening
-a convicting devotional from the Sermon on the Mount (shereadstruth.com)
-taking the two oldest grands to play in the river
-an unexpected bill, a broken down lawnmower - trusting God with our needs and wants
-a run in the cool of the evening
-drinking my second cup of coffee while wandering around the backyard and watering the plants
-a rich, full, sweet time in God's Word
-meeting with a realtor, praying for God to make clear what He wants us to do
-popping in to see our youngest daughter at work
-watching a favorite movie at home and sharing some popcorn
-a friend fixing my flat bike tire
-getting all of my to-dos done in time to go on an afternoon hike
-juicy, cold watermelon for dinner when it was too warm to want anything else
-the beautiful "super moon"
-an encouraging text from our girl
-lunch with the two oldest grands while their mama took baby to urgent care
-the report from the dr. that grandbaby's fever and diarrhea is nothing serious
-he's two months old and weighs 8 lbs 12 oz (after being born 5 weeks premature and 4 lbs 9 oz)