Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Post

I passed number 13,000 in my gratitude journal this past week! It's hard to believe that I've been keeping a gratitude journal for over ten years now and have written down thirteen thousand things  that I'm grateful for. 

After church yesterday we went out to lunch with our second born daughter and her family. Our five year old grandson has learned a couple of sign language signs and has now decided that he knows sign language. When our waitress came up to our table he began to wiggle his fingers at her convinced he was speaking sign language and that she would know what he was signing. I laughed so hard.  I recalled when his big brother, who is now fifteen, was convinced he knew how to speak Spanish and went up to some little Mexican children and jibber jabbered at them, convinced that he was actually speaking Spanish to them and looking at his parents very offended when they told him that he was not speaking Spanish. It's fun to look back in my gratitude journal and read little moments of family life like these sprinkled in among all manner of other things I'm thankful for. For the big answers to prayer, for the funny family memories, there is something to give God thanks for in each and every day.

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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

Thank You, Father God, for-
-this beautiful, spring-like day
-a good long phone call with my big brother
-beautiful, snow covered Mt. Hood showing off as I cross the bridge over the Columbia River
-spending time with our two middle granddaughters
-going to the OMSI Exquisite Creatures Exhibit with them

-God's help with prep for the parenting class I'm teaching
-a helpful florist at the store
-a good visit with my friend who's recovering from surgery

-listening to our grandson as he's learning to read
-our Foundations of Parenting class going well
-God's provision

-facetiming with oldest granddaughter all about her first job
-family group texts
-Thursday night after our weekly prayer gathering watching a good movie with my husband,
(which is our "Friday night" since Friday is our day off)

-a wonderful Valentine's Day with my guy

-lunch together at one of my favorite spots
-my favorite sweet treat for dessert

-our granddaughter's eleventh birthday-thank You, God, for our miracle girl!
-facetiming with the birthday girl
-worshipping while I do my Saturday chores

-God at work in our church
-lunch with our second born and her family
-laughing at silly grandson who is convinced he knows sign language when he's just wiggling his fingers

still following,

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