Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

The last two weeks were full and busy with a house full of family, the busy preparations for a big Thanksgiving dinner and the day itself of feasting and family time. For every sweet moment we had together I am so very thankful. The house is now back to being quieter and cleaner with just my husband and I at home. I am thankful for this as well. It isn't one or the other-it's both. In good times, with my family all gathered near, in the hard times, when we are far apart from one another, God is still good, He is still at work in our lives, He is still with us and there is always so much to be thankful for.
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)

-catching up with a friend
-soup and sandwich dinner on a blustery, rainy day
-focusing on what I can do and can change instead of the things that I can't

-God's provision
-a beautiful, fun walk to the river with two of the grandkids

-my very picky grandson loving my mama's recipe for oatmeal cookies

-time with my oldest daughter and granddaughters this afternoon

-my nephew routing the edges of a piece of butcher block my daughter gave me 
so now I have a huge, beautiful cutting board!
-God is so kind to me
-a good day just getting things done at home
-my husband bringing me my favorite fish tacos for dinner

-a facetime chat with my oldest granddaughter
-the four youngest grandkids so happy to be together!
-the hope of heaven, (a dear one in our church passed away today)

-a houseful of noisy grandkids
-a fun afternoon at Dizzy Castle
-hearing my four year old grandson's sweet voice singing, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

-youngest granddaughter's snuggles
-the loveliest sweater from my husband
-my daughters getting to spend some time together

-a beautiful tribute to our dear one who went home to be with Jesus
-the nearness of God in worship
-God is building His church

-our two middle granddaughters getting to come over and spend the night
-my middle daughter buying and doing crafts with them

-my husband building a cozy fire in the backyard fire pit on this cool autumn evening

-coffee in bed and quiet time with Jesus
-God's deep healing work in a relationship I've been praying about
-twinkle lights on the mantel

-cooking with my seven year old grandson 
-my husband running some errands for me
-our daughter treating us to dinner out

-seeing God at work in my loved ones
-Thanksgiving dinner coming together smoothly

-playing games and laughing together

-a pajama day at home decorating for Christmas
-a good phone conversation with my girl
-my middle daughter and her boys had a safe trip back home to S.C.

-our home-all cozy and decorated for Christmas

-a nice long walk
-a phone call from my oldest sister

-our granddaughter on her tenth birthday

-getting to have lunch with my sister and brother-in-law, niece and her family and nephew and his family
-the God Who promises that He Who began a good work in us will complete it!

still following,

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