Monday, December 4, 2023

Weekly Gratitude Journal

I should change the title of these gratitude posts from Weekly Gratitude Post to Monthly Gratitude Post. How in the world did I ever used to post on my blog not just every week but several times a week?
November zoomed by. We were blessed to be able to spend time with all three of our daughters and all of our grandchildren, (Technically, I didn't get to spend time with our oldest grandson, but my husband was able to make a quick trip to watch him play in one of his college football games.) Anyway, I'm especially thankful for the time we had with our family. We won't be with family during the Christmas season 😢, but we have a calendar full of church activities and are surrounded by a wonderful church family. 
Well, I have a whole month of things to be thankful for so hang on for a long post!
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)


-It's November!
-a full refund on a chair that didn't work for my husband and the company told me just to keep the chair! (So I was able to bless a friend that it did work for!)
-God at work even in and through hard things

-getting my list of to-dos done
-a meeting that went well
-Bible study on endurance

-a sweet Friday date day with my guy
-tulip bulbs for 50% off
-a text from my granddaughter who is excited that we are coming to see her

-a prodigal spiritual daughter who has come back to the Lord
-our home
-turning the clock back=an extra hour of sleep!

-God's good and trustworthy leadership in our lives
-an evening of prep work for organizing a dear one's kitchen 
-going to bed early so we can get up early to catch our flight

-a safe trip to Kansas City
-big hugs from our grandsons at the airport
-spending the evening with our middle daughter, oldest granddaughter, our nine year old grandson and three year old grandson
-an encouraging text from our oldest grandson 
-reading a favorite book to my youngest grandson

-going to the WWI museum in downtown K.C.

-God at work in our family
-time in the prayer room

-getting to go to the KC zoo together-it was our youngest grandson's first trip to the zoo!

-a new job for our granddaughter 
-K.C.'s beautiful autumn colors

-taking our oldest granddaughter shopping for her Christmas gift
-free admission to the Truman museum

-dinner at Cinzetti's with family and unofficially adopted family ❤️

-this time with our daughter, granddaughter and grandsons
-a stuffed dinosaur named Rex for our youngest grandson
-hugs and kisses goodbye 
-a safe trip home

-God speaking to me through His Word
-all of the women who made D's nesting party a big success
(we cleaned and organized her kitchen and other house chores instead of a traditional baby shower)
-homemade soup and bread made by two of the women for the nesting party

-God's provision and care for us
-reading a book to our two Florida grandkids on FaceTime
-God never gives up on us!

-God's help with notes for tomorrow's meeting
-God's divine help and wisdom
-a beautiful autumn day for a brisk walk

-smoke coming from the neighbors chimney on a frosty cold morning
-freshly mowed grass
-a wonderful monthly meeting with the women of Truelife

-God's gracious work and mercy in my life
-a quiet day at home together since my husband is home sick
-getting to watch a livestream of our six year old grandson singing in the kid's choir at their church

-praying together 
-a beautiful time of prayer on my walk
-getting the house all decorated for Christmas before going out of town for Thanksgiving

-the yummiest oat bran pancakes with Maine maple syrup
-my husband's new chair is getting delivered tomorrow
-planting a whole lot of tulip bulbs with my guy

-my husband loves his new chair!
-exciting grandkids Facetiming me to tell me it's only two sleeps until we see each other!

-God's anointing on my husband as he preached today
-a nice lunch together 
-all packed and ready to head to Nor.Cal. for Thanksgiving week!

-safe and uneventful flights to California for us and for our Florida daughter and grandkids
-being with family
-beautiful, sunny Nor.Cal.
-hot tub time under starry skies

-our six year old grandson and four year old granddaughter climbing into bed with us in the wee hours
-Papa taking the older grands to SBux and Barnes and Noble while our daughters and I take the littles to the park
-an afternoon nap for all
-beautiful sunset

-Thanksgiving prep and baking with my girls
-my husband and our freshman granddaughter and first grade grandson taking a drive to see my husband’s grandma's old house in Roseville
-the cousins laughing and playing together

-spending Thanksgiving day with family
-texts from our middle daughter that she misses us, (and we miss her!)
-God's abundant blessings

-going to Apple Hill to get a Christmas tree

-fresh, warm apple cider donuts
-hottubbing with my girls
-another gorgeous sunset

-my oldest daughter making banana bread with chocolate chips with our youngest daughter's little ones
-a safe trip back home
-a sweet text from my/our oldest grandson

-our church family
-feasting together at our post-Thanksgiving potluck
-God's faithful and abundant provision

-frosty mornings
-a huge harvest moon
-feasting, fellowship, sharing, praying-growth group night at my house

-our  third granddaughter is twelve today!
-good reports from the growth groups
-our youngest daughter and her kids made it safely back to Florida from our oldest daughter's in California
-cheesy Christmas movies

-an especially sweet time of worship and prayer
-a phone call with my oldest grandson and texting with my oldest granddaughter 
-a cozy day at home baking and making soup

-praying together with friends
-not feeling well so taking a day of rest
-yummy leftover soup

still following,