Last year, I came across a blog by Ann Voskamp. On Mondays, she encouraged readers to link up to share their blessings. The goal was to get to 1000 gifts...and beyond. I jumped right in...I started naming little life gifts and even the smallest things that made me happy and thankful and mindful of all that I've been given.
I knew there was a book...I had seen it on the website. I knew that in time, I would probably read it.
Thanks to my summer book club... I am reading it now.
I am realizing the importance of being mindful every day of what I have been given. The little and the big...the needed and the wanted....the gifts that are everywhere!
I remember in the beginning, when I first started writing these blessings...how hard it was to think of things. I realize now that it is because this being grateful thing has to be learned and it will get easier. I have to learn to be grateful and content. It is the practicing...that makes it easier.
So...I left off at number 90...and that is where I begin again on my list to 1000 gifts...and then some.
Friends who share their hearts in order to go deeper.
Homemade sushi from a friend...with a note written in Japanese.
Noodles to float on in the swimming pool.
Cow Appreciation Day.
Zip lines and Mega Jumps.
Paintball for fathers and sons.
An AP Exam grade arriving in the mail.
Texts from my husband.
A clean garage.
The Sandwich Lady.
Only one event...and a gold ribbon for Zac.
Fun Summer Wedges.
A day to sleep in.
A Dunkin Donuts date night.
Loving the journey.
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