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Not Classic, but Thankful

Yes, I know, another Monday in which I skip Classic Monday…but hey, I was on spring break!

{ I love that I will forever have spring break because of my professor-in-the-making husband :D }

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and recommend One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp…which I want to devour and take in slowly at once.  Make sense?

Ann decided that in order to ground herself in the here-and-now, to really experience, remember, and enjoy it, to begin a gratitude journal, aiming specfically to find one thousand things for which to be thankful.

I started my list previously, and would like to add a few more today…

11.  The peace God grants with obedience, even when you don’t get what you want.

12. Seeing the Amtrak station for the first time:
the romance of watching lovers cling to one another while they wait,
the thunder of the train, the joy of loved ones reunited…makes me want to travel!

13. Watching my grandfather delight in giving Pookie ice cream
I had to say, “No, no, better not,” because I’m her mother
{and it’s not as fun if it’s allowed},
but secretly I relished the glee on both their faces.

14. The same Pookie eating lemons,
her face puckering and her lips smacking before I had even handed her the golden fruit.

15. Leaving baby with grandparents to enjoy
the world’s best hot and sour soup with the world’s best husband.

16. Sausage, egg, and cheese on an English muffin,
wrapped in a paper wrapper from my favorite gas station–
and I can only get one when we visit our folks.

17. Coming back to my kitchen, my routines, my baby girl’s cloth diapers, my home.

18. A pastor who keeps preaching great story ideas, without even knowing it.

19. A newborn baby girl in the apartment above us…
I made her parents promise to come for a visit this week!

20. An apartment to clean: my folks and brother are staying with us tonight
in the midst of culinary college touring
it will be great to have a chef in the family!

Reader friend, what are you thankful for today?

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A woman in my Bible study is going through a list of every reference to thankfulness in the Bible.  She shares her gleanings when we meet, and it really got me thinking about being thankful myself…

So today, I begin my list of things, large and small, for which I can express gratitude:
1. Wisdom from women who have seen and heard and experienced more than I have.
2. M&Ms. :D
3. The gentle rise and fall of baby’s chest in sweet slumber, while baby dreams are dreamed.
4. Conviction from the Holy Spirit and change in my heart no matter how the issue resolves elsewhere.
5. A praying husband.
6. Sunday’s glorious three-hour nap.
7. A ceasefire of snow.
8. The love and chase after knowledge that my darling Professor and I share.
9. Cupboards that seem to never run dry, like the woman who fed Elijah.
10. Books to read, naturally.

Reader-friend, what are you thankful for today?

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