Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Sometimes I can't help but take a moment and really consider all things that I am so grateful for.  Life is so beautiful and luminous...
Here are a few things that I feel compelled to be very thankful for:

  • My family, of course.  The most lovely children and the most loving spouse I could imagine.
  • Elizabeth's smile and self confidence
  • John's wisdom and fun
  • Whole wheat products
  • Ladybugs crawling up a long, thin leaf.
  • People with specialized knowledge who can offer that knowledge to you
  • The moment water runs out of your ear
  • Cool nights for sleeping
  • Dark sky moments
  • Seeing birds soaring the high air currents
  • Symbolic art
  • GPS
  • How Jerry will come and find me to talk and his eyes brighten as we talk.
  • Small pictures, stuffed animals, origami, and other items of love given to be by a child
  • Authors with that ability to touch and explore and lay bare
  • People with respect
  • Daffodils along the highways
  • sawdust kisses from my husband
  • An ice maker
  • Post-it notes
  • How sunshine sparkles on dirty windows
  • How "old friends" can become new friends
  • Sharpies
  • How challenges make us stronger
  • Authenticity and my absolute need to be so
  • Spinach
  • Wisdom that comes with age 
  • Kid-made earrings
  • reading piles of old letters
  • the produce market
  • a dusty car after driving on a country road
  • Old Stone
  • That my husband sleeps through my snoring
  • The way water is funneled down a hosta leave, right to the roots
  • Clip art
  • Dark brownish-black soil, their smell and appearance
  • Photoshop
  • Libraries
  • The internet and it's fullness and wisdom, and the people who created it
  • Artisan tiles
  • That person who stops to ask if you need help when you are on the side of the road
  • When people clean up after themselves
  • Those bathing puffs and soap in a bottle...no soap scum!
  • When someone asks for my advice
  • Automatic doors
  • Those little freckles on noses and cheeks
  • TEDtalks
  • teaspoons
  • Comments on my blog posts
  • Smiling faces with or without dimples
  • The ability to remember, create, organize:  Our amazing brains!
  • Chapstick 
  • the sun setting behind a weed tonight...the weed was covered with droplets of water
  • The baggers at the grocery store
  • Bird nests in the corner of our windows
  • Ice cold water
  • Mint growing in the yard, it's fragrance when cut or mowed
  • The moment after a sneeze
  • That walk across a college campus...such possibilities
  • Free time spent with friends and good conversation and laughter
  • Skype
  • Those little trickles of water between yards
  • Furniture on the front porch for lounging
  • Phones with cameras in them
  • The sound of the mourning dove
  • Blogging 
  • Ice cream
  • Unexpected guests
  • Being optimistic, open-minded, and caring
  • Board games, dominoes, and family game night
  • How everyone is so different
  • Flossers
  • Braces for crooked teech
  • The 80s are OVER
  • Self-respect and integrity
  • Crocs
  • Seeing Anya jump on the trampoline
  • Vinca
  • Music
  • The power of positive thinking
  • Sunscreen
  • Those people who say what I can't say
  • Online-only friends who, somehow, I feel close to and care for
  • Saying that without feeling like a freak
  • Clover
  • Medical advances, research, and technology that make our lives so much healthier
  • Netflix
  • Living a dogma-free life 
  • When people leave comments on my blog
What else???


  1. What a fun list! I definitely share your gratitude for photoshop, Tedtalks, and ice cream among others. But I am a big fan of everything 80s :)

  2. Oh yes, especially the freckles on noses and cheeks! Thanks for reminding the world you don't have to be Christian to be grateful. I might do a post like this myself, over on www.Mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk. Let me know if you fancy doing a guest post about your viewpoints.
    In the meantime, peace

    1. Allison, I would be honored. Thank you for asking!

      And why don't YOU check out my upcoming carnival of blogs...



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