A long time ago, in a blog nearby (this one), I spent a year counting 10 blessings a day, trying to be original or at least specific each day, and I saw a difference in my life, and the way I treated others. My faith grew, my relationships bloomed, and it was sweet.
Lately, I've been thinking I may need to reinstate that challenge in my life, either here on my blog or in one of my journals. Why? Because I've been getting crabbier, and seeing the glass half empty far too often.
I had a good week this last week, but I don't think I realized it until I sat down to count up my blessings and give thanks.
A week of Many Blessings
The Blessing of a Strong Faith Family
The Blessing of Enthusiastic Students - both my own two, and the ones I get to teach at homeschool co-op
The Blessing of walking
The Blessing of fall leaves
The Blessing of wellness
The Blessing of good books
The Blessing of getting my husband to be a book lover - it took 5 years of dating plus 15 years of marreage, and a number of years reading my favorite books aloud to him before he caught the reading bug.
The blessing of making Fried Green Tomatoes just right – on the second try! And they are gluten free, dairy free, and egg free . . . my very own new recipe. (Means: I didn’t measure my amounts exactly so it’s not exactly a recipe that I can share yet. Let’s just say it involved my very own flour mix, with my very own egg replacement that consists of flaxseed, chia seed and water, some Italian seasoning, some mesquite seasoning, pepper, and some salt).
Sharing Fried Green Tomatoes with my parents – and they liked them too! (my husband won’t eat tomatoes, and my kids can’t eat tomatoes, so I’m glad I had someone to share with)
The Blessing of Prayers
The Blessing of Friendship
The Blessing of Family
The Blessing of Deciding that my Rough Draft doesn’t totally suck, and actually much of the latter half is salvageable
The Blessing of 5,000 words of revision on a Saturday morning after a week of “freak-out” revision tactics and feelings
The Blessing of a clean house (cleaned for friends)
The Blessing of Homeschool Buddies
The Blessing of Dance – the footloose, jump around the house kind, and the tap dance-ballet-jazz kind. Both are good.
The Blessing of An Awesome Husband – the Best Man for me – the Sweetest, Most Hard-working guy I know, and the only one I know considering purchasing bike shorts . . .he’s getting serious about his biking these days.
The Blessing of a Clean Dog (or two) . . . seriously not to be under-rated . . . our Beagle Mutt likes to find all sorts of fun stuff to roll in, but now he smells like tea tree oil, mint, and shampoo. Our older dog always smells good . . .she’s such a lady.
The Blessing of French Vanilla Tea, and Red Rose Tea, and Mint Tea, and . . . many types of tea
The Blessing of Laughter, especially a whole family of laughter
The Blessing of Daddies, and their love for their children –so many times this week I’ve been thankful for this – for my Dad, for my Husband, for a few friends of ours, especially a particular Dad friend of ours who held his daughter for the first time in many weeks in the ICU this week. Moms are awesome, but sometimes Dad’s voice is the one we need to hear, and Dad’s arms are the ones we need to have hold us.
The Blessing of meeting new blogging buddies through Pay It Forward Blogfest
and deciding join yet another blogfest - the Halloween Hop - even though I am not a big "monster" fan, I think I might have something I could post that day that I hope will be a little different and fun.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. and let us consider how may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:23-24