Sunday, May 29, 2011


Today I am thankful for:
Sand-covered five year olds
And their Papas who build sand castles with them
Cooling breezes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Tonight, I am grateful for
Dodging the storms
Witnessing Sara's achievements
Grace, grace - amazing grace

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Tonight I am grateful for:
  • a new office (with a window!)
  • air conditioner repair guys (even when they're late)
  • Rob's new schedule
  • an enjoyable project at work
  • icy cold water

Monday, May 09, 2011


Tonight I am grateful for:
  • productive conversations
  • happy kids
  • a new routine
  • online grocery shopping
  • exercising my body

Saturday, May 07, 2011

An attitude of gratitude

You may have noticed a trend on this here blog lately.

I've started an admittedly cheesy but entirely worthwhile habit: Spending a couple of minutes every night recalling a few things from the day for which I am grateful. This is not an even remotely original idea and if you really must know I got it from someone I heard on Oprah.

That's right, Oprah. I mean the woman must be doing something right, don't you think?

So anyway -- it seemed a good idea to me, this notion of purposely reflecting back on the good rather than the bad. I mean dwelling on the negative is a no-brainer, something I can fall into like a soft leather easy chair: comfortable, familiar, inviting. My mind lands there almost in spite of itself but I really have to wonder why, because it certainly doesn't do the rest of my body any favors. Knots in my stomach, a clenched jaw, tight shoulders, and a headache every night are not exactly the way I like to wrap up my day. But that's just what I've managed to do on more nights than I care to remember.

The interesting side effect is that I find myself a lot more mindful all day long of the many small things for which I truly am grateful. A particularly funny response from a three year old, puffy white clouds morphing across the sky, a freshly swept floor, an unexpected note from a friend -- all of these things really are fantastic if you think about them. All those little joys there for the taking, but only if you take the time to appreciate them.

Right now I am filthy, covered literally from head to toe in dust and dirt and pollen, but I couldn't be happier. It's my merit badge for a day well-spent, enjoying the sun and the breeze with my family and working the earth to finally realize years of dreams for this home of ours. I'm hungry after a day of working in a way that my desk job doesn't allow, but I'm thankful. The physical effort is a gift to my body. I'm tired, but I'm content. These weary bones have a cozy bed and soft pillow to crawl into tonight and are sure to get all the rest they need before another day begins tomorrow.

I'm filthy and hungry and tired, and couldn't be more grateful for it. What a blessing.


Tonight I am grateful for:
  • a new visitor to our feeders
  • beautiful new flowers in our landscape
  • an unexpected sunny, cool day (perfect for planting!)
  • an entire day spent with my family: Rob, Sara, Pants
  • living in a neighborhood where I can hear church bells ringing
  • good neighbors with great kids (perfect for Sara!)

Thursday, May 05, 2011


Tonight I am grateful for
  • cooperative hair
  • successful new recipes
  • tiny green leaves in the garden
  • glimmers of teamwork
  • the gift of another day

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Tonight, I am grateful for
  • a peaceful day at work
  • easy laughter
  • long-awaited answers
  • peanut butter and crackers
  • five-year-olds, especially the crazy one I live with

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


Tonight I am grateful
for music and how it moves me
for the end of this very long day
for sunshine, no matter how brief
for the excitement that (still) comes from watching (yet another) front roll in
for the chance to learn a little more about living, every single day

Monday, May 02, 2011


Tonight I am grateful for:
time set aside to breathe
laughing under a blanket with Sara
a simple dinner
my warm bed in a chilly room
the sound of the rain on the roof.