Category: On Thankfulness

Let’s just get this goal out of the way. It’s the one most people resolve to achieve in a new way at the start of every new year. Which is probably why I’ve decided to try something new. I’m going to take care of it now. Before New Year’s Day. On Thanksgiving Eve. I’m certain […]

Children often cast aside the rectangular–a.k.a. square–gifts without rattles or hums. They strew the contents on the floor, still hoping. Shoulders slump when they realize they were correct in their original assessment. Clothes. Their givers receive perfunctory gratitude for these obligatory necessities. Then, the kids tear into the next gifts, wishing for AA-battery requirements. As […]

…needing more than a few days before Thanksgiving to share all the reasons I am thankful. My daily cornucopia overflows with love from my husband, our three sons, our family, and our friends. I desire to have an attitude of gratitude in both the expected and unexpected. I thank God for the blessings–seen and unseen–He brings every day.

…sick days. I am not thankful for the illness and symptoms, so much as the beneficial side effects. When one of us is sick, we slow down. We cancel events. We set aside what cannot be done from a reclined position. Today, I could let my middle son do what he would like to do […]

…the one good thing that happens every day. Sometimes the one good thing is something that happened. Sometimes it is the thing that did not. Either way, no matter what happens each day, I try to forget the not-so-good and remember only the good, even if it means not having to relive today.

…my Labrador Retrievers, Doc and Zoe. Zoe brings calm and cuddles when chaos threatens. Doc melted our hearts when we saw him at the Humane Society. His quiet submission, playful endurance, and loyal watchfulness comfort all of us. They provide endless entertainment and unconditional love.

…my mom. She is the epitome of organization, efficiency, and calm. She knows when to speak and when to listen. Her hostess skills make all feel at home. Her patience puts Job to shame. My favorite times with her are when we visit about books while knitting and drinking coffee. When my kids tell me they […]

…God generously sharing this passage with me today. May His Words encourage you as much as they did me!   2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New International Version (NIV) Generosity Encouraged 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in […]

…the carpets getting cleaned. It means my twelve-year-old, dog-stained, kid-trampled carpet will look…better than it did this morning. Moving the free-standing furniture and superfluous piles to the basement may result in a cleaner house overall. The furniture may adorn different corners, which could revitalize our antique, eclectic collection. Preferably, most of the piles will be jammed in the garbage bin! Reality […]

…my maternal grandfather, who served in World War II and the Korean War, as well as all veterans past and present. May we forever commend you for your sacrificial dedication through persevering in battle, preserving our freedom, and protecting our nation.