Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Simply Thankful

Last week I did this little project with the boys. It's simple. It makes me happy. It says it ALL!

We're not the family with the ocean-front vacation home. We don't live in a gated community. We don't have the fancy cars. We don't have the designer wardrobes. All these things used to bother me. I would often find it easy to get caught up in what we don't have or what we aren't.

Well we are what we are and we have lots for which we should be thankful. I am simplifying! And through my simplification process I am really enjoying learning to be thankful for the simplicity in my life.

I am thankful for:

  1. The Lord our God who understands me
  2. The husband who will wear a John-John
  3. The little hands that helped me make the banner
  4. My Sambo who has a true love for the Lord and compassion for others
  5. My Fu-Fu who has the happiest spirit I've ever seen and who makes me smile...constantly
  6. My yummy little Ollie-bird who is so incredibly edible and a sweet baby
  7. The creative mom who lives only a mile and a half away
  8. The familiar whistle I hear when my dad walks through the door
  9. The mother-in-law who has been coming to help with the boys almost every Thursday since Sam was born
  10. The father-in-law who will make me anything I ask for
  11. The brothers and brother-in-law who add color to my life
  12. The sisters-in-law who take care of those brothers
  13. The nieces and nephew who love my boys
  14. The Grandfather who celebrated his 92nd birthday today
  15. Our little dogs who have been oh so loyal for almost 15 years
  16. The once-a-month therapy sessions at Bunco from Allison, Ansley, Darby, Ellen, Jen, Leigh, Marie, Mason, Shannon H., Shannon K.
  17. "Oprah's" JLC Underground and of course My Sidekick..."Gayle"
  18. The church that helped me establish some of the best friendships I've ever had
  19. The Aunts who are like Fairy Godmothers to me and my children
  20. The neighbors who know my business
  21. The sound of the dryer running because we have one and
  22. The clothes to put in it
  23. The sound of the heater that just came on
  24. The job my husband has
  25. My little business that allows me to use my creativity and stay at home in
  26. The "yellow house with white columns"
  27. The schools my boys attend and
  28. The teachers who teach them
  29. The MACY'S Thanksgiving Day Parade that I can live vicariously through tomorrow morning
  30. The VERY infrequent and well-deserved date nights with Shan
  31. The shampoo I can still smell in my hair
  32. The beautiful turkey picture that Fulton brought home from school
  33. My manicure in a pretty fall color by moi!
  34. The trips to target and the grocery store...solo and
  35. The $ to pay for what's in the cart
  36. NOT just being thankful tomorrow but being able to give thanks everyday because God continues to bless us in so many ways!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! from What's Bakin'?


Misty said...

Gayle loves you!!! You are an absolute blessing to my glad the JLC brought us together!

Amanda said...

just catching up on my blog reading.

love the beautiful banner.