Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gratitude Friday

Good morning! I'm still up on Thursday night so by the time I have my list done, it'll be Friday. Grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee (exclusively roasted for you by the Duke), a yummy blueberry muffin and think about you're thankful for. Here's my list:

1. things and events that continually make me go "hmmm." Been thinking a lot and it's good to evaluate of where I've been, where I'm at and where I'm headed. If you have my map, let me know because I sometimes I just don't know anymore!

This came through my email this morning. A definite "think about!" The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. - Thomas Paine
2. lilacs and their amazing fragrance! Yankee Candles has gotten close to bottling the smell in their candles, but nothing can replace the smell of fresh lilacs. I can press my nose into my three bushes forever. I'll be sad when the flowers are gone.

3. my kids! Ian turned 22 this week. We visited Jen's house this past weekend and got to meet Brad, the new love! It's fun getting to know them as adults and seeing their individual differences. (This picture is from a year ago when we had the Duke's Air Force retirement ceremony. BONUS GRATITUDE: I'm 20 pounds lighter now than in this photo!)

4. Mt. Hood. The mountain in Oregon was BEAUTIFUL when we were driving to my uncle's house. I could have stared at it all day long. I really love the ocean, but mountains are becoming some of my favorite things, too.

5. my cousin Gigi. Will you please pray for her? She has thyroid cancer and it's continuing to spread, despite her thyroid was taken out a few years ago. I love her tons and I'm very glad she's part of my life. We weren't able to spend much time together growing up so we're trying to make up for lost time. I can't wait to go to Long Beach, WA with her in July! She also has three cool is that? "arrrrroooooo!"

Share with everyone what you're thankful for this morning! It's 5:18 Pacific Time and I'm checking to see if I have a morning teaching job. I am also thankful I get to go back to bed for a few hours! However, if you still have coffee in your cup or would like a refill, Company Girl Coffee is the place to be! Head on over there, meet my friends and check out Rachel's newest & the most beautiful project of Company Girl. You'll be blessed! Have a great week~


Emily said...

I love sharing my thankfuls!

Emily said...

There is no "diet" food in Italy. But they use whole, fresh foods. Food is so different to the Italians. People are the reason they socialize and food is a second thought for them. I think Americans plan the food and hope for the good company. I hope to adapt to their way of thinking in that sense. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love sharing coffee or caffe in Italiano. Have a great weekend!

CindyC said...

Thanks for reminding me to be so thankful!
Have a good weekend!

Kara @ KSS said...

I'm thankful for...

1. a wonderful husband
2. my job
3. my own office with plants and a heater :)
4. Friday

God bless!

joyceandnorm said...

I know I have a long while to go, but I can't wait until the kids are grown...not so much that I won't have to deal with the tantrums, diaper changes, and all that fun stuff, but so I can be more of a friend than just a parent. I do enjoy the cuteness that are my kids right now though.

Jolanthe said...

Have a great weekend - and hope you enjoyed the time back in bed! :)


Reese said...

Enjoy a great weekend!!!

LydiaCate said...

Exciting to hear about what's happening with your grown up children. That's a season I don't think about much at this point. Lot's to look forward to for sure!!
I so love these gratitude posts! Thanks for encouraging us to voice those things. I'm thankful for...
1. 5 healthy energetic children
2. Supportive parents
3. A husband who loves the Lord.
4. That we can pay our bills
5. Friends who love me anyway!

secondofwett said...

Thanks so much for sharing.