a tiny list of gratefulness

tonight, as i reflect on my day, i am grateful.
it was a good day.
tuesdays usually are, since they are my day that i get a few hours to myself.
i feel a little embarrassed at how much i enjoy my own company.
is that just so obnoxious?
i mean, i'm never REALLY alone.
so maybe i justbfeel a little less scattered and able to really think and listen to the Lord in my heart when i'm on my own.
so anyway, as i drove around form chore to chore, first dropping my sewing machine to be serviced (they quoted me $169.00 for a full service!!??? is that normal?!) 
then to walmart for some grocery and birthday shopping 
i was just felt like there were some things to inventory that i need to be grateful for.
things that i now realize are not a "given"

 1. i am thankful for the opportunity to teach my kids to clean

 2. i am thankful for browned butter chocolate chip cookies

 3. i am thankful for how we are all growing together, painful or not.

 4. i am thankful for how they can be "little" together.
 5. i am thankful for ALL the time i am gettting with my children during the day.

 6. i am thankful for jake's leadership.

 7. i am thankful for swimsuit weather all year round.

 8. i am thankful that ella and i are getting some time, just us this month while the boys do a football clinic. so needed.

 9. i am thankful for ty's consistant good attitude. it is a gift to me.

 10. i am thankful that he is not too big for his daddy's old cabbage patch kid, rather he is thrilled to have it passed down.
 11. i am thankful for brazillian lemonade.

12. i am thankful for his brain. he is really smart. the detail he retains is almost scary.

 13. i am thankful for my own tiny little daffodils, right here in "paradise".

14. i am thankful for my husband. he is the only friend that i got to take with me into this new life, and i am grateful to not be alone.


  1. Love this. The last pic is PERFECT.

    Regarding alone time: I am an introvert and MUST HAVE alone time in order to recharge. I understand :)

  2. what a great list. I should do this...

  3. Love your grateful heart. That's a gooood thing to do every now and then. And yikes that is a lot for your machine. :-\

  4. such a lovely list.
    you could just buy a new machine for that price.

  5. Enjoyed you sharing your list! Glad you get your quiet time. It's good for us moms who are serving our kids' constant needs all day long. It's so nice to recharge, reflect, think, and listen to the Lord. I think of you homeschooling your kids and being with them ALL day, and you're thankful for that. That's pretty rad. You're an encouragement :) (P.S. I'm also thankful for that Brazilian Lemonade too! So good ;)