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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's The Little Things

I used to keep a gratitude journal and then I stopped for some reason.

It's good to stop and reflect.

I should start that again.

I've been thinking a lot about gratitude lately and all the things in my life that make me happy and bring me such joy.

My son, husband, sister, friendships and iPhone certainly top the list, but it's not always about the big things, the people in our lives; it's the little things too. And there are countless little things that make my heart smile.

My in-laws sent me a book called Good Things Great and Small for Mother's Day and the timing couldn't be more perfect. It is full of lists of everyday seemingly mundane things to be thankful for.

It has inspired me to come up with my own list:

Highlighters, pulling up and seeing the front porch light on, a gentle breeze that lifts bubbles into the air that light up a child's eyes, the flip side of my pillow, going days without wearing an ounce of make-up, a public restroom just when I need it most, hearing birds chirp and airplanes flying overhead simultaneously, being able to jump on the treadmill at 10:00 at night if I want to, fresh squeezed orange juice, a full tank of gas and endless possibilities.

I know I bitch and complain a lot, but my life is so very full and I am blessed. Amidst all the chaos, frustration, sorrow and trying times, I have a lot to be thankful for.

What about you, what are you grateful for?

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Blogger Renee said...

I'm grateful for my twitter, bloggy, social network friends. Like you.
Much love your way.


May 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger mommymandi said...

Thanks for this post! I'm thankful for the radio in my car where I listen and sing worship sings!

May 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It is about the small things in life. I'm grateful for being able to stay in my pajamas all day if I want to.

May 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Kenna said...

I am SO grateful for my dog. I love her so much. She just understands me better than anyone else in the world.

May 12, 2011 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Timely reminder. I am grateful for hot cups of tea when I need them most and for the nighttime quiet.

May 12, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous The Sweetest said...

I am grateful for my son, who has so much love to give, and for my husband, who balances my fire.

May 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

What a wonderful list of things to be grateful for. The number one thing that I'm grateful for in my life is you and LMW. XOXOXO Love u both very very much!

May 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous MamaRobinJ said...

What a great book. I love that you made a list. Good stuff on there. I need to think of things I'm grateful for too...

May 21, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

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