Saturday, October 23, 2010

Counting my blessings: 1

Branch Of Wisdom

I recently posted on Facebook about a conversation I had with my girls. What I didn't include was the background leading up to it, so here goes. I had coupons for buy one get one free candy bars. I don't usually buy candy bars. Well, OK, I don't usually buy candy bars that anyone but me knows about. This time I decided I'd let the girls each pick one out and I'd have one as well. They had behaved so well during a play (which is a challenge for my 4-year old) and at the grocery store (which is a challenge for them all) and the candy car was their reward. Once in the van, I told them they could each eat half of their candy bar. One of the girls wasn't satisfied with that. Of course she didn't express her dissatisfaction until after she had eaten the first half or she would've lost that piece altogether. Rather than the lecture I usually give about being thankful, I simply asked, ""What blessings would *you* count right now?" B (who was not the one grumbling) came up with the first: "I'm blessed that I don't live in an orphanage!" She also came up with the second: "I'm also blessed that I don't work in a factory because kids can really get hurt in factories!" (I guess the movie Samantha has really had an impact on her.)

Today, I am thankful for the rain, which brought out some beautiful colors in the trees.

I am thankful for my family being in good health and that we all have complete use of our bodies

I am thankful for an unseasonably warm day that we spent in Chicago.

I am thankful that my girls have an understanding of the reward of saving money for something meaningful to them.

I am thankful my girls and husband and I all had a good day today!

I am thankful for spending the evening with my brother, who came from out of state, and my dad. We enjoyed a nice dinner together for my dad's birthday.

I am thankful to spend time together with my dad for his birthday (seems redundant, but I am also thankful my dad had another birthday for me to spend with him.)

And lastly (because I have to end somewhere), I am thankful that my hiccups finally went away.

I am thankful to participate in Tamara's A Month of Thanksgiving, to remind me to count my blessings every day, even when I don't post them publicly.


  1. So many things to be thankful for....and I enjoyed reading about the "orphanage" story :) Children have a special way of showing us gratitude.

    I'm going to add this to the Day #1 linky, too :) Every day there will be a linky to add your post so that I can "try" to come and visit everyone.

    Many Blessings, Tamara

  2. So many blessings to count. What an inspiration.
    Have a blessed and restful Sunday. Thank you for sharing.

    In Christ,

  3. I enjoyed reading your list of Thanksgivings....and a delightful story with your daughters!!

    God Bless~~

  4. What a wonderful list of gratitude. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

  5. It is such a joy to give thanks for the those special moments, like birthdays :)


  6. Hi! I'm stopping by via Tamara's blog. I love how when you actually sit down and start listing them, that there are so many things to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing so many today!