Twelve and a half years ago I said I do one of the most remarkable men alive. Over the last twelve years we’ve grown, changed, become better versions of ourselves, and understand understand that this transformation is far from over. He is my favorite thing.
0859 12 1/2 years of marriage
0860 A Friday on a Tuesday
0861 When sleep finally comes
0862 A trip to Target and remembering to get everything I needed to
0863 Being seen
0849 Nearly two miles walked
0850 Clean sheets
0851 Laundry done and put away
0852 Walking in to see him loading the dishwasher
0853 Old books for upcycling
0854 Walking in the rain
0855 Rainbow stretched across the cloudy, Saturday morning sky
0856 Pressing on in hope
0857 He knows me well, but continues to strive to know me more
0842 Rain filled Fridays
0843 Hot chocolate from a co-worker
0844 Pumpkin Pie
0845 Thanksgiving away at half the cost
0846 Tiny shell found that I thought was lost
0847 Love letters from my sister tribe
0848 Whispy clouds
Yesterday was a hard day. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It probably didn’t help that I went to bed on that side. As I told a friend those things sort of carry over. I was feeling less than thankful. I was feeling grouchy. Irritable. Throughout the day there was thawing and refreezing of my mood. By the time I went to bed I was fine, but the day was over and I did little to nothing to be grateful.
Today I will try harder.
0836 Registered for my first 5K
0837 Afternoon tea
0838 Grace when a bad mood hits me
0839 Fancy pumpkin pie
0840 Just enough shampoo left in the bottle
0841 Getting about 75% of my filing done (I hadn’t filed since May :-/)
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0829 The guy in the drive thru ahead of me bought my lunch. (I of course in turn bought the lady behind me’s)
0830 The warmth of the sun on my shoulder
0831 A new kitchen toy
0832 Taking in the silent of the house while the world goes on outside
0833 Kissing him hello
0834 Finding the gas in my filled up
0835 J.R.R. Tolkien and some spiced apple cider
I got to yesterday evening and realized I’d forgotten about writing my post for the day. Oh well. It happens. Life happens.
0818 Time spent writing at the library
0819 Friends that are like family
0820 Mouse pad that make my mouse work
0821 Caramel Nog lattes (thank you for this Dutch Bros.)
0822 Spending the day with my husband
It’s 2:53 PM on the fourteenth of November. I’m sitting in my beige cube at work, tired, feeling weighty. I don’t feel thankful today. I began my day at work with a text to a friend….really a cry for help. She responded in her loving way and I knew there was someone here, near me. The fact of the matter is, is that these days come. The days we’d rather close our eyes to the world because it provides the security system that we need for that day.
I may not be feeling very thankful today, but I know gratitude like joy finds the moments of grace.
0807 Hot cocoa on a Wednesday afternoon
0808 Mood lightening
0809 Refinancing our house
0810 Scheduling time for myself to write
0811 Another morning not waking up in pain
0799 Not waking up in pain
0800 Grace to get through my day when I don’t feel good
0801 Being attacked by Chihuahuas
0802 Accepting my word for 2014 (even though I want to continue to fight it)
0803 My art journal & the space therein I have to be raw
0804 The friends who walk with me, even from the other side of the country
0805 Beach feathers gathered in my art journal
0806 Paint on my fingers
I feel the need this week to focus on finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I’m not feeling well and need the ordinary to be extra. To see the pre-dawn sky as more than just dark, but as a dark shade of cornflower blue. To see the green-ness of the grass. To revel in the first sip of coffee, and the softness of my sheets against my skin.
0791 Realizing I have tea at work
0792 Seeing the Little Dipper yesterday morning before leaving for work.
0793 Having affordable, quality health insurance (even if we don’t use it often I’m glad it’s there for when we need it)
0794 Getting employee of the day at work
0795 Walking into the house to fed Chihuahuas and my husband emptying the dishwasher
0796 A third cup of tea
0797 A husband who works hard for what he loves to do
0798 That morning glow before dawn begins to break
I woke up this morning with great despair. Mondays are always difficult, unless you happen to have them off. Even though today is holiday I’m still at work, doing my 7-4. So today, let’s find joy in the ordinary because if Mondays aren’t plain, ordinary, tiresome I don’t know what is.
0785 A job to go to
0787 The quiet
0788 Peppermint Green Tea with a side of gingerbread men cookies
0789 Friends who know what speaks to my soul
0790 Running errands with my husband
What are you finding joy in today?
0777 A husband who fights for our marriage
0778 A new book of poetry
0779 Dates over cheesecake
0780 Talking to my brother & my oldest nephew
0781 Hearing the strength in my brother’s voice when he says he’s taking it one day at a time
0782 He helps me get groceries every week and helps put them away
0783 That I don’t have to be perfect
0784 The weekend
::the roar of traffic fills the air outside the walls of my house. i hear the hum of an airplane, and the murmurs of something my husband has on in his office upstairs. i close my eyes and listen to this symphony. i breathe in and exhale. i allow it all to wash over me. to the chirp of birds and the creaks of 23 year old house. all this is grace.::
Those of you who are counting through these 30 days, thank you for taking this challenge with me.
0771 Gingerbread donuts
0772 When he calls me Friday Wife
0773 The silver hairs that highlight my hair
0774 A less pressure day at work
0775 Leaving work on time
0776 Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding
0763 Finally getting some sleep
0764 The Relax Melodies App (<- genius)
0765 Grilled cheese sandwiches with mayo
0766 Hot cocoa season
0767 Relaxing with him after work
0768 Getting all geeky over this book
0769 All my stuff for closing the books for October done
0770 A murder of Crows
How is your day lovely today?
0755 That moment when you feel the stress of the day slip off
0756 Coming home to him
0757 Headaches eased
0758 Knowing there’s people in your corner
0759 Delicious dinners
0760 Grace to get through the day
0761 Conspiring with my sister tribe to run away and join the circus
0762 The quiet moments together in the morning
I’m going to be honest. This is already getting hard. Maybe it’s because I go non-stop from the moment I get up until I’m able to sit down for a little after dinner. We acquired a new company at work and have been spending this week playing catch up on my email inbox which I didn’t touch at all last week. So my gifts at some moments feel trivial, feel hard to come by. But I’ve learned over the course of the last couple years of counting my 1000 Gifts that even trivial things are gifts.
0747 A fast trip to the post office
0748 An Advent calender with a hot air balloon
0749 Doing nothing all evening
0751 My husband allowing me to rest before getting dinner ready
0752 Fun new shoes
0753 A new pillow
0754 When he asks if I’m okay
So grateful that you are counting along side me this month.
Thank you is two words that are often spoken in haste. We mutter them beneath our breath. We say them out of habit. We can easily tell a sincere thank you from one spoken methodically. What a revolution would begin if we spoke our all gratitude with sincerity.
0739 The music of Ólafur Arnalds
0740 Light traffic
0741 Oleander flowers peeking through a chain link fence reminding me that beauty perseveres
0742 People who stand up for me
0743 Thunder & rain
0744 Sending Christmas gifts to a young woman in India
0745 A unexpected bonus at work
0746 An Ah Ha moment
0731 Simple dinners when I don’t feel well
0732 Oatmeal with apple chips
0733 Apple Cider
0734 Restful days
0735 Good night’s sleep
0736 An understanding husband
0737 A solitary walk on the beach just after dawn
0738 Creating art for those in my sister tribe
Share how you’re counting today…
If I recall correctly, these first few days are easy to find the gratitude in everyday. It’s like a new toy that we love to play with but come a few weeks of ownership we wonder why we committed to this. We wonder if we really knew what finding gratitude and grace in the midst of our everyday-ness would entail.
It’s going to happen. For me last year I mourned the death of friends of ours daughter. I got sick (I never get sick). I stressed over funding a mission trip to Moldova. Yet I recall how remembering to live thankful kept me grounded.
0723 Date nights with very foodie burgers
0724 New (to me) books
0725 A relaxing day in my pj’s
0726 Chihuahuas snuggled against me on the couch
0727 Legs burning from walking nearly two miles
0728 His encouragement in my life
0729 Hot air balloons dotting the sky
0730 Discount tickets to the local hot air balloon festival in December
What are you thankful for today?
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.