Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:8}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

I’ve been silent this week because I’m in the middle of a big project of transitioning my blog to my own domain, reworking the whole set up, and starting it up with a big bang! (More details to come on that soon.)

But, the one thing I can’t ignore is a moment to stop and be thankful.

…Thankful for friends who stop literally everything to send you a text, email, phone call, wall post that just simply says, “Thinking of you.” You have no idea what that means, y’all. It means we’re not standing alone in life. It means we have a community who lives life out with us, even in the midst of some crazy stuff. THAT changes everything.

…Thankful for the beginning of autumn, even if it is quite unlike the ones we are used to in the north. This year, we will find our own new traditions in the south as we continue to make this area our home for our family.

…Thankful that in approximately a week, I will be able to send a text to the phone of my favorite Soldier who has spent the past year in a foreign land, rather than calculating time differences, watching the news to make sure her area is still safe, and hoping that Facebook alerts her to the new message I sent.

What are YOU thankful for today?! Come on, if you can’t think of anything, you are thinking too hard! Concentrate on the small things – there’s where the beauty lies!

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

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Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:7}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

Today, I am thankful for moments from last night.

Like this:

And this:

And I really love this:

And, for a word picture that I can’t possibly take with a camera, I am thankful for people who come around and support us, love us, care for us, and lift us up to the Creator in whispered prayers. Even in the midst of uncertainty and challenges, they help to make us strong and brave, and that is a gift I will never take for granted. Y’all know who you are.

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:6}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

I received a phone call yesterday for which I will be forever thankful.

The conversation reminded me to live absolutely each and every moment to the fullest, reminding those around me of my love for them, my appreciation for them, and my thankfulness to the Creator for placing them in my life.

Because, life is short and fleeting, and tomorrow may never come. And when that happens, I need to know that I lived every moment as if it were my last with words of thanksgiving, praise, and love on my lips.

Having a Marine return home in dress blues, rather than in cammies can – and will – absolutely shake one’s world, but it is what is done with the next moments of life that speaks volumes to the person they are.

I am ridiculously thankful to have been reminded of those truths and to be living life with that perspective.

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:5}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

We survived not just one but TWO natural disasters in the past week: an earthquake and a hurricane! Okay, they weren’t that bad – but it could have been much worse, and we were spared!

I’ve had the opportunity for a really good conversation of great depth twice in the past two days, when I needed it most. I am ridiculously thankful for people who stop and listen and care when I’m hurting. It’s essential.

It is SEPTEMBER. And September is a month we have been waiting for, for over a year! We have two wonderful friends returning from the sandbox within this month, God willing!

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:4}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

I am ridiculously grateful this week that we don’t feel earthquakes every day on the East Coast, and that when a few did suddenly decide to come pay us a visit, there was no major destruction left from it. Just sea-sickness.

I am also quite thankful for family and friends who care *so* much about us that they get worried with Hurricane Irene knocking on our door step.  We are good, folks! The pulled pork is in the crock pot, the bath tub will be filled up tomorrow, we have cell phones for communication, Rhyan has several coloring sheets ready to go, all of our my meds are stocked up, we have some cash in hand, and (most importantly!) we have …

…our hurricane survival kit!

Oh, I LOVE my life!

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:3}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

This is the fresh start of a fresh inspiration, and it excites me! That, my friends, is a planner and pens. The planner, in my favorite color of green, happened to cost me a whopping $4.99 at Target! I will be using it to organize not just our family life, but our PRESCHOOL life! And today, that is what I’m most thankful for: Getting the opportunity to be intentional about what I teach Rhyan at this young age because I have a partner that is incredibly supportive and simply believes that if it’s what I want to do, I can indeed succeed. This, mind you, is quite unlike what I have experienced in my previous life.

I am also thankful for rolling over to see 6:44 on the clock this morning!!! I haven’t slept in that late in AGES, and even then it was probably drug-induced!

What are the little things making you do dances of joy today? Can’t think of any? You aren’t thinking hard enough!

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)

Thankful Thursdays {Gratitude:2}

Thankful Thursdays are a rare moment during which the only thing I focus on are my points of blessings – of things I never even knew I wanted but received from the Creator anyway, in answer to my heart’s cry. And, more importantly, of things that are often times forgotten as I focus on what’s missing instead of what’s present. Not today.

This book is *amazing*. Definitely click on that link to read the first post about it, and then watch my blog because I know it will bring me back to write more. It has opened my head and heart to some amazing concepts.

The coffee mug in the background is priceless to me. It was my granddaddy’s and I was blessed to receive it shortly after he passed away. It keeps me company in the early morning hours often.

You can’t really tell in this picture, but that book is resting on top of my binder. THE binder. The binder that is beginning to organize all aspects of my life. And organization makes me RIDICULOUSLY happy.

And now, on to dancing the day away….

(If you would like to join me on this journey, I’d love to provide a link to your gratitude project on my blog, so let me know! I’m sure we all have a lot to teach each other about thankfulness!.)