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Friday, November 1, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude

Join me, for the month of November, in an exercise in gratitude.  Finding things that you are grateful and thankful for will impact the health of your soul.  This in turn will affect your mood and even your physical health, boosting your immune system and raising your pain tolerance*.

Not sure you can think of one thing to be thankful or grateful for each day?  Check out my friend Sarah's blog, 10kreasons, for inspiration.  Sarah went through an entire calendar year and documented 10,000 things that she was thankful for.  This came out to be about 27 items each day.  And this idea was conceived in the midst of a time of grief due to a personal tragedy.  So, I think it's safe to say that you and I can think of just one thing each day for the month of November.

Post your items here each day, or join us on Facebook.

Day 1: I am thankful for all the beautiful fall colors here in Oklahoma.  They seem to be extra vibrant this year.  They really made my day as I drove around doing errands today.
Day 2:  I am thankful that after my daughter woke up sick at six this morning, she was able to fall back to sleep at 8:30 and wake up two hours later feeling better.
Day 3:  I'm thankful that it's Sunday and that is a day of rest for me.  And this particular Sunday I get an extra hour!
Day 4:  I am thankful for my family.  I love spending time with them.  We had fun playing Monopoly and watching a movie together yesterday.
Day 5:  I am thankful I discovered essential oils earlier this year.  I always thought they were for fragrance, but they have healing power!
Day 6:  I am thankful for my husband.  He's my best friend, a good husband, and a good father.  (And he washes dishes for me most nights!)
Day 7:  I'm thankful for my son.  He laughs at my jokes.  And he is really good at movie quotes.  It's very hard to believe he is almost 14 and will be in high school next year!
Day 8:  I'm thankful for my little girl.  She's 8 now and not so little anymore.  She keeps me on my toes.  She thinks outside the box.  And she loves books as much as I do.
Day 9:  I'm thankful for Boy Scouts.  My son has been involved two-and-a-half years.  I am thankful for a troop that teaches leadership and character.
Day 10:  I'm thankful for all the new blogger friends I've made.
Day 11:  I am thankful for all those that serve in our armed forces.  My maternal great-grandfather served in WWII and my paternal grandfather served both in Korea and Vietnam.
Day 12:  I am thankful for God's wisdom as I navigate all the options available to me as a blogger.
Day 13:  I am thankful I get to homeschool my two children.  My son is in eighth grade and my daughter is in third.  I'm not saying at times it isn't challenging and I'm not saying everyone, everywhere must homeschool, but it is best for our family, and I love it.
Day 14:  I am thankful I get to work from home, and that I'm starting to see a little return on this newest venture of mine.
Day 15:  I am thankful that raw milk is legal, here in Oklahoma.  I love the fresh milk, cream, and cheese we get from our local dairy.
Day 16:  I am thankful for fresh, clean drinking water.  We have a local spring we go to for mineral-rich water that, thankfully, doesn't contain any fluoride, chlorine, or chloramine.
Day 17:  I am thankful for health--my health and the health of my family.
Day 18:  I am thankful that my daughter has learned how to tie her shoes.  It makes going places so much easier.
Day 19:  I am thankful for good friends.  I believe friends should sharpen each other, as iron sharpens iron.  I am glad I have that type of friends, that I can learn from and can learn from me as well.
Day 20:  I am thankful that my husband has a good job that is solid and that he works with great people.  We're getting ready to enter the crazy season of odd hours, but I am thankful he has a job.
Day 21:  I am thankful for technology.  Sometimes I think my computer can be a big distraction in my life, but lately, I've been thrilled with all that it does for me.
Day 22:  I am thankful that I have an Azure Standard drop in my town.  I place my order a few days ago and get to pick it up in a few more.
Day 23:  I am thankful my husband is more than a babysitter to his kids.  I saw someone mention today that they hate it when a man says he has to babysit his kids.  I have to agree.  I am thankful my husband is a good father that teaches and plays with our kids.
Day 24:  I am thankful our house is paid off.  It took hard work and sacrifice, but we buckled down a few years ago and determined to knock a few years off our mortgage.  It is a nice feeling to have that debt load lifted.
Day 25:  I am thankful that I am STILL seeing great fall colors!  This list started out with fall colors, and I'm hoping in a few days, when it ends, I will still be seeing those beautiful colors.  As of today, there are still pockets here and there of brilliance.
Day 26:  I am thankful I rediscovered crochet.  I learned very basic stitches when I was 10 and never did much with it, but a couple years ago, along comes Pinterest and sparks my interest.  I retaught myself and I'm so glad I did.  It's such a relaxing hobby.
Day 27:  I am thankful for Christopher Columbus, for discovering the New World; the Pilgrims, for writing the Mayflower Compact; the Indians, for saving the Pilgrim's lives, teaching them how to plant and providing food for the first Thanksgiving; the founding fathers, for writing the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution; and Abraham Lincoln, for declaring Thanksgiving to be a national holiday.
Day 28:  I am thankful for the food I'm about to enjoy and that I didn't have to cook the turkey.
Day 29:  I am thankful for the holiday, which gave me time to recharge.  I needed it!
Day 30:  Last but certainly not least, I am thankful to God, from whom all these blessings flow.

What has God blessed you with?

This post is part of the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge by Kathy at Simple Clean Living.  Check out what the other participants are thankful for:
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