Thanksgiving 2016 . . . Today I am thankful for

4:00 a.m.: Waking up to a new day and seeing my pup first thing
5:00 a.m.: Hot coffee and quiet time
6:00 a.m.: Being able to connect with family and friends near and far
7:00 a.m.: Beautiful, cool weather for a Thanksgiving Day run
8:00 a.m.: Autumn light
8:00 a.m.: Having multiple ways for creative expression
9:00 a.m.: Creativity
10:00 a.m.: Sweet potatoes that are finally cooking
11:00 a.m.: A great team of co-workers
Noon: Rest
1:00 p.m.: Technology
2:00 p.m.: Warmth
3:00 p.m.: Puppy Sounds
4:00 p.m.: Laughter
5:00 p.m.: The return of 24
6:00 p.m.: God’s provision
7:00 p.m.: Chocolate cake
8:00 p.m.: Words of wisdom
9:00 p.m.: Good health
10:00 p.m.: A good book for bedtime

Always with gratitude

This month, as many do in November, I set out to record thanks givings daily. I wanted to be more intentional in recognizing and recording something specific each day. As I began, I knew there were some things I could not overlook – the grace we have from God, my family and friends, good health – but I also hoped I would find myself grateful for the small and unexpected parts of life, and those things that just happen and that we don’t often give a lot of thought to.

My list so far:

  1. God’s saving grace
  2. Loved ones
  3. Good health
  4. Puppy sounds
  5. Restful weekends
  6. Freedom to worship
  7. Rain
  8. Freedom to vote
  9. Freedom to speak for and against our government
  10. Opportunities to pursue a passion – learning French
  11. An encouraging note from a sweet friend, landing just when God knew I needed it
  12. Quiet
  13. Colorful leaves (we finally have some!)

Perhaps more than anything, this exercise is making me really stop and consider my abundances, and how fortunate I am to have a life that allows joy and thankfulness for things such as puppy sounds and colorful leaves.