Friday, October 19, 2007

Gratitude and a little overdue blog candy!

Well, it's just sort of another day around here. I've got the boys and Sophia, but the little ones are down for a nap/rest. Kyle is busy playing on pbskids.org and lovin' it, so I have a few minutes here.

I had a friend pop in yesterday and she was just having "one of those days". We all have them when the kids aren't cooperating and everything just seems bad and maybe even worse than it is. She just wanted someone else to chat with, so we relaxed for an hour or so while the kids played. It got me thinking last night though that even on days like that, it's important to be thankful. I was keeping a gratitude journal for a while and might start again, but here are a few things I was thankful for yesterday:

1. getting a shower and organized before Nathan got up.
2. Sophia being her silly self.
3. being here when a friend needed someone to talk to.
4. a great cup of coffee.
5. being able to go to work and have fun.
6. great cuddles and kisses from Nathan and Kyle.



There are many more things to be thankful for, but that'll do! So, that leads me to my long overdue 5,000 hit blog candy! All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me a couple of things you're grateful for today and you're in! I'll leave this open until Sunday evening and put everyone in random.org on Monday and find a winner!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melodie Beattie


Cheers and have a great weekend!
Colleen

31 comments:

toners said...

Great post - a good reminder for all of us. A few things I'm grateful for today: that DH is home for the next two weeks (no business trips); that we will all be celebrating DD's 11th birthday on Sunday; and that I am having some "me" time today before the crazy weekend ahead! Have a great weekend!

Darlene said...

I love this post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and sure you use the meme!

Okay, so things I am grateful for today: getting to go on a date with DH tonight; my parents diligent help with painting our new house; and getting to move into said house this weekend. :)

Tracy said...

Nice post, Col. Let's see...today I am thankful that I will get to see some friends at a shower for the arrival of another healthy baby, that I am going to get a chance to do a little shopping over lunch, that my wonderful sister included my silly daughter in her post, and that my husband and I are finally going to get to spend a bit of time together because its the weekend!

Tracy said...

PS - celebrating the arrival of a friend's healthy baby, not mine! (of course you knew that, Colleen)

Allison said...

What a great blog entry girl! I so need to do a LO about this very topic!

Things I am thankful for....
1. My loving and caring husband and him understanding that I don't want cook on a Fri night!
2. My litttle boy who is speaking and using numbers better and better every hour... or so it seems.
3. For friends who think of me and wanna spend some time with me.
4. For the creative talent that I believe I inherited from my Mom! Thanks Mom!
5. For a wonderful space (internet) to share and chat and have fun!

Mrs. Moody said...

I am thankful for many things today but I shall keep it brief with 3...
1. My dh who willingly did all the 8 chores on his honey-do list tonight while I was at the LSS working
2. My family who is graciously coming over to finish a tile job tomorrow in my house
3. A dog who loves me anytime of day no matter if she has just recently gotten in trouble or not.

Jill said...

great post! First, I'm forever grateful for my husband.

Also, grateful for our move from Cali to Ohio going so smoothly, my ds and dd, my a.m. "me" time, and being able to actually see and experience changing seasons around me.

Cathy said...

Wow what a great way to make us think in blogland on how lucky and grateful we are...plus have a chance at some FUN freebie stampin stuff.
Not in any order....I'm thankful that I get a chance for your sweet giveaway.
Getting to stamp a little today.
Tonight spending time with my family and a movie.
Thanks so much for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Linda said...

I was able to go to a very neat craft show with my daughter this morning. Then this afternoon, my husband took me out for lunch. What a fun day!
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Shutterbug said...

Great reminder to all of us.
I'm grateful that I'm happy and healthy, that there's a room above my head, that my parents are coming for a visit, and that it's been a beautiful day.

shutterbug2525@gmail.com

charity c said...

today we went to the air show. my 18mo old loves airplanes. i am grateful for his smile and excitement every time he sees an airplane. it is so fun to see his face light up when he sees or hears a plane.
also for grandparents willing to keep our kids for us while we go on a retreat! that is a huge blessing.
those are just a couple from today.

SueB said...

Nice post, Colleen, and a good practice to follow ... for me, today's top 2 things I'm thankful for are my boys' good dental checkups and continued good health, and my DH and his best made cuppa coffee on the planet!

later, alligator!
- SueB of sueblondin.blogspot.com

Sandra L-M said...

I'm very thankful for my husband. May he be with us for a long long time. Sandra

scfranson said...

Great blog ! I'm grateful for my wonderful husband and kids, the smell of fresh air and flowers.
Claudia

Elaine said...

I'm so grateful for my kids, my husband, family, our health, and that my aunt and her husband who were both recently injured badly enough to require surgery, because of two separate accidents, are now well enough to be out of the hospital!! Whew!

Jan Scholl said...

I am grateful for my oversized heating pad warming up my spot in the bed with a pile of stamp magazines next to it.

I am also grateful for free blogs!

Linda SS said...

I am so blessed to have such a loving family and wonderful friends. I especially feel so grateful for 3 things...my 3 beautiful, funny and sweet little grandkiddies:)

Robyn said...

I am grateful for my loving husband, my two great kids and for having a job for 10 years that I just love to bits, not to mention a roof over my head, food on the table and blessings every day.

doverdi said...

What a great post & an excellent reminder to all of us. It's funny how little we reflect on the things that we are greatful for. Today I'm greatful for my DS & being so blessed to have him in my life. (but then again I've been greatful everyday for the past 21 years for that blessing. I'm greatful today for having a friend who shares my passion for stamping, scrapping & papercrafts, shopping, etc. I'm grateful that I was able to go to a workshop today as well as do some shopping. I'm grateful that I just felt well enough to go out & have a me day. Thanks for a chance to win.

crhessel said...

I am grateful for the health of my family. Health is something we so easily take for granted.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Kristine said...

I'm thankful for a healthy family and great friends.

Alison Molumby said...

Hmmm... I'm most grateful for the fact that my kids are going back to school tomorrow morning after having been home since Thursday at noon! Thanks for the candy op.

Joëlle said...

Hi Colleen,

"Thankfuls" is what Kevin and I do every night before going to bed. It is something we started after his Dad passed away, so suddenly last year, to remind us that our whole world wasn't scary, dark and falling apart. We quickly realized we had SO much for which to be thankful and it seems the lists grow longer everyday.

Today, I am thankful for a Sunday where I have nothing else to do but spend time with my boys.

Have a great day!

P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Betty said...

I'm thankful for living, thankful for having a wonderful husband and 2 kids. I'm thankful for having a job and thankful just for everything in life. Life is short and everyone should life to the fullest.

CAKVD said...

I'm grateful that my daughter was good in the store today, that my new craft room is almost finished, and that my Crohn's disease is finally in remission. Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Wife2TJ said...

I am thankful for my dh and his comitment to our TTC. I am thankful for my wonderful RE dr. who has been so helpful through this process and my family who has been there for me, praying for me. Those are the things I am thankful for today.

Reality Show Reject said...

I'm grateful for my family and friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

Márcia Mattos said...

I am grateful for my health, my family and my dear friends all over the world.
Hugs
Marcia
marciamat@globo.com

Angel Wilde said...

I may be too late, but I am thankful for my family, for health, for our freedom and the men and women who protect it!

jodene said...

I am thankful for my families health, their sense of humor and their love for each other. Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer said...

I am grateful for many things including my health, my family and friend but today especially I am thankful for my ever patient and loving husband who was so very wonderful with our son today. (he was being especially fiesty!) I'm grateful that my hubby turned out to be such an amazing Daddy!