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I've kept a gratitude journal for years, since I saw Oprah talking about gratitude on her show. I would guess I was 17 or 18 based on what I wrote in that first one.

Keeping track of my blessings has made sense to me. It helps me to focus on the good the nice, the happy.

Call it what you want – The Secret, the Law of Attraction, a self fulfilling prophecy.

When I look for things to appreciate, I find them in abundance.

Not long ago, someone shared a link on Twitter for the first chapter of Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. I followed the link and read the chapter and went to Amazon right then and bought the book.

Ann's book has been life changing for me in many ways, the least of which is that I'm now numbering my gratitude journal.

I started with 1 because it seemed like a good idea.

  1. Gummy smiles in response to meeting Allie's gaze
  2. Gazing at cloud shapes in blue, blue skies
  3. Chik-fil-a sauce
  4. The Pioneer Woman {whose romance novel, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, has done for my marriage what One Thousand Gifts has done for my soul.}
  5. Indoor play places when outside is beautiful and bright but not so warm
  6. The service that emails Old Grandma a photo of my kids every day
  7. God's great plan for my life
  8. The purring of a cat keeping my feet warm
  9. SwagBucks, through which I just ordered my 14th free Amazon gift card
  10. Wearing jeans that are smaller than my pre-pregnancy size
  11. Grace's eagerness to soothe, comfort, entertain, and love her baby sister
  12. Scrabble games on Facebook with a dear old friend
  13. The colors of spring – rich and lush and vibrant

What are you thankful for?


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