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My Gratitude Journal

gratitude journal

I keep a gratitude journal. I have, on and off, since 1998. My first gratitude journal, filled with saccharine sentiments of a boyfriend who eventually turned into a louse (or maybe always was a louse, and I didn’t notice at first) met its end at the curb many years ago. I have other journals, some half-filled and forgotten, some full from cover to cover. My current gratitude journal, begun just after BlogHer (because I’d lost the one before and finally gave up looking for it) looks a little different from the ones before. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis about … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 91-100

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 91. Eating ice cream. I think my being overweight might have something to do with my love of eating good food. Maybe. I found a really cheap brand of really good vanilla ice cream, and I love to eat it. A little too much, I think. 92. Shopping! We had to go to the mall today. Yesterday, Joe ran over something that pierced one of the front … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 81-90

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 81. Listening to Joe and my girls laugh and play together. As I write, I can hear the three of them laughing and carrying on upstairs. He says, in a pretend stern voice, “I am not a jungle gym!” and Grace giggles and he hoots and Allie laughs her silly baby laugh, and I just sit back and listen to a sound that tickles my soul. 82. … Read more

100 Things I Enjoy, 61-70

Read more of the 100 Things I Enjoy. What do you enjoy? If you’re thinking about making a list of your own, do! Please come back and share your post in the comments. 61. Devotions. I like reading about other people’s experiences with the Lord, about their interpretations of scripture. I go to a mom’s group one morning a week where we read and process a devotion together. Good times. 62. Flirting with my husband. Flirting just makes everyone feel good, doesn’t it? 63. Teaching. I have come to realize that teaching doesn’t have to happen in a classroom in … Read more

Suffering Without Bought Air

We went to visit Old Grandma over Labor Day weekend. As usual, it was wonderful. Except. The temperature was somewhere around 88 in the shade on the back porch, and the humidity was so high that the air felt like fog. Sweat streamed down my face while I lied in bed, running down my eye brows and stinging my eyeballs, jolting me from sleep. My clothes were in a state of constant wetness, as if I’d spent the whole day exerting myself. The thick air weighed down on our bodies like sand, thick, heavy, sweat-producing sand that made it difficult … Read more

Gratitude

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 … Read more