Thanksgiving….yes I’m at that place.   I am singing His praises.    Life has been very good to me(us) this year.

Starting January 3, I  made a habit of jotting down, almost daily, a few things I was thankful for.  Today, I am on #768.   First page, first entry:

1.  Jeff…!!!!!

than onward…thankful for tiny moments and some great big huge moments…but always knowing there was a loving, giving, caring God above from whom all these good things come .  Here are some of my favorites…page by page, moment by moment, aiming for 100, couldn’t stop until 113.

2.  Tea with my daughter, Stephanie

3.  Morning walks with  daughter, Jackie

4.  Kindness, wisdom, energy and passion of my friends

4.  A lively conversation with my husband on a Saturday afternoon.

5,6..  Purring, snuggling kitten, Missy Bibby, then the next moment…wild cat

7, 8,9..  Marlo…her sleepy breathing, her circle dance, her guilty look

10.  Aroma of bacon on a Saturday morning

11.  My darling niece, Erin….and my other nieces and nephews.  I am proud of you all!

12.  Encouraging words of a  friend….how will I ever repay you Leann.

13.  A good conversation with Patt, by cell, during my morning walk.

14. Saying no, and knowing it was the right thing to do.

15.  Church bells at 6PM

16.  Beautiful baby girl…..”She”…..Codi Lynn

17.  Lovely mother, healthy and happy after baby born…Amber

18.   My son, TJ….loving, proud father and husband.

19.  Sunshine in winter

20.  Comfort, my blue couch

21.  Medical advances that can change lives!

22, 23.  My mother and father, I still have them here.

24, 25.  The legacy my sister left….her sons, Ron and Ryan

26.   A speck of hope, to grab on to.

27.  A restful night after a difficult day

28.  The respite of working on my artwork.

29.  Skype, connecting in the early morning, with Lisa.

30.  Fog, laying low, changing everything.

31.  Grace to keep my mouth shut!

32.  My diamond  friends, the Baguettes, celebrating 10 years.

33.  Confidence

34.  The skills I have.

35.  Taste….sweet, salty, savory

36.  Blueberries

37, 38.  Black-capped chickadees, and cardinal pairs

39.  Dreaming vividly of TIGERS!

40.  Deer herd in my backyard

41.  Time with my mother during her illness, and successful surgery.

42.  Stock market record set.

43.  A satisfying, productive day

44.  Daffodils

45.  Colton’s delight at the funny squirrel

46.  Smell of baking bread

47.  Chicken swarma sandwich, with garlic

48.  Worshipping as part of a Christian community.

49.  Eating strawberries with my grandson.

50.  Smiles from baby Codi

51.  Stephanie’s pregnant!

52.  Witnessing the happiness of my daughter and her husband.

53.    Courage to speak, and bring things into the light.

54.  A lesson on what I don’t need, what I can do without.

55.  An apology received, imperfect but accepted.

56.  News of twins!

57.  Rain

58.  Grass getting greener, daily

59.  Hearing 2 heartbeats.

60.  Reconnecting with my up north friend, Kathie…several times this year!

61.  My niece’s generous offer to use her house for a party.

62.  Wisdom gained from studying the Bible.

63.  Bright green of new leaves

64  Planting a garden with Jackie

65.  Faith, given to me generously.

66.  Success at our art show, work completed, well attended, good feedback and sales.

67.  Goldfish in pond, active, splashing, sparkling.

68.  Ferns unfurling

69.  Lake Michigan

70.  Coffee with prunes in the morning…try it, you might like it!

71.  Sunday solitude

72,  Codi Lynn and the watermelon…that girl is bound to be a foodie!

73.  Cottonwood snow

74.  My friend Kat’s humor and upbeat personality.

75.  Lunches, and solving the world’s problems,  with Kelly

76.  70 degree days

77.  Epidural shots for Jeff!

78.  Twin fawns

79.  Greek salads

80.  Friends, who volunteered their help for Steph’s shower.

81.  Protection, tragedies avoided or at least made manageable.

82.  Getting into the dentist the day I really needed it!

83.  Words, spoken gently, received well.

84, 85, 86.  Watercolor discovered, shared with mom, meeting the talented ladies in her group,

87.  Gail, her generous spirit, and all around ability to be there for her friends and family.

88.  Beautiful shower for Steph

89.  Desire to strive to be all You want me to be.

90.  Diligence

91.  37 years married to a gentle, kind, energetic, loving man with a great sense of humor.

92.  Ritter’s ice cream

93.  Getaway with friends at Kat’s cottage.

94.  Medical bills mostly paid by insurance,

95.  My daughter’s boyfriend, Kevin, kind and curious.

96.  Help in keeping my life simple.

97.  My father’s example of not complaining, when he could complain a lot!

98.  My bicycle

99.  My friends healthy little granddaughters’ born

100.  Stamina and strength

101  Gut busting laughter with my friends.

102.  Salmon running upstream to spawn

103.  Fall colors, glowing.

104.  Homemade, chunky applesauce

105.  Sewing time with Steph

106.  Jackie’s love of Tucker, and her cats.

107.  Crunch of leaves underfoot.

108.  Friend Nan’s successful surgery, and Aunt Nan’s successful hip replacement.

109.   Two chimes heard in the labor and delivery waiting room.

110, 111.  Aubree and Dylan!

112, 113.  Steph’s sweet calm, Derek’s smitten with his babies.

I have omitted many good peoples and experiences.   But enough already, thanks for sticking it out!

There goes almost a year spent recording the GOOD things in this life, each moment burned into my memory because I wrote it.  I cannot help but think that this was a very very fortunate year.  There were storms to weather, but they were mild.  Whatever the next year brings, clouds, storms, or maybe even a hurricane….I hope I can continue to find something to celebrate and be thankful for every day, once again.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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