thankful thursdays: week two

thankful thursdays

Last week, I started the first of 52 weeks of “thankful thursdays,” inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. I strongly, strongly challenge you to do the same.

In two weeks of writing down my gifts each day, I’ve noticed a distinct change in my own heart. I am more positive in my interactions with others. I’m more motivated. I’m refreshed whenever I look at my list {even after looking at my lengthy to-do list}.

11. the feeling after all the laundry is sorted and put away

12. seeing the refreshed smiles on student’s faces at the start of a new quarter

13. eating candy canes in January

14. unexpected — and exciting — new opportunities

15. “easy” vehicle fixes

16. the smell of the Traeger cooking dinner

17. new bling {any bling in general just makes me happy}

18. a friend with wise, encouraging words

19. searching for lost objects, which leads to a cleaner, more organized office

20. showing up for jury duty, and remembering this world is bigger than my own self.

Do me a favor: share three things you’re thankful for right now in the comments. I promise you, I’ll send each one who does this a prize. 🙂 

Much love,

the “has-been” P.S. – gift #21 this week: an email from my father reminding me that I’m not a “has-been.” I’m an “always will be…” So I think it’s time to change my perspective a bit. Gentle reminders from parents: those are always gifts.

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  • Staci

    My three thankful Thursday list!
    1 – For good friends, past and present that remind me where I have been and where I am going and the gentle reminder I am who I am due to these people.
    2 – For a loving church family that makes me a better person.
    3 – For living my western way of life – having that 4 legged friend that does a better therapy job than any person could ever do!

  • 1. God’s unexpected and timely provision.
    2. My little people, and the time I am able to spend with them.
    3. A warm and confortable home where I have spent nearly a third of my life.

  • NicoleMillerbooks

    Love those! I’ll email you with your “prize” soon! 😉

  • NicoleMillerbooks

    I love your western way of life too, Staci. I need to visit more often to absorb it. 😉 Thanks for posting! I’ll email you soon with your prize!

  • Teresa Skreen

    1. The purr of a kitty as you cuddle first thing in the morning
    2. Darkness on the drive to work that makes me feel calm & peaceful (there is something about not being able to see the masses around us once and a while)
    3. How excited my pup gets when I let her in after doing her “business”

  • Our dogs get super excited when they come in from doing their “business” too… and it makes no sense to me. Sometimes our girl just runs straight past me (though I routinely wipe their paws) and doesn’t slow down until she hits the other room…

  • Erin Kylie Phoenix

    1. My scars which reminds me that I don’t need to hurt myself. My scars remind me of what I have done and what I am doing now. My scars remind me to love myself.

    2. My family. You only find two or three true friends in your life but your family will always be there and I am thankful for everything they have done for me. I love my family and I want them to know that I love them with all of my heart. Even though I may be miles away from my family that will never change my love for my family.

    3. My fiancee, Amber Lynn Brewer. She is my world. I love her so much and even though we fight over the stupidest things sometimes I know and she knows we’ll make it better and forgive each other. I love my beautiful angel and I want her to know I love her with all my heart and soul. 🙂
    btw… Hi Nikki! I love you! 😀