Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Glorious 30 on Tuesday

As of this list I have shared 465 things I am thankful for. Gratitude is such a beautiful thing. Calms the spirit, revives the heart, heals the soul, and brings joy into your life.
Remember what you have, don't dwell on what you don't, or what's wrong in your life. Focus on the good, let's change the world from self centered misery, to selfless Joy.

This is a somewhat random list of moments from this year that I am so very thnakful for.
No particular order.

1. My son, while waiting for a guest to arrive to our house, said, "Tell me when I should move my personal affects to the other room".
2. A new song, "My Mighty King" by LouAnn Lee off her newest album "Hide Myself In You", it's marvelous.
3. My dad's amazing recovery from  melanoma removal from his lip. He can still play trombone and trumpet, and that's a pretty big deal.
4. My niece Nikki's wedding and marriage to Brian. It was beautiful and wonderful, and fun.
5. My daughters success in school this year. I love watching them grow and learn and figure out who they are.
6. Aaron's amazing recovery from having his wisdom teeth out last week.
7. Bethany's birthday brunch. I was able to travel and be part of it, stay with Michelle,  and hang out with Bethany as she recovered from surgery the following day.
8. Driving a loaned Volvo for most of the year. This car has been such a blessing, I am so grateful for the opportunity.
9. I am employed.
10. I love my job.
11. A trip to the cabin, and my whole family got to go. It was a rare moment, and it was wonderful.
12. A trip to Idaho with a good friend on the road to visit another good friend.
13. Another trip to Idaho, this time with my hubby too! A real vacation, it was so nice.
14. An overnight stay away from home for just me and my hubby at a lovely B & B up in the mountains managed by a wonderful couple. It was delightful.
15. No injuries and only minor damage from the deer that ran into our car while on that trip (14).
16. Protection a few weeks ago on a rainy night when someone did something dangerous with their SUV, that momentarily trapped my car between said SUV and another SUV...God moved in that moment and I was safe. I would have completely broad sided the SUV.
17.  Jobs for both my daughters.
18. Miracle after miracle financially this year.
19. When I slipped on the mud last week I didn't drop the tray of food I was carrying on the way to a party, and I only had minor damage to my knee.
20. I am very grateful that my blood pressure is lower than earlier in the year, without meds.
21. For Rita, her willingness to help me when things get tight, and her generosity with her gifts and time. Plus, she is a blast to hang out with.
22. Nancy, for friendship, canning expertise, and such a sweet generous spirit. She is so willing to just share...and the eggs from her family's chickens are wonderful.
23. Deborah, and her opening her home to Nancy and I to play Bananagrams with her, it's a delightful time, with wonderful people, and I feel like my brain isn't so mushy anymore.
24. Each day that I realize more and more that God loves me, and the depth of His grace and mercy.
25. Each day with Aaron, and realizing how deep and true his love is for me and our family as well.
26. Answered prayer. For direction.
27. Moments of deep, hardy laughter. So cleansing.
28. Thanksgiving Dinner this year. It wasn't our normal, but it was relaxed and yummy, and a nice moment to remember.
29. Time in Reno with Susie. It was refreshing and a joy to hang out with her.

30. AKA 465. I want to stop and be grateful for you, all my readers.  I write for the simple pleasure of writing, but seriously, hearing back from you, no matter how often, is such a treat. The friendships I have started from this blog are dear to me.

Thank you for reading. Thankyou for being grateful. Thank you for taking a moment to remember your blessings, to remember anything that is good in your life. Life is full of goodness, and even in the darkest moments, there is still goodness.

Monday, November 29, 2010

29 Promises

I have mentioned that I am thankful for the Bible. God's word is powerful and true, and is like armor for those that love him. I am so very thankful for the promises He lays out in the Bible as well, including but not limited to the following.

1. I (Jesus) have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV

  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
 my cup overflows.Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.Psalm 23:5-6 NIV

3. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

4. Jesus said to them, " I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." John 6:35 NASB

5. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.2 Corinthians 4:8-9

6.When you go through deep waters of great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord , your God....  Isiah 43:2-3 NLT

7. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16 NIV

8. He who listens to a life giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31NIV

9. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 NIV

10. How happy are those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. How happy are those who are strong in the Lord... Psalm 84:4-5 NLT

11. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news bring health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 NIV

12. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NIV

13. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23NIV

14. I know what what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH. Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

15. Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said,"I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 NASB

16. The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

17. Fear Not, I am with thee. Isiah 41:10 KJV

18. Cast your cares on the LORD  and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.  Psalm 55:22 NIV

19. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you. Psalm 91:9-10 NLT

20. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me...watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. i won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

21. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

22. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4

23. for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  1 John 5:4 NIV

24. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8NIV

25. Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

26. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV

27. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:1-2 NIV

28. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galations 5:22-23NIV

29. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

That's the best promise of all. Eternal life.

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Twenty Eight Books

Twenty books I am really thankful I read:

No particular order.

1. Bible. Which is actually 66 books by 40 different authors, so really I am done. ...

2. Charlotte's Web

3. A Prayer For Owen Meany

4. The Happy Intercessor

5. Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil

6. Tess of D'Urbervilles

7. The Saving Graces

8. When the Writing on The Wall is in Brown Crayon. By Susan Lenskes

9. The Stinky Cheese Man

10. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ....I so loved this book as a kid.

11. Stories the Wind Told. This is about a little girl who is sick, and has to stay in bed looking out her window at the apartment windows across the street, the wind tells her tales of who lives there.  I still love this book.

12. Me and My Big Mouth

13. Power of a Praying Wife

14. Financial Peace.

15. Picasso at the Lapin Agile (it's actually a play by Steve Martin)

16. How To make an American Quilt,  

17. Green Fried Tomatoes and the Whistle Stop Cafe

18. Heidi

19. Five Love Languages, to truly show love to someone, you must speak it in their love language, this book has impacted me because what I think "means love" and what someone else thinks doesn't always match.

20-23. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy 4 book trilogy. 

24.  The Life and Opinions of Tristan Shandy

25. Moll Flanders 

26. Postcards from the Edge

27. Surrender the Pink

28. Delusions of Grandma

Saturday, November 27, 2010

27 Sighs of Contentment

Thankful for things that make me sigh with contenment.

No particular order.

1. Clean baby head smell.
2. Baby laughter
3. Baby smiles
4. My husband's eyes when they look at me.
5. A good meal.
6. A gift worth giving. Doesn't it just bless you when you give someone a gift that just makes there day?
7. Well earned ice cream. Waiting for it, working it off before it is eaten...ahhh yes.
8. How deep my heavenly Father's love for me.
9. Effort paying off.
10. Knowing when you really helped someone out
11. Giving, when it's really needed, even if you don't think you really can....
12. A really good cup of tea on a cold day.
13. Finishing a work project, specifically a big one.
14. Petting a happy dog or a purring cat.
15. Waking up after really good,deep, sleep.
16. A cozy fire on a cold night
17. A dip in a pool on a super hot day.
18. Taking ones shoes off after a long day.
19. Watching my kids do something courageous, or selfless.
20. Having my kids really live up to their potential.
21. Biting into a really good strawberry.
22. Hearing the POP sound of a canning jar seal shut.
23. Arriving safely to a far away destination.
24. Having a computer glitch cleared up.
25. Everyone full and happy after Thanksgiving.
26. Having the budget (or checkbook) balance.
27. Finding something that was lost.

A slightly different list. But really that deep satisfaction with something, or someone is something to be truly grateful for.
What sigh are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Alphabet Soup

26 things I am thankful for, in alphabetical order.

1. Aaron. My husband rocks.
2. Bread. Need I say more?
3. Christmas Carol's. And today is the official start of "The Season" to listen to them. Of course around here, you might hear them any time of year.
4. David. My brother is a cool guy.
5. Ella. Sweet Zablet. What a delight.
6. F--------, my maiden last name. It was weird, and hard to pronounce for some, but unique, I am thankful for it.
7.G-----, my new last name, it's simple and shorter...and connected to my love.
8. Horses. The property I live on has 3 horses currently. I am thankful to get to see them and pet them and interact with them (and not pay to feed them)
9. Ingenuity. So very many other things I am thankful for started with ingenuity of some sort.
10. Jaguars. Such beautiful animals.
11. Kite flying. Good memories.
12. Loretta. My...
13. Mom. :) (She gets two, I am super thankful for her, LOL)
14. Nancy W. She taught me how to can, and is a wonderful and generous friend.
15. Office supply stores.
16. Pineapple. SO GOOD!
17. Quilts. I like how a well loved quilt feels, and the warmth and memories they provide.
18. Richard. My dad. A man with integrity, good work ethics and a strong believer in family ties.
19. Spencer, my son. He delights me, i am so thankful we were blessed with him.
20. Tiffany. Through thick and thin.
21. Umbrellas. They are delightful, useful things, with fun designs and colors.
22. Viola. I am thankful I learned how to play one.
23. Water. Clean water to drink, lovely water to look at, and warm water to be in.
24. Xylophones. really big wooden ones, in an orchestra.
25. You. My reader. I am thankful for you.
26. Zamboni. I used to love it when the ice was just re-surfaced. And what a fun word to say! ZAM BONiiiiiiiiii.

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful on Thanksgiving

What an idea! Be thankful on this, the day titled "Thanksgiving". LOL

I am thankful for today because of:
1. Laughter, perhaps a little extra.
2. Turkey
3. Pumpkin soup
4. Family all together.
5. Extra family joining us.
6. Time to reflect.
7. Mashed potatoes.
8. Sweet potatoes.
9. Time for prayer, and true thankfulness.
10. Pumpkin pie.
11. Cranberry sauce. I truly love the stuff. I am thankful for this day because we get to eat it, Yes, I know, I can by it and save it, or even make my own anytime of year, but today is THE day. Aaaahhhh yes.
12. Gravy. So bad for you, but so yummy. Today is the day for gravy too.
13. Whipped cream.
14. Full tummies.
15. Nap time.
16. Togetherness. I know some families struggle terribly to be on the same room together. Some families are simply too busy. I am thankful to be together with whomever is around for the day.
17."Magic salad" , my sister makes this. Aaron loves it. Although we won't be with my sister, i will try to re-create this for him, because I love him. I am thankful she will share the recipe with me.
18. Family game time.
19. Everybody cleans up.....it's nice that more people help clean up today.
20. Turkey sandwiches.
21. Turkey soup.
22. Turkey Burritos or tacos.
23. Turkey with eggs.
24. Turkey with pasta.
25. A day set aside for the very thing that changed my life for good.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


24 movies I am thankful I got to see, on the big screen
In general I am thankful for movies. They are entertaining, and fun, or moving or thought provoking. Some movies are just better BIG, in surround sound, in the darkness...and a big tub of popcorn doesn't hurt either.

1-6. Star Wars
7-9. Indiana Jones
10-12. Matrix
13-15. Pirates of The Carribean
16. The Lion King..I saw this in San Diego on a GIANT screen that doesn't exist anymore. It was amazing.
17. Trouble in Paradise, 1934.
18. The Muppet Movie. My sister took my brother and I to go see it with her then very young daughter Nikki, who the very next day broke out with chicken pox. David and I broke out 2 weeks later, as we left for a camping vacation. YAY. Even with this turn of events, I stilled loved the movie and  was so very thankful to have seen it on the big screen.
19. Fantastik Mr. fox
20-21. LOTR, Return of The King, Two Towers
22. Prince of Egypt
23. Die Another Day
24. Despicable Me

What movie are you thankful that you got to see it on a big screen?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oh, It's the Little Things

A list of things I am thankful for, though usually I very well may take them for granted. So today I give my thanks for:

1. Toothbrushes
2. Toothpaste
3. Shampoo
4. Conditioner
5. Facial scrub
6. Lotion
7. Sunscreen
8. Socks
9. Pens. Good pens.
10. Photographs
11. Tea bags
12. Staples
13. Nail clippers
14. Emery boards
15. Dish soap
16. Light bulbs
17. Curtains
18. Post it notes
19. Magnets
20. Shoelaces
22. Envelopes
23. Matches

What little things are you thankful for?
We are so blessed to have these little items. People all over the world don't.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mffph pfeef hurp

Things I am thankful for in honor of my husband's oral surgery today.

No Particular order.

1. Strong pain relievers.
2. Miracle money.
3. Being "put under". We have a friend that had her wisdom teeth taken out while awake, no thanks.
4. Big pillows.
5. Movies and TV shows on DVD. During recovery it is important to have something to sleep in front of.
6. A flexible schedule. We have flexible work schedules, which makes it easier to plan such events. We'd rather not have events like this, but they happen...
7. A covering of prayer. He is so prayed for he should be healed and ready for action about a half hour after they finish.
8. Target Pharmacy. Seriously the best prices on RX meds.
9.  Close parking.
10. Helpful Assistants. I am sure they have a formal title, but they were all nice and the one helping us out to the car and with instructions was very pleasant and wonderful.
11. Texting, to let everyone know how is is doing at the same time.
12. Cottage Cheese, with peaches
13. Greek style yogurt (loaded with more protein and less sugar)
14. Apple sauce
15. Protein powder
16. Smoothies
17. Pasta
18.Gauze padding.
19. Ice packs
20. Frozen peas
21. Quiet days at home.
22. I am thankful it wasn't snowing today. That would have made this harder.In fact, it wasn't even raining while we were out, so that's also something to be thankful for.

Be thankful you didn't have oral surgery today, just a few days before Thanksgiving too!
What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Because Baby, it's Cold Outside

It's cold here. I won't complain because some of you live where it is much, much colder. I'm just saying it's cold. It snowed nearby too, still is, or will be soon....

1. Gloves!
2. Hats
3. Scarves
4. Jackets
5. Ugg (like) boots, which I really wish I was wearing right this minute.
6. Propane stoves/ovens that still work when the electricity is out.
7. Fireplaces.
8. Firewood, which unfortunately we are out of.
9. Socks.
11. Walked into church this morning, it's 30 something outside and the heater is broken!! So I am thankful for people that live very close to church with PORTABLE HEATERS as well. It was a chilly morning message (given with warmth and authority), but not as bad as it could have been.
12. Undershirts, or layers.
13. Shared body heat, sitting near your sweetie, or someone warm, like Spencer, the little heater, is a nice warming devise.
14. Hot tea
15. Or Hot chocolate
16. Coffee. I don't drink it, but I can see that those of you that like it really appreciated it, and I appreciate things that make other people warm and happy. Plus, in a pinch when there is no tea, I can hold a cup of coffee to warm my hands.
17. SOUP. I do beleive it is a soup kind of day.
18. Hot fresh baked bread with that soup, oh yes.
19. Blankets, snuggle time.
20. Movies, to watch while snuggling. Preferably an old one, or perhaps one with warm places in it.
21. Love. Because nothing warms the heart and mind like love.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Recipe Answer.

Sooz was right (Thany too)
 The recipe from the 19th is:
A Calzone.
They are so wonderful.
And of course, all of the ingredients can be altered to a family's preferences.

Kitchen Wonderment

People all over the world cook with only a pot and a stick, or wooden spoon. I fully realize how blessed we are here. I have a fully operating kitchen, WITH FOOD. We went through a time when we truly had no money, and we did receive food from outside help, we did. I know I haven't shared that, but it's the truth. It was only a short lived amount of time, we didn't make it a lifestyle. I just wanted to take a moment to point out to all of you reading this on a computer, run by electricity, probably while you drink coffee or something how immensely blessed we are in America and other countries around the world. This list is absolutely the truth, I appreciate each and everyone of these things in my kitchen, I DO, but I never lose sight of the fact that we have so much.
These lists have softened my heart, and opened my eyes to just how plentiful my life is. I hope you take a moment to thank the creator of the universe for all you do have.

So back to this FUN list...

1. Running water. Specifically out of a faucet that is one of those hosed handle deals. I don't even know the name, but I have installed one in every house I owned, and was so very happy to see the house we are currently renting already had one.

2. Gas stove. I like cooking with gas (HA!).

3. Ice maker. I don't have one, which makes me appreciate them even more.

4. Kitchen Aid  stand mixer. I love this wonderful red machine, plus it was a gift from a wonderful friend.

5. Dishwasher....imagine angels singing here "aaaahhhhhhhh"!

6. Knives. Good knives, SHARP knives.

7. Veggie/potato peeler.

8. Can opener, hand version.

9. Grater, for cheese and more.

10. Garlic peeler. This is a tube thingy that you roll the garlic cloves in and they come out naked, it's easy to clean and compact and I love it.

11. Measuring cups and spoon, I think I used this before, so I'll add, I like my adjustable ones, and I love my sliding one that's good for gooey stuff like peanut butter and honey.

12.Pots and pans. We have a fabulous smaller frying pan perfect for eggs, they never stick.My most used pan is a 12" skillet with straight sides and a lid. I cook nearly everything in it dinner wise. I do have a fabulous stock pot too, and now I have a canning pot, which is really important.

13. Rice cooker, because I was really bad at making rice without it, it's sad, I know. I love that all I have to do is press the button, and my rice is great.

14. Crock pot. I don't know why I resisted them for so long. It is such a wonderful thing to come home to dinner hot and ready when you have to work or be gone all day.

15. griddle. I have one for on top of the stove and an electric one. There is really nothing better for making pancakes or grilling sandwich rolls.

16. Wisk, slotted spoons, wooden spoons and spatulas. I have 2 favorites, I am sure you have your favorite too.

17. Canning tools. Magnetic wand, grabbing thingamabob and gap measurer.

18. Blender

19. Toaster, love my red Duelit, a wedding present from my brother, still going strong. We LOVE toast.

20. Refrigerator/freezer. Beats ice blocks and ice chests, or rotten foods.

Now see what I mean. We have so much.
What are you most thankful for in your kitchen? It could be your tupperware, or your grandma's handed down recipes, doesn't matter.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Take a Pinch of This, and a Little Bit of That.

Nineteen ingredients of thankfulness.
This is like a game. I am ever so thankful for all the things listed, but even more so when they are put together into one recipe.

1. Yeast. Why is your bread fluffy? Yeast.

2. Water. We certainly all need it.

3. Sugar. SWEET.

4. Vegetable oil. Fat carries flavor, and makes things moist.

5. Salt. I have a friend that recently read "The History of Salt" , it is actually quite fascinating.

6. Flour. Oh the goodness of wheat.

7. Tomato sauce, tangy goodness

8. Mozzarella. Fresh is so very wonderful.

9. Ricotta.

10. Garlic. For health, for flavor, for oomph.

11. Onion. Grilled with #12 is best.

12. Ground meat (turkey or beef or sausage).

13. Spinach.

14. Oregano

15. Basil

16. Parmesan cheese, mmmmm Cheese Gromit

17. Pepperoni

18. Egg

19. Love.:)

Okay....what is it?

My family is very thankful for it.
Many of my friends are too.
Some ingredients vary, but this is the standard version for us.

What favorite family recipe are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Take a Simple Line.

Eighteen Animated Movies I am thankful for.
No particular order.

1. Up. Love the bonus features almost as much as the movie.

2. Mulan. You Go Girl.

3. Little Mermaid. (Disney) Admit it, you are singing "the song" in your head.

4. Finding Nemo. Takin on the jellies.

5. 101 Dalmations.

6. Jungle Book. You oo oo, I wanna be like You oo oo....

7. Lion King

8. Lion King 1 1/2, funny stuff.

9. Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3.

10. Aladdin

11.  Bug's Life

12. Despicable Me. It was nothing like what we thought it was going to be. I found it hilarious.

13. Alice In Wonderland

14. Robots.

15. Cars

16. Monsters Inc.

17. Ice Age

18. Veggie Tales, Jonah

There are so many. I really like animated movies. I enjoy a good story, good music, and family oriented themes. Some are favorites from my own childhood, and some from when my girls were little, and now for Spencer too. But even when they all grow up and leave, I will still watch some of these. I am thankful for the hard work the creators put into each of these. Old school drawing, to computer animation, doesn't matter, it's a lot of work.

What is you favorite animated movie, what is the reason. Is there a memory with it.
Tell me why are you thankful for it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sixteen, Seventeen, Thirtythree HUT!

16 + 17 things I am thankful for. No particular order, no particular theme.

1. Animated movies. (See tomorrows post for details)

2. People with Bobcats and Septic know how (oh yeah, it's getting interesting around here)

3. The warmer weather the last few days, it means we didn't use any propane for heating, YAY!

4. The weather about to happen. Might snow a little bit up the hill from us(they say just 500 feet above us). I know everyone complains, but it's still so lovely and delightful to me.

5. Butternut squash, fresh from a friends garden.

6. Butternut squash soup for dinner. Already smells so yummy.

7. A stocked pantry. So many never know what they are going to eat. We are having a tight month, but due to some great deals through couponing I have food available. I am so very thnakful. It might not always be what you want to eat, but it's food just the same.

8. God working through friends lives. His hand print on even scary events.

9. A network of people that truly know how to love.

10. Paperclips. Random I know, but what a clever little thing.

11. Office supplies in general.

12. My red Swingline Stapler, from home.

13. Speaking of red. My living room curtains.

14. Early Christmas presents, thank you very much Alyssa.

15. Annie Lenox, her voice is wonderful.

16. Guidance. In the form of good people or books, to help get you through stuff.

1. Pudding pops. So creamy and delightful.

2. Cumin. Savory, spicy, warm cumin.

3. Trader Joe's. Thank you Trader Joe's for good deals on healthy choices.

4. Chris. Jenelle's boyfriend.

5. Dustin. Alyssa's boyfriend.

6. I am thankful that they both have a boyfriend at the same time. Seriously.

7. Financial aid. So my girls can attend college.

8. Operation Christmas Child. We are filling up a shoebox for a little boy somewhere in the world that has so very little. It's fun, and makes a difference.

9. Compassion International. There are other good groups that help make a difference in childrens lives all over the world.

10. Dollar Tree.

11. Reading glasses from said Dollar tree.

12. I am thankful for good news. Tell me something GOOD today.

13. Modern dentistry.  Aaron is having 2 wisdom teeth pulled on Monday, we are both very happy for modern techniques in this field.

14. Pain relievers. Isn't nice that we don't have to chew on a bitter leaf to get pain relief?

15.  Flash drives. What a fabulous tiny devise!

16. My mother in laws car. We will have to give it back, but I am so very, very thankful for that car right now.

17. I am thankful my internet is working today. We of course can live without it, as in, stay alive. But we are dependent on it for work, and obviously fun. It is mind blowing how often we just look stuff up, and communicate with friends. Shake things up a bit, CALL someone, write them a  letter on real paper, and send it with a stamp! :)

Let me know what you are thankful for today. It lifts my spirits to see what other people share.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Technical difficulties.

Due to internet problems my list will be late, but her is a mini post in the mean time.

Um, yeah. That's all I got.

Grrrrrr. Stupid internet messing up my NaBloPoMo!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fifteen Blogs

Fifteen blogs for which  I am very thankful.

No particular order.

1.  Cakewrecks, make me laugh, I love to laugh...long and loud and clear....

2. Cakewrecks  author has another blog, love it...Epbot

3. Bethany, my dear friend. Writing with flare and humor. Falling Out Of the Wardrobe.

4.  Michelle, another dear friend. Life's keen observations. Snow Falls Up.

5.  Lori. Living in a Fishbowl. She has hilarious little kids, and great writing style.

6.  We Are That Family. She has gone from mom of 3 blogging about misadventures to opening a home for pregnant women in Africa called Mercy House. Kristin is amazing.

7. Stillettos and Grace, Angela is a tiny thrifty fashionista with a heart for God and a voice.

8. Amy, the title should be Adventures with Amy, but it isn't. Funny woman.

9.  Heart to Heart with Holley, inspirational and calm.

10. Beautiful photography, poetic writing of family, life and truth.A Holy Experience.

11.Fragile Flower. I met her, once, and we barely got to speak to each other because we were at opposite ends of a very long table for someone's birthday (Bethany). In those few moments I found her delightful. I like her writing style and family stories as well.

12. Sooz, Facts and Circumstance. She is currently NaBloPoMoing, I hope she keeps writing afterwards.

13. Bake at 350. Yum.

14. A fruitful find. Tiffany started this blog after she was broken of a spending habit and brought to her knees to provide for her family in a more frugal manner. She is a coupon and deal seeking queen.

15.  Heather over at Drivel and Whatnot is a funny woman.  I appreciate her support of my thankfulness through the years and I am glad I "blog met" her.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Random Sunday

14 things I am thankful for on the 14th.

No Particular Order.

1. Thrift stores. Many people can't fathom buying a used item. I respectfully say, that's okay, we are all different. I don't buy underwear or anything. Many times the items I buy are brand new with the tags still on. I recently found a thrift store with killer prices, and it makes me happy that my new favorite shirt cost 80 cents.

2. Sunshine streaming through fall colored leaves.

3. Selling one of my scarves yesterday.

4. Finding a hurting friend still finding Joy in the little things.

5. The thought of decorating for Christmas.

6. Finding more money to go towards Aaron oral surgery, that I already made the appointment for in faith. We are a cash paying family, and God is good. This is a super lean month for us, and yet I just knew it would be okay.

7.  I am thankful for God's hand of protection Friday night in a near accident. It could have been really bad, and I am the one that would have been crunched the most. Thank you Lord for sparing all of us that night.

8. Good friendships for our son.

9. Southern hospitality from the family of said good friend. We simply show up to pick him up, and they fed us a really good dinner. That's simply wonderful. I am thankful to know them.

10. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on a cold morning.

11. Pumpkin cookies with just a little orange glaze.

12. Prophetic art.

13. Encouraging words.

14. Major work projects being completed. (yahoo!)

May your day be filled with wonderful things you can be thankful for.
Share with me, what are you thankful for?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thankful Thirteen

Things I am thankful for, all starting with "TH".

No Particular order.

1. Thanksgiving. I do not celebrate when the pilgrims did this or that way back when, even though that is why the holiday started. They made mistakes, based on interesting, and wrong information and translation of God's real word, just like so many other cultures have been persecuted or wronged. It's part of the history of people. You put 2 people together there will be 3 opinions, and someone might end up dead...why am I saying all this in a thankful list? Well, I want to make it clear: I celebrate Thanksgiving because it is an open praise offering to the God of the universe for the blessings I have in my life. Everyday I breathe is one more day I can thank Him. Thanksgiving day is supposed to be a day set aside to do so, and yes, there is good and usually abundant food involved. It is not a day for gorging and drunkeness, it isn't supposed to be about football or planning your black Friday shopping trip.  It supposed to be full of gratitude, your family (blood related or not) and yes, fun. A joyful time.

2. Thankfulness. As many of you know, gratitude cleansed me of depression, and so much more. A thankful heart is a happy heart. (Thank you veggie Tales).

3. Theology. The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions. I am thankful for the freedom to study God in the open, not hidden in a cellar, r only at 3am in a field.

4. Theos. Greek for God. I am so very thankful for God, and that I know Him.

5. Thermos. Specifically memories of. When I was a kid, i loved my lunchboxes, and their matching thermoses. I don't remember them all, but I remember snoopy, it was yellow, and it kept my milk cold...or my chili hot. Thank you thermos, I miss you.

6. Thrill rides. Roller coasters are fun. Period. Love them. Thankful for the genius engineers that design them and keep us safe on them. Have you ever seen footage of old time carnival rides? People spinning until they fly OFF THE RIDE? No thanks.

7. Theater. Live theater. I have Danny K stuck in my head from White Christmas singing "Choreography", but I digress. I attended a performing arts high school, and continued performing on stage, well until recently. I usually sing now instead of act. Being part of theatrical productions is wonderful, love it all I am thankful for the opportunities I had, for the roles I was able to perform, for the scripts I was able to co-write, the props I made (big red), and of course, the chance to direct....mistakes and all.

8. Thread. It leads to material, and sewing, which leads to clothing. YAY CLOTHING. I appreciate clothing. I appreciate other people COVERED in clothing. I especially appreciate it when it's cold . And it's so much better than fig leaves or fur.

9. Thinking thoughts. Aren't brains amazing? All the thoughts racing through there at the same time rarely crashing into one another? I am thankful for a sound mind.

10. Thingamajig. I use this word a lot. And strangely enough, most people know what I am talking about. "You know, that thingamajig that wraps around that other whachamacallit.

11. Thighs. Not necessarily the size of them, but thighs are a good thing. They do the work on stairs, they create a lap for small children and babies, and if you work them, since they are a large muscle group, they burn a higher rate of calories. I am thankful for all these facts.

12. Theory. Music theory. It's it's own language, and it's complex, and well beyond my current level of knowledge regarding music. I am thankful for the amazing creation that it is, what it represents and what it can be., i am also thankful that my husband is so gifted in it.

13. Thai food. Oh my, it is so yummy, so delightful, so layered with flavors. It is the top of my restaurant wish list.(to eat out, not own). Don't be afraid. Talk to someone you trust and step out for a new discovery.

Thank you for reading this thankful thirteen.
What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Even Dozen

Twelve things I am thankful for...the DOZEN list.

No particular order.

1. Eggs. Eggs are the foundation for so many foods, like baked goods. We need them for  protein and binding properties in recipes. A good omelet also makes my day.

2. Cookies. A baker's dozen is of course 13, BONUS!

3. Cheaper By The Dozen. The original movie is enjoyable. The remake was, well, interesting. Although I do like the line, "You soaked his underwear in meat?". That made me laugh. (so wrong).

4. The Disciples. Jesus chose 12 guys to be his inner circle, his core group, his homeys. These guys went everywhere together, and I bet they goofed off and made jokes, and had fun, Jesus included. God created a sense of humor after all. Twelve is a good size for a Bible study or focus group.

5. Months. One year =a dozen months. Some people may not like counting the years as they go, but we tend to be thankful we are still around to count them.

6. 2 sets of 12 hours., makes a day, unless you are in the military, then its a straight 24 hours.I appreciate my days...I am thankful for each day

7. Roses. While not my favorite flower I would still be so thankful to receive such a gift. It is a beautiful sight to see a glamorous bouquet of a dozen roses.

8. Gross. Now, if you have ever made the mistake of ordering a gross for your kids little birthday party, say from Oriental Trading Co or somewhere, you know it's 144 of something. Did you know there's a "small gross", which is 120?  A gross does come in handy for a wedding , or a company party, and a gross at a discount price, Yes, THANK YOU.

9. The Dirty Dozen. I am not a fan, but I am thankful for dude flicks. Movies make my husband happy. I really appreciate a happy husband.

11. Twelve days of Christmas. The Song. This is a perfect example of a Christmas Carol that people think they know, until they actually sing it.It all gets muddled in the higher numbers, but then, suddenly, everyone joins together "FIVE GOLDEN RINGS", and it makes me giggle just a bit, and I am thankful for the togetherness, and the joy of recollection.

12. Jury of peers. I am thankful for a judicial system. I know it's flawed, and there is some corruption of course, but compared to other countries, where women have no rights, and therefore, punishment is swift, harsh and "legal", well, it's nice to know that even our broken system offers a better chance for someone that's innocent.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eleven Eleven Eleven, ten.

Eleven things I am thankful for on this, the eleventh day of the eleventh month,
of 2010.
Next year will be even cooler.

All about numbers....don't be sad, it's worth it.

1. Math. Don't groan, I am thankful for math. It was indeed mathematics that led to much of the scientific technology that we have today. Including computers.

2. Fractions. Everyone likes things to be fair, and even. Well, MOST people do. Fractions help with that.

3. Measurements. Cups, teaspoons, Tablespoons, etc. Old recipes used to be a pinch of this, a hand full of that. My hand is, well, big. It makes for a great masseuse but would not be accurate for a bread recipe.

4. 05:06:07 (time) on 08-09-10. Fun stuff.

5. Just like 10:10:10 on 10-10-10.   A couple years ago we had a line up like that on my birthday. Sweet stuff. I don't beleive it has mystical powers or anything. It's just a fun thing to take note of.

6. On my daughters' next birthday, they will be half my age. Spencer is currently half of theirs. I am thankful they are all still alive.

7. Money. I am thankful someone came up with a better system than dragging a couple chickens and loaves of bread around to trade.

8. Time (keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking...into the future). We all think we need more of it. We all waste it. We all agree it goes slower when we are in school or work(or doing something we don't like), and faster when we are out. But really, it's consistent.  I am thankful for consistency.

9. Music. Music needs numbers, fractions, mathematical equations.....and music is wonderful.

10. Numeric clarity. An 8 is always the same, a 3 is a 3, is a 3. You can't re-write the basic foundations of arithmetic. Publishers of text books change history facts all the time, but math stays strong. And while in the higher up regions of mathematical brains there are changes, the basics remain.

11.  Look, a numeric list. I am thankful for a way to measure these lists. At the end of the month I will have 465 things I am thankful for.I am thankful for people joining me on the way, sharing what they are thankful for as well.

Gratitude is beautiful.

What are you thankful for (it doesn't have to be math...)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Ten 4 Ten:

Ten things I am so thankful for regarding work:

1. God created us to work. I get too, yay!
2. Along with that, I actually have a paying job. Hurray!
3. I work somewhere that has purpose, that changes it's community, that is a blessing.
4. I work with the best people ever.
5. I have a super fast computer at work...and
6. Super fast internet, YIPPEE!!
7. A new xerox with AMAZING color. Makes all my graphics work look spectacular, instead of "ok".
8. Flexible hours.
9. My son can come with me when absolutely necessary. Family friendly is nice.
10. It's okay to stop and pray with someone over the phone or if they walk in needed to talk to someone. It's all part of the job.

I am blessed with this job. I am fully aware of how blessed I really am.
I pray blessing over each of you regarding your work.

Tell me one thing you are thankful for regarding work. (This included "stay at home" moms).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nine on Tuesday

A completely random list of things I am thankful for on this day, November 9th.

No particular order.

1. Portable oil filled heaters. Apparently these are extremely cost effective and do a good job. We will find out next week. Last year we used an electric portable heater in the music studio, and our electric bill more than doubled. OUCH. We asked around, did some research and settled on this radiator looking heater. We are thankful there were other option available rather than a0 freezing, b0 using that energy hog again, or c0 tent heaters or installing a wood burning stove and finding wood.

2. Good customer service. I bought a bag of fun size Almond Snickers last month. Upon opening one realized they had been mutilated in transport. Looked melted then chilled to cold, and flat. I contacted the company and they responded kindly back, asked for specific information so they could track how it was shipped to the store, and then sent me coupons to replace the bag, plus bonus coupons for other products as well. The  representative was kind and well spoken. I am thankful that some companies still get it.

3. Pumpkin season. I think I might have said this in a post last month, but I really, really love pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin flavor in my Chai tea...oh yum.

4. Bright skies, chilly air. We are in a gap in my neck of the woods. The rain isn't constant yet, and the air is chilly. It makes it delightful around here.

5. The changing leaves, like firworks going off everywhere.

6. Friends asking for prayer.I am thankful they trust me enough to reach out to me. I am thankful that when I can't help them in any other way, I can pray for them.

7. Prayer. The most powerful thing I can do here on earth. I have been learning a great deal about it. It is eye opening and life changing. God waits for us to call on Him, He has mighty plans for us, the world, but He is waiting for us to call upon Him to release some things. Sure He could do it without us...but then what about free will? It's like having something for a child that is just too stubborn to ask for it (or help). I am thankful for direct communication with God.

8.  Soft things to sit upon. As I realize where I am currently sitting is not a soft place, I am thankful I have one elsewhere in my house.

9. A house. I know that even though we complain sometimes about not enough space, that truly we are blessed like crazy for the house we get to live in. When I compare to the standard level of living of so many other places in the world, we have it really , really good.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Eight is Great

Eight fabulous things I am thankful for...
I have to say, right now, running through my head, is the number 8 short from Sesame Street. Love it so much...in fact:


2.My birthday. It involves a lot of eights, and frankly I am thankful I have a birthday, without it, I wouldn't be here!!

3. Periodic element #8: Oxygen. Where would we be without it? Dead.

4. I didn't set out to make a list of 8's, honestly, it just seems to be getting out of hand, Crazy Eights! What a fun game that is. Thankful for the time when I was a kid, out with friends in their family's cabin in the desert playing Crazy Eights. Good memories.

5. OOOOOOooooOOOOOOOO! I love this one too!

6. Infinity. Hard to grasp. Many promises of Heaven are based on infinity. It's said we simply don't have the capacity to fully embrace all it's going to be. I am still thankful for even the idea of it. (How did I get here? An eight on it's side is the symbol for infinity)

7. 8 fingers...and 2 thumbs. Currently all working.The health of my hands is important, just ask any of my clients. They can bring healing and relief from the damage of stress, work, and emotional upheaval.  I am thankful to help others. I am also thankful for my hands in general, and all that they help me accomplish, like typing this blog. The shear mechanical genius of design in a hand is mind boggling.

8. Dinner for 8. My table seats 8. Most dishes come in sets of 4 or 8. Four sets of couples, or a mixed group. Enough people to make it lively or interesting, and not so many that you lose someone in the crowd. I don't throw a lot of dinner parties, well, formal ones anyway, and I don't get invited to many of this nature either. But they are something to be thankful for, and to perhaps bring back into style.

I have noticed a great trend across the nation this year. Many people are listed at least one thing they are thankful for on Facebook or other sites. It's not too late to join in.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Seven on Sunday

Seven wonderful things I am thankful for regarding Sundays.

No Particular order.

1. It's the only day of the week I get to see the sunrise. (Don't hate me). So on the one hand, YAY,there is a beautiful site, so lovely and a nice reminder of God's handy work and renewal each day. One the other hand, Yippy! i only have to be up this early once a week, so it makes it super special to witness. :)

2. Singing praises to a most worthy God. Please understand, i sing all week. I sing to God all week too. Sunday's I get to not only help other reach true heart worship, but I get to sing with so many beautiful worshipers. When we are all together, praising, it is refreshing, renewing, uplifting, amazing. I feel God's presence in the room. I can see His love at work, healing people, touching their lives. It's such an honor to be part of it all.

3. Learning. We have sound teaching by dynamic pastors. Biblical principals are certainly something to be thankful for, as well as qualified, anointed people to help guide you to them.

4. Day of Rest. The Lord rested on the seventh day of the week. He did it, he expects us to do it too. What a blessing!

5. Stepping out of my comfort zone, in a safe environment, with supportive people at hand. Okay, I am a very friendly person, I can laugh and be fun, but I get shy and weird when meeting new people. I am working on over coming this issue, and thankfully I have loving people around me on Sundays to stand with me as I reach out and say hi, and shale hands and make sure new people know we are happy they are with us, because I am happy they are there. It's a stretch for me to be so bold, but I am getting better.

6. AWANA. For us AWANA meets on Sundays. I am thankful for such a wonderful program for kids. Learning Bible verses, and character building, plus crazy games, great stuff. It also creates a mini date time for my honey and I when he(we don't) doesn't have a gig.

7. Today is Sunday, the seventh. Seven has significant meaning in the Biblical terms, it is the number of perfection, completion. I think it's totally cool that this month it fell on a Sunday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sing a Song of Six

Six wonderful things I am thankful for.
No particular order.

1. Six Flags Magic Mountain, so cal. While Disneyland is delightful and clean and friendly and wonderful, Magic Mountain, when I was young, was all about speed and fear. It was undeniably thrilling flipping upside down on what is now the tamest ride there, Revolution. Viper is still a favorite. I know the park was purchased in the last decade, I hope they hire happier people and cleaned up a bit, but then again, no where else is Disneyland.

2. Six degrees of separation, even if you don't include Kevin Bacon (mmmm bacon). I find, being married to a musician makes it about 3 degrees of separation, but any degree number, it's fun to figure out how small this world really is.

3.  6, the number of members in my family growing up. I was the youngest of 4 kids (yeah, yeah, I know, spoiled little brat, mom and dad where more relaxed by then, blah, blah, blah JEALOUS!) It was a good size family for us. My mom had 2 kids, then a gap, then 2 more, and it worked for us. Nobody's perfect, but my nucleus 6 helped form who I am today.

4. Six.. The number of kids I sometimes wish I had. We have 3, so when they all get married, I will in a way, have 6 after all....but less diapers, and more sleep, which who wouldn't be thankful for that?

5.  6a.m. prayer. I don't make it very often, but I am so thankful for the people of our church that do.

6. 6, on the periodic table is C, for Carbon, which is:charcoal, for heat, cooking and other uses, graphite, which for me means a way to produce artwork, and of course diamonds. Now I am I not a huge diamond fan, but I have very special one that means a great deal as a symbol.  I am thankful for all three.

What are you thankful for?
Rearrange your thinking, do not focus on what you don't have, focus on what you do.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Five wonderful things I am thankful for, and wouldn't want to live without:

No particular order...

1. Sense of smell. Sure, dead skunk and sour milk aren't so great to inhale, but what about baking bread, fresh clean laundry, crisp air after a good rain? Certain aromas can calm us like lavender (except if you are allergic, sorry B), or invigorate us, like cinnamon or citrus. And then there are pheromones...but this is a family blog so we won't get into that. Our world would be so different without it....including it's close tie in with...

2. Taste. For some it's chocolate, others, caramel, others coffee, or even peppermint. We love flavor. I have a friend that deciphers everything I cook, in a good way, trying to break down each ingredient or spice. On the flip side one current boyfriend is nearly taste budless due to chronic sinus infections, he must rely on texture alone in many cases. This leave much to be desired and the list of enjoyable foods very small.

3. Hearing. Even if you don't have it all intact, I am sure you are thankful for what you do hear. little ones laughter, and giggles, music, oh music, my loved ones voices, wind in the tree tops and even thunder.

4. Sight. I personally see with my eyes, there are some that see with all their other senses. They amaze me. Of all the senses one could lose I used to fear the loss of this one the most, because I feared what couldn't be seen. I am not fearful anymore.

5. Touch. Skin is our biggest organ. Our very core being needs human interaction through touch. There is healing in proper, positive touch. When my husband walks by me he reaches out and gently lets me know his love for my with a stroke across my hand or back.  It's reassuring, and I don't know about you, but I need that, and I am thankful to have it. I am thankful for the run and jump hugs from my 10 year old too, full of energy and abandon.

They all work together, and even if someone is missing part or all of one, the others jump in to balance it all out.  It is a grand design, ...which are you most thankful for, and why?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Four for 4

There are 5 people that live in my household. Since I am one of them I am going to share why I am so thankful for each of the others.

1. Aaron. Husband extraordinaire. A humble yet greatly talented man of integrity and class. Took on my daughters from a previous marriage as his own, with all the ups and downs that entails. Took on my damage and helped me heal. Stays strong and faithful. And...he's funny, and he loves me. How can a girl not be thankful for all that?

2. Alyssa. First born, even if it was only by 18 minutes. She is spunky, and smart, and talented. She makes me laugh and can, at times, be a super sweet older sister. She has a love for music, and is actually good on guitar, even if she hasn't played for awhile. Her ability in art is starting to really shine, and it's fun to see what she will create next.

3. Jenelle. Currently a super red headed sassy fashion major that also works at Home Depot with knowledge and grace. It's a cool combo. She has a flare for the dramatic, in person and in fashion. She is opinionated and head strong, but could possibly change the world one day. She is sharp, and one day hopes to have her own line of clothes that make normal real people look good.

4. Spencer. He may only be 10, but the kid is brilliant and is polite, considerate and compassionate. He is full of characters and stories for what I hope someday is a book series for kids his age. He loves building with Legos, but also loves to sing, and can harmonize amazingly. He really has an ear. I am thankful for his crazy boy ways, but also his tender heart.

Families come in all sizes and shapes and colors. We take the bad with the good and forgive and grow. It's a journey, that doesn't really have an ending. We will add some new members someday, and sadly lose some others along the way, but we will always be family. I love them and I am thankful for them.

What, or who, are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Thankful 3.

If you do not believe in God today's post may not be for you, I urge you to read it anyway and come back tomorrow for 4 more things I am thankful for.Tell me one thing you are thankful for today.

1. God, the Father. Abba=daddy, Jehovah, provider, protector, creator of the universe, or our world. We are made in His image, but given free will, so that one day we, hopefully, return His love, and live our true purpose and reach our real destinies.

2. God, the Son. Because of free will man blew it, a lot, over and over, and over. We still do, but long ago people had to make amends with animal sacrifices or simply be stoned to death because what they did was so awful...and God was sad at all the mess, so he came to earth as His son Jesus, who lived to serve, and teach and died horribly, but with a purpose,and then rose to life 3 days later to bridge the gap created by sin, so that we can all have a real relationship with God again...nice. I am super thankful about this.

3. God, the Holy Spirit, helper, advisor, comforter. When Jesus needed to leave earth and return to His Father they left with us the Holy Spirit. Some say it's a feeling, or your conscience, but really it's beyond guidance, it is God's power, word, boldness, it helps with your communication with God, and I am so thankful.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Two on Tuesday, AKA, November 2nd

I am interrupting my usually scheduled Ten on Tuesday to participate in NaBloPoMo. My personal challenge? Write a list everyday for the whole month of things I am thankful for, as in one on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, all the way to 30 on the 30th.
So, in my usual, yet changed fashion...
2 things I am thankful for. No particular order.

1. Halloween is over. YAY. Don't get me wrong, I love to dress up in costumes, and we do love a good fun size candy bar around here, but I really don't like all the death, blood, gore and general ugliness that goes with it.

2. Elections, one more reminder of the freedoms we still have in this country, none were free, but I truly appreciate them.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st

I am thankful for:

1. NaBloPoMo.

It serves as a way to get me out of a writing slump and off my tush to write everyday again. I have participated for several years, and not just for the chance to win swanky prizes either. Accountability can be a good thing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tomorrow Is It

Tomorrow is November 1st.
Wow, this year flew by!
Monday brings not only tummy aches from too much candy, but also NABLOPOMO.

So everyday in November I will post  something. ....

I've decided to challenge myself this year for something a little more meaningful.
I will be blogging Thankful Lists everyday, 1 for November 1st, 2 for the 2nd, and so on until I reach 30 for the 30th.

I will not repeat any (unless absolutely necessary to emphasize something).

I am throwing down a challenge to any of my 3 readers (Hi! Thanks for visiting!)
I challenge you to:
2. Write at least ONE thing you are thankful for each day of November.You can post it as a comment here, FB, your own blog, wherever...you can tweet it in fact, just so someone else, somewhere can witness it.

You in no way have to do what I am doing. I can not emphasize enough how healing gratitude is.
How a thankful heart is a happy heart! People love being around people that are happy and full of gratitude!

Will you join me?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

Crazy things keep happening around here, like a man going nuts and setting the big mall on fire, followed by a weekend of constant crazy rain and wind.

Here is a list of things I am thankful for because they are stable.

1. My God, stable, ever loving, always there when I call.
2. My Husband, reliable, steadfast, honorable.
3. The craziness of my family, I can always count on the roller coaster that is my family, love it, love them.
4. Worship being healing and lifting me even out of the darkest places.
5. My humaness,I am thankful that I now know, without a doubt, that I am a human, and I will mess up...I can not expect perfection, because it simply isn't possible.
6. Life, time, seasons....everything will keep moving, we will never get stuck in one place forever.
7. Boots. I know, weird one, I don't care what the fashions are for a year, if it's cold, there will always be boots, I love boots, I am so very thankful for them when it gets really cold.
8. Ice Cream. I am very stable in my love and thankfulness for ice cream. :)
9. Sun, moon, stars. Rising, setting, glowing, looking beautiful. Clouds may cover them, but they are still there. Just like God, just because you can't always see Him, or feel Him, doesn't mean he isn't there.
10. Love. Not all love is stable, and many people mess love up all the time. But it is a constant. It is always available, maybe not everywhere you turn to find it, but it is here.

Tell me, what are you thnakful for?


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

HEY! It's Tuesday...all day...

Ten amazing things I am so very thankful for:
(no particular order)

1. Fun size candy bars. Less calories, no guilt, well, unless you eat the whole bag, then you are on your own.
2. Chili with cornbread. I made some last night, and it turned out so very delicious.
3. God's continued blessings. Look around you, you have them too!
4. Crisp air, and warm comforters...not everyone has such a luxury...
5. Healing. Progress. Moving forward. Surviving, then thriving!
6. Music, thank you Lord for music!
7. Coupons and good deals....being a good steward with what I am entrusted.
8. My crazy family, they are weird, sometimes really loud, messy, and I Love them all.
9. New adventures....even if you have no idea what they are.
10. Art. Oh, I love how people interpret and share their opinions, and visions, of God's creations. From a child's scribblings, finger paint and stick figures, to commercial art, and fine art from the Masters....it's all interesting. I may not like everything I see, and some may be too dark to enjoy, but I find it fascinating. Art is not limited to paint, canvas, or pencil and paper...it can be in the design of a quilt, the arch of a building, the lighting of a photograph. Art is certainly in packaging and marketing to please your eye and catch your attention, but it is also in the clothing you wear, and the combinations you choose. It's all around you everyday.

Tell me, what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, October

A thankful heart finds it hard to gripe and complain about the world. A thankful heart tends to be more optimistic. A person with gratitude is much more pleasant to be around.

What are you thankful for?

Ten things I am thankful for in the month of October:

1. Apple season. Crisp, yummy.
2. Canning apple butter and other apple products because it is apple season.
3. Falls leaves really putting on a show, but not yet making extra yard work.
4. Cooler weather, things slow down, less mowing and weeding, more lollygagging.
5. Soups and stew like easy meals.
6. A god daughter's birthday.
7. Jeans.
8. 10-10-10 was cool.
9. Lower energy bills, no a/c, no heat.
10. Brach's brand Candy corn and pumpkins

Monday, October 11, 2010

I Need Your Coupons

After my long visit with Tiffany, couponing queen, I have realized what I need to do.

I need to use coupons and really cut our food bill.

Here's the thing. I will not use every brand or product for ourselves. It's true. I am a little snobby about a few things, just a few, and there are some things we just don't need.

I have come up with a plan.

I am going to work the system to the best of my ability, just like my amazing friend does, and after setting some things aside for my own family  when I get those 20 cans of chili for 12 cents each or nearly free shampoo, I am going to donate to needy families I personally know, as well as shelters, homes for abused women and the local food closet as well. I see this as a huge ministry possibility.

So please.
If you get the Sunday paper, and you just throw out those coupons, or only cut one or two out, please give me the rest!

Leave me a comment and we can converse via email.

If you see the possibility of doing this as well, then check out my friends blog, A Fruitful Find, and others like her, look for one in your region that pays attention to the stores  near you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

It's Tuesday!
Ten things I am thankful for , in no particular order.

1. Rain! It's raining here in Idaho and it's lovely and refreshing.
2. Thrift store day, we are off to find treasures.
3. Meeting new and wonderful people.
4. Injuries that heal quickly. Aaron is almost not limping, almost.
5. Potato-cheese-corn chowder.
6. Fresh raspberry jam.
7. God's grace and answers to prayer.
8. Moments of peace.
9. Spencer's birthday was fabulous.
10. Snuggling with my honey.

BONUS #11. Couponing and incredible deals. Afruitfulfind.com
What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ten on Tuesday(ish)

Ten things I am so thankful for, in no particular order.

1. That my husband's pulled hamstring (from trying to wake board) isn't any worse than it is.
2. That Spencer's fall down the stairs didn't result in something bloody or broken (just achy).
3. That I am NOT going to get injured on this vacation.
4. For the Midnight Canners.
5. Fresh corn, master grillsmen, and Cilantro ranch dressing.
6. Really big yards of grass.
7. The nickname "Nonnie" from a sweet 2 year old.
8. Late night laughter.
9. Sleeping in.
10. Friends that get you, really and truly.

Monday, September 27, 2010


I am in Idaho.

I can not tell you how wonderful this is.

Tiffany, standing looking over my shoulder while I type, is a most fabulous hostest and friend.

I am sure I'll post something soon, just don't know when.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Hi. It's me, Crayl. I know it's been awhile (sorry Blogher, I promise, I am coming back).

This is an odd post. It's sort of a list and sort of a story, but it's all about being thankful in sticky or yucky situations.

I am thankful that in the midst of searing anger and mental anguish, I can still love.
I am thankful for prayers from friends to help me figure out sticky situations that don't seem to have any real solutions, none that are really good anyway.
I am thankful for a God that is patient with me, even when I am really blowing it.
I am thankful to have someone to talk to, for real, all the nitty, gritty stuff you sometimes feel.
I am thankful I am that person for someone else as well.
I am thankful I can read and write, that my family has a home, food and clean water.
I am thankful I obeyed and stepped into some of my gifting. Doing what you are meant too do, what you are called to do, might be hard, but it is such a wonderful feeling.
I am thankful you are reading this, I pray God's blessings on your life, and that you know they are from the creator of the universe, who really, truly and deeply loves you.
I am thankful for the upcoming road trip and vacation.
I am thankful for my son's birthday next week.
I am thankful for yet another healthy baby born into the world today.

Our road may be tough, but our God is tougher.
There is so much JOY to be found, take a moment and figure out what brings you joy, be thankful for it, share it with me......

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, September

Ten things I am thankful for all pertaining to September:

no particular order...

1. The change in the weather. It's true, we might have some really hot days, but over all the temps are dropping, hurray!
2. Harvesting yumminess from the garden, corn, potatoes etc.
3. Start of school, well, technically it started in August, but most people think of September.
4. Soon the leaves will start changing....maybe.
5. Idaho. This might only be on this year's list, but I get to take a trip there again, a nice long one, to refresh, renew and have fun.
6. Spencer's Birthday. I am really thankful for that kid and his 10 years of life blessing us incredibly.
7. I start thinking of more savory foods instead of "It's too hot to cook". I really enjoy cooking, when I am not melting.
8. Getting closer to the Christmas season, but still far enough away that if you have a large family, like mine, you still have time to shop or create.
9. There are at least 7 other birthdays of people I truly adore and am so thankful for their time in my lives...LD, SD, HS, JC, RR, ....
10. Grace. Which has nothing to do specifically with September, but I am thankful for it every month.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ten on Tuesday, When the going gets tough.

Something slightly traumatic happened this week.
Here is a list of things I am thankful for when the going gets tough:

1. An awesome God that hears our cries for help and comfort.
2. An amazing man, my husband, with a gentle heart.
3. Friends, that will pray, that will drive over to hug you.
4. Technology, to keep informed.
5. The written word and promises of God.
6. Praise Music, worshiping can lift you right out of depression, or stress.
7. Working for people that will pray for me and my family, at work...
8. Distractions, like canning something wonderful for Christmas presents.
9. Sleep, deep, needed sleep.
10. Answers to those prayers.

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You Look Away For One Minute...

Don't turn your back on a zucchini.....or a yellow squash, or apparently a cucumber either.

The garden is doing well.
Growing lots of tall lovely grass.....I mean veggies.
The gopher ultimately ate my basil, but I re planted in a pot. It also ate all of my beans and one of my pickling cucumber plants as well. Something has been nibbling my tomato plant as well, from over the fence...maybe deer. BUT, as you can see we are indeed harvesting food. It supposed to get hot again this week, I am hoping that ripens the tomatoes.

In other yard news two limbs broke off my peach tree. It was super sad. One branch is still connected and therefore is indeed ripening the GIANT peaches. The other, well,I am planning to cut a few open and see if they can be salvaged in any way at all. Sadly I think it's a lost cause, as are all of my grapes. Turns out our very long , super wet winter followed by an oddly mild summer is a the PERFECT combination for grape fungus. Yeah, great. Unfortunately there aren't many ways to get rid of it or save the crop. This is very sad. We looked forward to eating them and making jelly. Perhaps another year.

Off to freeze squash.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Cabin

I am indeed home now, and we have started school. But here is a photo style list of ten things I am so thankful for regarding last week's visit to the cabin:
Happy, relaxed hubby.

Hip boots....like a pirate.

Happy son.

Wearing Uggs and sweatshirts in August.




Giant swings.

Togetherness,eating, conversing, playing games.


Monday, August 23, 2010

6th Grader

First day of 6th grade.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I was sitting contemplating the success of certain linking blog subjects, like Works For Me Wednesday. I think it's brilliant, and am thankful someone developed that. I have blog friends because of this kind of blogging.

People come and go off the thankful blog train.

I wonder, if I made a linking blog day where people vented and complained if it would be a soaring (and sad) success. People are so quick to speak everything that they think is wrong or lacking in their life, instead of remembering everything that is good and right. I am not perfect in that either, but I don't live in that place anymore.

Life is challenging.
Controlling your mouth is even more challenging, but change your verbal assault to positive, encouraging, uplifting and edifying and you will change your life.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, "The Cabin"

I am currently not home.
I am in a wonderful place that we lovingly call "The Cabin".

Ten things I am thankful for regarding "The Cabin"

1. Naps in the hammock.
2. Reading, reading, reading.
3. Whispering breezes through the pines.
4. Babbling cold streams.
5. Fresh air.
6. Cooler tempuratures.
7. No Cell phones, computers, or electronics.
8. Family time, games, lingering meals and conversations.
9. Wonderful spring water.
10. Rest. Relaxation. Refreshing. Renewal. Restoration.

I am ever so thankful also for a flexible job that allows me the freedom to re arrange my schedule so this trip was possible.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, August 13, 2010


Due to someone mis-scheduling themselves Aaron and I were given, very generously I might add, tickets to a Hillsong concert.

Now, we don't love every song they do, and we have opinions about formula Christian music....but we also love many of their songs, and needed a break from routine and to be in the audience instead of on stage.

It was a rocking, kickin, loud concert. The fabric I was wearing was vibrating with the bass and drums(which I LOVE). Thankfully, being who I am, and doing what I do, I had earplugs with me for the rowdy songs.

What's that you just thought to yourself? ..."If it's too loud you're too old".
On the contrary, 'If it's too loud you'll lose hearing and seem old before your time"
I can't sing if I can't hear, so I protect my hearing.

Back to the concert. We didn't know all the songs, but it was fun and the lighting was fabulous! They engaged the audience and fed off the energy in the room.

They only had one more concert and then they are going home to Australia, South Africa and Sweden. I highly suggest them next time they are around.

A big thanks to HK for sharing those tickets with us.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Swirling High Vilocity Thought

I have so much to share with you, my 3 readers.
My brain is spinning at un heard of speeds lately.
I do NOT have ADHD or anything like it.

Possibility and hope are mighty things.
It opens up ones mind, and heart and , well brain waves. Finding your God chosen path in a sea of possibility is what's hard, but totally worth it.

The problem is, I can't seem to focus long enough to write about just one thing, so then I write about nothing instead.

Nothing is boring.
Who wants to read nothing?
I don't.

I am working on the antidote of nothingness.
I'll let you know how that's going soon, very, very soon.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, August

Ten things I am thankful for regarding August.
In no particular order.

1. My birthday. August has no official holiday. I make up for that by having a birthday. It works out splendidly.
2. Vacations. Traveling has always been high on my list of favorite things to do.
3. Visiting family or friends, either because I am on vacation, or they are and come see us.
4. Ice cream. Well, really this is an all year thing. But FRESH home made peach ice cream....yum.
5. Fresh produce. Zucchini, corn on the cob, peaches, plums nectarines, oh my. So wonderful.
6. Sunshine.
7. Swimming, sunshine usually brings the heat too.
8. August is also back to school month. Spencer isn't happy, but it's a good thing.
9. Back to school supply sales, have I mentioned my love for office/school/stationary supplies?
10. "The Cabin". It is in fact a destination of item #2. It is family owned and wonderful, refreshing uplifting relaxing moment in our year when we get to go, which this year, we do!

Take a deep breath.
Think of 3 things you are thankful for,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Five on Friday

Today's Five On Friday is:
Things I hope NEVER return...

1. Permed Mullets.I know, some of you will be surprised that they left in the first place...
2. High waisted pleated jeans.(Mom jeans, shudder)
3. Line backer sized shoulder pads (too late)
4. Scary meat and veggie filled gelatin "salads".

5. This look:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I absolutely, 100 % stole this right from Lori's blog and had Spencer (currently 9)answer the following fun questions:

I interviewed Spencer .


2. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? A homemade roll with homemade strawberry jam.

3. WHAT IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Titanium...or any word that starts with T. (His middle name is "T")


5. WHAT FOOD DO YOU DISLIKE? Most vegetables (sad)


7. FAVORITE LUNCH? Food that tastes good.



10. FAVORITE SPORT? Basketball

11. WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY? In September (he knows the date, but that's for me to keep quiet)


13. PETS: I wish.

14. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? Uh.....I am celebrating my birthday this year with old friends.

15. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP ? Lego designer, movie maker.


17. WHERE IS THE FURTHEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? I actually don't know. (Michigan)

18. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? "Is that a question or the subject of a lecture? I could go on forever" (I asked him for his favorite authors instead:) Jack London and CS Lewis.

19. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? My movie ideas.

20. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Spiderman 3 if I had to choose.


And, for fun, I asked him the same questions that James Lipton asks at the end of Inside the Actor's Studio.

1. What is your favorite word? Awesome
2. What is your least favorite word? Underwear (He is so embarrassed by the mention of unmentionables, and closes his eyes in department stores when we are near ladies undergarments....and is absolutely appalled that people would model in underwear for the packaging!)
3. What turns you on? (I rephrased with, "What do you like?") Legos
4. What turns you off? (I rephrased with, What don't you like?") Alcohol (as in others consuming it and doing bad things)
5. What sound or noise do you love? Music, especially drums.
6. What sound or noise do you hate? Cuss words
7. What is your favorite curse word? "Dilt",( an insult word he made up...)
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? (other than the things mentioned above...) Zoo keeper.
9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything dealing with sewage.
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? (I omitted the "If Heaven exists" part) "WELCOME, My son!!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Vacation

I took a lovely trip last week to visit a friend in Idaho.
This week's list is dedicated to Tiff and her family...

Ten things I am amazingly thankful for....no particular order.

1. The Dubs. My destination, my friends,they are a joy.
2. Tiff specifically, bosom buddy, a person to confide in, a person that knows my , um, crap, and loves me anyway.
3. Couponing. I am telling you, check out her blog, this woman is amazing and feeds a family of 7 for very little money.
4. Warm days, and swimming pools.
5. "Nonni", a precious and specifically honoring nickname given to me by a sweet(almost) 2 year old...the only daughter in a sea of sons. She is a special gift.
6. Home made crescent rolls, and the recipe I brought home.
7. "The Midnight Canners"...and the strawberry jam that now exists.
8. Thrift stores.
9. Generous hearts.
10. Modern transportation and modern communication, to stay in touch with people so far away.

Who are you thankful for?

Monday, August 2, 2010


This is brilliant.

Try it for a blue tooth...how sassy would that be?

Love quick, fun stuff....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ten on Tuesday(ish) ZOINKS!

Well, here we are, the letter Z. (I know I am a day late, but I am in Idaho visiting a friend and well...we are busy)
26 weeks of thankfulness from just the alphabet alone, that's half a year! Thankfulness is healing to your soul, helps you focus outwardly instead of selfishly, and frankly, reminds you of what is truly important, even if it's silly!

In no particular order.

1. Zamboni, it's fun to say, and a really cool piece of machinery.
2. Zoom, the original show, loved it as a kid.
3. Zippers, instead of hundreds of tiny hook and eyes, or buttons, or lace ups, which brings me to...
4. ZOINKS! Thanks to Shaggy and Scooby Do, this odd collection of sounds is a pop-culture word.
5. Zoolander. A truly stupid, but hysterical movie.
6. Zygote, without them, none of us would be here.
7. Zithers, Many years ago a very dear friend of mine was seriously dating a young man. The very first time their two sets of parents met the young man's father pulled out a Zither and proceeded to entertain the group for the evening with his repertoire of loudly sung German Christmas Carols, much to the surprise of most involved. She went on to marry that young man anyway and all is still well.
8. Zines, underground , self printed magazines for a specific target audience. I had my illustrations and some poems in one a few times, because I was so cool.
9. Zingers. I don't eat them anymore. But I loved the vanilla ones. My hips didn't, but my mouth did.
10. The Zabs. Without them my life would have a big whole in it, and a whole lot less cuteness. BZ is an essential element in my world. Sure...I could "survive" without her, but it wouldn't nearly as fun, and I MIGHT not be involved in so many , um, escapades....hehehe. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Yy

Ten things I am thankful for, all starting with the letter Y.

1. Yes
2. Yellow Jackets, the band, not the insects.
3. Yard sales
4. Yams
5. Yogurt
6. Yearbooks, so I can look back and think, "Man, I was a dork, good thing I kinda out grew it...kinda"
7. Yardage...as in fabrics, I love textiles.
8. Yard...so Spencer can run around and play and be a kid.
9. Youth...it is sometimes wasted on the young....
10. Yahweh. Thankful to Him, thankful for all He's done, thankful for Him.

Friday, July 16, 2010


My daughter had her wisdom teeth out this week as I mentioned.
We have to piggy back her meds with Ibuprofin, which we ran out of,
so I raced to Target last night 14 minutes before they closed.

I found what I needed and glorybe I spied a huge 50% off sale sign on all the Summer stuff...you know, because Summer is so over already.

I bought a "Slip N Slide" for $2.49.
It's 99 degrees outside today, that was a good purchase.

It makes for a very happy kid.