Monday, May 31, 2010

Sweetly Blessed

It begins with her new voice every morning, "Hi."  I freshly diaper a sweet bottom and carry her to the bottom of the stairs.  She wiggles down, and it's the thump, thump of her run-walk that sings in my ears. 

"Hi," says the small voice to her big brothers.  They smile-hi back. 

In the kitchen, I prepare her breakfast.  Cheerios and yogurt in her princess bowl.  Drink is poured.  Tray prepared.  I walk to the family room to bring her to morning meal.  She's on the couch, curled close to a hero, munching from his bowl of cereal while Martha Speaks.

I know I am blessed.  My cup simply overflows with it.

And that's when I realize it's time to take the plunge and count One Thousand:

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My beginning #1-32:

"Hi" in that new voice

Thump, Thump of her run-walk

Brothers who adore

Sweet cheerio breath

Chubby hands picking strawberries from our very own patch

Strawberry smiles

Prayers for the hurting

Tiny toads

A picnic site

A dad who created it

Rope swings

Cool creeks

Boy glee


New family

Sunshine after many clouds

A book held high as she runs to me to read

Kids in pajamas

God's persistent love

Annual day trip with my best friend

A big brother's excitement over her accomplishments

The Thinker's thoughtfulness

A cousin's infatuation with Baby Girl

An ink pen in my purse to jot down more thoughts on-the-go

An interesting (even to me!) conversation about soccer with The Thinker

Realizing he's a neat kid

A drop-in visit by my sis

The Belly Button Book

Singing in the car with all three of my sugars

Being in the right place at the right time to help a stranger


A fun evening with the in-laws



Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Beautiful! Isn't this the greatest of habits?
I give thanks with you today!

All's grace,

Stacey said...

I love this...a great picture of real life. Someone once told me that the most important thing is to have a smile on your face when your little ones first get up. So they know they are a blessing! I can see you smiling!


Missie said...


Layton Family Joy said...

welcome - my 1st time at your blog - GREAT LIST to start!!


Sara said...

Delightful! I too just jumped into the gratitude community, beginning to day. Sweetly blessed, indeed.

A joy to meet you,

Anonymous said...

You know, I really didn't feel like writing a post today...but since I started these Monday gratitudes, I have decided I will not miss a Monday until I get to 1000, as long as I have a computer in front of me. Mondays are good :)... There are so many things to be thankful for in each of our own little worlds.

Ann left you a comment! Put that one on next weeks - How wonderful! I can't stop smiling!

One Love Mama said...


eof777 said...

Love the post and your princess is on her way to becoming a queen. Very cute! Sending you/yours prayers and blessings for this Memorial Day! Your post reminds me of the blog - 1000 Awesome Things.
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Claudia said...

That's great - I love the Strawberry-smiles... :=)

Karen said...

Very sweet list of blessings....

jeana said...

Love reading your list this morning!

Michelle said...

Just beautiful! Reading these lists of gratitude makes me even more thankful for all of my blessings!

JoAnn said...

The list is the best thing. I love doing it! I'm so glad you started yours, I'm excited for you!
Children are delightful. mmm. Yogurt/cheerios...What a wonderful day to WAKE UP!

emily wierenga said...

yes. you love... and it's beautiful. bless you.

Heather of Swallowing A Moose said...

Welcome to the bunch! It's quite an awesome journey to look for God-winks and things to thank Him for.

It's a healthy addiction!

Be blessed this week sweet sister!

Jessica said...

Welcome to Gratitude Chasing...
don't be suprised when it gets a bit difficult. Don't be suprised when it's overwhelming. Don't be suprised when you just can't stop counting :)

Heather said...

I think I could have written almost all of your gratitude list! My kids love Martha Speaks and The Belly Button Book. I'm so grateful as well for the time in my life when the kids are little and you're diapering one and recognizing the beauty of sweet and simple mornings with the others.
Thanks for sharing.

Wanda said...

There's much to be thankful for if we only take the time to look around us. I have something special for you over at my place.

partialemptynester said...

Love the the sweet morning "hi" the belly button the best the rope swing! Great way to start the week!

Adoption Mama said...

Thanks for stopping by The Puebla Ponderosa. I will be praying for your schooling decision. The Lord will give you wisdom.

Blessings to you today.

Kelly said...

Aww, you have the sweetest list! Made me smile :)

Traci Michele said...

Beautiful! I love the picture of you and your child in your sidebar. I'm your newest follower. Found you over at A Holy Experience!


Holly Renee said...

Gratitude in the large and small things is beautiful. You sound blessed and I feel blessed for reading about it. I love the thought of little hands picking berries!

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