Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Green

3 Gifts Green:

1. I’m thankful that sometimes a simple cool green toy is still all it takes to bring a smile to his face.

A's new toy

2. I’m thankful for this delicious green salad to go with my dinner.

green salad

3. I’m thankful that this little guy has all this green grass to run around and play in.

R in the green grass

These are just a few things “green” that I am thankful for today. Taking a few minutes each day to find a “good thing” to be thankful for has made a huge difference in my life.

How about you? Did you find something to be thankful for today?

 

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

 

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Thankful Thursday: 3 times I heard laughter

3 times I heard laughter:

1. I am very thankful that I can hear the sounds of laughter.

This is our little neighbor girl, and most days we can hear her squeals of laughter, and her tiny little voice coming from the other side of the fence, but we don’t see her.  What a fun surprise it was to look across our yard and actually see her peeking over the fence at us from her play house!

little neighbor girl

 

2.  This little guy and laughter, well they just go hand-in-hand. He wakes up in the morning with a smile on his face, and it usually doesn’t go away until oh, about nap time, and bedtime! I’m thankful that he is so happy, and brings a smile to the face of so many people.

R in the bathtub

 

3. I’m thankful that we had this opportunity, and that I could be a part of this once in a lifetime experience. His joy and laughter just couldn’t be held back any longer as he approached the 1st hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course.

at Pebble Beach

 

Another Thankful Thursday, and like always, there is so much that I can find to be thankful for.  What a great gift I have been given to not only hear the sound of laughter, but to be able to experience the joy that laughter brings.

After all …. laughter really is the best medicine for the soul.

Go on, give it a try, laugh a little…or a lot, and see if it doesn’t just make you feel better!

Laughter and joy are part of the beauty of life.” Diogo Morgado

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday: A gift in sky, water, memory

A gift in sky, water, memory:

1. The little moon in the big sky. The little plane in the big sky.

moon in the sky

 

2. The amazing colors of the water.

La Jolla

 

3. The memory of her reading for hours and hours, a favorite past-time of hers still to this day.

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I am thankful.

I am thankful for eyes to see the beauty of the water.  I’m thankful for clarity of mind to remember the special moments of my daughter’s childhood days. And I am thankful for the opportunity to experience new things and fly to places I have never been before.

A simple list of “thanks” today, but the value of these gifts goes beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

This is my Thankful Thursday.

 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
― William Arthur Ward

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Found Outside

3 Gifts Found Outside:

Oh where do I begin? I live in sunny Southern California, and most days are just tempting me to go outside! I have to constantly remind myself that there will be more beautiful days, that this is not an anomaly, and I should probably try and get some work done inside once in a while!

Still, I find my way out the door, and I really am very, thankful that I get to live in such a beautiful place. I say it so often without even giving it a second thought, I guess I am little spoiled!

1. I’m so thankful for the blue skies and sunshine that greet me almost every time I step outside!

blue sky

 

2. And I’m so thankful for this great game of baseball that’s played outside – Opening Day is coming soon!

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3.  But most of all, I’m thankful that when I go outside, this is not what I experience ….ever! I like to visit this kind of weather, but I’m really thankful I don’t live in it anymore.

lots of snow in Colorado

Today and everyday, there is so much to be thankful for. Inside or outside, when I look around me, I see that I am truly blessed.

 

“I thank you God for this most amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ E.E. Cummings

Thankful Thursday: 3 things in the kitchen

3 things in the kitchen…

My kitchen and I are getting “acquainted” again now that I no longer work full-time.

I am enjoying the process of cooking and baking a whole lot more than I ever have in my life! I’m experimenting with new foods and techniques, making dishes I’ve never tried before, and thoroughly enjoying my accomplishments.

I have found that it’s so much more enjoyable to cook, when I am not cooking for two little kids. They weren’t always real fond of what was for dinner, or if they were, it’s because it was macaroni and cheese or spaghetti, and neither one of these are real culinary achievements as far as I’m concerned.

But…my kids are on their own now, and for the most part, I have a fairly adventurous husband.  He’s willing to try just about anything I concoct in my kitchen (especially my baking endeavors), and I’m finding great joy in this new journey!

1: I’m thankful for clever tools that make the kitchen tasks just a little bit easier. I can’t wait to try the one on the left! I’ve never had one like it before!

kitchen gadgets

2. I’m thankful when a batch of cookies turns out great…the first time that I make them!

cookies

3. It’s not very big or fancy, but I’m pretty happy when I’m in my little blue and white kitchen, and for that, I am very thankful!

white kitchen

There are so many things and people who I am thankful for in my life.  I have found it to be so important and helpful to stop and think about these things in life, and make a concerted effort to focus on the good!

I hope you will take a few moments today to do the same.

Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” —Samuel Logan Brengl

Thankful Thursday: A gift in sky, water, and memory

A gift in sky, water, and memory:

1. I’m so thankful for the gift of the clouds in the sky! I love a clear blue sky, but those clouds…they always seem to capture my attention. I love the different shapes and textures, colors and designs, it truly is art in motion.

clouds in the sky

2. Another mesmerizing view…the big blue ocean. There are many moments when I find myself staring out onto this beautiful body of water, and I think to myself…I live here!

Yes! I am very thankful for this.

La Jolla Cove

3. A moment I will never forget, turned into a memory I will always treasure. The beauty and the bliss of sitting at The Beach Bar in Guam, just watching the waves go by. I am very thankful for the opportunity to visit this amazing place, and certainly wouldn’t mind going back to this view.

The Beach in Guam

These are just a few of the things that I am so very thankful for today.  There is always, always something to be thankful for…just take a moment and look around you, you’ll find it!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
― William Arthur Ward

 

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Sweet

3 Gifts Sweet

1.  I’m so thankful for this beautiful young lady that God gave to me. My sweet girl.  I’m continually impressed by her wisdom and grace. Her love for her family, her love for me.

She is a precious treasure, and I’m so proud to call her mine.

Me and my girl

 

2. This sweet moment between Grandpa and his little Grandson. I’m so thankful that I got to share in this moment, and that I was able to “capture” a little bit of the joy that was being shared between these two.

He truly is the best Grandpa ever.

R and the "frog"

 

2. And these.  Tasty little sweet and salty treats. I’m thankful that they are so simple and easy to make.

sweet treats

 

And these are just a few of the things that I am forever thankful for.  Join me by taking a few moments today to look around you and consider a few things “sweet” that you are thankful for!

 

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies…but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe