Thankful Thursday: A gift outside, inside, on a plate

1. A gift outside:

I’m so thankful for the outside places like this that offer our grandchildren hours of fun, and give me wonderful, random moments like this!

R at the park

2. A gift inside:

Recently we had all 3 grandchildren inside our car when we took them on a little adventure! The picture is a little fuzzy, but the moment together was priceless!

all 3 grandkids

3. A gift on a plate:

My husband isn’t much of a cake fan, and I know it’s not on a plate, but it ended up on a plate.  So for his birthday, I made his favorite, homemade apple pie. My gift to him! And yes…he was VERY thankful!

apple pie

Starting out the New Year with a heart full of thanks!

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, because, there is always something to be thankful for.

Always!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts of endings

3 gifts of endings…

1. I’m thankful when I get to the end of the dirty dishes in the sink.

2. When the end of the laundry is in sight, now that’s always something I’m thankful for! Such a good feeling to get that all done at one time! 🙂

3. At the end of the long journey to see my son-in-law, daughter and grandson, when I walk in the door, and get a big hug from all of them.  Always, always, a very good ending!

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

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

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday“!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts orange

3 gifts orange:

Well, let’s see….orange isn’t really one of my “go to” colors, I’m more of a “blues” girl, but I think I found some pretty good orange things to be thankful for!

1. The dainty little orange poppy that pops up to greet us in the spring.

California Poppy

2. When the sun sets, leaving behind the brilliant orange glow across the water and the sky.

Quite possibly one of my favorite times of the day!

Orange sunset

3. Sitting by a fire, chatting with friends, mesmerized by the orange glow, and enjoying the warmth of the fire as well as the friendship.

fire

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” ― Neal A. Maxwell

Have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday”!

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Blue

3 Gifts Blue…

1. Oh those “blue eyes” – they get me every time! I can’t imagine life without either one of these guys in it.

Grandpa & Rick's eyes

2. The big blue ocean frequently calls my name…and yes, sometimes I answer back!

Pacific Ocean

3. My little blue car, faithfully gets me where I’m going.  Fast.

my car

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” – G.K.Chesterton

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts found in community

3 gifts found in community…This is an interesting one.

What exactly does it mean?  Well, to find out, I did a little google search on the word, com·mu·ni·ty  /kəˈmyo͞onitē/

Noun
  1. A group of people living together in one place, esp. one practicing common ownership: “a community of nuns”.
  2. All the people living in a particular area or place: “local communities”.

Hmmm…well, that didn’t really help much!  I guess community just means a bunch of people who hang out together!

The value of community is probably what I am most thankful for.  The people who are there to support me, encourage me, and love me, just for who I am.

Nothing more, nothing less.  Just me.

Without a sense of community, life becomes a very lonely place.  It is important and yes, even necessary to belong to a group of people. People you can relate to, and feel comfortable with.  People who make your heart happy, and your soul soar.

1.  Our grandkids certainly fill up our community…a group of little people we love with all our hearts!

just the kids

2.  Sometimes, community can be found in a singular place.  The arms of someone who loves you very much.

Andrew and Grandpa
3.  And sometimes you witness the effects of community and the pride and joy it can bring when people join together for one common goal. A team victory!

Westmont wins

Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Fredrick Koeing –

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts before 9 am

3 gifts before 9 am …

1. A  hot cup of coffee brought to me each morning by my very best friend, my husband.  He’s pretty awesome!

coffee

74 and Sunny in San Diego

2. A nice hot shower to wake me up – sorry no picture for this one, but you get the idea!

3. A little something for my tummy, to give me fuel for the day

cereal

Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” Fredrick Koeing –

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: A gift cloth, steel, wood

Today I am looking for a gift of cloth, steel, and wood….and since I’m visiting one of my favorite little people, of course I will have to include a picture of him!

1. A gift of cloth…a favorite stuffed animal named Harold. Very well loved by one little guy!

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2. The steel structure at the playground makes for a great adventure for little boys…and girls too!

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3. Taking a walk on a wood pier on a beautiful day!

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Just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ” – Thornton Wilder

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts found looking up

3 gifts found looking up….

1. The gift of nature … bananas growing on the tree

banana tree

2. The gift of freedom … the US flag flying over Ft McHenry, the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner

Ft McHenry

3. The gift of love … looking up into Grandpa’s eyes and knowing he is loved.

look of love

Look up !!

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ” – Thornton Wilder

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday:3 gifts budding

3 gifts budding/blooming

This one seems a little too easy right now.  My garden/yard is full of things that are budding and blooming.

Here are just a few that are new to this world…

1. The delicate pink color of this strawberry in bloom

strawberry blossom

2.  The sweet smell that this budding freesia plant will produce when it turns into a flower

freesia plant

3. Waiting with anticipation to be able to eat the tomato that will be growing from this bloom on the tomato vine

tomato plant

I’m thankful for all these wonderful flowers and plants that are blooming right now.  Everywhere I look, it’s as if all of nature is on display for us to enjoy!

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry VanDyke

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts surprisingly found

3 gifts surprisingly found…and surprisingly, I found them all in my back yard!

1. Found…the remnants of a bird egg.  Still looking for the bird!

bird egg

2. Found…the strawberry is turning red!

red strawberry

3. Found…a pretty rose growing along the fence

rose

What about you?

There are a lot of bad things in this world, but there are a lot of good things too. I would love to hear more about the good things.

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry VanDyke

I hope you have a wonderful “Thankful Thursday!”