In September, which seems like a million years ago and several galaxies away now, a dear friend Nani shared a particularly touching blog posting with me and several other friends.
“Oh great, another blog. I do NOT have time for this!” I thought. I didn’t look at it. Didn’t even consider it. And yet, there was that nagging little feeling that I need to read it. (I’m coming to realize that I shouldn’t ignore that little feeling.)
It waited for me, that blog did. I looked at that email from Nani a dozen times. And then Shelomith happened. That week, a dear mutual friend, Kristine, gave me a printed copy of the same blog posting.
I couldn’t not read it this time. That blog had pursued me.
I finally had time to read it. And I was totally blown away by the beauty, the simplicity of the writing.
One thing led to another and I found myself spending time looking through her old posts. They resonated with me. This one in particular struck my attention: The Grattitude Journal.
I sighed. Don’t I have enough things to be doing? And yet. . . this one grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. “I don’t have time” turned into “Well, I do have a new journal I could use. . . ” (It, of course, is purple.)
So I’ve decided to participate in this. My goal is to make my 1000 gifts list before the end of March, when Shelomith would have been born. I’m thinking that I’ll really really need to be counting my blessings at that time.
Here’s my list thus far:
1~10/19/09 Purple overalls, size 2
2~10/19/09 Virginia Beach t-shirts from Grandpa Ray
3~10/20/09 The ability to educate my children at home as we see best
4~10/20/09 The support (financial, practical, emotional, social) to do so
5~10/22/09 Sandie, “our room”
6~10/25/09 Warm October weather and delay of snow (better for travel around the state)
7~10/26/09 A warm (down) winter coat, my size, $35
8~10/27/09 Donut “seeds” at a favorite bakery
9~11/1/09 Blue Letter Bible10~11/9/09 A dryer that re-started itself after prematurely shutting off
11~11/10/09 A warm fire on a snowy day
12~11/11/09 The veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country, especially the one I married ♥
13~11/12/09 Woodstove, candles, and flashlights that kept our house warm and bright when the power went out last night for an hour
14~11/12/09 20,338 words!
15~11/13/09 A pretty good sale on broccoli and cauliflower (88 cents a pound) and that 2 of the 3 kids (and both of us parents) will eat it
16~11/14/09 Meatballs, potatoes, lefse, cookies with friends. . . and lutefisk for The Bull
17~11/15/09 Quiet, lazy days at home to catch up on things
Does this sound like a good idea to you? Want to join us?