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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thankful Thursday


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels;
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles;
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
Silver-white winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

~ Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers


Featured Grownups' current topic is "I am Happy When." Since I'm happy when I remember to be thankful, and since I currently joined the Thankful Thursday" meme hosted by Sting My Heart, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone, (not really, I love birds), and post a list of fifty things I'm thankful for. My Xanga friend, SimpliciTea also does a Thankful Thursday list, and it inspires me every week.

I am thankful for:

1. A big glass of ice water when I'm thirsty.

2. A church that feels like home, with a pastor who is personal and prays for us.

3. A faithful husband who is willing to work two jobs to help pay our bills.

4. A full night's sleep.

5. A great arts program at the local community college, and discount tickets because my daugter is a student.

6. A great barbeque restaurant within walking distance of home that's willing to employ two of my teenagers.

7. A knock-you-down bear hug from my seven year old neice.

8. A new game for family night called "telephone pictionary" that I learned from my Xanga friend, Mamaglop.

9. A pot of hot stew on the stove, and the yummy smell wafting through the house.

10. A stack of books waiting to be read on my bedside table, and a bookcase full of old favorites in my library.

11. A world-wide community of bloggers who are funny, smart, and my friends!

12. Amazing jazz from Chris Botti's trumpet.

13. Beaded book marks.

14. Candles burning all over the house.

15. Christian Women Online Magazine.

16. Dove dark chocolate.

17. Fresh cut flowers in a winter wonderland.

18. Fresh vegetables.

19. Hearing my almost eighty-year-old grandfather tell stories from his life before I was born.

20. Inspiring poetry from my friend a_wrinkle_in_rhyme.

21. My Bible.

22. My favorite comfy pair of blue jeans.

23. My leather coat.

24. My mother, my hero, my friend.

25. My new bathrobe as I step out of the shower.

26. My new ScanDisk Sansa MP3 Player

27. New sharpened pencils and a fresh journal.

28. Photographs.

29. Red chotchkies.

30. Rogers and Hammerstein musicals on DVD.

31. Sitting in front of the fireplace in my den with chocolate brown walls and laminate flooring we did ourselves.

32. The chance to parent and homeschool my 16 year old step-son for at least a year, maybe longer.

33. The ocean.

34. The privelege of being a "billboard of mercy".

35. The privelege of spending each day in my own home, educating with my children.

36. The sound of thunder rolling across the sky.

37. The tick of analog clocks.

38. The way my husband whispers against my neck.

39. The way my oldest son hugs me every day when he comes in from work.

40. The wedding ring quilt on my bed that my husband bought on our honeymoon.

41. Three australian shepherd dogs who lay at my feet, when I let them in the house.

42. Three cats who love to use my lap, keyboard, book, or feet as their beds for a little nap.

43. TiVo and fast-forwarading through commercials.

44. Two daily cups of hot tea.

45. Vacation with extended family in Durango Colorado.

46. Waking up knowing my day is in the hands of Someone who can handle it so much better than I can.

47. Weekly family nights with all of my children and my husband.

48. When my husband calls me every day on his lunch hour and when he's heading home from work.

49. When my nineteen year-old daughter sits on the foot of my bed at night and tells me all about her day.

50. When my sixteen-year-old daughter calls me mommy.

What favorite things are you thankful for?


Amy said...

Wow that's a good long list, I especially liked the parts about the nice hot stew and the chocolate :-)

Linds said...

I love this. I wake up every day and lie there thinking of 5 new things to be thankful for. Sometimes I post them on my blog, and sometimes I just keep them to myself. There is no way you can be miserable when you are thankful, is there.I once did 100 things ot be thankful for on my blog too. Can't remember when!

Beckie said...

WOW...that's quite a list. Great one too.

Terri said...

What a list! Thanks for sharing!

eph2810 said...

Wow - you started out with a 'bang' - great list :)....
It is wonderful that our 'grown' children talk to us about the days - isn't it...I savor the moments, since I don't know when our son will be moving out...
Blessings on your day and always.

Chrixean said...

A cold glass of water and long night's sleep sounds great to me! My Thankfuls are up! :-)

Heather said...

What a loely list full of many things we often forget to be thankful for. Beautiful.

Elisa said...

Very sweet list! Thanks for sharing and offering me reminders of things I am thankful for, too!



Dianne said...

Hmmm, one of my "favorite" songs and a great list of things to be thankful for. I just jotted down a bunch of things last night too . . . but I so enjoyed reading your list.

Thanks for visiting my blog btw.

Elise said...

*Gasp* Dark chocolate? Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals? Stacks of books?
Are you me? :)
Wonderful list!

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