My friend Angie has been posting a list of things for which she is grateful. Spurred on by a thought from my friend Lindsay, she is “hammering nails”: replacing discontent with gratitude.

It is a good idea. I read Angie’s posts – she is now up to #55 – and I am reminded of the things for which I am grateful. I shall make a short list of my own.

1. A home full of windows, raised tonight to let in the unique coolness of October.
2. Kids that wash the dishes with no complaints (David).
3. Kids that make blueberry struessel muffins (Sydni).
4. Sisters that love their sisters (Sydni. Sarah. Shannon.)
5. Kids that wrap their arms around their mom, say, “I love you” and mean it (Daniel).
6. Kids that love Jesus (all of them).
7. A husband who tells me to take a nap.
8. A husband who says, “I’m sorry” – to me and to the kids – and means it.
9. A job that allows time for ridiculosity, including making up words like ‘ridiculosity’. And singing Elton John songs at the top of my lungs.
10. My friends Walter and Sally, who are kind and real.
11. Heated seats in my car. It is an indulgence, for sure.
12. A piano in my house.
13. A dryer and a washing machine that work.
14. A down comforter.
15. A wise and gifted brother.
16. Crickets at night.
17. My electric toothbrush.
18. Zyrtec.
19. Facebook. Really.
20. Coffee. Daily. Really.

Are you grateful? What’s one thing? Or two, or even three?


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