The best medicine .

So, I bet I know what you're thinking. "She started reading that Voskamp book and here she goes." And you'd be right. (smile) But truth be told, we started this little version of a gratitude journal several weeks before I began reading One Thousand Gifts, and I am so grateful that these two events happened and are happening.


I'm especially grateful after days like yesterday, where I found myself apologizing multiple times to my three year old for my frustrated responses, where I appreciated my littlest's raspy laughter far too little, and where a trip to our beloved ducks and library with fresh air and wide open spaces was the perfect medicine.




Sometimes just getting everyone loaded into the car is exasperating. But yesterday, after the last sock had been found and the last shoe piled into the car (Job's shoes can only go on after we've arrived to our destination, otherwise we constantly discover his shoes and socks thrown into a pile on the floorboard), I realized that I needed to stop and just let a little living into our life. And live we did. Job found a puddle and all but swam in it. Graeme discovered how to summersault for the first time. And I turned a blind eye when Job stuck his little hands down deep into the mud and wiped them all over his little face, finishing it off with a healthy swipe across my straight-out-of-the-dryer sweater, giggling away throughout the entire process. And when we came home, I sat down for a few minutes to put these life gifts into writing.
Job's four little teeth, shining brightly, when he smiles
Graeme's thankful spirit
Warm weather
Spring on the way
Fresh air
Washing machines

Our gratitude 'journal' sits on our mantel, right next to the chalked word 'intentionality'. I'm thankful for coincidence and the goodness of God. Happy weekending, friends!

p.s. I'm adding Trader Joe's $4 wax flowers to the above list!

16 comments:

  1. I love that gratitude journal of yours! I love that you placed it out in the open such that it's so easy to add to and be reminded of how much we are blessed with! I just might have to copy that idea of yours. :)

    And those are called wax flowers? I've never heard of them before but I love their color! They're so pretty and perfect for spring! :)

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    1. Kiki,
      If my memory serves me correctly, yes, they were labeled as wax flowers, which is a funny name, don't you think? I love them and they have been very hardy. I bought them last Sunday and they are still going quite strong. I highly recommend a trip to Trader Joe's for them : )

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  2. I love this. It reminds you to be thankful instead of dwelling on the negatives in life. Good for you!

    Ps: photos are stunning. Get it girl.

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    1. Kelley,
      I wish I would've put this into action much sooner! And, p.s., you are so sweet with your photo comments! Happy weekending!

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  3. Sarah,

    You are such a sweet little mother -- at first, I was shocked when you said "wax" flowers from TJ's. Then, I realized that they are live flowers and that's just the name for them. I could not fathom YOU having artificial flowers in your home! I like your idea of the gratitude journal, too -- I might try that! Love you --

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    1. Mom,
      It was so good to talk to you today. I can't wait until you are back in the US! And, yes!, you know me well-- no fake flowers around here! : )

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    2. Mrs. Mincy, ME TOO!!!! I thought the same thing...like she was starting to slip...then I realized the truth. ;)

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    3. Haha! You are making me smile and laugh out loud! Although, I *did* just consider making a big ol' fake wreath for my door. Maybe. Possibly : )

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  4. ok 1.) i need to go trader joes ... i have never been!

    2.) seriously getting kids into the car. lol... it is not for the weak!

    sweet little gratitude post!

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    1. Christina! Yes! You must! Although, I must confess, my absolute favorite place is our New Seasons Market. It's like Trader Joe's on every steroid (all natural ones, ha!) possible. I cannot. even. tell. you. how. great. it. is! But, yes!, go to TJ's!

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  5. It's such a wonderful idea to have a jar of thankfulness. :-)

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    1. Susannah,
      I only wish I would have started this sooner! Now to get my three year old to answer anything besides 'cake' when I ask him what he is thankful for : ) At least he is thankful for something!

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  6. Guess what, Sara? I heard Ann Voskamp speak last weekend at the Set Apart Conference here in town. It was so, so good!

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  7. Oops! I know you spell your name with an "h" but I had Sara Groves on the brain from your last post. :)

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  8. love love love. I started a gratitude journal in january, and it's been amazing to just soak in all the blessings we have each day:) love your blog and so glad you said hello! love Katie

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    1. Katie,
      I agree. Today I came out of my (oh so messy) laundry room thinking, "I am SO thankful for my oh so messy laundry room!" I hope this pattern of thankfulness changes me more and more, by God's grace.

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