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Grateful For the Small Things



You know those days when your children won't stop arguing, don't want to do their schoolwork or chores, and you're feeling like there is nothing good in your corner of the world?

I'm sure you never have those days.

Wait.

You're having that kind of a day today?

Stop to count your blessings.

I found I started smiling once I did, and I had more patience.


Today, I am grateful:

for a $2 garage sale roasting pan with a lid for roasting a chicken

for the chicken to roast

for broccoli to go with it--and children who like broccoli

that my husband could be home for lunch

for free matches and a few free containers of fuel, Sterno, and an emergency candle from a house that my husband went to this morning (the sellers gave them to him)

that my husband may take a listing (hurray! Okay, this is a big thing!)

for fabric, patterns, and ideas for birthday presents for the next two children's birthdays

for warm weather and a winter gas bill that was half what it usually is, as I turned off the heat

that there is lettuce coming up in the garden



What are you grateful for today?


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  • Athanasia February 03, 2014

    I am grateful for family, friends, all the basic n...

    I am grateful for family, friends, all the basic necessities of life, and God with whom all things are possible.

  • Calliopia February 03, 2014

    For so many loving friends and family in my life: ...

    For so many loving friends and family in my life: My husband, two sons, parents and my sister; For a home of a beautiful piece of land that allows us to grow so much; for the ability to live a simple life in the country.

  • Carlye Jean Rankin February 03, 2014

    I am very thankful for my relationship with the Lo...

    I am very thankful for my relationship with the Lord...my husband and girls...for the food and shelter we have. (my friends even made us cuban beans and rice for me watching their kiddos - yummy!)

  • Carlye Jean Rankin February 03, 2014

    What a great post! I am thankful for the food we h...

    What a great post! I am thankful for the food we have been given this weekend. Cuban beans and rice, grilled sausages, macaroni cups and a dessert. Also, for my husband (who works so hard and goes to school) and my girls. The Lord has truly blessed me.

  • Silvia's village February 02, 2014

    I'm grateful to have a roof over my head. We a...

    I'm grateful to have a roof over my head. We attended church as a family and I am grateful for that. It's a blessing to have a wonderful husband who knows when I need help and is willing to help out.

  • Maria Leticia February 02, 2014

    I am thankful today for a very successful journey ...

    I am thankful today for a very successful journey to the past as my cousin bought the ancient house of our grandparents and invite me to go there before she starts to make everything over. It was such a beautiful Saturday and I am thankful for her invitation and the wonderful time our families passed together, even it was a very hot day, close to 38 degrees Celsius. And I am also thankful for all the lemons, passion fruits and guavas (goiabas) we were able to glean there :)

  • Rebecca February 01, 2014

    I am thankful for… …my loving and caring boyfriend...

    I am thankful for……my loving and caring boyfriend,…my excitable dog bailey…having my family close by…this blog for opening my eyes to other people’s lives and putting mine in some perspective

  • Jodi Whitehead February 01, 2014

    I am thankful for a healthy body and loving family...

    I am thankful for a healthy body and loving family! I also went to a thrift store on Tuesday and came across a 1919 book of poetry. It was falling apart but I figured I could use it for a Valentine craft. When I asked how much it cost, I was told 25 cents, naturally I purchased it! Then the cashier offered me a roll of waxed paper and package of brown paper bags for FREE!!!! I accepted and while waiting for my mom to finish up, noticed a small bottle of my favorite perfume. I asked how much it cost and was told I could have that as well. So for 25 cents, I got an antique book, a roll of waxed paper, a package of bags AND my favorite perfume!!! THAT is a deal! I am so blessed!

  • Chef Owings February 01, 2014

    Thankful for the bloggers that share their wisdom ...

    Thankful for the bloggers that share their wisdom and time. Thankful for my Hubby who understands my health issues and my need for my dogs.For my children that will bring up some of the worst times in our lives (I was a widow raising them ) and cause us to laugh about it now. For my family and friends that understand that being together is more important than what we are doing or eating. FOR GOD, I do not know the reason I have survived what several doctors have said I should have died from more than one time, I only know, understand that I have not completed the purpose GOD gave me this life and when I do, he will take me home and I am thankful.

  • Chef Owings February 01, 2014

    onion goggles do work. or at least wear glasses of...

    onion goggles do work. or at least wear glasses of some sort to help keep the fumes out of your eyes.

  • Myriah February 01, 2014

    Thank you, I needed to read this right now :)

    Thank you, I needed to read this right now :)

  • sakkeller January 31, 2014

    I have had kids in private school for 10 years. We...

    I have had kids in private school for 10 years. We will homeschool next year. This was a great comment for me to read! I am beyond excited, but also terrified. Thank you.

  • Allison January 31, 2014

    Thanks goodness there are still people who were ra...

    Thanks goodness there are still people who were raised right! I also live in the South and while snow was predicted here and came later than expected, it just as easily could have been the reverse. People from other areas of the country have no idea how bad the roads get and just how bad weather shuts down this area in hours. With no plows or salt trucks, the commute in the northern areas would also be treacherous and in gridlock, I bet. Our schools dismissed early and we waited 9 hours for the snow. I had time to get some things to cook stovetop and didn't have to go into the food storage. But, shelves were cleared in record time and the store was packed. I am thankful for the food storage and other preparations I have so that I didn't have to worry about fuel or warmth or food during the snow. This did make me realize that my neighbors are mostly not prepared for power outages and I will need to increase my preparations to include extra for sharing.

  • Robert January 31, 2014

    I was so overloaded when my children were growing ...

    I was so overloaded when my children were growing up they learned very quickly if Momma was sick and said this is not a good day to mess with Momma they were good as gold. If I was at my wits end with them I would just shout out Purple and they knew that meant the behavior had better change. I smiled so much folks wondered what I was taking "happy pills" or something but the truth was I was so grateful for the healthy bright mostly well behaved children I had / nothing else mattered.

  • Megan Horne January 31, 2014

    Thank you for always sharing. You inspire me!

    Thank you for always sharing. You inspire me!

  • Tya Buie January 30, 2014

    I am thankful for: Kids that got ready door school...

    I am thankful for:Kids that got ready door school without arguing.Leftover coffee.For Fridays.A loving husband that gets up hours before us and goes to work.A beautiful Victorian house (even if it is a rental).For just having enough....money, food, heat, ect.For a house filled with love!

  • Mary G January 30, 2014

    Today I am grateful that my dog waited patiently w...

    Today I am grateful that my dog waited patiently while I spoke briefly with a neighbor during our morning walk, that we have lots of delicious leftovers to choose from for lunch and dinner tonight, that we are experiencing slightly warmer weather here in New England, that I found a nice new sweater in a color that works well for me for $2 of my birthday money yesterday, that my husband is working from home today and we can eat lunch together, and that my son is doing well in school and is becoming a nice and thoughtful young man.

  • LaurieS January 30, 2014

    At this moment I am Thankful for you, Brandy for t...

    At this moment I am Thankful for you, Brandy for this blog to remind me of the things I am thankful for!

  • Andrea January 30, 2014

    I'm thankful for my carpooling partner. It gi...

    I'm thankful for my carpooling partner. It gives me time in the morning to relax more with the kids before they get picked up instead of rushing around trying to get everyone together and herd them into the van. I'm also thankful for the gas it saves since I only have to make one round trip to the school rather than 2. I'm extremely thankful for this blog and having my eyes opened to so many more possibilities of taking care of my family than I could come up with on my own. I'm thankful to God for all the blessings he bestows upon our family. Big things and little things...because He loves me! :)

  • LLLittle January 30, 2014

    So timely, my husband and I have been griping all ...

    So timely, my husband and I have been griping all day about chopping and freezing 10kgs of onions on our day off. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful we had the funds to buy the box, we have a warm home to chop them in, each other to cry to (we are both highly sensitive to onions), a freezer, kitchen utensils, and the internet to be reminded about gratitude! :)-Laura

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