Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday - trying

I do not feel thankful on this particular thursday. This reminds me that thankfulness is a choice, an attitude, not always a feeling.

Today I am choosing to be thankful for the following blessings:
  1. Eight years ago I celebrated my birthday in a new way. From ages 1-17, I had birthday parties -- GREAT birthday parties. These parties included but were not limited to a sleigh ride and bon fire, roller skating, a surprise sleepover, a fancy dinner and limo ride, McDonald's party, and bowling to name a few. For my 18th birthday, I did something different. My mom and I went up to my sister's house with a tub of popcorn and "The Princess Diaries" and the three of us watched a movie. Looking back, it remains one of my favorite memories - birthday or not. It is also the only time this simple evening ever happened - my mom, my sister and me watching a movie. My sister died of cancer five months later. I am thankful for this memory.
  2. I am thankful for crazy children wrestling on the floor of the preschool. The rough-housing means they are happy and healthy - it also means I need to keep an CONSTANT eye on them, but I am thankful nonetheless.
  3. I am thankful for the LARGE amount of qualified applicants who have applied for the job opening in my preschool. I am very prayerful about how to choose who is best for our preschool, but I am thankful for all the options.
  4. I am thankful for my cat, Lexie. Sometimes on your birthday people show this sudden outpouring of love and attention - because they feel like they have to do so. My Lexie is the same every day. She doesn't just wait for me at the window on my birthday - she waits for me at the window everyday. She doesn't just give me a hug (or the cat version of a hug) on my birthday - she wants me to hold her every day. Her demands are so simple and yet her love is so vast.
  5. I am thankful for the 3 day weekend ahead. I'm feeling a little stir crazy and I am happy that when Sunday evening arrives - I can STAY UP LATE, take a road trip, watch a movie, turn my alarm off and NOT have to prepare for work on Monday. I realize Sunday is a few days away and I try to be thankful for things today - not things in the future... but all thanksgiving is taking an effort today, so I'll allow an exception here.
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  1. Oh what a sweet thankful list. I loved the memory you shared. I am a little like you have a hard time to think of what to put on the list. Your so right there are many things to be thankful for. You Blessed me. And you Blessed me by coming by today. Happy Bday. Sending you a birthday hug.

  2. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm like you, sometimes I can't find anything out of the ordinary things to be thankful for. However, I could now add a thankful to God for helping my cousin who lives in Colorado. He has liver problems and has been in the hospital and also having dialysis. He wrote a litte while ago and the dr. took his port out and changed his medicine to help him lose weight. He needs a liver transplant but I choose to believe God is healing him.
    Blessings to you,

  3. Happiness is a choice. Thank you for the great reminder! :O)

  4. Bless your sweet heart. Your list really touched me -- especially #1.

    God knows right where you are and appreciates the effort you make in being thankful when you don't really feel like it.

    Big hugs,

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. What a wonderful list! I also love the simple things in life.

  6. Thankfulness is a choice, just like you say. And lead us into Praise and adoration for all God has blessed us with.
    Your memory of your 18th birthday is so sweet, and precious! One you will be able to keep forever!
    Keep your eyes on Jesus...He is our all and All!!

  7. What a fabulous memory you have! I'm so thankful that you shared it with us. Happy Birthday!

  8. One of the reasons I love TT is because it forces me to think of my choose to look at the world differently.
    Thanks for stopping by the jungle and sharing your "skirt" acceptence, LOL!! Love how it works for both of us, oppositly (yes I made that word up)!!

  9. Brooke I hope your three day weekend is refreshing and filled with hope and things you so enjoy!

    I so agree with you on the cat thing. My Bella is such a huge blessing in my life. Some days she is truly just what I need.

    I know it's a little late but Happy Birthday. :)


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