Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Counting Blessings #1 through #32

1) time with a good friend
2) line dried laundry
3) Earl Grey tea
4) fresh lettuce
5) a crafty daughter to learn quilting with
6) homemade finger puppets
7) an artsy daughter to practice seascapes with
8) limeade and ice cubes
9) a book loving son to go to bookstores with
10) swimming pools
11) "Mommy, can you read this to me?" Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Make Way for Ducklings, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Fancy Nancy
12) rainbow flock of chickens
13) new days
14) moon out in bright blue sky
15) shallow, sandy bottomed lake on a hot day
16) forgiveness granted
17) freckle faced children
18) cool breezes
19) ice cream
20) Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap
21) Husband; there just aren't enough good words...
22) empty laundry hamper
23) full dresser drawers
24) weddings
25) baby nieces
26) coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon
27) little girls in outdoor bubble bath, suds on freckled noses
28) little sisters
29) swimming lessons; children growing confident
30) warm, earthy scent of summer
31) clean barn; sweet smell of fresh straw
32) young cockerel's first crow

Please comment and share some of your favorite blessings with us. :) Wishing a peaceful, restful Sunday to all of you.


  1. I wish a lot of people I know would take just 4, MEASLY 4 THINGS FROM YOUR LIST AND BE Grateful. I AM EXCEPT I GOTTA HAVE MY SUGAR FREE-CHERRY-LIMEAID

  2. My short, quick list of ten blessings:

    1. Tired muscles. Which means I still have good muscles that enable me to do hard physical work.
    2. A husband who is always willing to help whenever I ask for help.
    3. A bountiful harvest of raspberries and blueberries in my garden waiting to be picked.
    4. Four or five choices of homemade soups in the freezer I can defrost for dinner tonight served with a fresh-from-the-garden salad.
    5. The excitement of getting the finished house I've always wanted.
    6. Like-minded, wonderful, resourceful, sharing, caring blog friends I would be lost without.
    7. A cooling breeze on a hot afternoon.
    8. Sheets line dried in the sunshine.
    9. A husband who is even tempered and has a positive attitude 99% of the time.
    10. My health and energy.

    Thanks, Patty! :o}:o}:o}

  3. Love your blessings counting idea! Here's my list:
    1. My church
    2. My family
    3. Beagles that howl when someone's at the door
    4. Fresh eggs
    5. flip flops
    6. sunshine
    7. the internet-to keep in touch with far away family and friends
    8. the smell of bread baking
    9. new bath salts
    10. my crockpots-it's too hot to turn on the oven.

  4. I love all your blessings! Cherry limeade sounds like a must try, homemade soup is the BEST, and flip flops, :) who could live without! We all have much to thank God for. I'm beginning on next Sunday's list. This is really fun, and you ladies' blessings have added to my joy today. :)

  5. Blessings?

    1. Reading your blog and knowing it will be uplifting and positive.
    2. my sweet, sweaty boys who still want me to play frisbee and bocce ball and ninjas with them.
    3. my husband who smiles at every insane, off-the-wall idea I come up with (and never says no).
    4. my parents who share their home with us.
    5. the internet for keeping up with friends.
    6. a good cup of coffee
    7 the opportunity to grow a garden, even if it isn't producing as well this year
    8. the health of my family, and the ability to deal with most things first in a natural way.
    9. baby chicks.
    10. skirts, mudboots, and bandanas - what I live in every summer. :)

  6. Great Post! Hmmm, right off the top of my head:
    1. my kids
    2. a husband who seems to love even the bad things about me!
    3. health
    4. a roof over our heads
    5. being able to stay at home to care for our family
    6. having what we need, and just enough of what we want
    7. having been raised in a loving and stable home
    8. not having to wear makeup or dress up for my husband :), this is a big one!
    9. being financially able to see our family once a year that live so far away
    10. being able to connect on a daily basis through blogging with other people that value the same things and share the same dreams and goals.

  7. Mama Tea- :) Skirts, flip flops and bandanas here! Thanks for shaing your blessings!

    Erin- Oh, how I share the one about not having to wear makeup or dress up for hubby. I am oh, so thankful for a man who sees the real value inside me and cares about that instead! :) Thanks for sharing!

    I have SO ENJOYED reading all of your thankful thoughts.