Gratitude Friday – A Precious Gift

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 What more can I say?  This weekend we celebrate the birth of our savior.  I’m thankful beyond words today that no matter what I’ve been through, no matter what stupid mistakes I’ve made, there is redemption and a plan.  And all because of a loving father who sent his only son to suffer and die for our sins.

Wow.

What a precious gift – it’s almost too precious for words, isn’t it?

Gratitude Friday

Today, I am so grateful that it’s Friday. And that I have the weekend off.

It’s been a heck of a week at the day job, and I’m feeling ready to get some rest.

I’m also grateful that Kona actually wore his reindeer costume long enough for a photo shoot this year. I guess my little muttley is growing up.

He doesn’t look too thrilled about it, but he doesn’t look homicidal either. So that’s good.

Of course, many treats were involved.

That’s all I’ve got. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the Holiday Cookie Link Party!

Gratitude Friday and an Announcement

This week, I’m grateful for:

My youngest brother, Nathan. Last weekend, he helped me string the Christmas lights in my boxwoods.  I put them on a timer, so they’re on every evening when I get home.  It makes me so happy every time I turn onto the street and see my lights.

Warm weather.  It doesn’t exactly feel like Christmas around here, due to the 60 degree temperatures and all, but Kona and I have been able to take a walk every evening to look at the neighborhood Christmas lights.  I am so enjoying watching as more and more houses get lit up.  This weekend, if the weather holds, we’ll probably make a field trip to one of the historic neighborhoods that goes all out with their holiday decor.  I’m looking forward to getting some photos!

My fellow bloggers.  So many of you have stopped by to say hello and comment on my Christmas decor thus far.  I love getting each and every comment – it makes my day!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And now, I have a wee little announcement to make.  I’ve decided to host a Holiday Cookie Link Party on Saturday, December 17th.

I hope you’ll come by and link up your favorite cookie recipe!

Gratitude Friday – 12/2/2011

“You say grace before meals.
All right.
But I say grace before the play and the opera,
And grace before the concert and pantomime,
And grace before I open a book,
And grace before sketching, painting,
Swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing dancing;
And grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

G.K. Chesterton, from an early notebook (mid-1890s)

I saw this quote in November’s Real Simple magazine, and while it sounded a little bit conceited, at the same time it reminded me that I have so much to be thankful for – I should be saying grace before I cut into a new piece of fabric, before I start a blog post, or before I open a book.  Reading the quote inspired me to be more diligent about my Gratitude Friday posting.

That being said, this week, I’m grateful for:

Kona.  I know ya’ll see a lot of the little guy, because I adore him.  Frankly, I think the sun shines out of his butt.  I love having him around, and he goes almost everywhere with me. He’s not really a pet so much as a sidekick.  There have been some rough days in the past year, and I really, truly don’t know what I’d have done without him.

Family.  Just like everyone else, I think my family is the best.  They love me, they support me, they make me laugh until I puke.  My family is always willing to look silly in order to make people laugh.  Just this past weekend, we taught my parents how to Move it Like Bernie (if you haven’t seen this dance, you’ve got to check it out).   They also tried to learn to Dougie.  I’m so sorry I didn’t get any pictures, but I was laughing (and dancing) too hard.  I am so, so grateful for a family who will bust out in a random dance party for no reason at all.

My Day Job.  A few years ago, I left a great job with a great company to try something new.  I knew I was taking the old job for granted,
but I’d been there since I graduated college and just wanted a change.  Recently, I had an opportunity to return to that job, and I took it.  Every day I’m so grateful to work for this company who appreciates their employees and does their best by them.  My coworkers are
like family there, and we look after each other.  That’s so rare in this day, and I’m thankful to have the opportunities they’ve offered me, not once but twice.

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