But other days I pull out my journal and work hard to find something to be thankful for. It can be a struggle. Not because there are few things to be grateful for but because I’m struggling with an attitude not consistent with gratitude, or a hurt set of feelings. In these situations the creation of the list is a grasp for health, a reach to get out of the pit. In these cases God uses this list as a comfort to my heart.
The list I’m posting today is full of both kinds of items – and really, I think that is always true, but I’m not sure I’ve shared that here before.
2257. J’s talkative nature.
2258. J’s saying “For the first time school was fun – I was sad to leave.”
2259. Great karate program with wonderful teachers.
2260. Afternoon thunderstorms dumping moisture on the land.
2261. Watching J learn a new Kata in karate
2262. Running into Mick unexpectedly.
2263. Carrots from our garden.
2264. Bus comes a little later in the morning than last year, giving a more relaxed pace to the morning.
2265. J’s photos being usable
2266. J’s continued success with his start to school
2267. lens returned to F-11 without incident.
2269. J’s getting his green belt in karate
2270. Supportive people at karate
2271. Yummy granola
2272. Andy’s good billing in August
2273. E’s strength to testify for a 3rd time.
2274. Andy’s good lawyering on E’s behalf
2275. Affirmation from teachers re: J’s good start to school year
2276. There are good/great photos of A. H. for her senior photo
2277. Taking the long-term view of discipline issues – he’ll be thankful in years to come that we made him keep a commitment
2278. Funny card for Andy
2279. Family photo session that was fun for all of us
2280. J biked down the Langhor road without falling
2281. home-grown carrots for dinner
2282. Gift of an apple pie
2283. Andy’s resolving cases
2284. Time to make good dinners two nights in a row
2285. Cottonwoods with yellow fall leaves earlier than usual
2286. Good drums for J to learn on.
2287. Free chickens coming in a month – time to build that coop
2288. Hand written letter from a friend
2289. Compliments on a hair cut
2291. Bible study meeting again.
2292. Having what we need even when finances are tight.
2293. J having N over again – and N wants to be at our house.
2294. Three pumpkins on the vine.
2295. Beautiful clouds in the trees around the reservoir
2296. Learning about finding mushrooms
2297. hearing my wind chime and being reminded of Oakhurst
2298. Dogs curled up at my feet
2299. Plum jam made with free plums
2300. J’s approach to school right now.
******* EDITED TO ADD: Got a comment that this photo looked like the fish was standing on the bridge. Made me laugh because I think it is a reflection of how as the photographer we know what is going on and and read that into the photo. I took this photo the morning I was down at the river, and a very nice cute rotund older fisherman asked me if I wanted to take a photo of the fish he caught – it was still on the hook, but you can’t see the line in the photo. I obliged his request and it created a happy little memory for me, so I posted the photo thinking it was self explanatory. Obviously not. A happy memory, not a clearly conveyed by the photos. ****
2301. Beautiful stormy skies with a pink glow at sunset
2302. Lightening is accompanied by rain these days – no dry lightning
2303. A very light local fire season.
2304. Encouragement that we can keep chickens in the winter without having to get electricity out to the coop
2305. A bit of a walk early in the morning – the self-discipline to get up very early to make it happen.
2306. Encouraging Family Life Today program
2302. Good time with Ellie and her friends taking photos
2303. Open hearted talk with Elsa – listening to a 13-year-old girl is a rare opportunity for me