Tuesday, September 6, 2011

One Thousand Gifts II


This week I'm remembering all of the heroic acts of Americans on 9/11.  There are so many stories of the goodness of men and women who risked their lives to save and assist others that day.  Some say, "Where was God that day?"  But I say He was there, in the hearts of the people, in thier selfless acts.  He was there holding up those towers while many escaped.  I'm thankful that Americans came together that day, turned to God and loved each other.  To comemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I'm going to take my son and go visit our local fire stations and uniform police divisions and let them know how grateful we are for there service.  It is a gift for which I'm thankful!

21.  The way my dogs greet me when I come home.
22.  The owl in the back yard that "hoots" me to sleep at night.
23.  A pastor who teaches me things that I can actually live by.
24.  My husband helping me paint all my old kitchen furniture, making it look brand new again.
25.  My 15 year old son telling me that he loves me every time he leaves the house and in between.
26.  My Nikon D7000
27.  A night spent laughing with girlfriends.
28.  My wonderful neighbors.
29.  Having a car that gets me there.
30.  Getting a phone call from an old friend.
31.  The cool crisp air that's moving in and wearing hoodie sweatshirts.
32.  Taking daytrips around the state with my husband and son.
33.  A beautiful flower arrangement made by my sister in law.
34.  Having my doctor figure out why I wasn't sleeping.
35.  Having a beautiful peaceful bedroom where I can sit and read for hours.
36.  My praise & worship music.
37.  Having Godly parents who loved each other more than life.
38.  Having photo editing software that does for my photos what I cannot do.
39.  Finding just what I was looking for at the flea market.
40.  Learning not to gripe by wearing my Gripes Be Gone bracelet from Linda Dillow.

I love being a part of Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts.  We are all keeping track and you can find a whole community of thankful people there.  I have only gotten through 40 now, so I have a long way to go, but oh, the joy of living a grateful life!



From His Lap,

28 comments:

  1. Hi Erin - living grateful is definitely a life changing attitude shift and so rewarding and humbling. God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Erin - great list... there's nothing like a dog welcoming you home, a son's "i love you"s , and all others. thanks for sharing your list. I saw yours got in right before mine... :) Have a great day! Blessings!

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  3. Thank you, Tracy. God bless you too! I can't believe that number of things I'm thankful for that I just take for granted unless I really sit down and think about it. It is beginning to become a way of life for me.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  4. Gretchen,
    If only everyone greeted me like my dogs greet me! Hah! Don't you love living a grateful lifestyle?
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  5. I am thankful for a friend named, Erin who loves and blesses me unconditionally.

    Dianne

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  6. Dianne,
    It is you, who blesses me!
    ~Erin

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  7. You have such a good idea for remembering 9/11. I love your list. Sometimes is so easy to forget the little miracles the Lord blesses us with each and every day! You list has inspired me to look closer! Thanks Erin!

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  8. I love the idea of visiting the fireman locally on 911
    Your list is glorious

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  9. Becky Jane,
    I know with all those kids you have a gazillion things you're grateful for...precious gifts. Thanks for stopping by, sister!
    Love you!
    ~Erin

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  10. Lady Bren,
    I bet your list is glorious too!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  11. I still love love love this idea and need to go check it out. (thanks for the reminder!) :) Anyway, my favorites that you mentioned are #23. A pastor who teaches me things that I can actually live by. --- I agree with you there! I love how great and encouraging my pastor is. 25. My 15 year old son telling me that he loves me every time he leaves the house and in between. ---- I pray my daughters will be the same when they turn 15! :) and 36. My praise & worship music. --- Amen and Amen! I listen to praise and worship music during my long distance training runs (for my upcoming half-marathon). It makes running a total worship experience and I'm so grateful for the message God stamps on my heart every time I hear those songs.

    Blessings,
    Rosann

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  12. This is a great list and I identify with quite a few of them! I love hoodie weather and I'm in the process of re-painting an antique kitchen hutch as we speak! What a great way to memorialize 9/11.
    Thanks for visiting my blog the other day!
    Stopping by from VB members to remember.
    Have a great day!!
    Angela @ First Comes Baby...

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  13. Awesome list Erin! Love it! Crisp clean air...what a wonderful thing it is indeed! I have the windows open & the air off. It would be nice if it stayed a while! ~Hugs, M

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  14. Oh, Rosann! I wish I was a long distance runner! I'm no good even in the short sprints! :0) I'm so glad you are thankful for some of the same things I am! We are sisters!!!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Hugs!
    ~Erin

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  15. Angel,
    You will have to post pics of your kitchen hutch when you are done! Aren't you excited that hoodie weather is approaching! Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  16. It sounds heavenly, M! I know you are grateful and loving it!! XOXO
    ~Erin

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  17. Yes, He was certainly there in the hearts of the people who helped. Patti

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  18. So much to be thankful for! I love the simple right smack up against the grand. I also love the variety of so many lists and lives. God's goodness stretches as far as the eye can see, and beyond!

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  19. Beck,
    I love being a part of a community of people who are living a grateful life! It keeps me reminded to look for the simple along with the grand! Thanks for stopping by!
    Many blessings,
    ~Erin

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  20. What a wonderful list! Isn't it amazing how good it feels to write down the things we are grateful for?

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  21. I always love to read the thankful lists, and it's so great of you to visit the police and firemen. I still have trouble watching all of the footage/coverage of 9/11 on the TV. It still gets me.

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  22. Christine,
    It does feel good to write a list. It makes me realize just how much I have to be grateful for. We are blessed far beyond what we think.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  23. Courtney & Bettina,
    Thanks so much for stopping by. I too, have trouble watching the footage. The saving grace is listening to people's stories of survival.
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  24. What a great way to remember 9/11. I truly hope all of America remembers it...not just on the 10th anniversary, but each and every year.
    Thanks for visiting Mama-press this morning.

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  25. Tracy,
    I enjoy your blog! Thank you for stopping by. I do remember every year and I love this country more every year and realize how precious our freedom is!!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  26. What a great list, and with good timing, too. I've been feeling more than grateful today, but it's a good reminder that I should try to feel that way EVERY day.

    Gina from vB
    www.totallyfullofit.com

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  27. Gina,
    I'm so happy you stopped by! I am trying to live a life of gratitude...which means everyday, reflecting on my blessings. Some days it's harder than others to do so. But I think it's most important to do that on those hard days.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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