This week I am grateful for:
Singing -- loudly!-- as I drive down the road :) Who knows, maybe my crazy-looking self made someone else laugh!
A fairly easy grocery shopping trip
Slowing down my speed while driving and really noticing how beautiful it is where we live
Popcorn...popping it on the stove and watching it pop brings lots of smiles, and it smells so good!! :)
Lauren dancing and singing as she was throwing popcorn around outdoors for the birds and squirrels :)
Laying in bed, in no particular hurry to get up, watching snowflakes in the air outside the window
A very relaxed, simple Christmas day
Talking to my Mom and my Grandma on the phone
Time with extended family this weekend
That our girls are happy with simple gifts...sure we sometimes get tempted by all sorts of STUFF when we go out shopping, but when it comes down to it, we do well with simple
Time to relax and not worry a bit about blogging
New little houseplants happily installed in their pots and placed on my bedroom shelves
The prospect of a new puppy?? (we're thinking about it...)
My Three Thinking Mothers partners, even though we are making some changes, I am so grateful for Mary and Theresa!!
Homeschooling -- I'm always grateful for this :)
For many years, starting back when I was in grad school through when the girls were small, I kept a gratitude journal. I loved the practice of remembering to be grateful for the little things and taking note of it all. It was an important process for me, and it helped to change my overall perspective of the world from a negative one to a much more positive view. I have gotten out of the habit of writing regularly in a physical journal, although it does still exist on my bedside stand. I have decided that I want to try keeping a gratitude journal on a weekly basis on our blog. I firmly believe that remembering to keep an attitude of gratitude is vitally important to happiness!
I wish a very happy and healthy 2012 for all of you!!