Monday, December 26, 2011
Counting everyday blessings has finally become a part of my life.
When I first began to participate in Multitudes on Mondays with Ann of A Holy Experience, I had to intentionally make the choice to focus my attention on searching for everyday blessings.
I wasn't in the habit of giving thanks for those seemingly ordinary occurrences in life. But the habit is taking root and for that ...I am thankful!
Greg and I had a quiet Christmas this year but much time to spend together. After all, I'm on a two week break from work. That's the beauty of working in a school. When I worked as a nurse, I worked many holidays over the years.
I'm so grateful to my friend Terri for an annual invitation to the Phoenician Holiday Tea. This tradition began about 14 years ago when Terri's mom was a patient in the cardiology practice where I worked. The three of us went each year at Christmas. However, Terri's mom died but we've continued the tradition now including her cousin Janet. As we sip tea, we often reminisce about all three of our mothers in heaven.
here. I was delighted to learn that my niece Katie is interested in continuing many of these traditions. She lives in Brooklyn, New York as she works as a colorist in a hair salon in Manhattan. She was home visiting her parents in Florida for Christmas. I received a call from her mom asking for the family recipe. So we had the smell of cardamom in Arizona and in Florida!
I was happy to do so but instead I entered a giveaway on Jennifer's Studio JRU blog. She was offering a 16" x 20" rolled canvas print from UPrinting.com. I could use the photo I had taken of The Lone Cypress and possibly win a canvas print of it to send to my dad for Christmas. So I entered and ...I won!
#277 Beautiful weather in Phoenix
#278 Two weeks of vacation from work
#279 Wonderful friends who share fun experiences
#280 Norwegian traditions that are being continued in the Sumstad future generations
#281 The smell of cardamom in the house
#282 A beautiful Christmas church service
#283 Singing Christmas carols together
#284 Helping a friend begin blogging
#285 Receiving a box of Norwegian treasures from my Aunt Ruth
#286 Seeing the face of my dad smiling despite the miles that separate us
#287 Praise that Greg's mom is getting stronger everyday after several health issues this past year
#288 The fun of reconnecting with friends and family on Facebook
#289 The joy of watching a family friendly movie called "Dolphin Tale" on my new Kindle Fire
#290 The gift of Jesus
#291 Peace with God through Jesus
#292 Joy despite ongoing challenges in life
Will you begin to make the daily choice to be on the lookout for those everyday blessings? It will change your perspective on life.
Blessings and love,
Lovingly Posted by Debbie Petras at 8:33 AM