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Practicing Gratitude: Gifts 951 – 975

950) A husband who mediates on those occasions when I’m not being a great mom
951) Kathryn’s love of books
952) Days full of laughter
953) There are a lot of those (#952) in our house.
954) Updating our online image portfolio
955) A much-needed hair cut
956) Enjoyable conversation with the sweet girl who does my hair
957) I’m going to the Apologia conference! (More on that later!)
958) Praying for my daughter’s future husbands
959) Telling them I do so
960) 16-year-old daughter telling me at dinner that she was praying for her future husband and studying Proverbs 31 before she came to the table
961) Discussing our Bible readings as we go about our day…
962) …and it feels normal.
963) Getting our second mortgage paid off
964) Days I can’t seem to keep the kids indoors
965) Going on walks with the whole family
967) Getting a post done for Educating Mother
968) Lindsey squeezing into the chair to snuggle with her Daddy
969) An uninterrupted hour of actually talking with my husband
970) Sharing hopes, dreams, and goals with the one I love
971) Photographing the wedding of another delightful couple
972) Sweet wedding ceremonies that remind me of the beauty of marriage
973) Sitting in the sunshine
974) Yummy meals at California Pizza Kitchen (very infrequent)
975) Being part of a very mission-minded church

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Your comment about getting an hour of uninterrupted time with your husband made me smile. I sure could use that blessing! Sometimes life gets so busy and you try to balance time with him and time as a family and for us, the family time wins out. We were just saying yesterday that we need a date night so we can get that hour of time to just talk and reconnect. I think I will call my sister-in-law now to see when she can sit for the girls……Thanks!

Amy Sullivan

Bounced over from Ann’s and I love both #973 and your tag line. . .”all fueled by love and plenty of hot tea!”. I understand that statement, and I’m sipping some tea now.


Enjoyed reading your list. . . and you’re so close to 1000. What a great milestone! It’s always fun to meet another tea girl:) I love all your homeschooling resources–we home educate as well. ~Blessings~


great, great haircut! So impressed you’ve reached #975. What a wonderful exercise in gratitude.


I’m here from Ann’s – it takes a while to get through all the lists – and I got to lots of them – but still won’t get all – but I’m glad I go to yours. First, to be as close as you are to 1,000 – wow. I love reading these lists, loved yours, and I always pick a favorite – from your list it was 975) Being part of a very mission-minded church (our churches can sometimes look only within – and that was never God’s design for a church – I’m glad you have one that… Read more »