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Practicing Gratitude: Gifts 976 – 1000

I can’t even explain how good this practice of gratitude has been for me.
Whether you share them on your blog, or write them in a private journal, I promise your faith will grow through this exercise. And — yes! I plan to continue this practice — though I won’t push myself to list any specific number per week now that I’ve completed my original challenge.

976) When Lindsey says, “We (fill in the blank) a lot in our family!” — because that means she finally feels like we are her family!
977) cherry tree blossoms

cherry blossoms

978) my baby maple tree is still alive
979) Lindsey has her first job
980) friends I can talk to about difficult situations
981) field trips
982) friends and husband accompanying us = even better field trips
983) doing new things/going new places with Lindsey
984) the wonders of God’s creation (like Beluga whales!)
985) watching Beluga whales swim and play
986) doing little things that have been on my to-do list for far too long
987) moments of skipping and silliness
988) painted toenails
989) Kathryn meeting missionaries at GA’s mission night
990) the freedom of no longer having a personal facebook page
991) Lindsey saying she knows God wants her to learn to talk to me about everything, even though it’s hard to learn how
992) reducing our grocery expenses even with relatively minor changes (so far!)
993) doing a blog talk radio interview this week
994) very, very specific answers to prayer
995) hearing David Platt speak at our church (for mission’s week)
996) testimonies from so many missionaries about God at work all over the world
997) relaxed time to daydream and plan with my husband
998) message brought to us in Sunday school class by a missionary
999) the ways God makes very sure I’m listening


1000) literally listing one-thousand gifts/blessing from God, the giver of all things.

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You gave up your Facebook? I gave up mine too! Last week. I got into a bit of a predicament over the Supreme Court’s Ruling in favor of Westboro Church and I stepped back and asked myself why. Why is Facebook that place for these conversations? Why do I need to spend so much of my time checking what other people are doing when most of the time it is trivial things they are sharing? Why do I feel the need to post that we have an orthodontist appointment? What has our social life come to? I would much rather… Read more »


Congrats Jamie for reaching 1,000! After today’s post I will be at 100 gifts … I am really enjoying tracking the blessings in my life.

Have a great week!

Stef - Layton Family Joy

amazing – to see someone get to 1,000 (you’re the 1st besides Ann)! WOW!
and what a purty picture to go along with it!!

and hey – p.s. – thanks for putting us under the nifty sites! much appreciated!


You made it! I’m still reading Ann’s book–not far into it, actually–and I will probably begin such a list soon. I’ve really enjoyed reading your Monday posts! ~K


I have been thinking about my 1,000-things-to-be-thankful-for list since I started reading Ann’s book. Your post of completed me has given me extra excitement and motivation to do it. Congrats to you for meeting your goal and praise God for giving you those gifts!


Great job getting to 1000 gifts! I’ve been doing thankfulness posts this year as well and I’m very motivated by seeing your completed list!



WOW! Congrats on 1000 gifts! I’m in the 100’s right now, but plugging away!


Congratulation on reaching 1000. How wonderful that your daughter is opening up to you, that is a huge gift.


I’m so glad I stopped by today! To join in your #1000 was special! I hope you don’t stop —- it’s just the beginning.