Monday, October 8, 2012

1000 Gifts

Why count 1000 Gifts?  From Anne Voscamp's blog...

When thanks to God becomes a habit, so joy in God becomes your life.
Because those who keeping a gratitude list:
1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)
2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)
4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)
5. Increase your happiness by 25%(Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)
Who doesn’t want all that?

Are you counting??

99.  Tate going to bed without crying.  The past few nights have been brutal!
100.  E having today off...made the weekend so much more relaxing!
101.  A good, warm nap on Sunday, a very cold day.
102.  An evening of burritos and running around at the park
103.  Lunch out with E's family yesterday
104.  A daddy and daughter lunch date at school
105.  Friday night...donuts and movie family night.  Sleeping bags on the floor, lots of cuddling.  So perfect.
106.  Cold nights
107.  Our small group.
108.  The many many children God has blessed our small group with over the past couple years.  What a blessing, one I do not take lightly.
109.  Women at church who have blessed me with their friendship, love, and advice over many, many seasons of my life.  They are precious to me, though I seldom have words to express it.
110.  My church family who loves my kids and who treats my children so well, they never want to leave.  (And sometimes they lay on the floor of the church entry and throw an all out sad, crying fit about having to leave church)

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