34 for 34

8 Mar

This morning, on the day of my 34th birthday, I woke up with a heart filled with gratitude.  While I was on my morning walk, my mind became flooded with a litany of things for which I am grateful—some small and seemingly insignificant, and some foundational in my life.  In an attempt to savor these thoughts, I scribbled them on a torn up piece of paper and decided to put them to the screen.  In no particular order, my gratitude list:

1.  That God has called our family to homeschooling.  At the moment, I cannot envision it any other way. 

2.  My blue mug filled with a steaming cup of herbal tea (preferably Lemon Zinger or Peach Passion).

3.  Warm, fresh out of the oven, chocolate chip almond cookies (coupled with the abovementioned tea and I’m one content girl).

4.  Sunshine.

5.  Waves crashing along the beach in Hilton Head Island, our family’s yearly vacation spot.

6.  Fruit smoothies—top on my list right now would be grapefruit, mango, and banana.

7.  My husband—ever last thing about him.  Enough said. 

8.  That I have kids who love to read, and read, and read some more.

9.  The Sacraments.

10.  My Roman Catholic faith—so deep, so rich, and so necessary.

11.  The cgs program and how it has shaped our way of raising up our own saints.

12.  The sound of my kids playing piano.

13.  warm blankets and snuggling children (together, a perfect recipe for content hearts)

14.  a comfortable bed

15.  dates, as in the food

16.  dates, as in with my husband

17.  Praise and Worship music

18.  Holy Hour on Sunday evenings with dear friends

19.  movies

20.  that I am blessed with a mom who after working full time (plus), has given up countless hours to get trained in cgs and now leads an atrium session every week.

21.  that I have a dad who loves me fiercely.

22.  that I have a best friend who knows me, gets me, and still loves me. 

23.  that I am blessed to be part of an awesome Church community, filled with families devoted to loving and serving God.

24.  5 god children

25.  Chaco flip flops and Ugg boots

26.  that my days are spent living out the vocation that God has called me to—being a wife and mother.

27.  Forgiveness

28.  My three beautiful children here on Earth who help me to grow in holiness and are a tiny glimpse of God’s love for me.  My heart overflows with love for them.

29.  My two children in Heaven who have taught me to trust in God’s plan more than my own.

30.  books of all kinds

31.  the internet, social media, and blogging

32.  My husbands’ warm feet

33.  soup, especially chicken noodle

34.  that God created me and that the Good Shepherd knows me by name, came to give me life to the fullest, and laid down his life for me.


4 Responses to “34 for 34”

  1. jessicaschaubbooks March 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    What a beautiful response to a birthday! I hope this year continues to pour on the blessings. I know I am blessed to know you and your kiddos! You all bring a smile to my face. Peace 🙂

    • Amanda March 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Awe, thanks Jessica! The sentiment is reciprocated. 🙂 Blessings to you and your lovely family!

  2. Little Kerry's Acres March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I love it! And I’m thankful I got to spend a little bit of time with you on your birthday!! 🙂

    • Amanda March 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      I was blessed to spend my morning with my favorite farm girl! 🙂

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