2016 hasn't been the best year - & I think a lot of people can say that.
A few of you have had wonderful years... & that's the way it works - some times a year is the worst year for one person & yet the best year for someone else. & then the next year, visa versa.
Life is a funny thing. So individual.
I for one am glad to see 2016 go....but am so glad to have had so much to be thankful for ... even in a year I call "not good" I went well over my One Thousand Gifts.
Perspective is key, is it not? Striving to look for the good, even on the worst day.
I made it a goal for every day to have at LEAST 2 things - strived for 3 things to be thankful for.
& some days, I was blessed with so many things to be grateful for.
It's just about looking for it.... every day
So yes, I'm going to continue Thankful Thursdays & I'll start my count back to ZERO for 2017 & strive for ANOTHER Thousand Gifts.... love for you to join in with me.
We used to do a Gratitude Jar in our house. Keep a jar on the table with stripes of paper & when something good happened, we'd write it down & throw it in - & then on New Years Eve, we'd empty the jar & read through the good things of the year.
It was easy to forget to write things down - or think Ricky wrote it down when he thought I wrote it down... we lost a lot of good things doing it that way. So on New Years Eve, I can pull up all my Thankful Thursday posts & look back & see how blessed I was in 2016... & find it wasn't a bad year after all.
& without further ado... the last of 2016 Thankful Thursday
This week I am Thankful For:
1095 / A Warm Christmas Eve. Last year on Christmas Eve, it was warm. I can remember being out with Ricky for his birthday & not needing any jackets. Same this year. I wouldn't mind this trend happening every year. Though I do remember a Christmas Eve we all nearly got snowed in - it was the twins first Christmas. UGH - anything can happen weather wise around here apparently on December 24th.
1096 / My love's birthday. So grateful for him & getting to see him celebrate another year of life.
1097 / Christmas morning. There's just something fun about waking up on Christmas morning. No matter what your age is.
|My baby on Christmas morning... I have a photo of him in front of the tree every year we've had him |
- I need to put them together
1099 / Church on Christmas morning. It only happens every 8 years (leap year happens - so could technically make it once every 9 years)... I really loved Christmas being on Sunday.
1100 / Day off after Christmas. I usually have to work the day after Christmas so loved loved LOVED having off the day after with Christmas being on a weekend.
1101 / Time with the 'Baby'. Yes, our youngest is 28 years old - always the baby. We got to spend the day after Christmas with her & her boyfriend. & we had the best time. We played some games & just hung out & talked & then went out for dinner. It was just good to visit with her.
1102 / Precious gift. My coworker has a daughter that usually comes in the office during Christmas. I connect with kids. I get them on that child like princess level. I'm on that level myself. The daughter didnt need to come to work this year with Christmas Eve being on a weekend so I didnt see her this year. But my coworker brought me in a gift from her. She said her daughter saw it in a store & said, "Miss Rebecca needs this".... oh mercy - be still my heart. How precious is that? & look at the gift... she TOTALLY does get me. Disney princess notepads? YES PLEASE!!!!
1103 / A fresh start ahead!!!! ... the new year is always a good time to get ready for fresh starts. I always love that.
& of course, I can't end my list for the year & not be thankful for the mercy & grace Jesus has given me to make it through the year. I am so blessed. Always. Every Day.
What are you Thankful for this week?