March 9, 2012

Name Them One By One

The last couple of weeks have been a little rough around here. I don’t usually like to go into that kind of thing on here, because I hate blogs full of drama. Some of it I have, like the death of a family friend. And some of it I couldn’t anyway, especially when it deals with the Army (but I’m sure you can all use your imagination and come close.) That’s just how it goes.

Anyway, rough couple of weeks. And as much as I would just love to vent on here – I’ll save that for a Word document.

Instead, I’m going to make myself sit down and count my blessings. Which doesn’t bring to mind the White Christmas song, but right now I’ve got the old church song (hymn?) in my head, where my home church – my 2500+ (at the time) home church would sing the song and then they got to the part that says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one…” someone with a mic would find a person in the congregation to name a quick blessing in their lives. Then they’d finish the chorus “Count your blessings, see what God has done.”

A few years ago I had an epiphany: You don’t have to feel thankful to be thankful. I’ve lost sight of that a little bit recently, so this is to challenge myself to be thankful even if I don’t really feel like it. Because once you get going, I promise, the emotional part will come later.

And just so you know, this is a challenge today, so I’m not BSing you by saying, “Golly gee, let me break out my pre-made Pollyanna list I have hidden away for just such occasions.” I’m thinking of these as I go so there is no particular order.

1. SoldierMan came back from his FTX last month safe and sound.
2. I made it through the month-long FTX without any major SNAFUs – no car crashes, no major appliance issues, no injured animals
3. And the animals are here. Seriously, it would have been a whole different FTX experience without them. I have a great story about the bathtub for another time.
4. SoldierMan accepts my choice of Asian food as my favorite comfort food.
5. It sounds corny, but God is still in His Heaven. That’s a big deal right now.
6. My brother is finally feeling better. He’s been sick for a long time – still don’t know what or why – but it looks like we’re on the upswing.
7. Our best-best couple friends completed their first deployment this weekend. SO happy he’s home!
8. I love our house.
9. I love El Paso – even in the spring.
10. The DVR is stocked-full of many of my favorite musicals, getting me through housework and frustrating sewing projects.
11. Technology. Technology is my friend. Between my cell phone, the internet and the aforementioned-DVR, I’m always in-touch.
12. My husky is curled up next to the couch. He’s too cute.
13. I’m having so much fun with my sewing machine. Even though this week has been a disaster for sewing projects.
14. I get to stay home and write. I spend too much time writing blogs rather than articles or fiction, but still.
15. My husband texts to tell me when he’ll be home late. That’s kind of a big deal in the army world.
16. SoldierMan has leave next week!
17. Speaking of writing, I’ve been able to consistently get stuff published this year.
18. We have plenty of food in the house and can still go out to eat.
19. And my Jeb just came and curled up next to me. <3
20. There’s a free Oregon Trail app for my phone now.
21. I’ve got a nice, comfy bed.
22. I’ve got two big dogs that randomly give me snuggles and kisses, but also freak people out when I open the door to strangers and bark at bad sounds.
23. Jeb likes to watch TV with me. Like actually watch the TV.
24. I’ve had some great photography opportunities recently and should have more in the future.
25. I’ve got great photo-editing software that lets me look much more skilled than I am.
26. My husband loves me and is taking me for Chinese food tonight so I don’t have to cook dinner
27. I have a washer and dryer, which is great, when I remember.
28. I have so many clothes some never get worn.
29. I got a scrapbook completed!
30. There are leftovers in the fridge
31. The house is nice and warmish – not too hot, not too cold.
32. Music. I’m thankful for music. I can’t think of any way to make that specific to today, but I am.
33. Can I say I’m thankful for pinterest? Cause I am.
34. Did I mention puppy snuggles already? It’s worth repeating twice.
35. My blood pressure medicine. I’m trying to view it as a blessing and not a curse. I guess a heart attack would be the curse. :/
36. My husband giving me IcyHot therapy when I can’t turn my head to the side.
37. Fruit.
38. The change in the seasons. I don’t like monotony.
39. Oklahoma.
40. Nail polish. I know it’s silly but it’s my self-soothing.
41. Things that make my house smell nice.
42. My family. I miss not living close to them, but that takes me back to technology.
43. Mail and postal services. Always good things.
44. That I have someone here to do the gross stuff, like clean up the dog poo…when he’s here.
45. Puppy footwarmers. As in, footwarmers that are also mammals.
46. Hot water.
47. This week I’ve been very thankful for the crew at, including my sister. Working long, hard hours so we don’t have to. 
48. Steady income for our family.
49. Books. All my books in the other room, now spilling onto a third bookshelf. I’m never bored.
50. My husband taking me for Chinese food tonight. Because he loves me.

So there ya go. 50 random things I’m thankful for today. It took all day but it was worth it. I already feel so much better.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I love that, you don't have to feel thankful to BE thankful. Great mentality. :)
    Also, what photo editing software do you use? I need to buy something soon, I have come to rely on Picnik way too much and what I currently have on my computer was not worth the money I spent on it.

  2. You are one of the things on my list... :o) Big hugs from Minnesota.

  3. I could kind of sense something was off the other day and I should have reached out before now. I'm sorry!

    Please remember that I'm just a phone call, text, email, short drive away and am a great listener!

  4. #39 is my favorite! I miss home too...

  5. I'm thankful for #39 too - I haven't been back to Oklahoma since I was younger though - still love it. I also am thankful for Mail and Postal Services. They make the world a happier place for me :)

  6. I love this idea, I will have to try this soon!


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