Today I am grateful for the desk thing I am refinishing is turning out super cute! It’s been an ugly brown thing in my living room for years. I picked it up on the side of the road one day and it became a fish tank holder. However, the years of water from fish tanks and from the plants that sat on it for years completely ruined the veneer. Today I scraped of all the loose wood, sanded it down, filled in the holes and cracks with wood putty, glued and screwed the broken pieces back together, and spray painted it glossy black. Tomorrow I am hoping to add tile to the top so that when I replace the fish tank and plants, water can’t ruin it again. I am excited to see how it turns out.
Wow… 2020 did not go as expected… and let’s be real, 2021 will most likely be more of the same. It’s not like we will all wake up tomorrow and the virus will be gone, kids will be in school, jobs will be secure or families will be perfectly happy. Still… there were some bright spots.
Today I am thankful that I have the opportunity to keep teaching at school. I was let go in March (last day was in June) and then rehired in August. I am thankful that my principle worker hard to help me obtain a CTE teaching license. I am also grateful that I have been able to safely continue teaching voice lessons on the side. I really do love teaching.
Today I am grateful for a thoughtful note from my mom that came in the mail. I needed that reminder that your mom is always there and everyone needs their mom… even when they are old. I am grateful for my parents and my siblings.
Today I am grateful for the trainings and committees I have been assigned to. I have learned tons. I have great hopes that it will lead to increased abilities as a teacher.
Today I am grateful that Kimber and Ray are happy in their little house. I am grateful that Kimber was safe when a lady hit her car on her way home from Salem. I am grateful that we get to see them at least once a week. The kids are fun little people. I am grateful they have a good relationship with John.
Today I am grateful that McKay and Myles and their kids are doing well in a new place. I miss them. But I am grateful that Myles likes his job. I am grateful that McKay is doing well with her business. She is one heck of a sales lady.
Today I am grateful that Chad is currently safe. I am grateful there are people he trusts to talk to when he needs help and that most of those people know what to do when he does approach them – for everyone’s health and well being.
Today I am grateful that Hannah is thriving in her new home in Utah and loves her roommates and her school. I am grateful that the couple times she has come to visit us throughout the year that we can hear her beautiful voice.
Today I am grateful for my senior, Lilli. It’s been a tough year. I am grateful that she is social and sad that she has not been able to socialize like she would like to. Today I am grateful that she finished her BYU classes that will toward her graduation. She has 2 more to go. It’s weird to think that in 5 months she will be a high school graduate. I am grateful that she and I are close
Today I am grateful that John put up an awesome roof over the back deck.
Today I am grateful for the office we finished just before everyone was required to work from home. It has been a life saver!
Today I am grateful that we have been in a position to help out Riley and can offer her a place to live while she tries to get roommates and save money for a place of her own.
Today I am grateful for a relaxing summer and the tan I got floating in the little paddle pool that was in my back yard.
Today I am grateful that my garden was a successful.
Today I am grateful how nice my house is beginning to take shape. The last room finally got painted in my gray scale color scheme. We still need to wrap the windows and the floors most definitely need some attention, but seriously, it is becoming a zen place. The back yard is in a state of complete chaos. Mud is everywhere. Hopefully I will be able to report at the end of 2021 that the added decking is done, the swim spa in installed, the garden boxes will be constructed and growing things well. I am looking forward to reporting that the back yard is just like a zen garden.
Today I am grateful for good friends. Jo is my rock. Josh and Jamie teach me new things. Witt is my creative partner in crime. What would my world be like without these wonderful people in my life?
Today I am grateful for a few days at the beach. The beach is my place. The rumble of the surf speaks to my soul.
Today I am grateful for the years I got to teach Sunday School. I was released last week and called into the Relief Society Presidency. I will miss teaching the gospel.
Today I am grateful for Intermittent Fasting. Weight loss is super slow, but I have felt so much better since beginning IF.
Today I am grateful for my journey developing an attitude of gratitude, walking with peace in every footstep, and the opportunity write out my thoughts in a blog. This blog is really for me… my opportunity to sort out my thoughts and feelings and to help keep me focused on what is important.
Today I am grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ and my growing knowledge of Him and my growing relationship with Him.
What are you grateful for this year? Today?
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