#gratitude

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 88 - I am grateful for the gospel in my life. I am grateful for the Spirit that helps me get through hard days and hard conversations. I am grateful for a nap today.
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 85, Day 86 and Day 87 - Wow… the last 3 days have been a blur. I have been keeping track of things I am grateful for. I just get home so late that I don’t blog. Thursday was Valentine’s Day. It was a good day. I am grateful that my husband got my flowers and a cool cd. I am grateful… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 85, Day 86 and Day 87
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 84 - I am grateful God keeps His promises. I am grateful the rat catchers caught 2 rats… and they are on the hunt for more. I am grateful for good belly laughs. I am grateful my creative outlets, but I am also grateful for quiet moments at home. I am grateful that I am currently listening… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 84
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 83 - So grateful for the people in my life. Thankful for my testimony of Jesus Christ and for my growing knowledge of Him. Today I am thankful people being willing to be flexible.
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 82 - Today I grateful for Kimber helping out with getting the dog to the vet. Today I am thankful for music. Today I am thankful for a clean house when I came home and when I am going to bed. Today I am thankful for a dry house. It’s raining fairly hard but we have no… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 82
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 80 and 81 - I need to better at not letting my days get away from me. I missed posting Saturday and Sunday! I am grateful for the Savior in my life. I am grateful for the scriptures that teach me of Jesus and teach me of His love and sacrifice for me. I am grateful for a clean… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 80 and 81
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 79 - Today I am grateful I got a date with my husband. It’s been awhile. My work keeps me hopping. But today I had an evening so I picked up some veggie burgers and we went to a movie. It was a good movie but even better company. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 79
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 78 - Today I am grateful for the hour I got to spend with my Chinese friends working on my muscles with knots in them. Today I am thankful that my neck can finally turn and my shoulder doesn’t hurt as bad. I sure hope I can sleep better tonight. Today I am grateful that I haven’t… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 78
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 77 - Again… I missed clicking publish enough times. LOL. Today I am grateful that my late work day ended earlier than I expected. Today I am grateful for a good chat with my teen. Today I am grateful for baby hugs.
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 76 - It’s funny…. a few weeks ago I picked some random pictures to go with these blog post and put a date on them. I wanted to be sure I had something for each day in advance because I knew I would be busy. This was the picture I picked for today. Today I read half… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 76
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 75 - Some how I didn’t push publish on this post. oops…. Today I am grateful for my scripture study. I studied the section about the temptations of Jesus found in Matthew 4. SO MUCH INSIGHT! I love when the Spirit teaches me. So many notes. I am grateful. Today I am thankful that Ethan and Lilli… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 75
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 74 - Today I am grateful for the Sabbath. Today I taught Sunday School. I sure hope the class members got something out of the discussion. I did! I had a couple of ideas, but I really didn’t know where I was going. I just followed the impressions that came to my heart. What happened was amazing!… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 74
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 73 - Yup. Super true. Today I was around creative people all day. Today I am thankful that I had the privileged of judging at a Regional Thespian Competition. All day I gave feedback to inspiring thespians as they worked on their passion and craft of theatre. I am also grateful for the students I work with… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 73
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 72 - Today I am grateful for those who have listening ears. Today I am grateful for a successful day at work. I got a lot done and still had the energy to do a few things when I got home. Today I am grateful for my missionary and that I got a letter from her. Today… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 72
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 71 - I am grateful I had some good laughs today. I am grateful for s few quiet moments today… at home! I am grateful that today I will get to go to bed early. I can’t remember when that last happened. I am grateful I had a good phone call with Chad. He has a job;… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 71
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 70 - I am grateful for how rehearsal went this afternoon. I really think we made some great progress! I am grateful that John made me veggies when I had to run back to the school this evening. I am grateful that Lilli is feeling better and better each day.
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 69 - You really can turn a day around by counting blessings. Today I got a text from a “sister” that reminded me to put things into prospective. I needed it at the very moment my phone said “ding.” I am grateful for that. Today I am grateful for soup. It just felt like a soup day.… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 69
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 68 - I am definitely working at making gratitude a priority in my life. some days it is easier than other days. Today I am grateful for a rather quiet day. We had no school for grading. We cancelled rehearsal because we had quite a few kids scheduled to miss the rehearsal. I did need to teach… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 68
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 65 and 66 - I missed yesterday…. so much going on. Lilli’s condition is not getting better. The jerking and twitching is much more severe. At times she can’t talk or breathe well. I was able to calm it down enough for her to perform in her last two World Theatre performance… at least for some of it… with… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 65 and 66
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 67 - Today I am grateful for the rest that the Sabbath brings. Today I am grateful that Lilli has had a better day. I am keeping her home tomorrow. I am hoping that one more quiet day of nothing will do the trick. I am grateful for McKay who tried some of her massage techniques on… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 67
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 64 - I am more and more grateful for the Savior, Jesus Christ everyday. I am finding that this statement by Russell M. Nelson, is true. The more I express my gratitude the more I feel the Savior’s love and the more I love Him. Today I am grateful for small ways blessings are fulfilled. Lilli is… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 64
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 63 - I must admit, I am a little anxious today. Today my son moved back to Utah. It’s a good thing because he recognizes that he needs to “adult” and not free-load living in my garage. But his car broke on the freeway and he is sitting in the middle of northern Utah waiting for a… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 63
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 62 - Today I am grateful for rest and relaxation… well for an hour. Today I am grateful for smooth-ish rehearsals. Today I am grateful for the good relationships my kids have with each other. I love that they are good friends. I am grateful for knowing my mom and dad’s dog, Jack. He passed away today… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 62
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 61 - Today I am grateful for left overs. I didn’t really want to make dinner so it was handy that there was left over dinner to serve up. It’s Monday, so I’m grateful its the day to chat with my missionary on “Hangouts”! Mondays are the best. I am grateful for the chai tea that my… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 61
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 60 - Beginning… that is key. Today I am grateful for the Sabbath and the chance to renew covenants and commitments with the Savior. I am grateful that my first Gospel Doctrine seemed to go okay. At least I didn’t fall flat on my face. I didn’t really feel ready. Between work and family responsibilities I just… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 60
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 59 - Today I am grateful for the days my hands and feet don’t hurt. They hurt today. It just reminds me of all the days they don’t and I am grateful they aren’t many. However, I do worry about the joints in my hands crippling me in the future though. Today I am grateful for the… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 59
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 55 and 56 - I am not sure how I let a couple days get past me! Oops… Well… I have been grateful. I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had and taken to study my scriptures every morning.. Okay, so I’m giving up exercise so I can fit into my day. I may not be adding to my… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 55 and 56
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 54 - Today I am grateful for phones and for technology. Today technology allowed me to chat with my missionary via text. I sure miss that girl. I also got to talk to a daughter-from-an-odder mudder. I love that girl! I love her mom too. Phones allow me to love on people, even over long distances, which… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 54
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 51 and Day 52 - I need this reminder. Yesterday was a hard day. To be honest. I lost my attitude of gratitude for a bit. There was just so many things going on that felt disappointing. Today I am working no getting back on the band wagon. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to straighten my teeth… even… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 51 and Day 52
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 50 - Today I am thankful that this goofy Idea of mine, to ask an English class to write one act scripts for one of our acting classes, works. I hope we do this project again. I believe that all of the kids have truly grown through this process. I am super thankful that my husband is… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 50
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 49 - I actually needed this quote today. I am grateful I can do things for myself. I am grateful that I was raised to be an independent person. It has made me fiesta, I admit it. But, it has taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. I am grateful “can do”… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 49
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 47 - Hmmm… Today I am grateful… P-day. Today is p-day and we get to chat with our missionary a little bit. She didn’t write an email today, but I did get to chat a little on Google thing she can use. Bonus! I got a letter in snail mail too! The first day back from Christmas… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 47
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 48 - With the past 48 or so days of looking each day for the blessings (large and small) in my life I have increased my understanding of how God works miracles in our lives. First observation – People who love what they have are happy. They see the beauty in what the have. They keep life… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 48
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 45 and Day 46 - Yesterday was another super busy day, starting at the crack of dawn and ending long after the sun went down. Things I found myself so grateful for yesterday: A job. It may have been a long day, but it was a good day doing the things I love to do. My friend bought my daughter… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 45 and Day 46
Developing the Attitude of Gratitude – Day 43 and Day 44 - I am working on making this my motto. That is been how I’ve gotten through this week. Yesterday I wasn’t home until late because of a job. At least I have a job. Today I am home late because of a job. At least my coughing is finally productive. I am now getting the grossest… Continue reading Developing the Attitude of Gratitude – Day 43 and Day 44
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 41 - Okay, this is going to sound weird, but today I am grateful for onions. I’ve been sick since Sunday. Chest hurts. Coughing hurts. Head hurts. Been sleeping for days. My # 2 daughter suggested grinding up an onion and saran wrapping it to my chest. I forgot about that remedy. I used it a long… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 41
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 40 - Today I am grateful I had the opportunity to take a 4 hour nap. I got the crud that my whole family got and have been in bed for the past two days. Today my body slept and I am hoping I sweat this bug out. I am thankful that I finished the Book of… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 40
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 38 - Things I am grateful for today… … a good couple hours of Lilli. … clean sheets. … the Sabbath is tomorrow. … a quiet evening at home. … a phone call from a friend. .. warm tea on a cold evening.
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 33 - I saw this on Facebook today and it seemed appropriate. Today was a busy day getting ready for family things and Christmas. Per tradition, I fell short. But I have decided the thought and the effort counts. Today, while I was at Walmart getting stocking stuffers, I cheerfully greeted the checkout clerk and thanked her… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 33
Developing the Attitude of Gratitude – Day 32 - I have attempted, within the bounds of my crazy busy schedule, to live by these thoughts throughout this Christmas season. I am thankful for the courage God grants me to keep friendships real and the courage He grants me to admit when I am in the wrong and to mend relationships that are bad. I… Continue reading Developing the Attitude of Gratitude – Day 32
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 31 - Today I had/received two gifts that were not about things… they were about giving and memories. Today I am thankful for Lilli and her friend Ethan that gave up sleeping in to help unload the truck at McKay’s new house and who unpacked box after box at McKay’s new house. It is not often that… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 31
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 30 - Today was a long day, but in a good way. Today I taught a voice lesson. I tried something new and it really did help the student match pitch. I am grateful for little ideas and inspiration. Today I got Lilli and Ethan to help me, and we loaded up McKay and Myles’ stuff and… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 30
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 28 and Day 29 - Boy! My life! I am looking forward to Christmas break. One more day of work before I can rest! Today I am grateful for the massage I treated myself too. Today I am grateful for delivery… or I may not have eaten today. Today I am grateful Tylenol.
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 27 - Having an attitude of gratitude is having the mindset that God is intertwined with the intimate details of our lives. I am realizing that it is more than being grateful for what happens. It is truly appreciating the fact that God has worked out a blessed plan of happiness. I am grateful for this plan.… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 27
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 25 - Today has been a bit of an usual day.  It started with aches and pains that made it hard to feel motivated to get out of bed.  I eventually got the energy to power through the discomfort and grabbed clean underclothing and headed to the shower.  One problem.  They were NOT clean, those pesky underclothing.… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 25
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 23 and 24 - It’s been a couple long days and I have not been able to get to my computer to recognize my grateful things. I decided that it would be a good thing to thank the people who have changed me for good in many positive ways. First, I am thankful for my husband.  He was gone… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 23 and 24
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 22 - Today I worked at being present by looking for the little things to be thankful for. Today I was grateful for tea. I am grateful tomato soup, after a long day, to warm me up. I am grateful for the chance to run home for a few minutes this afternoon, and that I didn’t have… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 22
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 21 - Today was an other long day… lessons, school, rehearsals, and a band concert.  Still… being a long day didn’t mean there weren’t little miracles here and there. Today I am grateful that when I came home there were a few Christmas decorations up, thanks to my oldest daughter making time to hang them. I am… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 21
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 19 and Day 20 - It’s been some cray days.  Concerts both nights, in addition to teaching and school… and the week has only started. Yesterday I was grateful for the heat pad in my bed.  My husband was gone and I had nothing to bounce my heat off of. I was grateful for the scriptures I read, they brought… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 19 and Day 20
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 17 and Day 18 - Yesterday was a very long and frustrating day.  I got home so very late and was too tired to write.  Even though it was a frustrating day with many things going wrong, I was able to think of a few things to be grateful for when I said my prayer at the end of the… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 17 and Day 18
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 16 - Wow… long day. Today I am grateful for the kids that stepped up and helped me with all my craziness today. I am grateful my husband made the concert tonight in support of our daughter. I am grateful for the rain.  Not only do we need the moisture, the rain helps ease the lack of… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 16
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 15 - Many years ago, when my oldest children were little, we didn’t have much.  We barely were able to meet our bills and feed our family.  The holiday season wasn’t a joyous season.  It was a stressful season.  The materialism of Christmas was overwhelming.  Then, a lovely family introduced us to St. Nicholas Day.  From that… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 15
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 14 - Today I am grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ.  I have been working on being clear in my conversations with others that i believe in Jesus Christ.  Today I had more than one opportunity to declare my belief in and dependence on the Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is the reason for the season! Today… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 14
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 13 - I love this quote! Today I am grateful for… … voice students.  I love them as people and I love that it gives me a little bit of money to help out my family. … my little electric teapot.  I got it for school.  I love that can drink herb tea all day, especially because… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 13
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 12 - I started the day with a full schedule… however… I had many students not show up.  Rather than being bitter that I had things scheduled and I will now lose out on the money, I am grateful.  I am so tired from  our whirl wind trip to Utah.  It’s nice to get a little break.… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 12
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 11 - Wow!  Long weekend! Things I am grateful for before I tumble into bed… … we made it home safe after 13.5 hours of driving, icy, crazy drivers, fog, etc. … my bed!  I forgot my pillow and I didn’t sleep well on the hotel mattress and nasty pillow.  I am so glad to be home,… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 11
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 9 and Day 10 - I am on the road. We made a quick trip to Utah for the most amazing family event. However, two 13 hour days in a car and one day of family activity makes it hard to post. Add to that a lack of internet… But I need to keep up. Today is day two of… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 9 and Day 10
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 8 - I am coming to realize that a person really only has two choices in life – to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and a giving spirit or an attitude of bitterness and arrogance. I am discovering that a grateful person is a happy person, no matter what their life circumstances may be. I am discovering… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 8
Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 7 - What a cool thought… gratitude is the memory of the heart.  If it’s true, we all should work on creating more memories of the heart.  Today I am grateful for… … a job I love to do.  I love the kids I work with, the co-workers I mix it up with, the creativity involved, ALL… Continue reading Developing an Attitude of Gratitude – Day 7
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 6 - I am grateful for people who create cool quotes for me to share and that inspire me. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop a thankful heart… it’s a work in progress. I am grateful for help setting up the sound shell and the sound equipment for the event on my stage coming up.… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 6
Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 5 - This quote spoke to me today. This is what I am hoping to achieve… a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming.  Goals are good. Today I am thankful that I feel better… well enough to go help at school, teach a bunch of lessons, and make dinner. I am thankful for my voice students.  Not… Continue reading Developing and Attitude of Gratitude – Day 5

Gratitude makes room for hope… real hope.  It fans the fire of hope and keeps the fire of joy and laughter alive, warming the soul.

Gratitude is the light that allows us to see in an ever darkening world.

So, join me!  Let’s be thankful to God for 365 day in a row.  Join me in thanking God when the sun shines down on us and when we find ourselves weathering the storms of life.  Let us thank Him for all His goodness in the good times and in the hard times.   Let’s thank Him when He strengthens us and when He restores peace.  Join me for the next year as I ponder on all of His goodness, tender mercies and blessing – large and small – that He showers on our lives each day.