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52 lists {3} - the things you should be proud of

List #3 - list the things you should be proud of

This list could be as light-hearted or as deep as you want to dig.  I don't really take to "things" to be proud soI am choosing to look at "choices" I am proud of.   We all have choices in life and some that we can proud of or those that we can learn from.   I've made plenty of choices that I wish I had made differently, so this is going to be a short, but meaningful, list of those choices that I feel proud and blessed that I made.

  • the choice to give up career path and be a stay-at-home wife/mom
  • the choice to work hard at marriage 
  • the choice to remain faithful and trust in God's plan
  • the choice to homeschool and the sacrifices that come with this choice
  • the choice to spend as much time with my husband/children/family as possible
  • the choice to read through my Bible several times 
  • the choice to spend less and avoid debt

These listed 7 choices I made, have greatly impacted my life for the better and I'm proud that I made them.  I pray that I will continue to see the rewards in making choices I can be proud of.

**CHALLENGE: No writing/typing this out, but just "think about & act upon" ways you can do, say, give or offer on the behalf of someone else to make them feel blessed without them knowing who you are.  Do something to be proud of humbly.**

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6: 3-4

 I hope that you will join me!

  • Write your list (must be family friendly)
  • Grab the graphic
  • Publish your post and copy the direct link
  • Come back here and link up each week on Monday!
  • Please try to visit other 52 list friends and encourage one another.

Next week's topic: your current and future dreams & goals

Gratitude - making it count {2}

  51  | more days of real spring weather
  52  | lots of warm blankets to wrap up in on cold mornings
  53  | waking up next to my husband
  54  | frozen homemade spaghetti sauce for a quick meal
  55  | soft tissues for a runny nose
  56  | grand baby play dates
  57  | memories of becoming a mom 23 years ago
  58  | a friend across the miles caring enough to try to help my health
  59  | much needed sleep
  60  | a clean/organized homeschool room
  61  | hydrangea flowers
  62  | colored pencil markings in my Bible
  63  | cars that take us places
  64  | Trader Joe's lollipops
  65  | a large capacity slow cooker
  66  | quiet time
  67  | a prayer wall
  68  | moments to pray for others
  69  | beautiful thunder storms
  70  | praise & worship music
  71  | hard working farmers to bless our hunger
  72  | book boxes arriving in the mail
  73  | a spirit of empathy
  74  | an electric tea kettle used several times a day
  75  | flip-flops
  76  | productive days without pain
  77  | another new morning
  78  | moments in nature that teach us about life (even when they end sadly)
  79  | my grand baby girl being okay after choking, ambulance ride, & ER visit
  80  | a mother-daughter date day {with 3 daughters}
  81  | Sun Tan scented candles
  82  | contact lenses & glasses to help me see
  83  | sunglasses
  84  | well-behaved children
  85  | fellowship meals at church
  86  | a pastor teaching on the Old Testament feasts and fulfillment of the Savior
  87  | delicious seasonal fruits
  88  | listening to my girls read - so rewarding!
  89  | homeschool discounts
  90  | safe travels
  91  | a printer
  92  | lots of pillows to sleep with
  93  | uplifting text messages
  94  | cheesecake frozen yogurt topped with strawberries & granola
  95  | paper plates
  96  | the sound of leaves blowing in the wind
  97  | an unexpected drizzle of rain in the sunshine
  98  | ice
  99  | homemade apple-berry cobbler
 100 | the clouds in the sky 

"...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of the God in Christ Jesus for you."

1 Thessalonians 5:18

52 lists {2} - your greatest comforts

List #2 - list your greatest comforts

a hug from my husband warm blankets fuzzy socks reading aloud to my girls a candle flickering watching it rain/snow listening to a creek flowing wood crackling in the fireplace sipping a hot latte with whipped cream baking homemade bread a bouquet of wildflowers on the table a walk among the tall redwoods the ocean waves crashing on shore ★  writing words in the sand ★ the whispered "I love you" reading my Bible friends encouraging me ★ Anne of Green Gables ★ children’s books ★ snuggling a baby ★ worship music ★ dark chocolate & caramel ★ living each day as a gift ★

I love that TODAY, as this posts, I am snuggled under a warm blanket with fuzzy socks, listening to the wood crackling in the fireplace, smelling a Winter candle burning, sipping my morning hot latte with whipped cream, preparing to read my Bible, watching the rain hit the ground outside, and treasuring TODAY as a GIFT! ~ such comforts all in wrapped up together.
The spiral is another fun & creative way to list:  https://www.festisite.com/text-layout/spiral/

**CHALLENGE: Ponder and pray over ways to offer comfort to someone else**
I'm keeping a prayer list in my planner and hope to be better at praying for others and finding ways to reach out better.

 I hope that you will join me!
  • Write your list (must be family friendly)
  • Grab the graphic
  • Publish your post and copy the direct link
  • Come back here and link up each week on Monday!
  • Please try to visit other 52 list friends and encourage one another.

Next week's topic: the things you should be proud of

Planner Peeks - {January 2018}


I love planners!  I used to keep them all, but to be honest, I just don't have the space and I'm not all that organized to want to keep years of these calendars lying around -- thus I'm creating a little "Planner Peeks" blog series to document some of my planner fun.

My planner this year is an Illustrated Faith calendar that I found through ebay.  I didn't see it available on Dayspring, so I have no clue where to link to a purchase area, but I LOVE this planner.  The cover alone speaks to my heart and I think it ties in nicely with my word of the year:  meaningful.

This week's page layout has already changed with so much "BUSY" added since I started it back in December.  We're getting a new roof and small porch added - so extra people here, watching grand daughters, a daughter & son-in-law's anniversary, and let's not forget that my back went out and I came down with a miserable head cold.  I still have some Christmas decorations that need to be taken down and put away, and I feel clutter all around me.  I can dream of a lazy weekend after all the holiday busy, but it won't be with all that has piled up during my health battle.  I'm happy for this clean blog space!   - can I crawl into it's order and decor!?!

From my IG:
Prayerfully planning.  I don't want busy to take over the meaningful.  The first week of this new year was "fail" in this quest.  Busy took over, I struggled with severe back pain, got hit with a head cold, and had too much going on and we haven't even jumped back into full days of homeschooling.  Grateful that, "His mercies are new every morning" and I'm praying that the days ahead are better planned and SLOW. 

Anyone else use a planner and post about it?
Let me know and I'd love to visit for inspiration and ideas!

Winter Wellness roller recipe

Winter Wellness Roller Recipe**

  • 10 ml amber roller bottle
  • carrier oil {shown Fractionated Coconut Oil from Plant Therapy}
  • 15+ drops Flu Time {diluted* blend from Rocky Mountain Oils}
  • 5-10 drops Thieves {blend from Young Living}

Clean roller bottle and fully dry to avoid water bubbles.  Add in essential oils first and then add in carrier oil to fill remaining bottle.  Label bottle as you choose!

Roller bottle labels from PrettylilParty
Amber 10ml roller bottles

*Flu Time is a diluted blend containing a carrier oil already.

** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.

I am NOT a medical expert and only share to document what we use and simply to remember the recipe!  I do not sell oils and I highly recommend that everyone do their own personal research on the quality and background practices of each company.  Please read my full Disclosure & Privacy statement.

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