Full of gratitude in 2016

I recently read my friend Deb’s post about being grateful, and her spontaneous list inspired me to count what I’m thankful for, too.

Tales from the Motherland is hosting a LinkUp for bloggers to post their own gratitude missives. The instructions are easy:

If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of this post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4)Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Will you join in? All it takes is 10 minutes!

The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on the many, many good things in my life. I’m looking forward to 2016, but first, here are 50 small things for which I’m grateful.


A new year, full of gratitude

  1. The sound of Eric and the girls laughing
  2. My home in a town I love
  3. Dairy- and soy-free dessert
  4. Quiet moments to snuggle my super-patient dog
  5. Hot water in the shower
  6. Pandora and Spotify—who has CDs anymore?
  7. The library
  8. Heated seats in my car
  9. Tea
  10. Rare opportunities to drink my tea while it’s still hot
  11. Snail mail
  12. Board games with loved ones
  13. My job
  14. CCI21122015_8Drawings from our tiny artist
  15. The smell of dough rising
  16. Photos framed on the wall
  17. Clear and rainless daysIMG_3132
  18. Hiking trails
  19. Social media
  20. Days when the girls sleep in
  21. Grandparents visiting on the days the girls get up much too earlyIMG_4478_2
  22. Grandparents
  23. New friends and old friends
  24. Oregon tap water
  25. Email
  26. Cozy blankets
  27. NPR
  28. Christmas lights
  29. Candlelight
  30. Health insurance
  31. FaceTime
  32. Moms’ Group
  33. Time spent with loved ones who have passed
  34. The Oregon coastIMG_3867
  35. The opportunity and privilege of breastfeeding
  36. Baby monitors
  37. The Dollar Store
  38. Our safe neighborhood
  39. Nana Nanny, aka my mom
  40. Glitter glue
  41. A sense of humor—mine and others’Washable paint - Ten Thousand Hour Mama
  42. Paint, markers and art supplies that are washable
  43. Bath time
  44. Memories
  45. Blogging and the virtual community I’ve found online
  46. Vitamins
  47. Amazon Prime
  48. Airplanes
  49. Camera phones
  50. And most of all, these goofballs IMG_4392_2

What are you grateful for?

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