Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 30

I am thankful that I decided to take the 2013 Gratitude Challenge this year. During this challenge, there were many days I could not think of anything to be thankful for.  I struggled and prayed and realized that praying alone brought me closer to Heavenly Father.  I am forever thankful and grateful for the blessings that this challenge has brought into my life.

A big THANK YOU to Brenda at Quiet Pandemonium who has hosted this challenge for the last several years. I look forward to next year's challenge. May God continue to bless you and your family.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 29

I am thankful for being able to spend quality time with my husband and children. 

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 28

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends.
Today, I am especially thankful for:
  • Heavenly Father and His many blessings in my life
  • The Bible and Book of Mormon
  • My parents, sister and brother
  • My nephew and nieces
  • My wonderful husband, son and daughter
  • Social Media (facebook, twitter and blogs) for helping me to reunite with cousins, aunts and uncles that I have not seen in many years
 The list could go on and on and on.  I am thankful for so many things that my heart is filled is joy.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to what others are thankful for.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 27

"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." ~ Psalm 69:30

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 26

I am thankful for smiling faces after dental appointments.  Nick got his braces off and Sam had a cavity filled.  Both did a great job at their appointments and had big smiles on their faces when we left. 

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 24 and 25

Yesterday, during a windstorm, a couple of pine trees fell onto our power/phone lines.  The tree that fell onto the power line was smoldering, flaming and causing electrical arches.  It was very interesting to watch.  Not knowing what to do, my husband called the fire department and power company to report the incident.  The fire department came but could not do anything until the power company shuts down the power line.  Unbeknownst to us, many houses in our state (NH) were without power due to the same storm.  So, after staying for about 4 hours, the fire department left but told us to call them if a good fire starts. 
The tree that hit the power line continued to smolder, flame and cause electric arches up until the top portion of the tree fell off due to the smoldering and flames.  This tree then fell to the second line and is still there.  The other tree that fell onto the phone line is still there.  We just got a call from the power company and they should be here pretty soon.  Others who lost power needed to be worked on first, which I completely understand.  Once the power company gets here, I will feel better when the trees are down on the ground and the lines (power and phone) are back to normal.

I am thankful for the power line workers and emergency responders who work in rough weather conditions to help those in need.  These guys and gals are away from their families making sure others are warm and safe.  I can't thank them enough not their families.  May God bless them all.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 23

I am thankful that my children love to expand their creativity.  Whether it is knitting, designing outfits for stuffed animals, drawing, painting, using polymer clay, writing stories, or creating things with Lego, I enjoy the excitement in Nick and Sam's eyes when they share their creations with others.  

What are you thankful for? Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 22

I am thankful for:
  • busy days at work 
  • Nick and Sam working together and getting along
  • coming home to a clean house
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 20 and 21

For the last few days, actually since Monday morning, Nick and Sam have been sick with a nasty cold.  The sore throat, fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose, sleepless nights type cold.  Today, after a good night's sleep, I am thankful that Nick and Sam are feeling better even with their runny noses and cough.    

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 19

I am thankful for being a mom. 

"Lo, children are an heritage from the Lord" ~ Psalms 127:3

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Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 18

I am thankful for warm, cozy blankets on cold nights.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 17

A wonderful quote that I wanted to share:
"Through expression of prayerful gratitude and thanksgiving, we show our dependence upon a higher source of wisdom and knowledge—God the Father and his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are taught to “live in thanksgiving daily.”" ~ Elder Robert D. Hales
What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 16



I am thankful for the awesome wildlife in our backyard. 

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Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 15

Today I am thankful for life lessons.  That may be a strange thing to be thankful for, but without life lessons,  how do we learn from the decisions we make?  For example:  My children love to go grocery shopping with me and look forward to it every week.  This morning I told my children that if they were dressed, had their beds made, ate breakfast, brushed their teeth and did one lesson (copy work) by the time I got back from a couple of errands, they could go with me to the grocery store.  When I returned from those errands, Samantha was ready to go and Nick was just starting to get dressed.  Nick ended up staying home and he was not very happy.  He pleaded for a second chance and I told him that his second chance will be next week.  While Sam and I were grocery shopping, Nick had a nice sit down talk with Scott and they discussed why it is necessary to listen. follow instructions, and to obey mom and dad.

I am thankful for the life lessons.  What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 Gratitdue Challenge - November 13 and 14

I am thankful for:
  • The moments when my children play peacefully
  • The beautiful note that my daughter gave me last night before bed
  • An uninterrupted night of sleep
  • My children asking me to read aloud to them 
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 12





Today I am thankful for co-workers that keep me sane and laughing during stressful days.  There have been too many days already this year.   I have tremendous gratitude for my co-workers and I couldn't imagine working without them.

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 11

Today I am thankful for our Veterans.  I am especially thankful for a special veteran, my father.  He served in the United States Air Force for 20+ years.  I don't remember him being in the military because I was born towards the end of his Air Force career.  When I was two months old, my father was sent to Vietnam.  He served two + tours of duty.  I was almost 4 when he was able to come home.  At that time, he had served a little over 20 years and decided to retire.  I am proud of my father and his service in the Air Force. 

Thank you daddy!  You will always be a hero to me :)

    My parents

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 10





Today I am thankful for the peaceful stillness at dawn.  This morning, being the first one awake, I was able to reflect on the beauty of the first snow within the peaceful stillness of dawn. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 9

"Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night.  Let your hearts rejoice."  ~ 2 Nephi 9:52

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Friday, November 8, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 8

I am thankful for the simple things...
  • Hugs and kisses from my children
  • Loads of laundry washed and dried that I didn't have to do.
  • Dinner ready by the time I get home from work
  • A good book that takes me away reality for a few hours
  • Huge snowflakes dancing in the wind
What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2013 Graftitude Challenge - November 7

Today I am thankful for rain.
I love walking in the rain and feeling raindrops on my face.
Rain has so many emotions
It can be cold and refreshing on a hot day.
It can be chilly and damp on a cool day.
It can be sprinkling one minute and a great down pour the next.
Rain quenches Earth's thirst.

I am thankful for rain.   

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 6

Today I am thankful for relief of pain that I have been having for about 2 months.  I had a very bad tooth and had to have it extracted today.  I am not a big fan of dentists but I have to say that Dr. Sabatelle and his assistant were great. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 5





Today I am thankful for Blackie.  In the morning he gives me a sweet little hug to say 'Good Morning'.  When I get home from work, he greets me at the door.  After dinner, Blackie will get in my lap to take a nap.  During the night, Blackie will sleep right next to me, purring in my ear.  The unconditional love that Blackie shares is the most wonderful feeling that I look forward to everyday.   I am so thankful that Blackie is a part of our family.


What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Monday, November 4, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 4


After a long day at work, I am thankful for the nice dinner that was prepared by my family. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 3

'It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name.'  ~ Psalm 92:1


What are you thankful for today?  To see what others are thankful for, please visit Quiet Pandemonium.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 2

Today I am grateful for library books! So are my children!  Every Saturday, we visit two local libraries...Grafton Town Library and Canaan Town Library.  Today, Nick, Sam and I checked out the following from the Canaan library:

 Nick's selections

Sam's selections
Mom's selections

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 1

For the last couple of years I have participated in the Gratitude Challenge that my cousin, Brenda, hosts over at her blog Quiet Pandemonium.  I am once again participating in this year's 2013 Gratitude Challenge.  You are more than welcome to participate in this year's challenge by clicking on the 2013 Gratitude Challenge button on my sidebar.

Today I am thankful for Flannel Pajamas!  Flannel Pajamas are great to change into after a long day at work.  Flannel Pajamas are great to change into when you are not feeling very well (especially when you are taking antibiotics and pain meds).  Flannel Pajamas are comfy, cozy and just plain wonderful!  Oh how I would love to wear Flannel Pajamas all the time. 

What are you thankful for?