Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gratitude Journal

Happy Sunday! I hope you all have blue skies and a warm sun shining on you today!
There is something about being back in sunny California that refreshes my soul. We had a great trip to Iowa and enjoyed our time with family. However, we were in a constant state of FREEZING and bundled from head to foot with no reprieve from the cold.

I am thankful for the sun, the clear skies, and warmer temperatures of home. I think Christmas should only be celebrated in warm climates from here forward.

I am thankful we had a safe trip. The distance from our home to our family is long. Accidents, flat tires, or engine troubles can happen anytime. I am very grateful we made it from here to there to here with no major issues.

I am thankful we made the trip. The time away was enough to refresh all of us. My mind is  renewed and I have energy to start the new year on a positive note. 

I am thankful my mother-in-law returned to California with us. She is now visiting family and friends in the area. It's good for her to getaway.

I am thankful I was able to to spend some extra time with my sister. I can't think of a previous visit when we've been together as much. We shopped, wrapped presents, made holiday goodies, and chatted. I think there may have been a little dancing in grandma's kitchen too. I also got to meet her crazy puppy, Mini.

I am thankful for breakfast with my (step)mom. My grandma watched the kids so I could have some alone time. It's so nice to have uninterrupted adult conversation with a parent.

I am thankful for all my family who set aside time to visit with us in Iowa. Family and extended family are so important to me and my husband. We try very hard to instill the same values in our children. I am glad our families continue to put in the effort to see us. Thank you!

I am thankful for my friends. The military lifestyle does not make it easy to keep friends (close by). It's one of my biggest frustrations. I feel I am constantly making friends because I am constantly saying goodbye to friends. This holiday I was reminded of the quality of friends I have. Although many states or continents separate us, we still exchanged holiday greetings and updates. Thank you!

This list could go on. I feel blessed beyond what I deserve. I am thankful for God's blessings and grace. 



  1. I love this post. So glad you enjoyed your time with family and friends. :)

  2. Always enjoy reading your gratitudes. I am glad that you had so much fun with your family and your friends.
    Happy New Year to you!!

  3. Thank you ladies!! One of my favorites to post as well!