Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Gratitude List

I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing on this blog daily. School is starting next week so that may help me get back into a routine. I've set Monday as a day to reflect on the things I am thankful for. I've been doing this list since last Lent (March), and I've tried to avoid being repetitive. This morning I asked myself, Why? In his book, Be Holy, Fr. Thomas Morrow states:

"We should be immensely thankful to God at every moment of every day. If God gave us nothing more than our existence and the chance, the opportunity to learn to love Him and our neighbor, that we might experience the beauty and goodness of Love Himself in an eternal, intimate embrace, we would have reason to thank Him at every moment of our lives." (42)

So here is my list, with some blessings revisited.

I am thankful for:

1. my loving husband and children
2. my parents, brother, extended family, my husband's family, and my friends
3. cooler weather and wind (I like wind in mild doses.)
4. Ralph's chocolate Italian ices
5. Fresh tomatoes from my sister-in-law's garden (best eaten whole with salt)
6. My friends' beautiful newborn, and the risk they took after much sadness, Joshua Michael....
7. Those times that I was almost hurt, or even killed, and walked away unscathed thinking it was miraculous.

Tell me what you are thankful for this week...


Putz said...

i am thankful you try to post daily and i wish i could completely stop blogging....i have it as a bad bad habit...i can't keep my mouth shut...why is that???????

Lauren said...

I am happy to be able to say that there are a couple of things that I am thankful for this week. :]

For one, the weather has grown more mild, leaning toward Autumn, my favorite season, so I am quite excited. It also shows that time is indeed passing, and I will finally be moving soon and starting my classes. ^___^

Another thing is that I have less than a week left at my job. While this might seem like a rather unexciting event, it means that, once again, I am getting closer to moving, I will have more time to focus on what I enjoy and my friends, and that I can be content with my money situation to take a break from work and focus on school. :D

I really hope that you have a wonderful week. :]

Loren Christie said...

Hi Lauren, Thanks for sharing what you are thankful for and I hope you have a great week too. :) Mr. Putz, I hope you keep visiting this blog because I have enjoyed getting to know you and your family. If you stopped commenting I would miss you.

Koala Bear Writer said...

I'm thankful that my brother is out of the hospital only a week after his motorcycle accident. Thankful for all the people who stopped to help him after the accident. Thanks for his amazing buddies at work (three were with him) who've visited him and taken care of his place while he's been out of it. God is so good!

Loren Christie said...

Koala, I'm so glad your brother is going to be ok.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

#7 brings back memories both from myself and others close to me. I've been thinking lately about 9/11 and the people who were meant to be there and those who missed work that day for some odd reason.

caitysparkles said...

I love reading what you are thankful for!

This week I am thankful for my parent's new puppy and that I got to spend time with her.

I am thankful for the little things that my husband does for me, and how he goes out of his way to make me happy.

I am thankful for the nice weather.

I am thankful for fresh water quenching my thirst so wonderfully. It is such a nice feeling.

Loren Christie said...

Hi Caity! Hi Elizabeth, for the past 8 years, on the week of 9/11, (including the day) I can not read the newspapers, news online or watch television news.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful...

For faith that guides me.

That my car is being fixed.

That I can pay my slip fee today.

That my children are healthy, happy, and have good positive energy.

That my friend let me use her computer.

For the blogs that inspire me exactly where I need it in life.

For a brilliant sunrise--painted the sky with many colors this morning.

For a Starbucks hot chocolate with hazelnut. A frivolous treat, but a treat:)

Loren Christie said...

Hi JChristin, I read The Shack; thank you for suggesting it. I'm adding it to my list of upcoming posts. Thank you for sharing your gratitude list. -Loren

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

I am turning off my computer on 9/11. I don't read the paper either.

Putz said...

if you have read the shack by young then you are more swiss cheese than i gave you credit for....a sawed off muslim jesus, a black woman god, a flipant holy ghost....theology foreign to both catholics and mormons, but more power to you...i am kind of teasing for as you can see i read it also, but did not reccomed it to those young, kinda of like our president giving an education speech...a woman in utar said, i will wait till they throw the bum out before i let any of my 11 children listen to him...what do you think? oh shoot this was the week i was going to stop blogging...darn

Loren Christie said...

Hi Mr. Putz, Yes, a lot of The Shack was foreign to me, but still interesting and there were aspects of that I did like. I'll go into it in a future post. As far as the president addressing schools...That's fine, but what is he going to say, and why is it coming off as such a secret? A stay in school message would be alright with me, without any slanted propaganda attached. Loren

Sandra said...

We should all take moments throughout each day to pause and give thanks. I thank God for your words of inspiration.

Loren Christie said...

Hi Sandra, Thank you. Happy weekend. Next week is going to be crazy at work for you I bet.

Sandra said...

Actually, it's already been busy. School started back August 12!!

Sean said...

How many times in your life were you almost killed?

Loren Christie said...

Hi Sean,
There is one time that I know for sure that I was almost killed. It involved a truck next to my car that suddenly lost a tire on the expressway.

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