Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gratitude Gifts Today

These are my gifts today:

- crisp fresh sheets

- a quiet morning with sun shining on the snow

- paths - and the reminder of my path in life

- my Christmas quilt hanging in a central spot

- Bananas Foster and Cranberry candles burning bright

- a warming trend after a record-setting period of low temperatures

- mixing ingredients and watching each one change the whole mixture

- tasting fresh baked cookies, still warm out of the oven

- full cookie tins

- a day spent with Naomi, Meadow and Blake

-  lots of cuddling with a smiley little boy

- reading stories in the tent with Meadow

- watching little fingers mix and stir to create her own mixture

- wearing an apron crafted years ago by a loved one

- potluck suppers

- watching little ones gather onstage

- Christmas dresses

- sweet little songs sung with enthusiasm

- the excitement of Santa arriving

- watching as she gathered her courage and sat on his knee

- working with Naomi to make an ethnic family favourite, perogies

- memories of years past

- Christmas ornaments hanging on trees

- colored lights hanging along the eaves of houses

- safe travel and a reliable vehicle

- finding gifts for a little one listed on  the Angel Tree

- online shopping

- packages coming in the mail

- finished projects in the workshop :)

- planning for Christmas gatherings

- birds, puffed to keep warm, gathered outside my kitchen window

- bushy tailed fox ambling along the road

- evergreens with snow caps

- crisp juicy apples

- the sound of my scissors cutting long swaths into the flannel

- chats with my sister

- fresh made cranberry sauce

- a long forgotten reminder of my Gramma and her love of ceramics

- finding the same verse in Sunday's lesson, in my devotion book and in an online message - I hold it close to my heart this week


  1. I love these lists, Mom. You're right, there is so much to be thankful for.
    Meadow looks so cute all dressed up. How did the concert go?
    The photo of the birds all puffed up is terrific. I love watching them sit and chat to each other. It's one of my favourite things to do at E&L's when I'm there, especially in the winter. I'm missing the snow, but so glad the temperatures are warming for you.

  2. What a beautiful picture you paint with your words, Crystal. I just loved the little Santa hat photo! And full tins of cookies - so good.

  3. Great list and I love the photos too! I think this is the most snow we have had for Christmas in a long time! Thank goodness the temperatures are warming up--I wasn't liking the COLD! Making Perogies is another item that is on my list of things that I would love to learn how to make. That's great the you and Naomi could do it together! Hope you have a great week!

  4. Lovely. You are really in the moment with everything. Mindful. It's beautiful. We have so many gifts from Him. XO