In honor of the idea

that what you do on the first day of the year is how you will spend the year, I am devising a list (of 125) of my blessings. I hope that I will be blessed this year and that I will recognize my blessings.

These are not necessarily in order of importance.

God loves me.
R loves me.
M loves me.
E loves me.
My folks love me.
My sisters love me.
My brother loves me.
My brother calls me once a week.
I have friends.
Paula loves me.
Angie loves me.
Bev loves me.
Amy loves me.
Kim loves me.
Jessica loves me.
Annalise loves me.
Paula and Chris are still happily married, 15 years later.
Amy and Thomas have a strong marriage and four wonderful kids.
Bev and James are doing well and have three incredibly brilliant children.
Angie and Louis have been married over twenty years and have raised one and are still raising two great kids.
Kim and John are happily married and raising two wonderful children.
Jessica is happily married.
K’Lee is healthy.
I got to see Jenny today.
Eve is beautiful.
I have a great house.
It doesn’t leak.
It has central heat and air.
It has nice solid floors.
There are no holes in the walls.
I have a big well-equipped kitchen.
I have a beautiful dining room set.
I have attractive front porch lights in silver color that I like.
I have more books than most people, plenty of bookcases, and enough money to buy more.
I have amazing art work.
I own a Tarkay serigraph.
I own two Treby artist’s prints of serigraphs.
I own two Benfield serigraphs.
I own two works by my grandmother.
I own two works by my grandmother-in-law.
I own three works by unknown artists whose work I love.
I have my great-grandmother Lee’s rocking chair.
I have my grandmother’s china cabinet.
I have a great collection of blue glass from the Depression era and earlier.
I can remember meeting people now.
I can walk several miles.
I can ride a bike several miles.
I can read.
I’ve read hundreds of books this last year.
I found at least two new authors I liked this last year. (Jim Butcher and Robin Paige)
My boys are in good health.
My husband is in good health.
My mother actually seems to be getting better.
Our dog is healthy and energetic and loves us.
I have wood floors.
I have more room in my house than I need.
I have more room in my house than I use.
I got to go to Belize over the holidays.
I went cave tubing for the first time over the Christmas holidays.
I got to go on a cruise with my husband and boys.
I went horseback riding with my husband.
I went to Chichen Itza and saw the Mayan ruins.
I saw them with an articulate and knowledgable guide.
My youngest son enjoys church.
My husband is a Christian.
My youngest son is a Christian.
My youngest sister is a Christian.
I have friends who are missionaries in foreign lands. Just this week I got a newsletter from Uganda and a YouTube video from Thailand.
My husband has a job that pays well doing something he does well.
My husband has several hobbies that he enjoys.
I finished my first novel, even if I haven’t sent it off again.
I’ve been to several foreign countries.
I was able to work as a missionary apprentice.
I have beautiful wood art work.
My father planted rose bushes for me along my driveway.
I have a computer.
I have enough time to read blogs and write a blog.
I teach classes I enjoy.
I am able to homeschool.
I have two brilliant sons.
I have more money than I need.
My husband is involved with our church.
I get to teach a class on missionaries at our church this quarter.
I have two nieces and a nephew who love their Aunt Suzi.
I have been happily married for eighteen years.
I am still married to the best husband on the planet.
I have a great sex life.
I have a working washer and dryer.
I have running water in my house.
My electricity, gas, and water are reliable.
I have a working refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave.
I have a toaster oven and a mixer.
I have beautiful serving dishes.
I have more than enough plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware.
I have my grandmother’s wedding china.
I have a lemonade set from my grandmother-in-law.
I can see.
I have glasses that restore my vision to what it used to be.
I have both arms, both hands, and all ten fingers.
I have both legs, both feet, and all ten toes.
I have a working spleen that no longer hurts me.
I no longer bleed ten to thirty days a month.
I survived my hysterectomy, even though my bladder was cut.
My bladder works fine now.
I weigh at least 30 pounds less than my highest weight.
I have friends who email me and ask how I am doing, even when we haven’t talked for ages.
I can write. I have written poetry that I am proud of and impressed with. (Maybe not this year, but I have done it.)
I have no heart problems.
My thyroid problems are being taken care of with medicine.
I have lots of shoes, including high heels and flats.
Every room in my house has furniture.
I have numerous antiques.
I have three toilets that work.
I have two bathtubs that work.
I have four sinks that work.
I have indoor plumbing.
I have the opportunity to teach students at all age levels.
I have a blog.
I remember a Christmas when we broke down on the side of the road. But we didn’t break down until we were in town and there was a hotel and they had room and we had money to pay for the room. We didn’t sleep in a stable.
I didn’t hit anyone with the RV on the return from Thanksgiving, when a truck decided to park in the middle of the road at the bottom of the hill on a two lane highway with a speed limit of 70.
I have insurance.
I can afford to buy glasses for myself and my son.
I got the most expensive (for me) Christmas gift given to me this Christmas and I enjoyed it and was grateful. (FYI: About $1500.)

1 thought on “In honor of the idea

  1. Hmmm..

    I wonder what that was? If I was talking about the cruise, it was more than that for the boys and R. I got $1000 cash from my brother-in-law. (I bought 2 bookshelves, took the boys out to eat, moved some furniture from my sister’s house to mine, and gave my dad some money for watching the boys.)

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