Sunday’s Seven Gratitudes – 1st Edition

number7-300x300Integrity, Dogs, Shoes, Mr. Hot Stuff, Church, Alarm Clocks, & Service

It occurred to me while I was sitting in church today, that Sunday’s Seven Gratitudes would be a good subject for blogging. Some people post a daily gratitude, but my brain doesn’t always think to put stuff here. Maybe I should get better about posting from my phone. I guess I’ll save that for another day though.

  1. I have children (adultren? Could we please make that a word?) who try to live with integrity. If you are a parent, you know the value of this. I mean, I worried so much about them when they were in their “I’m going to steal jelly beans from the jelly bean jar” phase. (The purpose of the jelly bean jar is for another post.) Now they are mostly all grown and making a difference in the world by trying to live with integrity to who they are and their standards. It’s a parental payday.
  2. I have dogs. IMG_20130929_220909This statement will probably put my kids into shock nearly as great as when I went out and rescued Mr. Pepper (not our pointer’s real name, but it should have been) from the animal shelter. Dogs have probably been the best parenting help our family ever invested in. When life feels like crap to a kid, the dog understands. When a kid needs exercise, the dog drags him along. When you need a homework excuse, the dog will gladly oblige.
  3. Shoes. They help my feet not to hurt. I logically understand the whole barefoot movement, but my feet feel better in shoes.
  4. Mr. Hot Stuff. Expect to see him on this list regularly. He drives me crazy and keeps me sane. And he’s an awesome dad. Picking him to be their father was the best thing I ever did.IMG_5309 IMG_5311
  5. Church. It helps me re-center and focus on the most important things in life.
  6. Alarm clocks. Because otherwise I would not get anything done when it needed to be.Alarm clock
  7. The chance to help someone else. There is nothing quite like the feeling that you get when you know you’ve made someone else’s day a little better.

What are your seven things? I love to hear about them in the comments.

winner-winner, veggie dinner 🙂


  1. I am oh so grateful for a friend who helps my daughter find her voice through writing, supports, encourages, and coaches her with her writing challenges when teachers who should be, do not. Thank you dear friend! 🙂


  2. I’m big on gratitude!…love your list!…1. My Heavenly Father and Savior…they have brought me peace in times of joy and sadness…given me purpose and have helped me be a better person. 2. My husband -… He has always made me laugh. He is passionate and very driven! I’ve always been impressed with his integrity. He stands up for what’s right when I sometimes cave in fear!- he’s my center..core….the ying and yang of life! 3-… My children have been an amazing gift and blessing. They are kind, genuine people,…and yes sometimes embarrassing…but that’s what I love about them. 4-…I too am a dog lover…she seems to know who needs a cuddle or a kiss! She’s a spaz at times but when she almost died I found I would have missed her crazy ways. 5-…my house- or should I say home, memory builder, safe place, my nemesis all wrapped up in one!! 6-…my trials have been perfectly catered to me! I have learned so much from them. Defiantly refining and teaching me a better way to live. The only way to empathize is to have gone through it! Darn it!! 7-…the beautiful world in which we live! I love the simplest flower to the tallest building! This world has little gifts from heaven that if viewed often can calm the biggest of emotional storms. 8-…. Yes I’m adding one more the temple has brought me so much happiness,..the connection with those who have died…is miraculous!


    • Great list, Rebecca! About your #4… uh, don’t confuse my appreciation for dogs with being a “dog lover”… 😉 I’m grateful I have kids who take care of them!


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