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Today I’m choosing to be grateful.

… for the unconditional love of my husband, who works tirelessly, and often without thanks, to provide for our family.  He who sacrifices modern day “necessities” like cable tv and a cell phone, so that I can be home.

… for the daily inspiration from my children, all five of the silly miracles.  Healthy, beautiful, and ornery.  Perfect distractions to the worries of the world.  (and great “job security”)  😉

… for the opportunity to vote with my dollars; to purchase healthful food from local families and quality companies.

… for the privilege (and the surprise!) of turning both hobby and passion into a part-time income from home, easing the burden of teacher-salary living.

… for the ability to make a difference in a child’s life.  To look past our own wants and needs and know that we are beyond blessed, that someone, somewhere wants what I have. 

… for the example of those who do it right.  Loving through 65+ years.  Gritting through tough economic timesPowering through lean years to sunshine on the other side.

… for the friendship of dear ones who don’t always think like me, believe like me, or vote like me.  😉  Friends who stretch me, and pray with me.  Who know me and love me anyway.

… for the knowledge that government can’t fix the important things.  Not gonna happen.  That’s up to you and me.  Will we do it?

… for the certain hope that always and everywhere, in every situation, God’s got this!


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  1. Thanks for the post AND perspective.

  2. Thank you for the reminders. I need to get my grumpy self off the couch and shine brightly in our ever darkening world.

  3. Thank you. It’s a sad day today but thank you so much for your perspective. God does have this!

  4. Thank you, Amy. I spent a long time last night talking to my kids about this very thing. Let’s do it!

  5. Such a good reminder. My mom too, reminded me of this in a text this morning:

    HE REIGNS.  For whatever reason He has, He has plans that we are not aware of.  So take heart and hold onto that.  he is NOT wringing his hands wondering HOW this happened.  He is in control, and we need to lean into that.  Take heart!

    Now, isn’t that the truth?

  6. Amy, you’ve got a gift for keeping us focused on what is right in the world. I agree with every point you made here! Thank you for helping us all remember that all is not lost, that the important things are still what is in our hearts and those in our arms. You are a light in this world!

  7. Nice list!

    It’s nice to be reminded that our children are our inspiration.

    Despite the occasional need for some extreme patience, I don’t know what I’d do without the.

  8. Thank you! I wish more people would take this attitude especially today!

  9. Thanks! I am just now finally back to reading my favorite blogs again – this week was such a disappointment. And yes, everything you said is true, and it’s so nice to know I am not alone.

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