Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What I Know Wednesday--The Value of Counting My Blessings

There are days that I get up and find I have a pretty lousy attitude. I have found that the only solution is to stop and count my blessings. I'm grateful for prayer each morning which causes me to get on my knees and begin giving gratitude for all that I have. I have found it is very helpful for me to really "name them one by one".

So today, I'm grateful for--not in any particular order:
  • This beautiful world we live in
  • My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me and is mindful of me
  • The Plan of Salvation
  • A husband who loves me in spite of all my flaws
  • The opportunity to be a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother
  • Being able to go to the cupboard or the refrigerator and get food to eat
  • A body that still moves--sometimes
  • A brain that still works--sometimes
  • Children who are very wise
  • Children who make me laugh
  • I'm even grateful for children who cause me to shed a few tears
  • The opportunity to travel to spend time with family
  • The chance to take Kyle down to BYU--I will be there his first day and WILL NOT FOLLOW HIM TO HIS FIRST CLASS TO TAKE A PICTURE ; )
  • My bathtub
  • My computer
  • Good friends
  • My sisters
  • Living in a free country
  • The scriptures

Speaking of not taking pictures of Kyle at his first day at BYU, all those years that I took pictures of my kids the first day of school, I always took the same picture. I read a post here the other day and ABSOLUTELY LOVED the ideas. I will have to pass this on to Daph--the only one of my children who has kids in school.

Now, how about you, what are you grateful for today?


Suzanne said...

I'm grateful that I was first to post! ;) No seriously, I'm grateful that I got a good night's sleep...sort of! :)

How fun to see Kyle off to school. I'm always worried I'll be that type of Mom that follows her kids around with a camera saying "That's my boy!" LOL! I'd love to see you when you're in town. E-mail me if you're interested! :)

txmommy said...

great list!!

Klin said...


Are you trying to convince me? :D

Should you follow him to class.....I could meet you, and bring my momma- since she works at the Y, and we could eat on campus.

I'm pretty old fashioned with my picture taking. It also fits the template for my digital scrapbooking, but I really like how those pics turned out. I might have to try them.

Heffalump said...

I think it would be awesome if you followed him to class to take his picture...

mindyluwho said...

Just caught up on your blog Yvonne. I love your list. You are such a great person and I always come away feeling that life is do-able!

ShEiLa said...

Was the NO PHOTO at first day BYU a promise you made to Kyle? Funny you!

I went and saw how first day of school photos should be... thanks for the headsup.

I am glad you get to deliver your boy safely to school.


ps. when i read the word 'sometimes' twice i giggled cause i know what you are talking about.

Corrine said...

what a wonderful list! i am grateful for my family and all the wonderful things they do. and that my kids are healthy...and i still am in shock when you say you are a great grandmother!

Connie said...

I would have also put sometimes after "children who are very wise!"
I'm grateful that I don't have to sit in the emergency room tonight with 2 sisters from the ward. I can get some sleep in my own bed!

I also have many other blessings I'm grateful for! Have fun taking Kyle to school. Picture or no picture, he'll have a good first day, I'm sure.

Neal said...

Perspective is always the solution. I don't always remember that - but it's true.

Here's to hoping that I'm one of the kids that makes you laugh ; )

Natalie said...

I love your "grateful things". I'm grateful for the same things that you are except for two. I'm not taking Kyle to school, although I would, if you wanted me to.:) I don't have any sisters.
Instead I will put down that I am grateful to be on a mission and I am grateful for the aweseome young adults I work with.

Nancy Face said...

I'm grateful for many things! :)

Right now I'm especially grateful that Ty is walking better and started back with his lawn mowing business this week, after 8 weeks of being unable to work. I'm grateful that Lauren and Ted are having a great time together on their anniversary trip! I'm grateful that Zach started Seminary this year and is enjoying it! :)

Tonya said...

You are a very grateful person for sure. I love these "What I know Wednesday" posts.

aubrey said...

what a wonderful reminder, yvonne. thank you for sharing the things you are grateful for!

Jess said...

Thanks for your great post. It totally came on a day when I needed a reminder to be grateful. You are awesome.
Have fun sending Kyle off.

Tori said...

I'm grateful for friends who write great posts and remind me that I am blessed- even when I'm feeling down. Thanks Yvonne.

PLEASE follow Kyle and take a pic. LOL

aurora said...

I need to do this! What a wonderful way to bring the mood up. :D

And thanks for the link- (hugs!)

Valerie said...

I am grateful that I read this post and it helped remind me of all the great things I have in my life!

Yvonne said...

suzanne: Hooray for a good night's sleep.

I hope you got my e-mail.

txmommy: Thanks. And I know you are grateful to be a grandma ; )

klin: I hope to get a chance to see you when I come down. Hey, we could spend the day following Kyle--JUST KIDDING ; )

heffalump: Tempting, but i just can't.

mindylou: Thanks. I was so happy to see that you had posted.

sheila: No, I made that promise to ME.

I think it is tough to be wise ALL THE TIME ; )

corrine: So important to stop and see all we have. I know I need to do it every day.

BTW, thanks.

connie: Again, hooray for sleep--especially in ones own bed. I miss mine whenever we go away.

Kyle will love BYU

Neal: You bet you make me laugh.

Natalie: I didn't realize you didn't have any sisters.

You are an AMAZING missionary--I love reading about your experiences.

Nancy: You are such a positive person--one of the things I love about you.

Hooray for Ty. So glad Lauren and Ted are enjoying their trip. Is Zach's Seminary early morning? Hope he has a fabulous year.

Tonya: Thank you.

Aubrey: Thanks. It's a great reminder to me, too.

jess: I'm glad it was helpful. Thanks. We'll have fun taking Kyle down to BYU.

tori: Thanks. I'm sorry you are feeling down. Hugs.

When Heidi started BYU I told her I was going to hire someone to follow her around and take pictures ; ) (I didn't ; )

aurora: It helps me to stop and think about it and especially when I write it down.

You're welcome.

valerie: I'm glad.

JustRandi said...

I love your idea. Is it awful that when I'm in a mood - I don't even remember that there IS a way out of it?

Nancy Face said...

Zach's junior high has release time for Seminary during the school day. There are two classes offered, and he has it second hour, along with MANY of his friends! :)