Monday, November 5, 2018


Preface:  Excuse the crazy spacing…Blogger and I don’t seem to agree on where my words should go...and it's driving me NUTS!!!

I have SO MANY things to be thankful for!  Do I have everything I want?  Well, no.  Do I have everything I need?  Most definitely.  Do I have as many or as nice or as expensive material things as others I know?  Yes and no…not as much as some but SO MUCH more than others and certainly more than I could ever possibly deserve.  Each day I thank God for my blessings of family, friends, home, etc.  But I also try to name 3 specific things…blessings I’ve received recently that may not occur every single day.

I just saw something on Pinterest that gave me the idea for this post.  I’m not sure who originated it or even who pinned it, so I can’t give credit where credit is due…hope that person doesn’t mind me borrowing it!  The title of this activity is 30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE
and you are to answer one question per day.  However, I’m going to use just a few of the questions and answer them here….you might want to borrow the questions yourself for a blog post or just food for thought😊

1.  What smell are you grateful for?
          My answer:  either the smell of bread baking in the oven or those yummy looking
and wonderful smelling cinnamon rolls at CINNABON (I’ve never eaten one but they sure do smell awesome!)

2.  What sound are you grateful for?
          My answer:  the voices of my grandchildren saying, “I love you, Cheri.”

3.  What place are you most grateful for?
          My answer:  definitely my home but also my church

4.  What abilities are you grateful for?
          My answer:  Of course, I am thankful to have the ability to see, hear, etc. but I am SO very grateful for the ability to teach.  I was in public education for 40 ½ years and I also often teach Sunday School.  My journey into teaching is a long story but once I became a teacher I had no doubt that it was what God wanted me to do.  I’ll have to tell you that story some other time😊

5.  What touch are you grateful for?
          My answer:  the touch of my husband's hand when he gives me a big hug (and
maybe a kiss too:) and tells me he loves me….SO very thankful I have a soul mate who tells me he loves me every single day!

6.  What tradition are you grateful for?
          My answer:  I’m big on tradition but one of my very favorites is THE PICKLE PRESENT that I do with my grandchildren every Christmas.  It is something they both look forward to every single year.  I wrote a post about it quite awhile back and you can read about it at

7.  Other than your family which person in your life are you grateful for?
          My answer:  This is a tough one because there are many that I could name.  Two very special people that made a big difference in my life were my first grade teacher Miss Roberta Champion and my third grade teacher Mrs. Katherine Baggarley.  They both instilled in me a love of reading and of school in general.  School was a place of refuge and joy for me as a child, and Miss Champion’s and Mrs. Baggarley’s love for education and for their students shaped me in many ways.  Miss Champion lived to be in her 90s I believe and never married.  Mrs. Baggarley is now in her 80s and we exchange Christmas letters every year.  How I love both of these beautiful women and marvelous teachers.

8.  What texture are you grateful for?
          My answer:  This one’s easy….. my blankie.  Yep, I have a security blanket:) It is soooo soft and I love snuggling with it by the fire on a cold winter night or a really lovely rainy day.

9.  What knowledge are you grateful for?
          My answer: I have to give two answers for this one!  First (and foremost) is the knowledge of the birth, death, and resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Without my Lord, I would be lost.  My second answer would be readingI learned to read rather quickly as a first grader under the wonderful instruction of Miss Champion…I was in the Redbird group (we were the best readers in the class!!!:)  Reading is one of the joys of my life and I am so thankful for this ability.

10.  What piece of art are you grateful for?
          My answer:  Well, I don’t own a Picasso or a Rembrandt but I have some very,
          very special pieces of art that were created by my children and my grandchildren!
          To me, they are priceless.
years  gone  by

Thanksgiving will be here soon (even though the stores are already filled with Christmas
decorations!) At least for the month of November, most of us are counting our
blessings….and hopefully we all remember to be thankful every single day! 

Now….TAG, you’re it!  What are you most thankful for?

PS:  I am thankful for anyone who finds their way to my little piece of Blog Land and stops in for a chat.  Please come back anytime!

PSS:  Also very thankful for these 2 who fill my life with joy...and so much craziness:)


  1. Oh my, SO much that I am thankful for. Family is right up at the top. I am thankful for a wonderful Husband, Brothers, Sisters, Children, Grandchildren and one tiny little Great-Granddaughter. I am thankful for my little Country Church and all of my friends. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, shoes on my feet, food on the table and clothes on my back. SO much to be thankful for, good health and being retired young enough to enjoy it. Have a blessed day dear friend, and thank you for this post:)

    1. It is a JOY to take time to stop and think of our blessings. So glad you shared yours with me:)

  2. This was a wonderful post and I so enjoyed reading it. I think I would have to say, outside of my salvation, my health. It seems everyday I hear of someone else with major health issues. I'm so, so thankful for my good health at this time. Happy everything Cheri!

    1. I know what you mean. My prayer list for those in poor health has gotten quite long!!!! Just this a.m. I was thanking God for my good health....sure hope it stays that way for as long as possible:)

  3. What a sweet post! Your Grandchildren are so beautiful...oops, beautiful and handsome! This is a great idea and I have so many things I'm grateful for each day. I found a little plaque that says: "I remember praying for the things I have now". What are those things? A house..we lived in apartments when we were starting out and I was excited when we finally bought our first house so many years ago. Healthy, happy children..and they were..and are still today! The list goes on but I'm glad we have this time to really focus on our blessings. Have a good week!

    1. We lived in a trailer/mobile home when we first got married. We brought our son home to it. I was happy as a pig in mud when we moved out of that thing into a house!!!! A good friend's granddaughter (one year old) is battling an inoperable brain tumor, so I thank God each day for the good health of my son and grandchildren. Good health is one of our most wonderful blessings.


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