Monday, November 8, 2010

Give Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1

During the month of November, in honor of Thanksgiving, those in the James household will list their thanks publicly on an easel in the heart of the living room(idea inspired by Ann). A wrought iron easel, a blank drawing pad, a homemade stamp, a grateful heart; we're ready to list our thanks. We look forward to keeping this new tradition throughout the years, November after November, recording and remembering the bountiful gifts God has given us.

...counting my blessings...

893. a short, yet sweet, last minute visit from Kimmie
894. collaborative art
895. Brian's mid-day email
896. weekend at the Old Homestead
897. my small group
898. a puppy at work
899. a day to catch up
900! these 900 gifts :)
901. neck rubs
902. soup
903. a new tradition (see above)
904. seas of leaves
905. my student, begging to stay at school with me, even with   Pneumonia and all the kids gone on a field trip.
906. Dmitri belly rubs
907. my sweet husband, caring for sick me
908. a cold tended by chamomile tea
909. togetherness
910. God's patience

holy experience


  1. Visiting from Ann's...congrats on passing 900...I've just begun.

  2. Love new traditions! SO wonderful!

    Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations

  3. Visiting From Ann's too. Today is my first day of this wonderful community. I love how you are encouraging your entire family to count the love notes that Father gives!

  4. visiting from Ann's also. Yay for 900 gifts! I stopped when I reached my first thousand ... and my friends noticed my negative attitude creeping back in. And so, I keep making lists... and reading others' for inspiration towards a more grateful life. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a great idea. BTW, you're in my blessings list. xo

  6. What a great idea that I'm sure many will want to try. Thanks for sharing. As always, loving my visit at your place.

  7. I just love this idea!! I hope you intended to inspire people to join you in this, because I think lots of us will! Blessings!

  8. I hope you are feeling better soon. I've been sick the past 3 weeks myself. Makes you appreciate health all the more.


    (visiting from the Gratitude Community)

  9. Enjoyed visiting your blog and your list. LOVE your new tradition! :)

  10. Beautiful new tradition! Praying that you start feeling better =)

  11. LOVE the idea of writing out things you are thankful for! Cute easel too!

  12. I have been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now. (I'm pretty sure I found you through Ann's.)

    Not sure why your house is called the sea Kettle. Do tell. But your name is what caught my attention - love it.

    Your paintings, and your husbands, too, your photography, I love it all. Last week's gratitude cards in the leaves were lovely.

    I grew up in Andover, so you are a link to my past. I'll be back.

    I hit the three hundred mark today. Keep counting,


  13. yay! 900! I'm getting up there too :) feels fine doesn't it?

  14. visiting from ann's. i've just gotten started and i cannot tell you the difference it has already made in my attitude! love your post. i'm working on something similar for my family. i love the focus on gratitude! and your site is super cute!