1000 Blessings (Gifts)

**UPDATE: Please go here for the most current list of my 1000 Gifts.**

I’ve mentioned before that the great thing about living along the CT shoreline, and working as a visiting nurse (meaning I drive all day for work), is that I get to see the shoreline at it’s finest. I have seen some incredible neighborhoods with picture perfect views of the ocean. I love that I live only a few streets away from the shore, and that it’s a quick 2 minute drive to see that sparkling blue water. It’s a place of peace for me…..a place where I can take in God’s creation and just be still.

With the warm weather approaching, there’s been much more activity along the beaches. The sailboats have been out on the water, more families fishing on the dock at the Point…it’s small things like this that make me smile. Which I had been forgetting to do for the past couple months.

I’ve been dealing with some personal issues lately since my miscarriage. I’m still grieving, undergoing the healing process…which is incredibly difficult when you are surrounded by so many pregnant women. I have some great women in my life, and I’m so excited to see their families growing. However, it hurts at the same time because I’ve experienced such a huge fallback. Because I no longer have what they have. I don’t know when we will become pregnant again, and I’m learning to be okay with that. Only God knows his plan for me, and I’m learning to surrender to Him and His plan. I’ve had to separate from others lately to focus on myself and God…to really and truly HEAL. And part of my healing process has involved focusing on the blessings God has showered me with. So it was interesting with I came across this post written by my blog bud Brie at Recipe for a Beautiful Life.

Brie is embarking on a journey to list 1000 gifts by December 31st of this year. She came across the idea after reading this post by Sarah at Fairytales Are True. Sarah was inspired by the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and invited others to join her. I’ve decided to join these two ladies on their journey, except I’m changing the title up a bit. I’m calling it my list of 1000 Blessings (Gifts), to remind myself of the blessings God has given me every day. I think sometimes we get so caught up in our lives, especially when we undergo a negative experience, that we forget how blessed we really are. So today, I am committing to focusing on and documenting my blessings in hopes to list 1000 of them by New Years.

Join me?

 

And so I begin…..

#1. sunshine

#2. salt air

#3. sailboats on sparkling water

#4. sand between my toes

#5. white tulips

#6. blooming trees

#7. my puppy’s innocence and his sweet face

#8.  seashells

#9. coconuts

#10. pineapple

#11. campfire smell

#12. my husband’s hands wrapped in mine

#13. linen

#14. the way sunlight shines through linen

#15. the color white

#16. candlelight

#17. green tea

#18. puppy kisses

#19. sea glass

#20. manicures

#21. that feeling you get after a good run

#22. a good bowl of pasta vazool

#23. coconut icecream

#24. big sunglasses

#25. driving with the windows down

#26. the smell of burlap

#27. my husband’s voice

#28. the feeling I get when I say my married name…pure joy.

#29. long talks with my mom

#30. when my brother tells me he loves me after every phone call

#31. my new baby niece!

#32. my niece’s amazing story of how she came to be.

#33. the sweet taste of Riesling

#34. summer nights at the winery

#35. worship music

#36. frozen yogurt

#37. long talks with my sweet mother in law

#38. the feeling you have after laughing really hard

#39. my bloggy friends

#40. a nice suntan

#41. the way french manicures make me feel fancy

#41. sleeping in late with my husband

#42. thunderstorms

#43. cuddling under a blanket on a rainy day

#44. payday

#45. spray tans

#46. the sparkle of a diamond

#47. nutella

#48. the great feeling after hot yoga

#49. the feeling of knowing you’re not alone in whatever you’re going through.

#50. the words “out for delivery” :)

#51. vintage books

#52. a hot cup of tea

#53. quiet time with my bible

#54. vintage fans

#55. a warm fire

#56. fancy date night with my husband

#57. tea and dessert with friends

#58. girls nights

#59. long talks with an old friend

#60. the heat of summer

#61. hydrangeas

#62. peonies in bloom

#63. the excitement of making a big change

#64. volunteering for a cause

#65. teaching someone something new

#66. learning something new

#67. birthdays

#68. writing/receiving letters

#69. having someone else blow dry my hair for me

#70. the way my skin feels after a facial

#71. splashing in puddles with my rainboots

#72. the sound of rain on the rooftop

#73. meeting a new friend who you feel like you’ve known forever

#74. my puppy’s wet nose

#75. sleeping in

#76. the words “Out For Delivery”

#77. clean sheets

#78. the sound of the trees blowing in the wind

#79. the sound of waves crashing at the shore

#80. the homey smell of vanilla

#81. still warm brownies

#82. being still

#83. the smell of clean laundry

#84. the feeling of a hot shower trickling down your cold skin

#85. birds chirping

#86. the feeling of a lazy Saturday

#87. the palest blue hydrangeas

#88. curtains flowing in the breeze

#89. running by the beach at night

#90. silence

#91. an interaction with a kind stranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

{you’ll be able to follow me on my journey via a link in my sidebar soon….:)}

Comments

  1. I’m so glad you are joining in! I love all of your blessing so far. There really is something to be said for the power of sun, fresh air, the sea, and our fur-babies!

  2. awww awesome! I’m looking forward to keeping up with both your lists!

  3. Love that you are doing this Lauren! That book is amazing, I need to read it AGAIN! I got a little notebook and started writing down the things i’ve been thankful after reading the book and it is such a blessing to do that in and of itself. Excited to be on this journey with you! xoxo

  4. Love your blessings. Thanks for the reminder not to take anything for granted because it is all pure gift. My prayers for your continued healing. I have walked in your shoes (if it is any consolation to know you are not alone.) Walk in patience and knowing you yourself are a blessing!

  5. stephanie says:

    My blessing: reading this blog this morning. Its so easy to get overwhelmed, stressed and forget to take a small moment to take in God’s blessings ALL around you. So than you Laur

    God Bless!

  6. I love that you’re doing this! I’m reading that book right now…I may have to join you! <3

  7. I love that you’re doing this. What inspiration. So sorry about your miscarriage and all of the confusion, sadness, and uncertainty it has left you with. I’ve had 2 of my own. It is very sad. I love that you’re able to focus on the wonderful blessings though.

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