Monday, November 23, 2009


In The Spirit of Thanksgiving...

I just wanted to share how much fun i have had this month, reading every day about what all my friends and family are thankful for! You took the challenge to find something that you are thankful for every day... and you found them!

There is really so much to be Thankful for!

I hope it is ok with my friend Cindy, (maybe i should have asked first... Ü)

but i just HAD to share with you a message that she sent to me after she had taken on the challenge:

So Jodi I was thinking today... how writing something to be thankful for every day has lifted my spirits! i've been thinking of 2 or 3 things every day and it's been really nice :) It's amazing how fast gratitude can change an attitude?!

Cindy! I love you to Bits and Pieces! and by golly! I think she GoT it! Ü

I really am having a hard time, believing that November is about to come to a close. Where in the world does the time go?

This only confirms to me the absolute importance in my life- that it is so important for me to Stop; and count my blessings!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thankful... 11/07/09

Feeling Gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
-- William Arthur Ward
You have all been so Wonderful and amazing at sharing with the world, what you are Grateful for.
I am curious... We obviously have SO much to be grateful for...
Give me your ideas... what are ways that we can express or show our gratitude to those around us every day?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thankful... 11/06/09

This morning i came across these pictures of Carson . My eyes welled up with tears, which were soon streeeeaming down my face... and I knew instantly what i was thankful for today!

Today, I am SO Thankful that i have been given the chance to LOVE this sweet little boy.
I mean, any of you that know me, even just a little bit, know that it is fairly easy for me to love children... but the chance that i have been given to LOVE Carson and Courtney is extra special. The love i have for them is extra special.

Many of you might not know, but it was Carson's Mommy that ultimately introduced Bart & I.

Kristi, Carson & Courtney's Mommy, passed away this last January-ending her long battle with Cancer. The week before she passed away, she gave Bart my name. He added my name to a list they had been compiling. He had no idea who i was, & thought that he would be stuck mowing the lawn of some 80 year old woman. Well, of course that was not the case-and a fairytale love story adventually began, all thanks to Kristi.

We miss her, but I will be forever indebted & grateful to her for what she has given me. She, for some reason... saw something in me & allowed me to be a part of, share & has allowed me to love her family. For that... there just aren't enough words of Gratitude.

Today, I am Thankful for this sweet face. Carson.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankful... 11/05/09

is there any greater blessing then being a "(BME)"?
I don't think so! Ü
Today, i am thankful for love notes & the chance i have of being a BME!
how sweet is That!?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Over at facebook, i have challenged my facebook friends this month, to update their 'status' at least once a day with something they are thankful that day. I love this idea, because even in such hard times for so many, i believe strongly that there is good to be found in every single day... no matter what! I know this to be true, because i practice it... every day... not just in the month of November when we all like to show extra appreciation and gratitude.
I keep a daily Gratitude journal. I love to count my blessings... every day. There is always something to be thankful for!

In the Spirit of being Thankful and this little challenge i have sent out to all of you, I thought that i would add a little bit of extra fun...

I want to share with you one of my gratitude journals. or at least... one for yourself! I want to make you one of your very own.
So! (pictures to come soon! I have to make it first! Ü This idea just came to me this morning) So! to be entered to Win... just leave me a comment telling me that you are commiting to the challenge. That you are going to update your "status" at least ONCE a DAY with something that you are grateful for that day. That is SO EASY! right?
I am hoping that this will make it just a little bit more fun.
The pictures i have added to this post has to do with what i am Thankful for today.
Today I am Thankful for a God. Mother Nature is a wonderous thing! It is amazing... the things she can do!
These picture are of mud! MUD! Mud in a street gutter in front of Bart's house. I took these pictures. I was amazed at what Mother Nature was creating.
You can see the shadow line created by the sun, just barely shining over the curb into the gutter. Where the sun had hit, it was drying out the mud and the mud was creating these spictacular curls! They were SUPER fragile! and would crack and break if you even breathed on them very hard.
but oh my goodness! They were so KEWL!
There are SO MANY 'life lessons' that i could take out of these pictures... but i will leave that one up to you-to take away from the pictures what you would like.
I just love them!
So, for today... I am thankful for a God that gives us Mother Nature who gives us amazing things to appreciate, if we only take the time to notice & appreciate!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Born Again American

Thanks Daddy for sharing this with me!
I am proud to be an American. I feel so blessed, that i get to live in such an amazing place. A Land of freedom & prosperity. I have been given the chance to live in and visit other countries. Nothing compares to our great America. We are having our struggles... but instead of complaining about it;
Are we ALL doing our part & what we can... do make America Great again! What are YOU doing, to make our country a better place to be? I would LOVE to hear your ideas! Please leave me your comments!
"Come said the wind to the leaves one day, Come o're the meadows and we will play.

Put on your dresses of scarlet and gold,

for summer is gone and the days grow cold.

~A Children's Song of the 1880's~