Sunday, January 23, 2011

Counting Snows



So, it seems January is already dashing down the palace stairs.

That sure didn't take long now, did it? Wasn't it just two days ago that we were talking about cleaning out our closets, painting something cheery yellow and finding our word for the year?

It's been a bit of a blur, and I'm still caught up mid-spin between yearning for change and embracing the good ol', good ol'.

"I need a phone call... I need a raincoat... I need a big love...I need a sunburn...I need a plane ride..."

I have decided - resolutely - that Adam and Friends wrote this song in January. Any other option just isn't a possibility, in my mind.

"I get no answers.
And I don't get no change.
It's snowing in Indiana, baby.
And everything else is the same."

You got that right.

So yes, I'm ready for color. I'm ready to throw caution to the wind and eat steel cut oats. I'm ready to settle in to a cute little bungalow and decide for sure that we will be the pink flower poking out from the gray.

For now, I'm switching gears with some big deals, and I'm doing a few things Scared.

I'm sipping tea, clanking the spoon against the side, and it sounds to me like a bell.
It sounds like gratitude stirring.

I am thankful for root beer floats and extended bedtime talks with my boy.
"OK, here's the most important question I've ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever asked you. When you were a little girl, did you ever ride in a row boat?"
I'm thankful for a warm bed.

I'm thankful for Charlie, who doesn't have one, but should.

I'm thankful for my beat up saute pan, the non-stick coating long-forgotten, that continues to faithfully serve our dinner five nights a week.

I'm thankful for Ruby's impression of a flamingo and Silas's impression of a walking tornado.

I'm thankful for Cory's love for me that has never faded, not even a fraction of a degree. Not even when it probably should have.

I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit, who wants more for me. (I'm learning that the path to more involves a whole lot of "less".)

I'm thankful for you.

And you.

And you.

So tell me, what's one thing you're thankful for today?

61 comments:

  1. ..."I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit, who wants more for me. (I'm learning that the path to more involves a whole lot of "less".)"

    I am right here with you on this one. And I am thankful that He is patient because I have a thick skull and often forget the need for there to be less.

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  2. Thankful for a God who still speaks to this little heart...and that despite the hard that may surround...He is still up to something good.

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  3. I am thankful that HE always wants more for us if we will give up our control!
    I am thankful for your great posts..you make me smile!

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  4. I am thankful for your smile in the rearview mirror posts.
    That was a very bad Flower Patch Farmgirl imitation comment.
    But truly, when you asked the question... I thought.... her posts.
    Dana

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  5. I am thankful for never ever ever having to question HIS love...even when I am not my best, when I am not up to snuff.

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  6. I'm thankful for tomatoes, avocados and cottage cheese. I know, not what you had in mind, but I'm pregnant. What can I say. And a vegetarian. What's a girl to do. Ask me tomorrow and you'll get a deeply different answer. Cheers!

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  7. I'm thankful you asked that most important question ever cos it made this tired, grumpy mummy smile. xx

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  8. I am thankful for a photo of The Farmer that I recently found...circa 2001...when we lived in Wyoming, before kids, before jobs, before life. His smile is carefree and naive, and it takes me back to a peaceful place. I framed it and have it on my desk.

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  9. Today I find myself so incredibly thankful for the scripture - "Let not your heart be troubled' and my decision to say amen to that. And cause I cain't follow no rules, I'm thankful for you too - and that makes TWO. OK, Calvin too...so that's three...well, shoot - you see where this is going....

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  10. I am thankful for the belly giggles that wake me every morning along with the tiny smile that goes along with it. For unfailing wonder and the I love yous that each of my amazing children shower upon me every day.. even when I fail to deserve such a gift.
    I am also thankful for the unexpected gifts that I continue to find in the most unusual of places. Thank you Shannan. That is all I can say. ..heartfelt and full of meaning Thank you!
    That is what I am thankful for this evening.

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  11. I am thankful for learning that the monetary blessing that God has given me are a test not a reward.

    It's better to have learned this today than to learn it tomorrow.

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  12. I love this post. The cryptic clues whose details don't matter so much because, through your spirit, generosity and writing, we can all relate. I am thankful for that!

    I am thankful for good socks, wine, "church" in it's many, wonderful forms ;), dogs, girlfriends, hilarious children, my camera, music, bubbly water, popcorn, clean sheets, lavender, garlic, magenta and running.

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  13. it's -30 here...i am thankful for feather duvets, fleece pjammies and heat!

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  14. I too, am thankful for your posts. I know I've said it so many times before, but I am always encouraged or inspired to try something new after reading your posts! I am also thankful for three adorable little girls who call me "mommy" and a great husband who calls me "his". I am thankful for the family mentioned above who love me unconditionally, especially when I have those not so beautiful moments of life! I'm thankful for a Father who loves me even more!

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  15. I'm thankful for my bowl of fruit loops that puts the period on the end of a long full lovely weekend.

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  16. Today's blessings---
    ---a church I can call home
    ---being able to share my (His) music with others
    ---winter tea (fundraiser) and the ladies who made it happen
    ---gluten-free brownie mix from Betty Crocker
    ---children (ages 4 & 8) who still want to sit on my lap at any given point in the day
    ---Netflix on demand & Battlestar Galactica
    ---already knowing that there is a 2-hour delay for school tomorrow due to cold, so I don't have to drag my daughter out of her warm bed at 7:00 a.m.
    ---sharing the sacred everyday with friends through blogs

    Thanks for having us count! There are always more blessings than we realize. :)

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  17. I am thankful that God puts people in our lives whether in real life or in blogland(like you although if I knew you IRL I'm sure we'd be fast friends) that continually give me inspiration to be a better Christian, Mother, Wife and friend........if you ever need a January retreat from the snow, Florida is the place to be......your always welcome here :o)

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  18. I am thankful tonight for a clean toilet that I didn't have to clean! I have the best husband in the world, truly a blessing to me today!

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  19. I am thankful for the perfection that is Ryan Gosling. Amen. :) In all seriousness though, today I'm thankful for sauteed onions. Really. I heart onions.

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  20. I am thankful for a life that is oh so good.

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  21. I am thankful that you quoted the Counting Crows. Good stuff.

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  22. I am thankful that God not only loves me but He genuinely likes me. This too often takes me by surprise. And I'm thankful for the unexpected and sometimes unappreciated gift of 20 months of rest.

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  23. "less" is my one little word for 2011...and so far it's resulting in more! i'm thankful for my new church family that i officially joined today after a year of "trying it out." and i'm thankful for bumping into your blog - i think i'm going to like stopping by!

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  24. love THIS post. thankful for genuine, real girls who put their typing fingers where their heart is and the Lord that gave them those hearts in the first <3

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  25. After lurking for FOREVER, here I am coming out of the closet (haha!) and commenting!
    I am so thankful for my husband, who loves me unconditionally. He rocks. All the time.
    Yay for husbands!

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  26. Delurking here to say that I am thankful for blogs! Drinking chai and reading blogs in the morning is infinitely preferable to drinking chai and watching the news.
    And I do enjoy yours!

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  27. I'm thankful for reading this post and thankful to you for writing it!

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  28. Again you remind us of the beauty and wonder of ordinary, normal, and the simple things in life. That is what I'm thankful for. My simple things in life. The things we didn't buy, attain or inherit. My peeps. All sleeping right now.

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  29. I'm a huge fan of Counting Crows, which is probably no surprise to you. A few years ago, I bought my honey-pie tickets to see them in Chicago. We rented a red convertible mustang and drove outside the city to see our beloved Adam and friends. We got sorta lost and got there a little late but I knew *somebody* was opening for them and I figured that casually late is okay and maybe we'd miss the opening hoopla. WHen we got there, much to my chagrin and complete surprise, I wondered why I heard CC already from the car and then when I ran in at breakneck speed so as not to miss anymore of the show, I wondered WHY ARE WE THE OLDEST ONES HERE?

    Counting Crows was opening for John Mayer. John who, I said to myself?

    Long story short, I suppose we're old and not cool anymore.
    But Adam, his songwriting, his voice----forever cool in my book and forever imprinted on my heart.

    The whole way back to the hotel, we lamented how 'young people these days' just don't get music.

    And then I learned to like John Mayer.
    But he's no Adam.

    are you sure we weren't separated at birth?

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  30. I'm thankful for a wonderful night's rest...the deep kind that gives me energy to work today!

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  31. I am thankful for my faith, hot coffee, my crock pot, my laptop, books, my boys, my hubs, spray paint, my camera, my fake ugg slippers, cheese and cupcakes.

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  32. On a cold snowy winter day like today I am thankful for my warm home, my family, and all the lil comforts I enjoy that many can not.

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  33. grace. and conviction. (though with the latter i'm usually annoyed first, thankful sometime later.)

    ps what was your answer to the most important question ever? you can't leave a girl hanging like that...

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  34. I'm thankful for my friends and family who brought me food and supplies all last week when I was sick so I didn't have to haul 4 kids out in this Indiana snow.

    And I'm thankful I was well enough to be able to help lead worship yesterday.

    I'm thankful for a warm house, warm showers, and warm blankets. And warm little sweet peas that snuggle themselves to sleep next to me.

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  35. I am thankful for the snow that is falling this morning and that I can be inside where it's warm. I have a sick child home today and I'm thankful that I can care for him ... lots of popsicles and TLC!

    I am also thankful that I am learning once again (but in a new way) what being completely abandoned to God really means.

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  36. ok, i was going to attempt something along the lines of eloquent, but i just saw that edie dropped by & saw edie dropped by
    & i love her touching base.
    the end.

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  37. I'm thankful this morning for the time (& patience!) He has given me thus far to "get it right." I require a whole lot of the doing-over!

    I'm loving this post and your observation on the more versus the less. Have a great day & stay warm :)

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  38. Oh what a good idea...I think this is just what I need to do to get out of my winter doldrums. A warm house, a good book, my Grandma's quilt, and The Sound of Music soundtrack playing over and over again on my Ipod.

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  39. Sunshine! No matter what tempter it is, it just makes me happy and thankful that I'm alive.

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  40. While I precariously tight-rope walk the borderline cheesy comment here, I am thankful for "blog friends". You know, the blog friends that don't even know I'm their friend, haha, but I love reading their blogs. And I don't mean the blogs where everyone paints their world to be in the rosiest shade of pink ever, but the ones where their world might be rainbow sparkles one day and a deep gray the next. The blogs that are not only encouraging to me, but also that walk through reality to me and let me know I'm not alone when life doesn't necessarily go according to plan and that's okay, too. Blogs like yours, my friend...;)

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  41. I am thankful for a trip to the midwest to visit dear friends (where the company of good friends always makes for a sunny day)...and the husband for taking such great care of our darlings while I get away. Excited to explore the wonder and possibilities of the week as I sit with my dear sisters and share in the graces of our God!

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  42. I am thankful for a husband who left for work this morning, only to turn around and come pick up our three school-age children and take them to school so that I am the two littlest didn't have to go out in the cold. I think I fell in love all over again!

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  43. i am thankful for NEW beginnings....every morning.:) have a blessed one!

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  44. I'm thankful for the rain that washed away all the dirt this morning - I'm also thankful for caffine :+) and this beautiful blog.

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  45. So thankful for this post. It has me looking around for something to be thankful for and that's a really good thing. I'd have to say right now that it's the little tingle on my lips from my Buxom brandi lipgloss. I love the tingle:) Have a great day my friend. I'm excited for you. It's so good to be pushed and scared sometimes!

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  46. I'm thankful for friends that make me think about what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for the gift of adoption. I'm thankful for Love.

    Can't wait to see you on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    XO
    El

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  47. i now feel a closer kinship to you because you just quoted old school counting crows. august and everything after...a classic!

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  48. I'm thankful for wonderful, uplifting blogs like yours. Your blog is lovely!!

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  49. I am thankful that this, too, shall pass.

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  50. I love the reflection of the windows in your photograph.

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  51. I'm so thankful for this post, b/c it has caused me to stop for a second and think about what I'm thankful for!

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  52. i am thankful for truth and light. and moving towards it. for the journey. for the snags that teach me. for the prayers that save me. for love conquering fear.

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  53. I'm so thankful for God, I would be long dead without him.

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  54. ::i am thankful for friends who remind me of the truth when i forget it.

    ::i am thankful that i don't need to be in control and i can rest in the fact that He has the whole wide world in His hands.

    ::i am thankful that He makes beautiful things. He makes beautiful things out of us ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR7VOKQ0xJY )

    :: i am thankful that He is enough.

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  55. I am thankful that my house is quiet (momentarily) and I can gather my thoughts. I am thankful that God speaks to me in whispers but also in grand motions to really get my attention. I am thankful that my sweet friend Shannan introduced me to Friday Night Lights, but not thankful for what Landry did in last night's episode (gasp!)

    Thankful for the crossroads.

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  56. oh my groceries, what a blast from the past. "anna begins" was and is my favorite from that album.

    i'm thankful for last friday. running errands. my little guy smiling in the back. sun spilling into our van. and contentment flooding my heart. such a small moment. with a rippling impact.

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  57. I'm thankful for a God of second chances...whose mercy is new every morning :)

    I'm thankful that a good night sleep makes most problems fade with less significance.

    I'm so thankful for my family and for my husband who almost always apologizes first - even when he didn't start the argument.

    So many things to be thankful for....

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  58. I'm thankful for our wonderful babysitter who comes once a month so I can attend book club.

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  59. I am thankful that God has given me another day to try agin, to do better all the things I messed up the first time.

    And that He does it again, and again, and again.

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  60. i am thankful for my man who just served me a hot potato skin with cheese and bacon bits! yummy! :)

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  61. I'm thankful for great family and friends...and love that you did this post too:)

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