Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January Gratitude Journal

For the last several years, I have been writing things that I am thankful for or things that bring me joy in my paper journal.  I have decided to write them here for the coming year.  This one is from January.  

  • Neighbor children spontaneously shoveling our snowy driveway, just because they are kind
  • Space heaters when our furnace went out for four days 
  • Sunshine on a bitterly cold day
  • Podcasts to listen to as I do my housework (What Should I Read Next) 
  • Spotify playlists to listen to as I do my housework 
  • Surviving -11 F despite frozen pipes and furnace quitting
  • Library trips on a cold day
  • Our old van starting during the cold snap (battery keeps on going!) 
  • Generous grandparents helping with college 
  • My 5th grade Sunday school girls make me smile
  • A 10-year-old crock pot keeps us fed on busy days
  • When an ice storm misses us
  • The furnace didn't catch fire when the switch burned out
  • Abundance of food
  • Youth group leaders, winter retreat
  • Amazon delivery when you don't feel like leaving home
  • Old friends enjoying fellowship 
  • 50 F days in January
  • A day to rest at home
  • Hot tea when you have the sniffles
  • Birdsong in the winter
  • Visits with your college student
  • Unexpected lunch with my dad
  • Emergency dental offices, temporary fillings, pain medicine (more about this in Feb.) 


  1. Hot tea when you have the sniffles! YES!!! The last point, brrrr

  2. What a nice list! It sounds like you could use a new furnace!!! I hope you and yours are well!! So, have you had multiple visits with Ryan already since Christmas break? I'm most grateful that winter is ending soon.