Monday, November 29, 2010

Gratitude Journal #68

In this season of abundance and excess, let us be abundantly and excessively grateful!

Today, I am grateful for Sprite Zero, which has helped settle my tummy for the past week but most especially yesterday, when I had to leave church suddenly right after the collection. Best of all, I don't like the flavor of Sprite enough to get hooked on it.
Today, I'm grateful for being off Coca-Cola for 27 months. And George said I couldn't give up the Coke. I showed him!

Today, I am grateful for all the turkeys who unwittingly gave their lives for millions of families across the United States last week to enjoy a traditional feast.

Today, I am grateful that Jack tasted turkey. He ate a green-pea-size piece and almost threw up, but he ate it! And there was much rejoicing in the land! When asked if he wanted more, he said, "No, thank you." My boy has manners, even if he thinks we're trying to kill him with poisoned food.

Today, I am grateful for this song, which I heard for the first time in church yesterday. Have a hanky ready.

Today, I am grateful for the December issue of Real Simple magazine. I'm not even a third of the way through it and have dog-earred about ten pages, including one with this quotation:

"Chocolate is no ordinary food. It is not something you can take or leave, something you like only moderately. You don't like chocolate. You don't even love chocolate. Chocolate is something you have an affair with." Geneen Roth

That's what I'm sayin'!

And speaking of chocolate, I am grateful that Coffees of Hawaii is having a 30% off everything sale for cyber-Monday. I ordered a 5-pound bag of THIS coffee for a special holiday treat. It is "[a]n impressively sweet, cocoa- and dark-chocolate toned coffee with a silky mouthfeel and gentle acidity...a hint of the chocolate-cocoa note persists pleasantly in the finish." In this case, the advertising copy is spot-on. If you miss this sale, definitely sign up for their emails. If you have the money, the coffee is worth every penny it costs regularly. We can't afford to drink it all the time, however, so I relish the occasional treat.

Today, I am grateful for Advent, this time of expectation and joy. If you're the praying kind, please remember to pray for those who aren't feeling that joy this year, who are mourning the loss of loved ones, who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, who are sick and suffering, who are out of work.

Today, I am grateful for the Salvation Army bell-ringer at my local Kroger. That man is quite the breath of warm air on a cold, cold day. He glows with holiday spirit, cajoles smiles out of the scroogiest Scrooges, and blesses strangers passing by with enthusiastic attention. When I go to the store and he's not on duty, I feel let down, like I'm missing my blessing for the day. I'm going to put a Christmas card in my purse and give it to him next time I see him.

What are you grateful for today?


  1. "My boy has manners, even if he thinks we're trying to kill him." So funny! Thanks for the laugh!

  2. as usual, I enjoyed your post. What song was it? I checked the link and it came up as "this video is not available". Needless to say I was a little disappointed. Please share!! :)

  3. Lavonne, I have no idea why the link isn't working for works fine on my end. The song is Better than a Hallelujah by Amy Grant. Search it on youtube and select the one that is a slideshow with lyrics. Gorgeous words, and Grant sings it beautifully!

  4. thank you for sharing that song, the words definitely touch the heart, and amy grant does sing beautifully. i don't mean to digress too much, but how did you stop the coke habit. sigh! seriously, i try and try, go a few weeks and then slide back to soda, it is truly pitiful, and i am well over 50, so i should know better! help! i tell myself i don't eat sweets, so this is my dessert at times....but i would love to stop drinking soda, my children give me a really hard time about it too! bless their little pointed heads, lol!

  5. What a nice way to bless the Salvation Army bell ringer. I think I'll make a card that says "It's NOT a myth!" and pack it in my purse. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Liz A.,

    Substitute another addiction. Coffee, for instance. That's what I did. *wink*


  7. ah! of course, what was i thinking! i can't do food, i have to be able to fit in the door, oh! i know, more paper, more glue, more ink, more paper, more bling......of course! lol! thank you girly.


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