Sunday, February 20, 2011

[trying to be] an anti-ingrate.

so, i got a little down in church today. church seems an odd place to get "down," but, it happened. lucky for me though, it didn't last very long. and eventually i realized that sometimes i let myself focus too much on what i don't have [i.e., starts with "CHIL" ends with "DREN"] that i forget to be grateful and remember how blessed i really am! so, on this beautiful sunday evening, and in an effort to not be such an ingrate, i have compiled a little list of ten things i am especially grateful for.........

1. that my husband has been home for 3 weeks straight! [this is very rare]
2. for my [nine] little sunbeams that are the cutest things on the planet.
3. that we finished our taxes yesterday.....IN FEBRUARY!
4. the Mormon Tabernacle Choir station on pandora.
5. that my nails are painted red. ?
6. opportunities to change--to do and be better.
7. that prayers are always [eventually] answered.
8. pink lady apples.
9. a loving and always patient Heavenly Father.
10. that i can honestly say things like "i fell asleep in my husband's arms" because it happened this afternoon and it. was. awesome.

this might become a fun little sunday evening tradition that will hopefully keep me focused on all the things i'm especially grateful for--even if they are just red nails and yummy apples. :)


  1. I was thinking that same thing today. I sat in church and was surrounded by adorable babies and instead of listening to the talks I just kept thinking "I'm trying to be patient. But can I please just have one of those babies!" And then I had to go through in my head all the things I DO have. I'm much better at being impatient than I am at being grateful. I'm working on it!

  2. I'm so sorry. It really makes sense to me that church could be difficult for people. In younger family wards, there can be so many kids it's hard to hear the speaker. I wish there were a way for me to erase this kind of pain, I mean, the kind others feel just from my family's presence. Do you have any advice for what someone with little babies could do to be sensitive?

  3. You're a good example! It's okay to get down sometimes, obviously, but good for you for having a good attitude anyway. I'm definitely not always as good at that as I should be.

    Oh, and I love number 10:)

  4. Laura, I really admire you for thinking of all the things you're grateful for while you were AT church. It took me all day to realize i should probably think that way :) I really appreciate your comment--glad to know I'm not the only one

    Kate, good question! So good that I have no idea how to answer it! Just be understanding that everyone has their own challenges in life and we should all just be grateful for what the Lord has given us--both the challenges and the blessings.

    Abby--I basically only had the good attitude during the 20 minutes I wrote this list, but thank you! :) It's all about baby steps :)

  5. I love this list. Thanks for the reminder :)

    p.s. I'd forgotten about your obsession with apples...I have NEVER seen anyone eat an apple like you ;)

  6. It's okay to be down sometimes! It's also okay to cry. My mom always tells me that crying a little bit will make me feel better, and when it's over, it's over! The "grateful" tradition is a lovely & very inspiring idea!!