Daily Gratitudes 2014

(265 Posts)
Annunziata Wed 01-Jan-14 16:55:28

Old thread here

Welcome to our Gratitudes for 2014! The lovely crescentmoon started last years, and we are running out of space. So, here is our 2014 thread-for little things that go well for us each day.

Any MNer can join in! From any faith, no faith, every day, once in a while, everyone is welcome!

I am grateful for
a New Year and new starts
all my grown up DC having a good time at parties and returning home safely
a warm bath and a glass of wine

crescentmoon Wed 01-Jan-14 20:12:50

very happy you started a new 2014 thread annunziata, and what a welcoming message also! happy new year to you and everyone else old and new who will join in this thread.

gratitudes today:

that ds2 has improved so much today with toilet training when i was almost in despair!
that his speech is improving really well also,
that ds1 and dd are having a great time at dparents,
for my lovely DH - (today is one of those 'how lucky am i with a man like this' days!),
for a lovely new years day,
a warm house and a lovely hot cup of tea!

Annunziata Thu 02-Jan-14 23:45:03

Thank you very much my love!

gratitudes
warm apple pie with ice cream!

stressedHEmum Fri 03-Jan-14 10:11:24

A happy and blessed New Year to everyonesmile What a lovely new thread. Thank you Annunziata.

gratitudes
shelter from this terrible weather - I hope everyone is safe
DS1 had a safe journey up from Cumbria and is currently making his way back - hopefully there will be no problems with his journey
DD loved her new violin for her birthday
mince pies (again)
painkillers and sleep

WingDefence Fri 03-Jan-14 19:51:57

May I join in please?

Today I'm thankful for:
- my two lovely DCs - it was DS's 5th birthday party today and both DCs were brilliant (DD is only 9 months though...!)
- the fact that all his friends turned up and everyone had a great time
- my friends and family who helped out and made the afternoon only mildly stressful and actually enjoyable grin
- this thread! Thanks Annunziata thanks

Annunziata Fri 03-Jan-14 20:11:26

Welcome wingdefence! Happy birthday to your little one!

Glad you found us, stressed, did your DH make it up? I hope you haven't been hit by the floods today.

Grateful for
- being able to run out for a bit of fresh air between rain storms!

sugar4eva Sat 04-Jan-14 09:14:16

What a lovely thread . How fab to think of our grattitues. Thankyou ! I'm grateful for sitting in my bed right now scoring a cup of tea . For my lovely ds who went to a party and mixed his drinks and called us for help and he was like a little boy letting me help him . For my dh who is out getting coal for our multi fuel burner. For my dd who is navigating a first relationship . For my job which feels like a vocation and causes me to be exposed to human vulnerability daily , and after 20 years of it upsetting me I feel as if I am balancing the stress so that I doesn't cost me too much emotionally . For rivers , trees, the wild sea,for buildings of beauty and the people who had the vision to build them . And - this is a little scary - my start on a spiritual path am grateful but afraid as don't know how to start . Am grateful for this thread! Thankyou . Ps I'm not v good on phones and I don't know how to do paragraphs on it , and I realise it makes it more difficult to read - apologies !

stressedHEmum Sat 04-Jan-14 13:36:50

Welcome, Wing and Sugar. it's always lovely to see new faces. May you find this thread to be as much of a blessing as I have.

Annunziata, we are a wee bit inland, so avoided the flooding, but have some friends who live right on the front in Ardrossan who aren't so lucky. Thankfully, they have a good support network (they are elderly). DH got to work and back without too much difficulty, DS1 had loads of delays on his journey back to Cumbria, though. At least he got there safely in the end.

Grateful
for the chance to visit my parents this afternoon
for hot food and a warm home
for all of my children growing and blossoming
for DS2's endless patience with DS4
for time spent with friends yesterday - they are such a blessing to me.

WingDefence Sat 04-Jan-14 17:19:49

I'm currently thankful for my wonderful DPs. They followed us up north when we moved to the NW from London 3 years ago and I'm at their housewarming party right now (sleeping baby on my shoulder so only have NN for company!).

Lots of people have turned up from the area inc their church - all friends they've made in the last 18 months - and they all keep saying how lovely my DPs are. So blessed smile

WingDefence Sat 04-Jan-14 17:20:17

*MN for company on my phone!

crescentmoon Sat 04-Jan-14 18:06:14

you are very blessed wing - wow! my DPs love me but not enough to relocate so far as yours would! thats so lovely.

stressed iv missed you love very glad to see you here on annunziatas thread. sugar4eva id like to join with the welcomes to you as well.

gratitudes

1.the lovely chat with dm this evening,
2.and from that - for my quiet non dramatic life,
3.for annunziata getting us off to a positive start for 2014!
4.that ds has had no accidents for 2 days - none at all!
5.the great free books on my lovely kindle

sugar4eva Sun 05-Jan-14 09:23:02

For my supportive dh who works very hard with passion and commitment and my own ; which I am lucky to do part time as I wd burn out otherwise
For just learning how to do paragraphs on thus phone!
For neighbour s who we can say hello to but also ask for help and vica versa as well as some socialising

For the amazing view from our house which looks over the distant Lakeland hills and the coast

For the happiness gained from small things

For my shower ; not posh but appriciAte it !

sugar4eva Sun 05-Jan-14 09:23:59

And for the welcomes!

Annunziata Sun 05-Jan-14 12:41:45

Ooooh, free kindle books? Any recommendations?

Glad the weather didn't hit too badly. Just waiting on the next battering now, this winter is crazy!

Welcome sugar!

Gratitudes
the choir in our church, they are really, really good

WingDefence Sun 05-Jan-14 15:06:32

Yes gratitudes for the welcomes on here smile

Well I'm very thankful for our church and the amazing friends we have there. DH was appointed part-time Pastor of our church today (it's not had a pastor since something like 1940 - can't say much more or I'll out myself) and we truly feel like God has brought us up here for this purpose.

I'm thankful (again) for this thread. I lurk on the prayer threads but it's wonderful to focus on the positives in our lives too, no matter how small. So uplifting.

stressedHEmum Sun 05-Jan-14 15:26:31

gratitudes

for this mornings church service
that my friend who is the organist is feeling better this week - he was off sick last week - it makes for an adventure on a Sunday morning, we miss him so much and are very, very blessed to have him. He truly is a gift from God
for a nice chat over a cup of tea after the service and that a couple of people volunteered to help me when they realised that I was on my own in the kitchen
for time spent with family
for shelter from the weather

sugar4eva Sun 05-Jan-14 16:21:00

Wings ; I'm in the n w too ! If you look at my grattitues you can prob narrow it down to a few places . Hope you like it here.sounds like you do!

HellesBellesThinksSometimes Sun 05-Jan-14 18:10:14

Hope it's ok to join in smile

Gratitudes:
My 13yo still having fun with me
Snowman marshmallows (see above!)
My wonderful church who are my rocks
Today's preacher who made the gospels jist a little easier to navigate
That I return to work tomorrow and can get back into a routine

stressedHEmum Mon 06-Jan-14 18:19:41

Welcome, helles, the more the merrier.

gratitudes

a lull in the rain
food, water, shelter and safety
fluffy socks
hot fruit tea
pain killers

WingDefence Mon 06-Jan-14 20:09:09

I'm a newbie too Helles - welcome smile

Sugar, we could well be near to each other? PM me?

Gratitudes for today:
- being able to work from home so that I can drop my DCs off at school/childcare
- my DPs (again) for looking after DD on Mondays
- my DH for cooking tea
And the basics that I should always try not to take for granted: food, our house, health.

sugar4eva Mon 06-Jan-14 23:24:05

Hi wings ; will pm you ! Think I may have to so via lap top
- cant see pm button on phone!
Grattitues :
My teen ds bringing a teen orientated snack for me - first time ever.
My dog s warm tummy .
Neighbours Christmas pud with vanilla cream
Getting the ok to move desks to a room with a view of a grand old tree
New diary ;fresh paper and writing space.
A quote on fb about stillness.
Working too late but getting home and flopping !
Slippers from a friend which are too big and make my feet look like cartoon feet. Dh can no longer take me seriously when grumpy when I wear them.

sugar4eva Mon 06-Jan-14 23:27:25

Ps and for the thought"what you focuss on grows".

HellesBellesThinksSometimes Tue 07-Jan-14 17:01:29

Gratitudes:

sugar4eva typed 'what you focus on grows'
The opportunity to get to know new people and make good friends
Young adults are very resilient
Memories of those gone from our lives
People who tell you when something has gone well
Rain when the windscreen jets are broken
Opportunities to praise
Freedom to design experiments

crescentmoon Tue 07-Jan-14 17:34:02

hello lovelies, i hope you are all keeping well.

first off: a warm welcome hellesbelles and sugar from me too.

also,some nice videos and articles on gratitude from the last thread:

heres a video on if you want to be a happy person, become a grateful person.

www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful.html (the speaker is David Steindl-Rast "a benedictine monk and interfaith scholar on how happiness is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.")

and a couple of articles on the benefits: social/health/mental of gratitudes

www.examiner.com/article/world-gratitude-day-benefits-of-gratitude?cid=rss

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/22/gratitude-healthy-benefits_n_2147182.html#slide=1770308

if you ever read or see anything about the positivity of taking stock of things to be grateful for in one's life, please post it on the thread!

gratitudes today:

dc are well and cheerful,
dh has accepted my olive branch - not with the best of grace but im grateful anyway as i was in the wrong,
my good friend and her good advice to me,
that we had enough in the bank to weather the very large directdebit taken out today,
that in helping themselves to our money, the question of settling the bill before moving energy company has been sorted!

WingDefence Tue 07-Jan-14 22:20:40

Evening all. Gratitudes today include:
- for the gift of music and singing
- for the beauty of creation
- for friendship and laughter
- for sweets grin

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