Choosing to be Grateful: Days 22, 23, & 24

Sorry, I have been having trouble with my internet and didn’t realize this didn’t post. Here it is now!

I have been having fun the last few days and feel very grateful for family and friends.

I pray the same has been true for you.

Day 22 was inspired by one of my nephews who woke up early and left me the message outside my bedroom door to “follow the trail”. It was written in hot wheels.

He then dropped an army man attached to a parachute on me as I climbed the stairs. There was a note rolled up around the man’s leg that said, “time to wake up”.

Can’t express how much I loved this.

Day 23 was inspired by late nights and the need for sleeping in or for an afternoon nap. I love my brother.

Day 24 was inspired by all the moments with family over the last 3 days. Such special times to do nothing but be together.

Your Bonus Challenge this go round is to share a favorite memory with all of us about your Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving all,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Days 22, 23, & 24

I have been having fun the last few days and feel very grateful for family and friends.

I pray the same has been true for you.

Day 22 was inspired by one of my nephews who woke up early and left me the message outside my bedroom door to “follow the trail”. It was written in hot wheels.

He then dropped an army man attached to a parachute on me as I climbed the stairs. There was a note rolled up around the man’s leg that said, “time to wake up”.

Can’t express how much I loved this.

Day 23 was inspired by late nights and the need for sleeping in or for an afternoon nap. I love my brother.

Day 24 was inspired by all the moments with family over the last 3 days. Such special times to do nothing but be together.

Your Bonus Challenge this go round is to share a favorite memory with all of us about your Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving all,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 21

I’m so grateful for this woman. We do truth and we do all the emotions and we love each other through it all.

We do hard things together like work and mud runs. We just enjoy life together.

Friends like this are special and a gift from the Lord.

Day 21: What friend are you grateful for today.

Bonus Challenge: Tell them how important they are to you.

To good friends,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 20

Sometimes I need a little something extra to make me feel pretty.

It might be a necklace, a set of earrings, or a fun nail polish color.

I’m grateful for these little touches on the days I feel droopy.

Day 20: What are you grateful for that can make you feel pretty.

Bonus Challenge: Give someone else a compliment.

Here’s to feeling pretty,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 19

Today was my first day back at work after my surgery.

When I walked in a few of my coworkers and team members were standing near my desk with hugs to welcome me back.

My desk had notes scattered on it and a few thoughtful gifts were waiting for me.

I work with an amazing group of men and women and I’m so very grateful.

Coworkers can make all the difference in a work place, in a positive or negative way.

Day 18: Who is a coworker you are grateful for?

Bonus Challenge: Put a sticky note on their desk telling them you’re glad they’re there.

Your encouragement to them could make all the difference.

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 18

This weekend I spent a lot of time with my nephews and nieces.

Today, I had a few special moments that I hold dear to my heart.

At lunch my 6 yr old niece said, “I’ve never made a quesadilla. I want to learn.” So a silent prayer that she wouldn’t burn herself while on my watch went up to the heavens and we began the lesson. She learned and made lunch for the family. No burns.

Before dinner I took my 8 yr old niece to run errands. What began with her question about if it is hard to drive followed by a comment about how men could not pick up a car after an accident to save someone, but God could, we ended up talking a lot about Jesus.

Her questions challenged me to think about faith like a child and that the questions she was asking God are ones we all should ask so that when we know, we really do know.

Then we bought her some boots and went for a raspberry steamer.

I learned 2 important things today.

1) When someone younger wants to learn from you, take the time to teach. Let them work it out. Be there to help. Enjoy their growth.

2) In listening to my niece with the intent to learn from her and about her, a beautiful conversation happened. Generational dialogue is powerful stuff. For both people.

Day 18: Who in a younger generation are you grateful for?

Bonus Challenge: Make a date with them. Learn something from each other and enjoy time together.

With a heart that’s full,

Aimee

18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul…

19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. – Deuteronomy 11:18-19

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 17

I’m up visiting family and am currently accompanying them to ballet practice.

I was struck by how special it is when someone who is an expert in their field gives time to teaching the younger ones.

I wonder if we all taught what we know (about something beautiful) to those coming up behind us how different the world would be.

Day 17: Who is a teacher you are grateful for?

Bonus Challenge: Let them know.

Here is to investing in the younger generations,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 15 & 16

I’ve been sick with food poisoning the last two days, so I missed posting yesterday.

But not to worry, that just means we are doing a two for one day.

My favorite holiday was always Christmas, but Thanksgiving the last couple of years have been really special with a new tradition we started.

We write each family member’s name on a sheet of paper. Then we write something we like about them on the paper.

Each slip goes in a cup assigned to the person. Then we go around the table, the person reads them out loud and tries to figure out who said what about them.

Tears and laughter always ensue and it is so very special.

And one of my favorite things to do at the holidays is put together a puzzle with my Mom.

So what about you? Are you more grateful for Thanksgiving or Christmas? And what’s one of your favorite activities around the holidays?

Bonus Challenge: Share your answer with someone else and see what they say.

In anticipation of the holidays,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 14

I took the above picture a couple days ago right after waking up. I was struck by the way the light was hitting the mountains.

Maybe this is where the phrase “purple mountain majesty” came from.

Day 14: What natural beauty are you grateful for in your own state?

Bonus Challenge: Post a pic or explain it to us so we can all enjoy!

Blessings,

Aimee

Choosing to be Grateful: Day 13

There’s nothing like a hot drink to warm the body, soul, and mind on a cold winter night.

It had been snowing all day in Colorado and I couldn’t help but make hot chocolate as the flakes continued to fall.

Something about whip cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg makes any drink feel a little more fancy and special to me.

What about you?

Day 13: What hot drink are you most grateful for on cold winter nights?

Bonus Challenge: Make a date to share one with a friend.

To warm drinks and hearts,

Aimee