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40 Days of Thankful | Week 1

I’ve always admired those who observe the season of lent by giving up one thing that they normally can’t seem to live without– for 40 days. Hard stuff.

I’ve never actually actively participated in this fasting of sorts, but I want to join in a different fashion this year- by spending 40 days finding at least ONE thing I’m thankful for each day. God is the giver of all good things- and all too often I am blind to those blessings.

I remember a few years ago, my mom encouraged me to start writing a daily gratitude journal- it probably lasted about a week (blame it on the ADD)– but, in that week, my eyes began to open to many blessings that I ignored- and that in itself, was a wonderful gift.

My mom is the encourager behind this idea, too (thanks mom:))- and this time while working towards my journal of gratitude, I just so happen to also be a photographer- and in my opinion, everything’s a little more fun with a picture behind it:)

So today- I start this 40 day journey of sorts. I have to admit, I didn’t get ONE picture everyday- but I did end up with 7 things I am thankful for this week. I hope that counts for something…:)

1.) Signs of Spring: After many cold days, these newly budding flowers make me smile. Couldn’t choose my favorite, so I’m posting two!
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2014-03-13_00092.) London Living: Sometimes, we get a bit homesick- but ultimately- we are so very thankful for the time we have to explore this wonderful city.
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3.) Sunshine: This week we have had multiple sunny days. What seemed a rare occurrence to us after multiple rainy and cloudy days. So thankful to see the sun coming through the windows!
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4.)Care packages: Mom and Dad sent us an epic package of all kinds of American goodies this past week. I may or may not have eaten a whole package of goldfish in one sitting. And these reeses cups will be gone soon…I ate them after the picture. RIP.2014-03-13_0007
5.) Errands and Everyday Love: I love doing life with Joey…Ordinary everyday life is wonderful- and I am so thankful.
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6.) Food, and a husband who can cook far better than me. Baked potatoes with the works?! SO good.
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7.) A bit of an afternoon on our back balcony on a sunny day with my favorite refreshing drink (thats a mouthful, but I’m thankful for each part!)
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Happy Thursday, my friends.

March 13, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Erin Wheeler - Just love this! Especially the flowers- I am sooo ready for spring!!

March 13, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Caitlin - Love this! Gotta say I’m super thankful for the little hints of spring too!

March 13, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Nastja - Really cool idea + gorgeous pictures!

March 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Tosha - I love Reeses, that photo made me do a double take! lol So many things to be thankful!

March 13, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Sue Adams - I’m thankful for you …. All this made me smile on the inside and outside … Love the pic of Joey’s haircut :)

March 13, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Pam McKay Burdette - Inspiring – thanks Sarah! Sometimes the reminder to be thankful for all of God’s good gifts and sweet blessings is needed. I am loving the woman you have become.

March 13, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Natalie - I love this idea! Great post!

March 14, 2014 - 2:55 am

Sheila McDonald Woofter - My small group just talked about gratitude tonight. I love it when God speaks about the same thing more than once to me. I love the pictures with the thoughts!

March 14, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Michael and Carina - Awesome work! :) Thanks for sharing <3

March 14, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Christine Tapanes - Ditto what your mom said. I know where many of those pics were taken.
So glad I got to go to London, even if it was under trying circumstances.

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