30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 1

Count your blessings and your problems.  If your problems out number your blessings count them again.  ♥  Chances are the things you take for granted were not added.  ♥
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Halloween is done.  The candy is not.  Hello, treadmill!  And so the holiday season begins!

I love the thought of November and sweet memories of Thanksgivings past have begun their yearly appearance in my mind.  Memories that still portray special grandparents alive and well, carefree cousins at play and laughter from all of them blending together into one beautiful picture of happiness.  How I cherish those memories!  I love going through my photo albums from years past and hope I remember to capture a few new memories with my camera again this year!

This month, I want to focus on being content.  Content with life as it is now.  Thankful.  Not dwelling on what I’d like it to be next week, next month, next year.  Not wishing to change the past.  Content with today…this very moment.  I’ve wondered before if we realize that in our modern day and age, we struggle with contentment despite the fact that we have it so good here in this country.  Third world countries struggle with having enough of the very basics.  We struggle with having so much within our reach, so many options for so many things, that it seems like there is always something to wish for.  Something more, something bigger, something greater.  But, really, what greater thing could one possess than contentment itself?  It’s the little things in life that make life worth living!

I want to thank all of you for your kind words here on the blog.  Encouraging words.  We all need them and I apologize to those who have left comments so faithfully over the last few months without receiving a reply from me!  It means a lot.  I hope I can return even a small portion of that kindness in days ahead!

I also hope you’ll join me this month as I pay attention to the little things that make life worthwhile because you, my friends, are one of them!

Hugs to all of you!



  • sally Posted Saturday, 11/02/2013 8:00 am

    Wishing you lots of happiness & contentment today & every day Melissa! Good luck with the 30 days 🙂

    My gratitude for today: let's 8am & I'm lying bed with a cup of tea, my dog curled up asleep on my feet, there is a thick frost outside ( drying up the mud!) and I'm spending this evening watching fireworks with friends followed by a big pot of chilli 🙂


  • Lorraine Posted Saturday, 11/02/2013 9:45 am

    What fantastic photos..I am thankful for the great time I had with my youngest son at the halloween lantern carnival last night, lovely card too

  • Lynn Posted Saturday, 11/02/2013 10:59 am

    What a heartfelt and beautiful post. Thank you Melissa! This is a great reminder to me to be content. I appreciate you!

  • Jean Posted Saturday, 11/02/2013 3:37 pm

    Thank you ~ Love this ~ just pinned it to my quotes board.

  • Melissa Posted Friday, 11/08/2013 7:21 pm

    That sounds heavenly!!!!

  • Melissa Posted Friday, 11/08/2013 7:22 pm

    Thank you! Your evening sounds like a really fun one! There's nothing like the excitement that children bring with them on Halloween! 🙂

  • Melissa Posted Friday, 11/08/2013 7:22 pm

    Thank you, Lynn! I appreciate you too and need to be better about saying as much by visiting your wonderful blog more often! 🙂

  • Melissa Posted Friday, 11/08/2013 7:23 pm

    It was a good reminder to me too, Jean! I need to post it right above my kitchen sink! 🙂

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