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Don’t Stop Giving Thanks

December 1, 2009

So yesterday I blogged about several of the things that I am still thankful for that have just been from the last week or so.  But, in writing the blog late the night before while exhausted, I left off some of the people that I meant to thank.  So, today, I am going to take some more time before diving back into the world of normal life and ministry blogs and thank them.

  • Gift Givers – I’m not really sure how I left this part off.  Probably because I really hadn’t seen all the gifts and such for the baby yet.  But now that we are all unpacked, KK showed everything to me.  Thank you all so much!  We are so blessed to have friends and family like you all who want our baby to have clothes and toys and grow up learning and in the Lord.  A big thank you to Toby, Stephanie, Tallie and Taelyn for the bags of clothes!  Thank you family for the stroller and crib and more!  Because of all of you, our baby will be just a bit easier on my wallet and her momma will be so happy!  We will be sending each of you thank you notes soon, but I just didn’t wanna wait any longer.  Thank you so much!
  • Dog Sitters – Marty and Nancy, you all were great!  You saved us a large chunk of money by taking care of Jack Bauer for us.  He would not have liked this trip as much as staying put where he didn’t have to follow us around all day long instead of just sleep.  I hope he was great for you all and Lexie isn’t too upset with you for allowing another dog to infringe on her territory.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  1. Crys permalink
    December 2, 2009 12:24 PM

    Hi Brook:
    Recently found your blog, and thought it was very inspiring. Noticed you’ve been writing about being grateful and wanted to share a bit of information that might be of interest to you and your blog readers, for the entire holiday season. We’re all familiar with “blessings in disguise.” I would like to introduce you to a fun way to find the silver linings and bring the family and friends together this holiday season, especially through Twitter, Gratitweets. The creator of the best-selling Balderdash game, Laura Robinson has released a new board game in conjunction with her book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings,” to help us train our brains to look on the bright side. For example:

    What are three “silver linings” about losing your mobile phone that are terrific on a “cellular” level?

    You’ll save money on your minutes

    You can “re-connect” with yourself a little more

    Now you have a real excuse for not calling people back!

    What blessings-in-disguise can you “take to the bank” about being short on cash?

    1. You and your family will have to stay home more and you can have quality time together

    2. You have needed to create a realistic budget for yourself for years

    3. You can carry a smaller purse or wallet!

    According to TIME Magazine, “counting your blessings is the #1 path to finding happiness.” The problem is remembering to do this often enough to reap the rewards. Well, the book, which contains 101 inspirational stories of gratitude, and game teaches us all to look for silver linings in all of life’s scenarios.

    Here is a bit about the game. The game uses clever copy and engaging logic to get players to go from “tired to inspired, frazzled to dazzled and stressed to blessed” by navigating challenging (and often funny) real life scenarios about health, home life, work, school, and finances. Players can head to the Thank Tank and hear why losing their phone could be a reason to “cell-abrate,” or try on the Bright Side Glasses and “see” a ripped pair of pants in a “hole” new light! Here are a few sample questions:

    What are three positive things to “cough up” about having the flu?
    You’ll get to miss school or work and finish that novel on your bedside table
    You’ll take lots more vitamins, boost your immune system and get healthier in the long run
    For once, you are the center of attention in your family!

    What are three “silver linings” that turn a fractured elbow into a “lucky break?”
    You learn how to adapt and do things with your other hand
    You have to quit the volleyball team, but join a choir instead and find out you have a stellar voice
    You don’t have to take out the garbage for at least six weeks!

    What are three silver linings you can “fire off” about losing your job?
    You get a great severance package and can take a well deserved and needed break
    Your job sucked and you hated your boss – now you can find something you LOVE to do
    Your kids will get to see you more – they miss you!

    Both are available online at either Amazon.com (book is 14.95) and countyourblessingsgame.com (eco-friendly game is $24.99). Enjoy!!!

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