Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Counting My Blessings




new friends

great books

second graders

Jeffrey's new job

sitting by the fireplace

two jobs in unsteady times

a trip to Disney this time last year

a pretty, cozy house that we can afford

a big backyard with a hammock and swing set. cows and barns just over the fence

a happy, healthy daughter. tucked in bed, sleeping sweetly

receiving and giving compassion

living on a budget and saving, too

the perfect ice. found only at Sonic

so many plays and Broadway shows

dreams I made come true. for myself, on my own. for others, just because.

dreams others made come true for me. for love.

feeling content. really and truly content

having enough. and then some.

you. and you. and you. and YOU.

I saved this image from the Internet a long time ago. I called it Fireplace by Pippa. Who in the world is Pippa? Anyone recognize it? I'd love to give credit.


Lennye said...

Lovely list! I agree Sonic has the best ice...I love a cherry limeade on a hot day (or cold).

Lubna said...

Dear Relyn,
Happy new year to you and your loved ones. Thanks for dropping by to wish me Merry Xmas on my blog right on Xmas day, which must have been a very happy, busy, crazy one.
All the very best for 2009 and in life!
Warm wishes

jimayfield said...

Thanks for your sweet comments and email. Hoping to talk to you soon. Your family pics. are gorgeous!


mademoisellechitchat said...


I so love your "Welcome" message.

RE: Ice, Quik Trip (gas station) has the BEST ice. ;)

Something White said...

Dear Relyn, to you and your family I wish also all the best for the new year, which - I hope - will be filled with sunshine and joy! These last months I didn´t visit very much other blogs (I mostly did it during the night :)), just because of lacking time and all the work in our house. But I hope to be back soon.
That picture with your husband and daughter is very pretty. I would like to have such a photo with my little family, but sometimes I need more courage to go to a professional photostudio :)
I don´t know where the picture on top of your post comes from, but it looks comfortable and cosy.
Love and greetings, Marjolijn

Jeanne said...

Happy New Year my darling friend.

2009 will be fine.
Rabbit Rabbit
I love you

paris parfait said...

And YOU and your blog are a blessing to me, dear Relyn. Happy New Year!

Patti said...

What a lovely list - you are blessed! My goal this year is to work on the contentment and dreams part. We'll see... Have a wonderful day! BTW- your backyard sounds great!

Jessica said...

What a perfect's always so important to really count and value those blessings. Have a wonderful new year!

julochka said...

what a lovely list!

happy new year!!


T.Allen-Mercado said...

what a lovely list, thanks for sharing and reminding me of how very wealthy i am. happy new year.

susanna said...

Happy New Year, Relyn! You have a wonderful list here. I wish you a New Year of creativity, friendship, love, contentment, opportunity and good fortune.

A Cuban In London said...

Dear Relyn, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I hope you and your family have a fantastic 2009.

Greetings from London.

Beth said...

having enough...and then some !!!

what a beautiful truth !!

caren said...

Thank you for your comments - it is always so much fun to read. Also, I love your list - so much better than a to do list!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Wonderful Post Relyn! I am looking forward to seeing you and Sloane tomorrow at 9:00 for our Art date. Blessings, Katie

mademoisellechitchat said...

Relyn: Hello! I left you a comment about the "perfect layouts" my 1.1.09 blog entry. You are Miss R. ;) The LOs do not have to be perfect; they just have to symbolize your rich life.

I've started working on my album. If you would like some pointers, please let me know!

I posted my Day 1 photo.

Go shoot some pics!

veronica said...

how refreshing. thank you for sharing some of your blessings. happy new year!

JUST ME said...


What a great list of blessings!

Peace to you and yours in 2009!

Great picture down below!



Joan said...

And of course... YOU*

At the end of the day, or the season, or the year... how incredibly comforting to know you are here, a friend who needn't even be close by, yet always resides in a corner of my heart.

Dear Relyn,
finding you, and feeling connected to you as a sister and an artist and a weaver of dreams, is a beautiful thing indeed.
You were a gift in the late waning days of 2008 that I shall carry with me into 2009... i feel so blessed to call you *friend*

Lori said...

The photo looks so cozy especially on chilly winter nights. I love your blessing list. Happy New Year to you and your family!

AVT Coach said...

I love lists also as you could tell. This is a wonderful list of blessings and I loved how you creatively wrote them on the page for visual effect. I have had many blessings as well!

Connie said...

Hi, visiting from perfectly-imperfect...I read and believe that this may be the Pippa you are looking for...she takes excellent pictures and has a lovely blog. I have enjoyed my visit here and will visit again! My word for this year is believe and I just posted on it today :)

dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,

A lovely, lovely, wholesome, dreamy list and so beautiful too. Keep wishing on those stars so all your dreams come true!

Happy New Year!

Jaime said...

Oh dear have a beautiful way of inspiring me to see gratitude in matter how small the thing.
I always leave your fireside feeling hopeful and content and full of thanks for the many gifts in my life.
YOU are one such gift.

Love you

Elle Bee said...

Relyn, I clicked on your label "a habit of gratitude" because I simply want to dwell in gratitude. I love counting my blessings and wallowing in contentment, even when I have to seek it out of a day full of discontent. So to read your lists of gratitude and blessings is so uplifting. I've been wanting to do a post like this, and you've inspired me to do it sooner rather than later. I think positivity and finding the good in all things, even crap days, is contagious and causes others to stop their negative thinking. You are a gem!

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