I've been working on this 1000 Gifts list for a long time now, and I find myself constantly amazed by the gifts of every day. If I wrote here every day, I would totally be to 1000 by now...way past 1000. Every day is a gift, every sunrise, every sunset, every visit from a friend, every meal, every cup of tea...
I started keeping this list when I found that someone else on my mom-ing message board was keeping a list. Then I found my way over to Ann Voskamp's blog and discovered who she is and where the idea of 1000 Gifts comes from. This fall I read parts of the book. (Then I had to return it to the library.) And now this winter, my Bible study group is going to use the DVD small group study produced by Ann Voskamp.
I am still keeping a list. And, for now, I think I'll use the prompts suggested by the Joy Dare that Voskamp created last year to push me to broaden the scope, to notice things previously unnoticed. I may even pull Mane into the project (I see a craft book on the horizon). But, first, I need to get started myself.
I want to begin with the beginning of January. Each day has a prompt for 3 gifts. Today is the 23rd. So, I'll play catch-up for a while.
Anybody want to join me? Here's the way I roll: There are no rules. Nobody says you have to do the days in order, that you have to do it every day, that you have to follow the prompts, that you can't forget or have life get in the way. Those things get in the way of gratitude. It's called guilt...or shame...or perfectionism... But, the feeling that you have to do this in a certain way at a certain time or else it doesn't count is a distraction. It gets in the way of actually doing anything. So, do Something. One Thing. Anything. Whenever you can. It's better than No Thing.
1. 3 Gifts Heard
2. A Gift Inside, Outisde, On a Plate
3. Graces You Overheard
4. A Gifts Old, New, Blue
5. Something you're Reading, Making, Seeing
6. One Thing in your Bag, your Fridge, your Heart
7. 3 Graces from People You Love
Those are the prompts. Here's my list (adding to my current list):
401. Fire in the fireplace
402. Humming heater in the kitchen to keep our feet warm on these cold, cold days
403. Those beautiful windchimes can be heard, even in the house, even in the winter, even with the door closed.
404. The stained glass window over the couch in the living room
405. Snow blowing off Lake Calhoun on the way to the salon...This got Mane all excited. It looked like a crazy blizzard, but it wasn't even snowing.
406. Enchiladas. I still remember learning to make them with Vespera and her story of how when the tortilla separates into layers in the hot oil it means that you'll have company for dinner.
407. Mane singing in the shower
408. Axel in the back seat of the car
409. The women of my Bible study catching up with each other and really working toward building a community of care and support.
410. My mom's rings
411. Mango's new video venture
412. Levi's hats
414. Cabbage Patch Hat for Mane
415. The red house across the snow...Thanks to my mother-in-law, there are some houses in the neighborhood with some COLOR!
417. Spinach Dip
418. poor sick, sleeping family members - Mane and Mango. I love them to pieces.
419. Those words that Mango always says, that come so easily now from Mane because he led by example, "Is there anything I can do to help you?" What an amazing thing to teach our children. And I am spoiled that they are always trying to help me!
420. Photo books from my friend...so we can always remember.
421. Facebook messages from Vespera in Oaxaca.