For those of you that have been long time readers of this blog, I hope you remember the July 25, 2008 post on Writing With An Attitude of Gratitude. I wanted to continue that same idea for the entire month of November, since it is the month we try extra hard to remember that we are given so much and have so much to be grateful for all.

This year, I want to call it: My Many Blessings; a New Gratitude Journal.

Use this Journal to write about the things you’re grateful for. And if you can get a minute send someone a card to let them know you appreciate the little things they do for you. You’ll both get a blessing.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4

leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

These posts will be my writings for my descendants. I only wish I had more from the previous generations. I have pictures where they’ve written on the backs.  I have many recipes that my mom scribbled on anything she found handy. Some are almost too yucky to handle now, but I still them keep in them in my recipe box. I love to fumble through them every now and then, just to see her handwriting. Sounds silly I know, but it is a wonderful little reminder.

Now, I have many, hand written journals, but I don’t want them read by anyone other than me, even after I’m dead. These are very personal and I will destroy them before I pass just to insure they aren’t read by anyone else. I do read Anthony excerpts from them from time to time. I suggest you keep a set of personal diaries for yourself and them a few books  for you children to read. Some things are only for you to know and feel, good and/or bad. I have read many a scrapbook page from my aunts and they are priceless.

Since, I have asked you to share an excerpt; I thought it only fair that I share one of mine from one of my journals:

Dec 31, 2001-Jan 01 2002 – I proposed to Anthony last night and gave him a new wedding ring; a white gold 6MM band. He was so surprised. He didn’t answer me until the kids went back in the house. >>>
We had a pajama party for New Years Eve, Mandy and Alan came. Mandy was so cute. She had on blue pj’s w/ her hair in pigtails.
We made ice cream sundaes and “Watched the Ball-Drop,” in front of the fireplace. After the ball fell we went out and watched the neighbor’s fireworks and then I sang, ‘The Age of Aquarius,” dropped to one knee and asked him to marry me. He said, “Before we die we’ll walk down the isle again.”

Note: I’m not holding my breathe on that wedding.  I do find it funny now whenever I reread the stupid little things I jot down in my journals… we didn’t walk down an isle the first time. We didn’t even have a church wedding. I walked down the staircase at his house.

Oh well, it’s all history now. You don’t have to be exact when it’s a note to yourself. It’s so that you have an idea as to what you were doing on that day. I know Mandy loved helping me plan it. She is a huge romantic at heart. She’s always up for a costume party and ice cream sundaes. But who isn’t?

The next day, Jan 2, 2002: I wrote that I helped Shirley unpack today. I remember now why I said that I would never move again. It’s work. I wrote a few other really non-important things and then I listed the best things that ever happened to me. I read the list back and shook just my head; wow… of course Anthony was number one on my list. I couldn’t believe that I listed getting SAVED as number 4. I guess I should have put that as number one or even two. Hindsight is always 20-20.  See why others’ shouldn’t read your random thoughts and mumblings. They could get the wrong idea. I knew what I was thinking anyway. My kids were number two and my Grandson Little Craig was number three. My 20th Wedding Anniversary was number 8 (we went away together and ate constantly.) Good times. I’ve received 6 new grandchildren since that list was written. I do believe they’re one of the best things that can ever happen to anybody. After getting saved that is.

Happy readings and writings and please do share the letters and writings of your female ancestors with us.  It may seem like nothing to others, but it’s very special to me.

Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely what we will be. ~ Anthony Robbins

What you do speaks loudly. You have heard it said that “You are the only bible some people will ever read.” and/or “What you do speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.” How true!

Consider the way you talk or act. And, think before you speak. Some words are too harsh and some actions are far worse.  Things that you may believe won’t offend, DO! So remember to “agree to disagree” on opposing subjects to keep the lines of communication open. Nothing is ever written in stone, and everything is open to interpretation. Out yelling someone or arguing, doesn’t make it FACT.

I’ve also heard it said, “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”… well a good thought, idea or deed may be lost when someone is consumed with ill will. No one hears a word you’ve spoken after they have been offended, please tread lightly and think before you act or speak.

If you know you’ve offended someone, be quick to apologize and know, if you don’t see eye to eye yet, if ever, you can still remain friends, all working diligently toward the same outcome.

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being – to help someone succeed. ~ Alan Loy McGinnis

Soooo alike…       ~       Soooo different…

A quick review of genealogy blogs shows that many bloggers have made resolutions to write more about genealogy in 2009. Yes, you should blog more about genealogy! Carve out a little time for yourself (that means make an appointment for YOU and put it on your calendar). If you have a little writer’s block, don’t worry. Help is on the way!

Have a family member be a guest blogger. Let a family member take the reins and provide a different perspective for a post or two. If you can’t find anyone to take the job, interview a relative and spotlight the person yourself.

“I try to allow family members to help write every post. It’s a group effort and this is how we learn. We agree to disagree.” ~ Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf


Sisters are two different flowers from the same garden.

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. ~ CLARENCE E. HODGES

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