I filled a glass jar in 2016 !!

Last year I received a new jar from my friend, it was a Christmas gift.  She filled a large jar with homemade cookies and she wrote this on the card:

“This is your gratitude jar for 2016. Empty it this year and in 2016 you have to fill it with thoughts of gratitude…big or small.  So that by the end of 2016 you can reflect and appreciate the awesome year I know you will have!”

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For the past two years I have filled a glass jar with little notes of the things or moments I am grateful for. And this year I was going to try to fill my gifted jar with gratitude but actually filled it with some home-baked cookies for the family. I had to find another jar very quickly, and I did, it’s a special one too and I started filling it with everything I am thankful for.

It’s a good feeling, because I tend to remember the negatives too but when I start to write down each special moment I realise just how blessed I am.

It’s also a great feeling when I’m feeling a little down to see so many happy good moments we had as a family.

This year was hard but when I started filling the glass jar I experienced the amazing power of gratitude. The feeling is small, at first, there was only one little piece of paper but then it then gets bigger as the jar gets fuller.

It’s a good way to start the holiday season and wrap up my year I have so much to be grateful for.

Thank you LORD for keeping us safe this year and for keeping me sane…thank you for everything….

In everything give thanks. 1 Thes 5:18

My glass jar is bigger _ 2015

My glass jar _ 2014

My glass jar is bigger  

Last year I filled a glass jar with little things and lots of gratitude. This year on my last day at work, I did the same, it’s amazing when you start writing it down, just how many special moments we had this year. So many things to be grateful for, so many blessings in 2015.

Losing family members and friends. Insecurity and nervousness around workshop moving or possibly closing.

We struggled through with some rough patches and thorns but when I sat down and made notes the blessings were doubled, so much glitter, so many stars and rainbows in our life.

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My hubby’s 50th birthday was special, our 25th wedding anniversary, and our sons 21st birthday. What a year! I am so grateful for God’s protection ♥

Thank you LORD for keeping us safe this year…thank you for everything….

In everything give thanks. 1 Thes 5:18

My glass jar _ 2014 

My glass jar

Tomorrow we are off to the bush (KNP) for an African holiday and safari with the #ItalianFamily.  I don’t know if I’m happy or excited or a little of both or feeling neither.  After our trip, on the day we are back, then we will be on full duty, in the kitchen all day long. Lots of baking and cooking right through…preparations for the big night!

And so I feel I need to end the year with a list. I love lists. A gratitude list, of everything I am thankful for….

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At work I took some post-it-notes and started writing down what I am grateful for. Events and things that happened this year, special moments that I was blessed with. I filled my glass vase with little notes to myself of all the things I am thankful for. It is almost overflowing.

There were a few negatives this year, some days were hard. But putting these little notes in the vase helped me. We are blessed beyond measure and comprehension. So blessed. This year alone we upgraded two of our cars and bought a flat in Cape Town!  I still can’t believe that, my glass jar in summary:

Some things + glitter

Peoples names + my heart

Special days + memories

Special events + awesomeness

Thank you LORD for keeping me safe this year…thank you for everything….

In everything give thanks. 1 Thes 5:18