“A thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m glad for what I have, it’s an easy way to start.” – from Madame Blueberry, Veggie Tales

Today, I am counting many blessings from the past few weeks.

40. A successful procedure for our son, and his swift complete recovery

41. The timing of the procedure, just before our out-of-pocket costs for it skyrocketed.

42. Grace to comfort instead of scold a child up in the middle of the night

43. Potty-training progress! The 3 1/2-year-old actually put his excrement in the proper place three times in the last 48 hours!

44. Slow and steady healing from my bronchitis

45. Shouts of “Mommy’s home!” when I return from being out

46. Listening to my husband teach this morning

47. Finding a way to keep some white Christmas lights up this winter

48. A new coat and mittens

49. The means to repair our van without borrowing

50. The generosity of friends who have helped us get our family to and from while down to one vehicle with insufficient seat belts for all of us

51. Birthday planning for my husband (I love a good secret)

52. The enthusiasm my children have for our current read-aloud at bedtime, “On the Banks of Plum Creek”

53. Hot tea, hot coffee, and hot soup on cold winter days

54. Kind words after a meeting I put a lot of effort into

55. Cozy evenings cuddled with my husband watching a movie together

56. The way my 8-year-old son wrapped his arm around me in church this morning

57. Cough syrup

58. Stove-popped popcorn with melted butter and salt

59. Flannel sheets

60. The faithful prayers of friends and family

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